Responsible Cat Ownership

The City of Cockburn has many native bushland and wetland areas that act as refuges for wildlife including birds, reptiles, possums and bandicoots. However, the remaining populations of native animals are coming under increasing pressure from predatory imports such as domestic cats.  

Studies have shown that for each hectare of urban land there are two domestic cats on average who will each kill eight birds a year. In most suburban areas, only 20 birds hatch per hectare per year. Cats have also been found responsible for 16 mammal and 8 reptile deaths each per year.

Being a responsible cat owner

There are a number of steps you can take to protect native wildlife and your cat. The Cat Act 2011 opens in a new window requires that all cats aged six months or over are sterilised, microchipped and registered with the City of Cockburn. Failure to do so may result in a fine. The City provides assistance through a cat sterilisation subsidy.

Please also make sure your cat wears a collar with bells and does not roam at night.

Each property owner is allowed to have up to three cats. If you have four or more cats, you will need to apply for a cattery license.

Find a new home for your cat

If you are unable to care for your cat, there are organisations that can help. The following organisations may be able to help you find a new home for your cat.

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Phone:   08 9442 3600

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Phone:   08 9209 9300

More information and contact

Please contact Ranger Services for more information on  08 9411 3444 or at
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