Cat Laws

Western Australian Cat Law from November 2013


For several decades, Cat Haven lobbied the State Government to implement a law dealing with cat welfare. In 2011, the State Government signalled its willingness to go ahead with a cat bill. Along with other animal welfare organisations, Cat Haven made several submissions to Parliament during the debate of the bill. In December 2011, the Cat Act was finally passed. For more answers to  Frequently Asked Questions CLICK HERE to go to the Department of Local Government's FAQs website page.

What does it mean for me?

The law was implemented in two phases, giving cat owners in WA a long lead time to get their cats ready. The first phase came into effect on 1 November 2012; the second phase, on 1 November 2013. The law requires all domestic cats six months and older to be:

  • sterilised
  • microchipped
  • wearing a tag in a public place
  • registered with the local council it is kept in

Cat owners found not to be compliant with these requirements may face fines of up to $5000.

How can Cat Haven help?

Cat Haven endeavours to provide cat owners in WA with the services that will help them comply with the new law. As such, thanks to a State Government 'Sterilisation' grant, Cat Haven is offering a ‘Snip and Chip’ to cat owners on low incomes, which includes sterilisation and microchipping for only $80 for male cats and $100 for females. Eligible for concession card holders only and cats must be over 12 months old.


Please call us on (08) 9442 3600 for information on services such as sterilisation or microchipping. Should you require information regarding the cat laws, you can contact the Department of Local Government on (08) 6552 1500.