Under the Cat Act 2011 opens in a new window, All cats in Western Australia aged over six months are required to:
By law all cat owners must microchip their cat and report the number to the City. Microchipped cats can be easily identified and reunited with their owners if they are lost.
All local councils scan cats that are picked up for a microchip, which means they can obtain your details from the microchip database and contact you to collect your cat.
How do I microchip my cat?
Microchipping can be carried out by your local Vet.
They will then register you cats microchip number with a Microchip Company for you. If you are not sure if your cat is already microchipped please contact your Vet who will be able to scan your cat to check for an existing microchip number.
What happens if I don’t microchip my cat?
Under the Cat Act 2011
, it is mandatory for all cat owners to microchip their cat if it is over six months old. You may be fined if you do not comply.
Your cat can be microchipped at a much younger age. Please contact your Vet for more information on the minimum age for your cat to be microchipped.
How do I register the microchip number?
You will need to provide the microchip number when registering your cat.
To register your cat’s microchip number, please call 08 9411 3444 or email us
. You can also visit us in person at 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood between 8.30am and 4.30pm.
How do I update microchip details?
You will need to contact the Microchip Company that the microchip number is registered with to update your contact details on your cats microchip. You can find out which company the microchip is registered with by reviewing your pets Microchip Certificate or by contacting your Vet.
You will also need to notify us of any changes to your or your cats details such as address, phone number, ownership or if your pet has died. To update your contact details with the City, complete the Change of Animal Status Form below.
Change of Animal Status form
You may apply for an exemption if your cat has a Vet Certificate stating that implanting a microchip may adversely affect the health or welfare of your cat.
To provide the City a copy of the Vet Certificate, pleaes email firstname.lastname@example.org
, visit in person at 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood between 8.30am and 4.30pm, or post to:
9 Coleville Crescent
The City of Cockburn provides a Cat Sterilisation Subsidy
for residents to assist with the expenses of sterilising and microchipping a cat.
All persons or organisations wishing to breed cats must apply for a permit and to register each cat with the City. As a cat owner, you may receive a penalty or face prosecution for failure to comply.