Cat owner responsibilities
Cat By-law and keeping your cat at home
Cat fact sheets

South Australian law requires all cats to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age, and for all cats born after 1 July 2018 to be desexed by 6 months of age. Exemptions apply for registered breeders etc.

Cat registration on Dogs and Cats Online
Amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 require all cat microchip details to be entered onto Dogs and Cats Online regardless of whether council have a cat by-law requiring cat registration or not.

Any cats that are microchipped will automatically be registered by the relevant vet/microchipper onto the State's Dog and Cats Online (DACO) register so that if found, they can be returned to their owners. Existing microchip details on national registers have not been brought across into DACO so cat owners need to enter their cat microchip details into DACO manually. All cat owners have an ongoing obligation to keep and update microchip information about their cat(s) in DACO.

Council does not currently charge an annual registration fee for cats.

Why microchip information is going onto Dogs and Cats Online
Microchip information about cats, and details of their owners, will be available in Dogs and Cats Online to enable Council to reunite cats with their owners and make informed cat management and associated policy decisions.

Adelaide Hills Council does not currently require cats to be registered or contained, however these rules change between Council districts. If you are moving with your cat, please check with your new Council for their requirements.

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On 1 January 2022, Adelaide Hills Council's Cat By-law will require all domestic cats to be kept at home at all times (unless on a harness, leash, or similar). This change will help Council staff and volunteers separate out feral cat populations from our beautiful landscape, as well as being of benefit to the comfort of the wider community.

Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions about our Cat By-law and keeping your cat at home.

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The website Good Cat is an excellent source of information for all cat owners. It includes information on different cat breeds, stray cats, indoor cats and more.

It is also a great resource for fact sheets on the topics of new cat laws, microchipping, and desexing. Click here to visit the Good Cat website.

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