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Dog and Cat Reforms

New laws for cat and dog owners and breeders will soon be introduced in South Australia. These changes are designed to improve dog and cat management and welfare and are the result of years of planning and public consultation.

Compulsory Microchipping and Desexing

From 1 July 2018 it will be compulsory for all dogs and cats above a certain age to be microchipped and all dogs and cats born after that date to be desexed. There will be certain exemptions for working dogs and registered breeders.

Microchipping is a safe and permanent way to identify your dog and cat. The procedure is quick, with no ongoing discomfort and can only be carried out by a trained, authorised implanter.

Visit www.dogandcatboard.com.au  or www.chipblitz.com for more details.

Further information about these changes is available by reading the Dog and Cat Reforms 2018 or by visiting http://dogandcatboard.com.au/news/new-dog-and-cat-laws-handy-overview

 

Cats Make Great Pets

Cats make great pets and companions for families, children and elderly people. However, owning a cat is a big responsibility. Even though they are independent animals they still need to be cared for in a similar way to dogs.

As a cat owner it is your responsibility to care for your cat by providing adequate shelter, food and water and ensuring your cat does not pose a nuisance to neighbours or a threat to wildlife and the environment. 


Do I need to register my cat?

Currently cats are not required to be registered in South Australia, as outlined in the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995. However, there are risks of losing your cat should it not be identified by a collar or microchip.


Limits of cats per household

Council has a by-law which limits the number of cats per premise to two. However, in certain circumstances, Council may give written permission to persons to keep more than two cats on their premises.


Identification of cats

It is a requirement for all cats to be identified by either a collar which is marked with the current address or phone number of the owner; or implanted with a microchip which contains information that could be used to locate the owner. If your cat is identified and found roaming outside its property, it will be protected by the law. If you choose not to identify your cat and allow it to roam, you run the risk of your cat being collected and disposed of as an un owned cat.


Curfew for cats

Despite there being no legal curfew for cats, Council encourages owners to confine their cats to their property from sunset to sunrise.

The benefits of keeping your cat confined from sunset to sunrise include:

  • reducing the risk of your cat being involved in an accident
  • reducing the likelihood of your cat being involved in a fight with another animal, which may result in expensive veterinary treatment or your cat contracting a disease such as Feline AIDS (FIV – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)
  • reducing injury to native wildlife

It is known that cats kept inside at night live at least three years longer, on average, than cats who are allowed to roam at night.


Desexing your cat

Cats have the ability to reproduce from as young as four to five months old. There are many advantages of having your cat desexed at an early age, including:

  • reducing the likelihood of it roaming from your property
  • reducing the unwanted spraying of urine to mark territories
  • preventing unwanted pregnancies, which may add to the growing problem of homeless or unwanted cats


Problem cats

If you encounter a problem cat in your neighbourhood, you should speak to the cat’s owner about the impact their cat is having on your property and environment. Council is committed to ensuring nuisance cats are kept to a minimum and will actively promote the use of cat traps by residents experiencing problems with cats.


Tips for responsible cat owners

  • Identify your cat so it won’t get lost or be destroyed
  • confine your cat from sunset to sunrise
  • desex your cat before it reaches sexual maturity (generally from four to five months)
  • vaccinate your cat
  • check your cat regularly for fleas
  • interact with your cat on a daily basis
  • provide environmental enrichment. This may include scratching poles, toys, bedding and plenty of human interaction
  • ensure your cat has an appropriate place to go to the toilet

 

For more information on the responsibilities of a cat owner or to report a stray or problem cat, contact Light Regional Council on 8525 3200 or complete an Online Customer Request Form 

Or visit www.goodcatsa.com

Light Regional Council
93 Main Street (PO Box 72)
Kapunda SA 5373
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Tel: (08) 8525 3200 | Fax: (08) 8566 3262