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All cats must be microchipped and registered as per The Companion Animals Act 1998. 

Cat owners have a responsibility to their cat and the community to ensure their cat is housed, managed and kept responsibly. Irresponsible ownership can jeopardise the safety of the animal and further tarnish the reputation of the cat when it is simply behaving as a cat does.

As a cat owner you must follow these rules which are set out in the Companion Animal Act, 1998:

  • The law gives cats specific protection and also introduces responsibilities for cat owners.
  • From 1 July 1999 all new cats or kittens must be permanently identified and lifetime registered.
  • Also from 1 July 1999 all cat owners must identify their cat either by collar and tag or by microchip.
  • If your cat causes a nuisance to neighbours, through noise or by attack on animals, the owner must act to control the action causing the nuisance.
  • Stray cats that attack animals on someone else's property may be removed.

The Companion Animals Act also encourages people to desex their cats. The cost of registration is substantially less for desexed animals. A further discount is also available for pets of pensioners and registered breeders.

Below is a useful brochure designed to help cat owners house and manage their pets. The brochure contains information on

  • Identification and registration.
  • Housing and management of cats.
  • Understanding cat behaviour.
  • Desexing pet/companion cats that are not to be used for breeding pedigree registered cats.

This page was last updated on: 15 October 2018