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At present cats do not have to be registered and there is no official limit on the number of cats which can be kept. Council can prevent people from keeping cats (or other animals and birds) which are considered to be a nuisance or pose a health hazard.

Responsible Cat Ownership

Council strongly encourages responsible cat ownership.

This includes:

  • desexing
  • identification (by means of collar, tag or microchipping)
  • containing cats to their own premises so that they are not a nuisance to neighbours
  • not keeping excessive numbers of cats.
Unidentified Cats

The law provides that unidentified cats are regarded as strays and may be seized, detained and destroyed by Council Cat Management Officers.


Council hires cat traps to assist residents of Prospect to catch stray or feral cats on private property. They must then be taken to the Animal Welfare League within 12 hours to be humanely destroyed.

Hiring of traps costs $10.00 per week or $5.00 pensioner concession with a $100.00 refundable bond.

Cage Hire for Cats and Possums Application Form(193 kb)


If you need help with low price desexing contact C.A.T.S. Incorporated, PO Box 160, Kensington Park SA 5068 or telephone 8331 0476.

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