The bylaw on microchipping cats was passed at the Environment Committee on 4 August 2016.
89% of all submitters and 82% of cat owners who submitted on the Animal Bylaw supported the introduction of compulsory microchipping.
All cats over the age of 12 weeks are covered by the bylaw.
The bylaw will come into place in early 2018, giving owners 18 months to meet the new requirement for cats to be microchipped.
Microchipping doesn’t hurt cats.
Benefits of microchipping your cat
Microchipping helps protect your cat and supports you as a pet owner.
Microchips are reliable, unlike cat collars, which often come off.
Cats that are microchipped can be easily identified and returned to their owner if they become lost or separated.
Following the Christchurch earthquakes, over 80% of microchipped cats were quickly reunited with their owners after the quake, compared with only 15% of non-microchipped cats
Microchipping is recommended as best practice by the Ministry for Primary Industries in their Companion Cats - Code of Welfare 2007.
Sometimes the Council gets complaints about stray cat colonies. Council makes a note of these complaints for any future work we may carry out in these areas. This work is done by Wellington City Council staff in conjunction with staff from Greater Wellington Regional Council, Wellington SPCA and local veterinary clinics.
If a domestic cat with a microchip is picked up by mistake, it will be released or - if reported as lost - returned to its owner.
You can get your cat microchipped at your local vet.
You will then need to register your cat's microchip with the NZ Companion Animal Register (NZCAR).
For more information, see Frequently-asked questions for owners - NZCAR
The Council is looking at how we can work with communities to help people microchip their cats.
Microchipping costs between $15 and $20, plus vet fees.
Registration with NZCAR is a one-off fee of $15.
Frequently asked questions