Find out about cat ownership in the City of Stirling including local laws, sterilisation subsides, cat identification, prohibited area cat permits and dealing with nuisance cats.
Responsible cat ownership
The Cat Act 2011 was passed by the WA State Government in December 2011. This legislation is being implemented in two separate phases. Phase I commenced on 1 November 2012 however the main provisions of the Act are included in Phase II which will come in to force on 1 November 2013. From 1 November 2013 domestic cats 6 months and older will have to be:
Cat owners that are not compliant with these requirements may be liable to fines of up to $5,000.
The City of Stirling also has a cat local law to control the number of cats kept on premises and to protect native fauna, particularly in relation to cat prohibited areas and fauna protected buffer zones (see below for further information).
To help with the cost, the City of Stirling is offering all residents a 40% discount on cat sterilisations. Residents sterilising their cat at Karrinyup Small Animal Hospital will receive a discount off the normal price of cat sterilisations, upon proof of City of Stirling residency (conditions apply).
Cat micro chipping
To help with the cost, the City of Stirling is offering all residents discounted prices on cat micro chipping. Benefits of micro chipping include:
A permanent form of identification
The microchip cannot fall off
The procedure is simple (one quick injection by a vet)
Your pet can be identified 24 hours a day, 7 days a week which means your pet can be returned home sooner
If you are a City of Stirling resident you are eligible for this discounted microchipping service through Karrinyup Small Animal Hospital
at a rate of $35.00 per cat.
If your contact details change it is important that you contact the Central Animal Registry (02) 9704 1450. A microchip is only as useful as its contact details!
Applications and Information
A cat permit is required if:
PLEASE NOTE: that a Cat Permit Application Form (see above) is NOT a Cat Registration. Cat's are not required to be registered until 1 November 2013 (as per the Cat Act 2011). Registration forms will be available prior to this date in 2013.
If you have four or more cats you will need to apply for a cattery permit. These rules do not apply to cats under the age of three months and are $45.00.
Cat prohibited zones and fauna protection buffer zones
Local laws for the keeping of cats were introduced to control the number of cats and to protect native wildlife. In order to protect local flora and fauna, cats are prohibited from entering some areas of the City.
If your cat is found in a prohibited area you may incur a fine. A fauna protection buffer zone that extends 200 metres from the boundary of a cat-prohibited area protects these areas.
The following are Cat Prohibited Areas:
These reserves have been selected based on their environmental significance as they are particularly valued for their native fauna.
Dealing with nuisance cats
If cats entering your property inconvenience you, you may try a number of means to discourage them:
Utilise products available from nurseries and pet shops to deter cats
Ensure that your pet's food is not left outside to entice cats
Try to ascertain who the owner of the cat is. This can help make the owner aware of their cat's habits and may increase the likelihood of steps being taken to control their activities.
The City of Stirling does not support cat trapping nor does it supply or loan cat traps. There are a number of issues associated with this practice, most importantly the cat may be a family pet and there are significant animal welfare concerns. Cat trapping may also be an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (WA).