Find out about your responsibilities in caring for and managing cats.

Cat care

Caring for a kitten or cat can be a fun and rewarding experience, however it is important you understand what they need to be healthy and happy. Even though cats can be very independent, they thrive when given lots of love and attention from their owners. 

Cat owners also have a responsibility to ensure cats do not cause a nuisance to others in the community. To keep them safe, cats should be confined inside the house or in an enclosed outdoor area (or a combination of both) and not allowed to roam. This will reduce the risk of injury from vehicles, or attack by dogs or other cats.

Keeping cats confined also helps protect wildlife as most cats will hunt if given the opportunity. To learn more about what you can do to look after your cat and protect wildlife, see Birdlife Australia’s information sheet on Cats and Wildlife.

For more information on how to care for you cat, visit the RSPCA Knowledgebase website.

Cat management

All cats over the age of 6 months that are kept within the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River are required to be sterilised, microchipped and registered. Apart from being a legal requirement, registration also assists Rangers in quickly reuniting lost cats with their owners. In addition, all cats must wear a collar with a valid registration tag. 

To register your cat, visit the Shire’s webpage on Cat Registration and Renewals.

Anyone wishing to breed cats must obtain a permit from the Shire and must be an approved cat breeder in accordance with the Cat Act 2011.

Cat prohibited areas

There are 45 areas in the Shire where cats are prohibited absolutely. The owner of any registered cat found roaming will be subject to a $200 fine. 

To view all cat prohibited areas, visit the Shire’s interactive map. 

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