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Cats as pets

Cats are an important part of our everyday life. As companions, they fulfil a vital role in society by providing companionship and unconditional love for their owners.

Cats are required to be registered in all South Australian council areas. The City of Marion does not charge a fee for registering your cat. Your contact details and the cat's microchipping and desexing details must be entered in to the registration database Dogs and Cats Online (DACO). It is important to register your cat to assist with identifying the cat should it be collected by one of our Community Safety Inspectors, or taken to a vet or the RSPCA. Keeping your information up to date on the microchip record and on DACO will assist us with reuniting you with your beloved pet.

As of 1 July 2018, the State Government made some changes to the requirements for desexing and microchipping cats and dogs.

  • All cats and dogs are required to be microchipped.
  • All cats and dogs born after 1 July 2018 must be desexed.

Exemptions may apply.

Visit the Dog and Cat Management Board website for more information.

Tips for cat owners - where was your cat last night?

To reduce the chance of your cat/s becoming a nuisance, the following information has been provided for your convenience.

  • Cats hunt by instinct and they often hunt at night over long distances, hence it is important that cats are contained at night. Any enclosed space can be made comfortable for your cat/s.
  • Confinement is not cruel as long as food, water, ventilation, shelter, a litter tray, a warm place to sleep, exercise and sunbathing areas, as well as scratching and climbing places are provided.
  • Being proactive will ensure the cat/s do not have the opportunity to cause a nuisance or to kill wildlife in the neighbourhood.

Number of cats permitted and application form

To maintain a balanced living environment for the enjoyment of all residents, under the City of Marion by-law number 6, the limited number of cats permitted per residence is two desexed cats.

Residents may apply to the City of Marion for permission to keep more than the permitted number of cats.

Each application will be investigated by a Community Safety Inspector and each application is judged on its merits.

The application form below must be completed in full for it to be lodged and assessed.

A Community Safety Inspector will investigate and inspect the property where the cats will be kept.

The approval process may take up to 4 weeks. The City of Marion will advise you of the decision in writing. The approval is only valid for the cats mentioned in the application. The approval may be withdrawn if the City of Marion receives a complaint relating to the cats.

Step one - download and complete form

Step two - submit form via My Marion

Tips for dealing with nuisance cats

If you are experiencing a cat problem such as spraying cats, cat fights and straying cats, there are several options available to help you to rectify the problem.

Approach the owner

Many people are not even aware that their cat/s are causing a nuisance. If you know who owns the cat/s, approach the owner and discuss the matter in a friendly and constructive way - you may be able to work together to find a suitable solution.


To discourage cats from entering your property, there are many deterrents available that will assist you, some of these include:

  • Cayenne pepper - Sprinkle pepper around the problem areas. You can also sprinkle mustard, eucalyptus oil, vinegar, citrus peel, cloudy ammonia or citronella oil, as cats don't like the smell.
  • Vaseline - Smearing Vaseline on the fence and post tops will deter cats as they cannot grip the greasy surface.
  • Chicken wire - Fences can be modified by attaching floppy chicken wire to the top of an existing fence, angled slightly inwards, cats will find it very difficult to balance on the chicken wire.
  • Rue - Plant this herb near their normal toileting area will deter them from returning there.
  • Ping-pong balls - If a cat uses the roof of your car to sleep on at night, hang ping-pong balls on fishing line from the roof of the garage. Hang them at a height where they just miss the car but would hit the cat, hence annoying it so much that they would find another place to sleep.
  • Water your garden - If a cat digs in a certain area of your garden at night, water this section just before dark so that it will be wet overnight as cats don't like to have wet, muddy feet.

Further information

City of Marion cat traps

While the City of Marion does not trap or collect cats, there are a number of cat cages available for residents to hire to trap stray and feral cats.

Cages are available for collection between 8.30am and 4.30pm. Please telephone the City of Marion Customer Service Centre on 8375 6600 to check availability. If a cage is available, the Customer Service Centre can place the cage on hold for 24 hours.

  • For your convenience, download the Cat trap agreement form.

A refundable deposit of $40 applies and the hire period is 4 weeks. Where any cage is not returned within 4 weeks, the resident will be charged for the full replacement cost of the cage at $210.00.

A cat must be released within 12 hours of being trapped by one of the following methods:

  • Released where it was caught.
  • Taken to a veterinarian within the City of Marion for a fee of $80.00.
  • Taken to RSPCA at Meyer Road, Lonsdale.

RSPCA Lonsdale 25 Meyer Road Lonsdale SA 5160 Fax: 8326 2410

RSPCA Headquarters 16 Nelson Street Stepney SA 5069 (Formally 172 Morphett Street, Adelaide 5000) Post: GPO Box 2122, Adelaide 5001, Fax: 8231 6201

Identified cats

It is important to note that in accordance with legislation (Dog and Cat Management Act 1995) cats are identified if they have either a tagged collar or a microchip as indicated by an ‘M’ tattoo in the ear.

It is an offence to trap an identified cat and the animal must be returned to the place where it was trapped.

It is unlawful to enter private property in order to trap a cat.

Any cat must be either released, taken to a veterinarion or RSPCA Lonsdale located at Myer Road, Lonsdale (contact details above) within 12 hours of capture. Whilst the RSPCA does not charge for accepting stray cats, donations are always welcome.

Further details regarding this legislation can be obtained by visiting the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities website.

Lost Cats

The City of Marion does not keep a register of lost cats.

If you have lost your cat, please see our Lost animals page.

It is also advisable to place a notice in your local shopping centre, perhaps do a local letter box drop, or consider putting an advertisement in the local newspaper.

Cats by-law

Cat ownership in the City of Marion is governed by the Cats by-law 2014 below.