New cat rules for Palmerston North take effect 1 July

Palmerston North City Council building

Palmerston North City Council building. Photo: PNCC

Palmerston North City Council’s new Animals and Bees Bylaw 2018 comes into effect on 1 July. Here is an overview of the key changes affecting cats and their owners:

  1. Council has made it mandatory for cat owners to microchip their cats, and have the microchip registered with the New Zealand Companion Animals Register.
  2. All cats over six months of age must be desexed. These new requirements only apply to cats born after 1 July 2018. Cat owners are responsible for the cost of these procedures. Registered cat breeders are exempt from having to desex cats kept for breeding purposes.
  3. There are no changes to the number of cats you can keep in the urban area (set at three cats) but if you want to keep more than three cats per dwelling in the urban area you will need to seek a permit from Council.

Read more on the Palmerston North City Council website.

29 June 2018