Sterilisation of cats
The sterilisation of cats has been compulsory since April 2018. Cat owners must have their cat spayed before it reaches the age of 6 months.
Why is sterilisation necessary?
Sterilisation prevents unwanted litters and thus reduces the number of abandoned and sterilised cats in shelters.
Spaying your cat also means preventing the risk of serious diseases such as cancer.
Sterilisation can also have a positive effect on your cat's behaviour, reducing runaways, urine marking, fights and thus the risk of communicable diseases.
Bonus for the sterilisation of cats
A municipal premium is available:
- 50 euros for males
- 75 euros for females
More info and form:
- Flyer 'Votre chat, votre ami. Le stériliser, c'est le protéger' (PDF, 5.19 MB) (in French and Dutch)
Stray cat policy is a communal competence. The City of Brussels relies on the recognised 'catch, sterilise and replace' method. This is an animal-friendly approach to getting the number of cats under control.
The City of Brussels grants subsidies to local organisations for the capture, sterilisation and care of street cats. It also makes cat houses available and sites where feral cats can be reintroduced. If the cats can be placed for adoption, this is arranged through the organisation.