What is involved with having a cat in the City of Kalamunda?

    On the 1 November 2013, the full Cat Act 2011 took effect and requires all cats that have reached six (6) months of age to be:

    • Microchipped; (proof required)
    • Sterilised (Proof required, unless approved by local government as a Cat Breeder, conditions apply)
    • Registered with the relevant local government.  Download an application for Cat Registration

    Cats are required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that owned cats can be easily identified and returned to their owner.

    The Cat Act 2011 requires the identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats, and gives local governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation

    Please be advised the City is currently drafting a Control of Cats local law, for more information, please contact Community Safety- Rangers during Office hours. 

    Tell me about Cat Registration

    Once registered, if any details relating to your cat registration change (e.g. change of address) you must notify the City of Kalamunda by completing and returning the change of details form.

    Fees

    Pensioners pay half of the specified fees on presentation of their valid Pensioner Concession Card.

    In respect of every new registration made after 31 May, in any year, half of the registration fee shall be payable. (Conditions Apply).

    Please forward a cheque or money order for the animal registration fee applicable. Licences expire on the 31st October in the year specified on the animal registration form.

    Selling of Cats

    The transferral (selling/giving away) of cats without microchips or sterilisation is prohibited. For further information please refer to the Cat Act 2011 s. 23.Transfer of ownership of cats.

    How many cats can I own?

    While the Cat Act 2011 does not limit the number of cats that can be owned, clause 4.7 of the City of Kalamunda Local Law: Animals and Nuisance (2011) restricts the number of cats to three (3) per property.

    The Local law limiting cat numbers, does not apply to cats owned before the introduction of The Cat Act 2011. However, an owner will not be able to replace a cat if it is sold, given away or dies, until they are down to the required number of three (3) cats per property.

    Trapping of cats

    The City of Kalamunda’s Community Safety team do not hire cat traps or assist in the trapping of any cats.  However you can hire a trap from the Bird and Fish Place in Wattle Grove or High Wycombe Hardware (fees apply).

    Once a cat is trapped in a humane cat trap, please contact the Rangers department who will collect the cat and return the trap back to your property once the cat is impounded. If you are trapping outside of normal Ranger hours , please ensure the trap is situated under cover with food and water.

    The City of Kalamunda encourages anyone who is trapping cats to advise your surrounding neighbours before commencing.  If a cat is trapped in a humane cat traps the cat will be impounded and held for the prescribed amount of time.

    Responsible cat owner checklist

    The City of Kalamunda supports responsible pet ownership; you are encouraged to:

    • Keep your cat confined to your property, especially at night. (recommended)
    • Ensure your cat is easily identifiable with a collar and a name tag. (required)
    • Microchip your cat (required)
    • Sterilise your cat (required)
    • Vaccinate your cat (required)
    • Be a responsible cat owner, prevent your cat from becoming a nuisance to your neighbours

    For further information please contact Community Safety Services: (08) 9257 9999

    Keeping your cat safe and happy at home

    The RSPCA has produced a Guide to Keeping Your Cat Safe and Happy At Home, which has plenty of helpful information on what you need to provide for your cat inside, and how you can even offer your cat safe access to fresh air and the outdoors.

    There are many benefits to keeping your cat safe, happy and secure in your house and backyard. Cats who roam face numerous risks, including traffic incidents, snake and insect bites, and altercations with dogs and other cats.

    Find more information from the RSPCA website: https://www.rspca.org.au/adopt-pet/adopting-catkitten/safe-and-happy-cats