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Do I have to register my Dog or Cat?
All cats and dogs, other than exempt cats and dogs, must be registered by six months of age. The registration fee is a once-only payment, which covers the cat or dog for its lifetime in NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership. You are encouraged to have your cat or dog desexed before registering it.

Discounted registration fees apply to desexed cats or dogs. Having your cat or dog desexed prior to registration helps to reduce straying, fighting and aggression and antisocial behaviour, such as spraying to mark territory. It also helps to reduce the number of unwanted pets born each year.

Registration fees are used by councils for providing animal management related services to the community. These may include ranger services, pound facilities, dog refuse bins, educational and other companion animal-related activities.

Dogs and Cats

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1. Do I have to register my Dog or Cat?
2. When does my cat or dog have to be microchipped?
3. Does my farm working dog have to be registered?
4. Can my cat or dog lose its exemption from microchipping and lifetime registration?
5. Do I have to register and microchip my cat?
6. How much does lifetime registration cost?
7. I have recently moved to NSW – how long until I have to lifetime register my pet?
8. What do I need to do if I give my pet away or sell it?
9. What do I need to do if my pet is lost or dies?
10. Do I have to keep my cat inside?
11. Does my dog need to be on a leash?