Desexing and Microchipping

Compulsory desexing

All cats must be desexed when being registered.

The following exceptions apply:

  • A cat used for breeding purposes at domestic animal business registered with Council

  • A cat whose health would be significantly affected if it is desexed and written veterinary advice can be provided

  • A dangerous dog that is kept as a guard dog for non-residential premises

  • A declared dangerous dog that has gone through protection training

  • A cat that is owned by a current member of an applicable organisation (listed below) and the animal is registered with that organisation.
    Proof of membership of animal and owner must be provided

    The Minister for Agriculture has declared the following 'applicable organisations':
    Feline Control Council (Victoria) Inc, The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria, Dogs Victoria, Australian National Cats Inc, Cats Victoria Inc, Greyhound Racing Victoria. These organisations have a code of ethics that requires responsible pet ownership in compliance with the Act and related Codes of Practice.

  • Registration of non-desexed dogs will be accepted, refer to applicable registration fees

Compulsory desexing

At its ordinary meeting held on Monday 11 September 2017 Council adopted the following Domestic Animal Standing Order in accordance with section 10A, of the Domestic Animals Act 1994


From 18 September 2017 all cats must be desexed from the age of three months in order to be eligible for any new registration unless otherwise exempt in accordance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

The order of Council applies exclusively to cats and the previous mandate applicable to dogs is repealed with the commencement of this order.

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