Cats


CONTENTS
Cats By-law and keeping your cat at home
FAQs
Cat owner responsibilities
Cat fact sheets

CAT REGISTRATION DATES 2022: 1 JULY 2022 - 31 AUGUST 2022 - REGISTER YOUR ANIMAL THROUGH DOGS AND CATS ONLINE.



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CAT BY-LAW AND KEEPING YOUR CAT AT HOME 

Since 1 January 2022, Adelaide Hills Council's Cat By-law has required all domestic cats to be kept at home at all times (unless on a harness, leash, or similar). This change helps Council staff and volunteers separate out feral cat populations from our beautiful landscape, as well as being of benefit to the comfort of the wider community.

Why do we need a Cats By-law? 
Council's By-law No. 6, Cats By-law 2018, is designed to control and manage cats in the Council's area. Its objectives are to promote responsible cat ownership and to reduce the incidence of public and environmental nuisance caused by cats.

What is the penalty for those in violation of the By-law? 
Cat owners will be fined $187.50 for any breach of a Council by-law, including when their cat is found off of their property (note: this is the same fine issued to residents for wandering dogs).

FAQs

Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions about our Cat By-law and keeping your cat at home.                         

CAT OWNER RESPONSIBILITIES
South Australian law requires all cats to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, and for all cats born after 1 July 2018 to be desexed by six months of age. Exemptions apply for registered breeders etc.

Cat registration on Dogs and Cats Online
Amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 require all cat microchip details to be entered onto Dogs and Cats Online regardless of whether council have a cat by-law requiring cat registration or not.

All microchip information should be entered into Dogs and Cats Online by the vet or microchipper, however owners need to login or create an account to claim the microchip number and ensure that all of their details, and that of their animal, are correct. Existing microchip details on national registers have not been brought across into DACO so cat owners need to enter their cat microchip details into DACO manually. All cat owners have an ongoing obligation to keep and update microchip information about their cat(s) in DACO.

Should your cat pass away, please contact council and inform us or log into your Dogs and Cats Online account where you will be able to update the status of your animal.

Why microchip information is going onto Dogs and Cats Online
Microchip information about cats, and details of their owners, will be available in Dogs and Cats Online to enable Council to reunite cats with their owners and make informed cat management and associated policy decisions.

CAT FACT SHEETS
Good Cat's Facebook page is an excellent source of information for all cat owners. It includes information on different cat breeds, stray cats, indoor cats and more.

You can also share ideas for happy cats at home with other cat owners in the hills at our Hills Cattery.

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