Cats

Cat Registrations

The provisions listed below are taken from the West Australian Cat Act (2011) for the general information of both current and prospective cat owners and the Town of East Fremantle strongly recommends that all current and prospective cat owners access and become conversant with the full provisions of the Cat Act via the State Law Publishers website.

From the 1 November 2013, the full Cat Act 2011 takes effect and will require all cats that have reached 6 months of age to be:

Microchipped

The owner of a cat that has reached 6 months of age must ensure that the cat is microchipped.

Penalty: A fine of $5,000

Sterilised

The owner of a cat that has reached 6 months of age must ensure that the cat is sterilised by a veterinarian.

Penalty: A fine of $5,000

Registered with the relevant Local Government Authority

The owner of a cat that has reached 6 months of age must ensure that the cat is registered with the Local Government Authority in whose district the cat is ordinarily kept.

Penalty: A fine of $5,000

Cats must wear a collar and Local Government Authority registration tags at all times in order to ensure that the cat can be easily identified and owners located

The owner of a registered cat must ensure that when the cat is in a public place the cat is wearing its Local Government Authority registration tag.

Penalty: A fine of $5,000

Standard Sterilised Male or Female Cat Registration Fees:

1 year3 yearsLifetime
$20.00 $42.50 $100.00

Pensioners Sterilised Male or Female Cat Registration Fees:

1 year3 yearsLifetime
$10.00 $21.25 $50.00

Cats may be seized

An authorised person may:

  1. in any public place, seize any cat that the authorised person believes, or suspects, on reasonable grounds is the subject of an offence against this Act; or
  2. in any premises lawfully entered by the authorised person, seize any cat:
    1. at the request, or with the consent, of the person who is, or appears to be , the owner or occupier of the premises; or
    2. (under a warrant issued under Part 4, Division 3, Subdivision 3 of the 2011 Cat Act.

General Powers of an Authorised Person

In the performance of a function under this Act, an authorised person may do any one or more of the following -

  1. set traps for cats in or on public place or any premises lawfully entered;
  2. examine, including by scanning, a cat to determine if the cat is subject to an offence against this Act;
  3. in any premises lawfully entered, as is reasonably required in order to investigate or collect evidence that an offence is being, or has been, committed against this act-
    1. examine, seize, copy or take extracts from any documents relevant to the offence; or
    2. take photographs, films and audio, video or other recordings relevant to the offence; or
    3. direct a person to answer questions; or
    4. take any other action that the authorised person believes, on reasonable grounds, is necessary.

Obstruction

A person must not delay, threaten, obstruct or otherwise hinder an authorised person in the performance of a function by that person under this Act.

Penalty: A fine of $5,000