Desexing and microchipping will become compulsory for all owned cats over the age of four months.
A person who wants to keep more than four cats at their property, and who is not a registered breeder, will be required to apply for a permit.
Trapping and seizure of cats will be allowed on private land regardless of the proximity to other residences.
Primary producers, and those landowners who are more than 1km from the nearest residence, will be permitted to humanely destroy a cat that is found on their property.
The Act supports council’s ability to make by-laws with regards to matters that relate to their municipality.