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Cat Owner Obligations

As a responsible cat owner you should:

  • Microchip your cat - this is compulsory under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008
  • Vaccinate your cat - there are many benefits in vaccination including managing the spread of viruses affecting cats. Talk to your vet for more information
  • Keep your cat on your property at all times – it is a requirement under Council’s Local Laws that cats are not allowed to roam. This means your cat must be contained in a manner that prevents it leaving your property. Cats that are allowed to roam often cause a nuisance to surrounding properties.
  • Desex your cat - cats are prolific breeders and there are many more kittens born every year than there are available homes. Desexing your cat means you are not inadvertently contributing to the overpopulation of cats.
  • Apply for a permit if you have more than 2 cats
  • Comply with the minimum standards in Local Law No. 6 of Animal Management and the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

Number of cats allowed

You can keep up to two cats on your property without the need for a permit or up to four cats on land 2,000m² or more. A kitten is considered a cat at three months of age. See the Cats Fact Sheet for more information.

If you wish to keep more than two cats, you must apply to Ipswich City Council for a permit. To apply, phone (07) 3810 6666.

Request to Council

To make a request for Council to investigate the keeping of more than two cats on a property outside the requirements, or to report a roaming cat:

  • Notify online via MyIpswich
  • Contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 with location and address of the property, number of cats being kept or details of the roaming cat.

Surrendering a cat

Council does not accept surrenders. Please contact RSPCA to discuss your options. It’s important to remember that welfare organisations work to find new homes for all healthy rehomable animals and cannot generally arrange surrender of your animal immediately. You will most likely need to work with the organisation to schedule a surrender.

Caring for your pet in an emergency

It is important not to forget your pets during an emergency or disaster event. For more information see Caring for Animals in an Emergency. For a handy and downloadable checklist, check out the Pet Emergency Plan.

More information

Council on (07) 3810 6666

Cats Factsheet (PDF, 286.3 KB)
Cats - Permit Application Kit (PDF, 325.7 KB)
Roaming Cats
Lost or Injured Animals
Council's Fees and Charges