FLEURIEU COAST – Cat owners are encouraged to register their beloved pets in case they are lost or mistaken for a stray.
New state government legislation requires councils to begin implementing by-laws which make desexing, microchipping and breeder registration mandatory for cats.
A number of councils have started cat registration programs, with the District Council of Yankalilla among the latest to do so.
It is voluntary and free to register a cat through the District Council of Yankalilla.
Normanville resident Coral Turner was the first to get her feline friend on the list.
“It’s a really good idea – if you love your pet, you do it,” she said.
Since opening on July 1, the council has received 63 cat registrations.
On the registration form, owners aged 16 and over complete details about themselves and their cat, including the cat’s name, gender, breed, special markings, and if it is microchipped, desexed, and kept indoors.
While registration is voluntary now, it will become mandatory in July 2018, in line with Dog and Cat Management Board (DCMB) requirements.
The council is drafting a cat by-law which has been sent to DCMB for comment before it goes to public consultation and is implemented next year.
In June, the City of Victor Harbor set cat registration fees, with a maximum fee of $37.50 and discounts for cats that are microchipped and desexed.
Alexandrina Council currently has an animal management plan, but no cat registrations.