How many cats can I own?
Queensland is not a cheap place to be a crazy cat lady. Brisbane City Council allows you to keep up to three cats and two dogs without a permit. A kitten is considered a cat at three months of age. There are several restrictions you need to meet to be able to get a pet permit, and it renews annually ($171 per year). Gold Coast Council is even more stringent, allowing you two cats only without a permit, and Ipswich Council allows two cats, or up to four if the property housing them is 2000m2, before you need a permit.
Get a chip on their shoulder
Microchipping is a permanent form of electronic identification, where a rice-sized microchip is painlessly implanted under the pet’s skin. The barcode on the chip allows lost cats or dogs to be identified easily whether they have a collar or not. Under State Government laws for pet owners, microchipping is compulsory when you acquire a cat or dog in Queensland. Dogs and cats must be microchipped before the age of 12 weeks. Whenever you move address, you will need to update your details with your microchip registry.
Desexed is best
Having your pet desexed is not compulsory or enforceable by law. However, all three councils recommend desexing pets as part of being a responsible pet owner. This reduces the overpopulation of cats and protects our native wildlife. It also prevents males from wandering during mating season. During the procedure the vet inserts a small tattoo in the animal’s ear to identify it as being desexed. Many councils offer incentives and subsidies to desex cats and dogs.
Councils have a number of fines they enforce to encourage responsible pet ownership. Make sure you are aware of what your local council’s requirements are before you adopt. All of Furry Friends Animal Rescue Queensland's foster cats are adopted fully vaccinated, microchipped and desexed.