South Australian Local Council By-Laws for the management of cats
Depending on where you live, by-laws enforced by your local council may require your cat to be microchipped and/or registered (as a form of identification).
Whiile new laws are coming in from 1 July 2018, If you live in one of the South Australian council areas listed below, your cat is required to be micrcochipped now:
It’s important to keep your microchip information up to date should you move or change your contact details.
A microchip is a tiny electronic chip approximately the size of a rice grain which has a unique identification number. The microchip will last for the life of the cat and it is inserted under the skin at the back of the cat’s neck by a trained practitioner. The microchip number is the link to the owner’s contact details which are held on a registry database.
The microchip functions by emitting a radiofrequency signal when energised by a scanner passing over the cat. The identification number on the microchip is displayed on the scanner and can be cross-referenced with contact details held on a registry database. This database can be accessed by councils, vets, animal welfare groups and shelters. It is important that the details held on the registry database are kept up to date.
Microchipping your cat will make it easier for your council, animal shelter or vet to quickly reunite you in the event your cat is lost or missing. Microchipping also helps to reduce the burden on shelters, vets and animal management officers to re-home or euthanize animals which cannot be reunited with their owner.
Your local vet can arrange for your cat to be microchipped. Many vets offer discounted microchipping when the procedure is accompanied by a desexing operation. Also some councils and shelters organise discounted microchipping on special days.
For further information on microchipping please refer to the Cats and Microchips Factsheet.