City of Karratha

Cat Ownership Rules and Regulations

Owning a cat comes with certain responsibilities, find our more about having a cat in the City of Karratha below.

Dealing with a Nuisance Cat

Talk to your neighbours

  • If you know who owns that cat, talk to the owner. Often they will be apologetic and make an effort to rectify the problem
  • If you are not comfortable speaking directly with your neighbour you could place a letter in their mailbox
  • If you have contacted the cat owner and are getting no results, contact us by phoning 08 9186 8555, or report the cat online

Use natural cat deterrents and repellents

The following may deter cats:

  • Citrus fragrance
  • Coffee grounds
  • Lavender oil
  • Garlic
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemongrass
  • Citronella
  • Eucalyptus
  • Vinegar sprayed on areas where they roam
  • Pinecones and heavy bark mulch (cats don't like the feeling on their feet)
  • Dried nut or bean shells, broken egg shells, holly leaves or rock mulch

Plant natural cat deterrent plants

The following plants are also natural deterrents:

  • Curry plant
  • Rosemary
  • Scaredy cat plant
  • Lemon thyme
  • Lavender

Use commercial cat repellent products

You can purchase commercial cat repellent sprays and gels from your vet or pet stores. These methods will only work if the cat does not like the smell of the product. Do not use a disinfectant that contains ammonia, as this may attract cats to the area.

Another suggestion is to fill a 2 litre plastic bottle with water. This magnifies movement on the other side and may deter cats.

Number of cats on a property

The City of Karratha Animals, Environment and Nuisance Local Law 2011 currently allows each household to keep a maximum of three cats.

Cat breeders

If you are a current cat breeder or wish to become a breeder you must download and complete this form to apply for a cat breeding permit. Conditions apply to cat breeding permits and a non-refundable fee is payable upon lodgement of an application. If your application is approved, a Cat Breeder certificate will be issued and is valid for 12 months from the date of approval, with annual renewal and inspections conducted. Of particular note, you are not able to give away or sell kittens without an accompanying voucher for their sterilisation.

Owners Basic Responsibilities

For further information download the Responsible Cat Ownership brochure.