Responsible cat ownership

Similar to dog owners, new cat owners are encouraged to consider a number factors when determining which breed of cat is most suited to their lifestyle. These factors are outlined in the brochure below and prospective owners can read more about choosing the right cat at the Good Cat SA website.

Choosing the right cat

Cat owners are encouraged to identify their cats using a collar on which the owner’s details are recorded or an implanted microchip.

For further information about responsible cat ownership, refer to the brochure below or visit the Good Cat SA website.

Golden rules for cat owners

Legal responsibilities

Unlike dogs, there is currently no legislation for the registration and control of cats.

However, residents can access our cat cage hire program in order to trap nuisance cats on their property. Cages may be hired from our Noarlunga office.

Any identified cats (ie those wearing a collar), must be returned to its owner or released immediately at the location it was trapped.

Any unidentified cats (ie those with no collar or visible identification) that are trapped using a cat cage must be taken to an authorised organisation, such as the RSPCA at Lonsdale or the Animal Welfare League, within 12 hours.

For further information refer to the brochure below or visit the Homeless Cats SA website.

Humane cage trapping of cats

For mediation in relation to cat nuisance matters contact the Noarlunga Mediation Service on (08) 8384 5222.

Homeless cats v feral cats

A homeless cat is a pet cat that is lost or abandoned. Feral cats are the offspring of lost or abandoned pet cats or other feral cats who are not spayed or neutered. Homeless cats are accustomed to contact with people whereas feral cats are fearful and therefore can act aggressively when approached.

Homeless cats can generally be adopted into new homes, feral cats do not easily adapt or may never adapt to living as pets in close contact with people.

If you’re currently feeding a cat other than your own, you can take advantage of our cat cage hire program to trap the cat and deliver it to the RSPCA or Animal Welfare League. Staff at these shelters can check for a microchip to determine an owner and ensure the cat is returned.

If you would like to hire a cat cage from council, you can do so for one week at a time. Please refer to page 20 of the Schedule of Fees & Charges (347K) for detailed information.

Those cats that cannot be returned can be adopted into a new home, by entering the cat into a rehoming program which involves desexing, microchipping, vaccinating and a veterinary health assessment. Once the cat is ready to be rehomed you may then be able to adopt it yourself.