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CatCats have so much to offer – they provide companionship, affection and entertainment whilst being economical, clean and easy to maintain.

However the decision to own a cat is a very important one. Please see below information for all you need to know about cat ownership in the City of Charles Sturt.


What are my responsibilities?

  • Cats are required to be microchipped with the details recorded on the state database
  • Identify your cat with a cat collar containing current contact details on it. This may save your cats life and avoid it being kept by a member of the public or being classified as a stray.
  • All cats born after 1 July 2018 are required to be desexed under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.
  • To reduce unwanted litters in cats born prior to 1 July 2018 please consider desexing, this may also assist with the longevity of your cat and reduce the risk of getting some cancers.
  • Keep your cat inside at night to reduce the incidence of transmissible and incurable diseases, cat fights, road accidents and killing of local wildlife.
  • Confining your cat to your own property protects wildlife and avoids neighbourly disputes. Consider building a cat run or enclosure to contain your cat.
  • Please ensure you apply for a permit if you and wanting to keep more than two cats per household (under Council's by-law).

How many cats can be kept on my property?

Our By-laws limit the number of cat allowable in a home to two.
A permit process applies to keep more than the allowable number of cats (fees apply).

To Keep Excess Cats

Is it a requirement to desex my cat and what are the benefits should I have my cat desexed?


Cats born after the 1 July 2018 must be desexed by 6 months of age or 28 days after purchase by the owner (whichever is the later). Compulsory desexing laws are designed to reduce the number of un-owned cats and unwanted litters.

Benefits of desexing

Health Benefits

  • Reduced risk of getting cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs.
  • Females can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion if continually breeding.
  • Generally live longer and healthier lives.

Behavioural Benefits

  • Pets are less prone to wander, fight, and are less likely to get lost or injured.
  • Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors.
  • Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours. They become more affectionate and become better companions.
  • Eliminates "heat" cycles in female cats and their efforts to get outside in search for a mate.

Can I receive assistance in paying for desexing?

For assistance with the cost of desexing please see:

Should I have my cat microchipped?

From 1 July 2018, all dogs and cats in South Australia are required to be microchipped.

Microchipped cats carry with them a permanent identification and can be reunited with their owners much sooner.

Note: It is the cat owner’s responsibility to ensure their details including the microchip number are recorded and kept up to date at

For discounted microchipping visit

I'm no longer able to keep my cat

If the cat owner can no longer look after their pet it can be taken to Animal Welfare League.

Please be aware that the relinquishment of ownership results in Animal Welfare League having ownership of the cat and can therefore make decisions in relation to its rehoming.

What can I do about stray and nuisance cats?

If known owned cats are causing a nuisance to your property we encourage you to approach the cat owner in a friendly manner  and explain what impact their cat may be having on your property or environment.  Council Community Safety Officers can support you by providing advice and information on how you might approach this with the neighbour.

For stray cats we do provide the provisions of free cat cage hire  via the Kilkenny Grain and Fodder Store (deposit applies). Any person may humanely trap a cat on property that they own.

Bookings are required by contacting 8347 1554.

If an identified cat is trapped, it must be released as required under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.

If an unidentified cat is trapped, it may be released, or it may be delivered to the Animal Welfare League who will make a decision as to whether to keep the cat to rehome it, or euthanase it humanely.

Trapped cats must not be kept in cages in inclement weather conditions, for any period of time without water and shelter from the weather. To do so constitutes an offence of animal cruelty under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1985.

For any reports of animal cruelty please contact the RSPCA on 1300 477 722.

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