Cat registration no longer compulsory in Ipswich

IPSWICH City Council is the latest Queensland council to announce it will cease mandatory cat registration.

The change will take place on July 1 this year, bringing Ipswich into line with councils in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Scenic Rim and the Lockyer Valley.

Health and community safety committee chairwoman Cr Sheila Ireland said the move was part of an election commitment by Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale before the February poll.

"With limited success under mandatory cat registration council needed to look at the best way to manage the city's cat population," she said.

"Council is investigating ways to assist in the reduction of unwanted cat litters and help owners understand how they can contain cats to their own properties so they don't become a nuisance.

"This is further recognition that pet ownership isn't one size fits all - we have specific regulations for all manner of animals including cats, dogs, horses and poultry."

Mandatory cat registration was introduced by the State Government on July 1, 2009.

Amendments to the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 removed the requirement for state-wide registration but allowed councils to continue cat registration under local laws in 2013.

"It's important to note that the change does not impact other laws about cats such as mandatory microchipping at point of sale or transfer," Cr Ireland said.

"Cats must also be contained to their own property and must not roam, and people need a council permit to keep more than two cats on a property.

"We will continue to work with the cat owners and the general community to ensure our cats are properly cared for."


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