All cats aged 6 months or older must be sterilised, microchipped and registered. This is a legal requirement under the Cat Act 2011. For more information about responsible cat ownership, click on the link below.
Cats can be registered for a period of one or three years and lifetime registration is also available. Cats must be microchipped and sterilised before cat owners can apply to register their cat. Cat registrations, which are due on 31 October each year, can be paid in person at the City of Albany Administration Office at 102 North Road, Yakamia.
Cat registration fees are as follows:
- 1 Year - $20.00
- 1 Year Pensioner - $10.00
- 3 Years - $42.50
- 3 Years Pensioner - $21.25
- Lifetime - $100.00
- Lifetime Pensioner - $50.00
Click on the link below to download a Cat Registration Application form:
- Cat Registration Application Form (58KB)Cat Registration Application Form
All cats must be identified by a microchip and are required to wear a collar and a registration tag. Identification ensures that a lost or injured cat can be easily returned to its owner and enables Rangers to easily determine if a cat is a pet, a stray or a feral animal.
Under the Cat Act 2011 the owner of a cat that has reached six months of age must ensure that the cat is sterilised by a veterinarian, unless the cat is exempt from sterilisation.
A cat is exempt from sterilisation if any of the following apply in respect of the cat:
- a certificate given by a veterinarian stating that to sterilise the cat may adversely affect the health and welfare of the cat applies in respect to the cat;
- the cat is owned, for the purpose of breeding, by an approved cat breeder;
- the cat belongs to a class of cats prescribed as exempt from sterilisation.
If you give or sell your cat to another person, a Transfer of Ownership form must be completed.
A cat must be microchipped before it is transferred to a new owner, unless a veterinarian provides an exemption certificate stating that microchipping may adversely affect the health and welfare of the cat.
Within seven days of the transfer of the cat, the seller must notify the City of Albany (where the cat is registered) and the microchip database company of the name and address of the new owner of the cat, and of any other changes in information.
A cat must be sterilised before transfer, unless at the time of transfer:
- a veterinarian has provided an exemption certificate stating that sterilisation may adversely affect the health and welfare of the cat, or;
- the purchaser is an approved cat breeder and the cat is being purchased for breeding, or;
- the cat is under 6 months of age and a voucher is provided by the seller to enable the purchaser to have the cat sterilised by a veterinarian at no cost.
Click on the link below to download a Transfer of Cat Ownership application form.
- Cat Transfer of Ownership Form (31KB)Application form to transfer the ownership of a cat that is currently registered.
If you wish to cancel your cat's registration, please click on the link below to download a Cancellation of Cat Registration Form. Please note that refunds are not issued for cancellation of cat registrations.
Click on the link below to download a Cancellation of Dog/Cat Registration form.
- Dog/Cat Registration Cancellation Form (76KB)Form used to advise the City of Albany of the cancellation of a registration for a dog or cat. This includes the transfer of a dog or cat to an other local government.
If you wish to breed cats, you must be an approved cat breeder. You can apply to the City of Albany to grant an approval, or for renewal, to breed cats. The applicant must be over 18 years of age, have sufficient facilities to breed cats in a safe and ethical way, and preferably be a current member of one of the following organisations and associations:
- the Cat Owners Association of Western Australia (COAWA);
- the Feline Control Council of Western Australia (FCCWA);
- the Australian National Cats (ANCATS).
The application fee (for grant or renewal of approval) is $100 for one year, per breeding cat (male or female). A certificate will be issued once approved.
Please contact the City of Albany Planning and Development team for more information.