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Responsible Cat Ownership

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Homeless Cats

The Dog and Cat Management Board has launched a new campaign and web site to address homeless cats.

Homeless cats are usually domestic cats who are lost or abandoned. Many are frequently or infrequently fed by well intentioned animal lovers but unfortunately this behaviour simply extends a lifestyle of danger, disease, discomfort and illness.

This website seeks to provide some helpful facts and figures and suggestions about what we can all do to reduce the number of homeless cats in our State.

The site also encourages you to join the discussion, provide your views and see what other like minded cat lovers are saying on our forum.

Does my cat need to be identified?

Under the provisions of the Dog & Cat Management Act 1995, cats are not currently required to be registered in South Australia. However, cats can be identified through either a collar and disc or micro-chipping. Owners may choose not to identify their cat, but confine it to their property. Alternatively, they may choose to identify their cat so that if it does roam, it will be protected by law. Having a cat collar which has contact details on it may avoid the cat being kept by a member of the public or being classified as a stray. Unidentified roaming cats are at risk of being collected and disposed of as an unwanted cat.

Is there a curfew for cats?

Although there is no legal curfew on cats many organisations including Councils encourage cat owners to confine their cats to their premises. Keeping your cat in at night is good for neighbourly relations and avoids the cat calling, or "yowling", along with other cat related complaints. Consideration of other people's property and environment should be taken seriously by all cat owners.

What are the limits on cats per household?

There are no requirements relating to the limit of cats per household under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 or the City of Salisbury's by-laws. If you have concerns about unsanitary conditions caused by excessive number of cats then Council's Environmental Health Officers may investigate this matter.


Council supports the de-sexing of cats unless they are intended for breeding. De-sexing your cat is recommended at an early age. A de-sexed cat is less likely to fight and undertake other antisocial behaviours such as spraying and the desire to mate. Cats Assistance to Sterilise (C.A.T.S.) offer advice and information on cat care, methods of management and de-sexing. Enquiries and for more information call 8331 0471.

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act

Please note that under the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, it is an offence to abandon your cat and carries severe penalties. For further Information If you have any questions regarding responsible cat ownership, please contact the Inspectorate Services staff on 8406 8222.