Cat Ownership and Registration

Cats as pets

Cats make excellent pets - they are quiet, clean and don't need a lot of space or exercise. Cats are less social creatures and can cope with being left alone while their owners are away better than dogs. Responsible cat ownership includes caring for your pet's welfare needs such as:

  • A suitable environment
  • A healthy diet
  • Keeping cats indoors at night (studies show cats kept indoors at night enjoy longer and healthier lives)
  • Toys and scratching posts (most cats don't have access to scratching posts and can't express their natural behavours)
  • Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 protects the welfare of all animals. If you have concerns regarding the welfare of a cat please visit the RSPCA website.

Why we microchip and register cats

Cat sterilisation, microchip and registration is required by law. It enables the City of Bayswater to:

  • Reunite a lost pet with its owner
  • Regulate domestic animals businesses e.g. pet shops and boarding kennels
  • Animal management staff to attend to nuisance complaints such as cat trespassing.
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Cat Sterilisation microchip and registration requirements

All cats over the age of six months must be:

  • Microchipped (through a vet) *
  • Registered with the City
  • Sterilised (unless a registered breeder).

*A microchip is an implant placed under your cat's skin by a vet. It is used as a means of identification. Please provide proof that your cat is sterlised and microchipped when registering your pet.

Are you concerned a microchip will affect the health of your cat? You can ask your vet to provide an exemption certificate.

Cat registration tag

Upon registration you will be issued with a cat registration tag. The tag includes a registration number and expiry date. Please attach the registration tag to your cat’s collar.

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How to register your cat

First time registration

Please complete the cat registration form and submit it with your payment and proof of microchipping to:

City of Bayswater
61 Broun Avenue,
Morley WA 6062

Or via email to

Important note: If you are applying for a discounted fee for a sterilised cat or if you hold a pensioner concession card, a copy must be provided with your application form.

Cat registration renewal

All cat registrations expire on October 31 each year.

Animal renewal forms are posted annually in October. It is the cat owner's responsibility to ensure the registration is renewed.

Fees and charges

Cat registration options and costs are:

Registration optionsMicrochipped and sterilsed 
1 year$20 
3 years$42.50 

If you have a pensioner concession card, you are entitled to a 50% reduction on the following fees. A copy must be presented at the time of registration.

Please note, there is no provision for the refund of cat registration fees.

Cat owner responsibilities

As a cat owner, you must abide by all relevant legislation and be accountable for the welfare of your cat and the environment.

If you fail to comply, it may result in infringements being issued.

You must:

We recommend that your cat wears a collar with a registration tag and a bell. Registration tags are issued by the City when you pay your registration fee.

There are many parks and wetland areas within the City, that act as refuges for wildlife like birds and reptiles. To help protect native wildlife, we recommend cats be confined to your property, particularly at night.

If you have concerns regarding the welfare of a cat please contact RSPCA or visit their website.

Sterilisation Subsidy

The City offers a subsidy for sterilising a registered cat. Subsidies are available at these participating vet clinics:

Vet ClinicAddressContact Number
Greencross Vet Clinic2/1010 Beaufort Street, Bedford

9371 2456

Bedford - Dianella Vet Clinic

78 Walter Road, Bedford

9275 9283

Maylands Vet Clinic

260 Guildford Road, Maylands

9371 0005

Morley Vet Centre and Cat Clinic

6 Cherry Court, Morley

9275 3000

Noranda / Beechboro Vet Clinic

1/36 Benara Road, Noranda

9275 3021

Please contact the City for further information prior to the sterilisation of your pet.

Owning more than three cats

In the City of Bayswater you are not permitted to have more than three cats per property, unless special permission is granted.

To apply please complete the Application to keep more than 3 cats form and mail to:

City of Bayswater
61 Broun Avenue,
Morley WA 6062

Or via email to

Alternatively,  please contact the Rangers and Security on 9272 0972 or 1300 360 333.

If you are a Cat Breeder, please refer to the Cat Breeder Fact Sheet and Cat Breeders Application for further information.

Nuisance cats

If you have a problem with a nuisance cat, for example a cat entering your property, the City can assist with providing a cat trap. A cat trap is loaned on a temporary basis, free of charge. Cats are unharmed in this process and all cats are transferred to the Cat Haven.

The Cat Haven will try to locate the owner and reunite them with their pet. If the owner cannot be found, the cat will be placed up for adoption after the required holding period.        

Change of ownership or address

If the status of your pet changes, such as:

  • Change of ownership
  • Change of address.

Please contact the City of Bayswater Rangers and Security by:

Lost or found cats

The City of Bayswater does not have a cat impound facility. All found or impounded cats are transferred to the:

Cat Haven
23 Lemnos Street,
Shenton Park WA 6008

9442 3600

If you have lost your cat, please contact Rangers and Security on 9272 0972 or 1300 360 330.

We also suggest you contact the Cat Haven, surrounding Vets and use social media if available.

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