Keeping a cat

Cat registration no longer required
The Queensland Government has changed the laws regarding mandatory cat registration. Due to these changes, if you live in the Brisbane City Council area, you no longer need to register your cat.

For more information or to enquire about existing cat registration, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Cat owner responsibilities

As a cat owner, you have to make sure your cat doesn't become a neighbourhood nuisance.

You should:

  • minimise your cat's impact on neighbours and wildlife
  • identify your cat with a collar and microchip
  • desex your cat before it is six months old 
  • vaccinate your cat annually 
  • provide your cat with enough food, water and exercise

You can read more about the requirements for cat owners.

Cat permit

In Brisbane you can keep up to three cats without a permit. If you want to keep more than three cats, you will need to apply for a permit.

Deciding if a cat is the right pet for you

Cats have a reputation for being independent, but they still need care and discipline for their own health and safety.

If you decide to get a cat you should think about:

  • how much grooming it will need 
  • if the breed you want is shy and quiet or active and robust 
  • if it will be an indoor or an outdoor cat
  • the time and costs involved

Advice about choosing the right cat for you is available if you adopt a cat from a Council animal shelter.

Where to find your cat

To limit unwanted animals, Council recommends you purchase your kitten or cat from:

Know where your cat is

It is in your cat’s best interests for you to keep it inside your property at all times. Where possible, consider a cat enclosure where your cat is within the confines of a set area. Your cat will be less likely to be hurt in fights, pick up diseases, be hit by cars or cause a nuisance. A cat causing a public nuisance by spraying or disrupting other domestic or native animals may provoke anger from neighbours or risk being picked up by Council officers.

You should keep your cat indoors at night to prevent it preying on nocturnal animals. Put bells or reflective mirrors on your cat's collar to protect wildlife.

Sometimes cats do get lost. Many end up in animal shelters and are put down because their owner cannot be identified. You can help prevent this by ensuring your cat always wears a collar and identification tag with your contact details.

Microchipping is a lifelong solution to identifying your cat if it becomes lost.

Nuisance cats

If a neighbourhood domestic cat is causing a problem, your best option is to talk to the cat's owner and try to resolve it with their help.

To deter a cat from coming into your garden or property, try using some of these harmless cat deterrents:

  • sprinkle cayenne powder around the area where the cat walks
  • spray a solution of vinegar and water around acid loving plants
  • sprinkle citrus peelings around your plants or garden beds

Alternatively, seek advice from your local vet or a pet store.

Cat population control and breeding cats

Council aims to eliminate the problem of unwanted cats and promote responsible cat ownership by:

  • banning any breeding and selling of cats without a Council permit 
  • using trapping programs to reduce or eliminate feral cat colonies in wildlife habitats and commercial areas

Council does not trap pet cats on private premises in response to disputes between residents.

01 April 2014