Being a responsible cat owner

Responsible cat ownership


Cat owners are encouraged to follow the guidelines below:

  • Microchip your cat before 12 weeks old or earlier if they are sold or given away

  • It's highly recommended that all cats wear a pet tag engraved with the owner's details – visit this page to order a free engraved pet tag (conditions apply)

  • All cats born after 1 July 1999 must be lifetime registered by the time they are 6 months of age or when they are sold or given away

  • If your cat was born before 1 July 1999, it must have either a collar and an identification tag or be microchipped

  • Desex your cat to prevent unwanted kittens and minimise cat population problems, excessive roaming and unwanted territorial behaviour

  • Attach two bells to your cat's collar to prevent attacks on native birds

  • Keep your cat inside between dusk and dawn and monitor your cat's activities during the day

  • If you go away, make arrangements for a responsible person to stay with your cat or place your cat in a boarding facility


Companion animal management


Introduced by the NSW State Government in 1998, The Companion Animals Act 1998 (the Act) and the Companion Animals Regulation 2008 (the Regulation), are to provide for the effective and responsible care and management of companion animals. A companion animal is currently defined under the Act as a dog or cat.

The Companion Animals Act 1998 and the Companion Animals Regulation 2008 replaces the Dog Act 1966 and provides legislation for the identification and registration of companion animals and for the duties and responsibilities of their owners.

The Act and the regulation came about in response to community expectations about the role and place of dogs and cats in society. The new State Government approach to companion animal management has provided Council with an opportunity to develop a strategic response to managing pets in our community. In response to this, on 6 September 2005, a Companion Animal Management Plan was adopted by Council to address the community's needs regarding the responsible management of companion animals in the area.


Pets in the City


The Petcare Information and Advisory Service has produced a guide called Pets in the City. This guide helps people decide whether they should have a pet, what the most suitable pet may be and how to enjoy life with a pet. It is for both potential pet owners and for those who already own a pet. Visit to access the guide.


We are Family


We are Family is a guide to nurturing the child-pet relationship from pregnancy to preschool. The guide is available here.


Benefits of companion animal ownership


Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. More than eight out of ten Australians have owned a pet at some stage of their lives and almost two-thirds of Australian households currently own pets.

'Research has shown that pets provide owners with both psychological and physiological benefits and the majority of these owners are healthier than those without pets.' – The Power of Pets, Australian Companion Animal Council, 2009.

The Australian Companion Animal Council Incorporated is a non-profit organisation. It is the leader and voice for the pet care industry on the benefits of socially responsible pet ownership in the Australia. Visit their website for more information on the benefits of companion animal ownership.

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Page last updated: 23 May 2019