Your Cat and the Law
The Town of Walkerville do not currently have cat registrations, however new laws from 1 July 2018 require all cat microchipping details to be recorded on Dogs and Cats Online.
Having your cats details recorded in Dogs and Cats Online makes it easier to identify and locate owners quickly, if your cat becomes lost or is found by a member of the community.
It is the Cat Owner's responsibility to ensure the microchipping details are recorded in Dogs and Cats Online.
Owners will be able to create a login online and update their contact details, change of address and notify Council when their cat goes missing.
The Dog and Cat Management Board have how to guides available on their website to assist owners with registration, it is similar to registering a dog.
The RSPCA website has information on Cat Management and have developed a Guide to Keeping Your Cat Safe and Happy at Home booklet.
Advice or information on appropriate cat enclosures, cat runs and other containment solutions can be found via Good Cat SA website.
The Good Cats Play at Home booklet is another useful resource for cat owners.
The Animal Welfare League website has a wide range of information on selecting the right animal for you, what to consider before adopting a cat, Basic Cat Health and boredom Busters.
For Information visit Animal Welfare League website
New laws introduced on 1 July 2018 require all cats in South Australia to be microchipped. Kittens will need to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale.
If you acquire a new cat, and it is not microchipped, it must have one implanted with 28 days.
Microchipping is undertaken by qualified implanters, please contact your local Vet Clinic.
Discounted microchipping days are often run by Chip Blitz available through Chipblitz who provide events in locations near you. For more information visit www.chipblitz.com.
Council Officers are equipped with microchip scanners which are used to scan a lost or found animal.
More information on laws relating to microchipping visit Dog and Cat Management Board.
New laws introduced on the 1 July 2018 require all cats in SA to be desexed. Cats born after the 1 July 2018 are required to be desexed by 6 months of age.
If you acquire a new cat after the 1 July 2018, it must be desexed within 28 days.
For more information on the new laws relating to desexing cats visit Dog and Cat Management Board.
Under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, laws were introduced on the 1 July 2018 to regulate the breeding and sale of cats.
From 1 August 2017, breeders who sell, exchange or barter must adhere to the South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals.
If a breeder intends to sell a cat, they must register as a breeder on Dogs and Cats Online.
Advertisements must include the name, contact information and breeder registration number of all breeders and sellers.
A cat must not be sold unless it has been microchipped in accordance with the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.
Council do not offer cat traps for hire.
However, if you wish to hire a cat trap please contact the Animal Welfare League on 8348 1300.
For advice or helpful tips to discourage nuisance cats visit Good Cat SA
or stray cats, visit Animal Welfare League
A trapped cat that is identified to be microchipped or wearing a collar must be returned to its owner or released immediately as required under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.
An unidentified cat can be released or taken to the Animal Welfare League in a secured container. They will determine if the cat can be rehomed or euthanized.
It is the responsibility of the Owner to ensure that your cat does not cause a nuisance to neighbours.
Council does occasionally receive complaints from residents about stray and wandering cats entering their premises and causing a nuisance such as noise, odour, faeces, spraying, wandering, fighting or harassing other pets.
In the first instance, speaking with your neighbour may help resolve the matter as they are often unaware that their cat is being a nuisance.
If you feel you are not able to make direct contact with them, you can contact Council’s Community Safety Officer for advice or assistance.
For information on how to deter cats from your property, visit Good Cats SA.