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    Compulsory registration of domestic cats in Wallonia

    An obligation to identify and register domestic cats will enter into force on 1 November in Wallonia, said the cabinet of the Walloon Minister of Animal Welfare, Carlo Di Antonio on Friday. Cats born as of November 1, 2017 must be identified and registered before the age of 12 weeks, and before being marketed (donated or sold). A database common to the three regions of the country (CAT ID) has been set up to collect data on identified cats.

    Cats coming from abroad but already identified must be registered within eight days of their arrival, unless they accompany their master for a stay of less than six months.

    Concretely, the identification is carried out via the implantation of a sterile micro-chip. After identification, the veterinarian must encode the cat and register information in the database within eight days.

    The cost of this identification and registration is on average €50 (€2.90 for the database + price of the visit to the veterinarian).

    In 2015, nearly 26,700 animals were collected in Walloon shelters compared to 24,300 in 2014. Dogs and cats are the animals most often abandoned in Wallonia.

    Maria Novak
    The Brussels Times