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Compulsory desexing

All cats should be desexed, so compulsory desexing sounds like a good idea. However, it fails to take into account the financial burden imposed on low income sections of society, such as pensioners. It would be rather pointless to fine such people for not having the money to have their cat desexed.

It is also difficult to verify whether or not a cat has been desexed. This information could be recorded on a microchip, but microchipping adds to the financial burden.

With both microchipping and ear tattooing a cat has to be caught to be inspected.


Some cats won't allow strangers to pick them up, so they would have to be trapped. Hard to handle cats in cages cannot be scanned through the wire.

 According to a REARK survey in 1994 (2), 92% of cats in Adelaide, including juveniles, are desexed, the highest of any capital city.

To get an even higher percentage desexed, more can be achieved through education and assistance than through unenforceable laws.