THE City of Stirling is waiving cat registration fees.
Following a council resolution at the February 12 meeting, the City will waive the first year of registration fees for sterilised cats as a trial program.
It applies to new one-year cat registrations and is available until October 31.
According to a report presented at the meeting, the City has received an average of 100 cat-related complaints per year since 2013, which predominantly relate to unregistered and stray cats and nuisance cat behaviour.
“Where complaints are received regarding multiple cats that are believed to be owned by neighbours, rangers will visit the identified property and conduct a registration check, as well as provide advice to residents regarding responsible ownership requirements,” it said.
The Cat Haven has provided trapping services on behalf of the City less than 20 times in the past two years.
There are 5996 cats registered with the City and the report said the free registration trial would lessen the financial burden on cat owners.
Cats aged six months and older must be registered, microchipped and sterilised, and though there are no legal requirements for owners to keep cats confined to their property, the City highly recommends this especially at night.