New Responsible Cat Ownership Laws Now In Effect

The Western Australian State Government passed the new Cat Act 2011 on the 9th of November 2011. The new law  gives local government the power to administer and enforce the new legislation and is designed to-

  • provide for the control and management of cats; and
  • promote and encourage the responsible ownership of cats

The new laws are now in effect and it is compulsory for cat owners to-

  • microchip your cat for identification
  • register your cats with your local council
  • have your cat sterilised

catlawThe new cat laws are designed to help alleviate some of the unwanted impacts of cats on the community and environment, as well as encouraging responsible cat ownership such as-

  • ensuring your cat is easily identifiable with a collar and a name tag
  • microchipping your cat
  • sterilising your cat
  • vaccinating your cat

So what should you do now?

If you have a cat you need to make sure that it is sterilised, microchipped and vaccinations are up to date.  Book your cat into Sanford Veterinary Clinic on 9921 1797 if you need any or all of the above done.

Your local council will advise you when compulsory registration is required.

Further Reading

Gov't WA- Responsible Cat Ownernership

Western Australia Cat Act 2011


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