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 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.

Phone:   08 9442 3600

Phone:   08 9209 9300

Cat Tracker Study

The Cities of Canning, Cockburn, Fremantle, Kwinana, Melville and the Town of East Fremantle, with assistance from the State NRM Program, have joined the University of South Australia’s Cat Tracker study. The local initiative will enable 160 cats from within these councils from The South West Group to be tracked.
We are now seeking cats to participate in the study. It will follow the day and night-time movements of up to 1,400 cats nationally to deliver information for cat owners to care for and manage their pet cats.
Cat Tracker engages the community to study the movements of their pet cats, using small GPS units over a period of seven days. Cat owners complete a survey to volunteer their cats for selection, GPS units are provided to the owners of cats selected for tracking and the data is downloaded when the units are returned.
If you’re curious about where your cat wanders, or to volunteer for the study, visit

More information and contact

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