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Responsible pet ownership

Desexing and microchipping your cat or dog are highly recommended for many health and safety reasons. All dogs and cats need to be registered.

Tips for cat owners

Desexing cats

Desexing pet cats is strongly recommended for a number of reasons. They can become more affectionate, better companions and often live longer healthier lives. Desexing also reduces:

  • Wandering
  • Risk of injury from cat fights
  • Cost of registration by $140
  • Cancer and diseases of the reproductive organs
  • Anti-social behaviours, like spraying and yowling
  • Spread of unwanted feral cats or cats

Dogs and cats

Both dogs and cats need lots of love, company, regular fresh food and water, vaccinations, worming, tick and flea treatments and regular vet checks. You should also check that your contact details on their microchip are up to date. And it’s essential that you register your pet with Council.

With cats, it’s important to:

  • Make sure cats are kept indoors at night to protect wildlife and keep them safe
  • Ensure they wear a collar with a name tag
  • Put a number of bells on the collar to protect wildlife
  • Provide lots of toys and entertainment for indoor cats
  • Prevent unwanted breeding: cats can breed from 4 months of age and have 3 litters a year

With a dog, it’s important to:

  • Make sure they have enough toys to keep occupied. This will minimise barking and keep your dog happy.
  • Walk your dog: Exercised it for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour daily.
  • Keep it on a leash and under effective control when in public. Designated Off-Leash areas are an exception.
  • Put a collar with name tag and contact details on them.
  • Clean up after your dog goes to the toilet in a public area.
  • Have your dog properly trained to address:
    • Barking
    • Territorial boundaries
    • Social skills

Quick helpful links

Blacktown Animal Holding Facility – for searches of lost cats and dogs 

NSW Government Registration fees of cats and dogs 

NSW Government Microchipping and registration

Report nuisance animals 

Companion Animals Act 1998