Owning a cat

Cats are a popular pet choice for lots of good reasons.

Cats are a popular pet choice. Around 27% of Australian households have at least one cat*

Cat ownership is a commitment for the life span of your cat which could be 15 years or more. You are responsible for their food, water, shelter and activities, minimising its impact on your neighbours and the environment.

Choosing a cat

In South Australia there are laws regulating the breeding and sale of cats. Breeders must be registered in Dogs and Cats Online (you should check to see they’re registered) and they must include their breeder registration number in any advertisement. A breeder cannot sell a cat unless it’s been microchipped.

Don’t buy a cat or kitten on a whim, do your research. This could include a visit to your local animal welfare organisation, shelter, rescue group or breeder to see the conditions or facilities the cat or kitten has been raised in.


In South Australia, all cats must be desexed and their microchip registered in Dogs and Cats Online. You just need your cat’s microchip number to get started. If you need help, follow the easy guide on the cat registration page.


Our Cat owners handbook provides detailed information on cat care, strategies for preventing cats from causing a public nuisance or injury, the legal requirements for owning a cat in South Australia and more.

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