Frequently asked questions

From January 1st, 2019 merged municipality. Which address do I have to mention?

Since 1 January 2019, Flanders has 7 new merged municipalities. If your (sub) municipality is one of them, please encode your pre-merge address for now. An automatic update to all new addresses that are changing is planned. This update will take several weeks.

We advise you to consult the website by the end of February and if necessary to make the needful corrections. If all is correct, you will be able to download your new updated certificate.

How does the keeper obtain proof of registration for his or her cat?

The cat registration certificate is sent by the veterinarian either in digital form or as a paper copy. After identifying and registering the cat online on www.catdid.be, the vet must give the registration certificate to the cat's keeper. The keeper should keep this proof indefinitely.

CatID does not send proof of registration to the keeper by post or e-mail. If the keeper wants a copy of the certificate, this request must be made to the vet. As a vet, you can reprint the registration certificate.

If the keeper wants a copy of the registration certificate, they can also access and modify their own information via the online application. To do this, they must identify themselves using their electronic ID card on the website https://online.catid.be

 

 

Can private individuals modify the keeper status or data in the partial CatID version?

A private individual can also access and modify their own information via the online application. To do this, they must identify themselves using their electronic ID card on the website https://online.catid.be

Can I register a cat with a temporary paper ID certificate?

Remember that cat registration as specified by the Regional Orders can be done via electronic channels only.

Registration documents will therefore not be sent from or to professionals and registration certificates will not be sent to keepers. All of this is stated in the registration application.

Temporary paper ID certificates cannot be ordered.

What does it cost to register a cat with CatID through a vet?

A complete and confirmed record in the unique CatID database is planned at the price stipulated in the new legal framework, €2904 including VAT.

How do I log onto the CatID online platform via www.catid.be or https://online.catid.be ? How can I buy registration tokens?

Please refer to the user guide and tutorial on our website.

What do you need to use the CatID online platform?

To create a CatID online account and use this website, you need:

  • - A computer with (an operating system + a browser),

  • - An electronic ID card (eID),

  • - The PIN for the eID,

  • - An eID reader,

  • - To be registered and known as a CatID-approved vet

The cat is not yet registered with CatID.

Please speak to an approved veterinarian. He or she will register the cat with CatID. A person acquires a cat, whether free of charge or for payment, only if the cat is identified and registered.

A keeper is moving (with cat) to a different address in Belgium. What should I do?

If a keeper moves, the vet encodes the new address in the database within eight days and certifies the accuracy of the data using his or her electronic ID card. If the cat is not yet registered with CatID, this must be done before any changes can be input.

A change of address or contact details cannot be notified by e-mail, post, or telephone by the keeper, the vet, a shelter, or the breeder. Any change must be notified electronically on our CatID online application by the vet or the private individual.

A keeper is moving abroad with his or her cat. What should I do?

If the keeper moves abroad with a cat, the vet adds a note to the CatID database within eight days stating that the cat is no longer in Belgium, and then confirms this modification using his or her electronic ID card.

If the cat is registered in a different database, please contact the company concerned.

A cat registered in the CatID database is exported. What should I do?

If a cat is exported, the vet encodes this information in the database within eight days and certifies the accuracy of the data using his or her electronic ID card.

A private individual can also access and modify their own information via the online application. To do this, they must identify themselves using their electronic ID card on the website https://online.catid.be

Where is the sterilisation of a cat input?

If the cat is sterilised, the vet encodes this information in the database within 24 hours and certifies the accuracy of the data using his or her electronic ID card.

A cat's microchip has become unreadable. What should I do?

If a cat has an unreadable microchip, a new, readable microchip must be implanted by an approved vet. If the cat is not yet registered with CatID, as an approved vet you must register your cat in the CatID database.

If the cat is already registered with CatID, you must save the modification and certify the accuracy of the data using your electronic ID card.

If the keeper has a passport showing the number of the unreadable chip, this passport becomes void. If the keeper is travelling with their cat, you must make a new passport containing the new chip number, and must note this in the CatID database.

A cat is lost, stolen, or deceased. How do I change the status on the microchip?

If a cat is lost, stolen, dead, or exported, the approved vet encodes this information in the CatID database within two months and certifies the accuracy of the data using his or her electronic ID card, provided that the cat is registered with CatID.

A private individual can also access and modify their own information via the online application. To do this, they must identify themselves using their electronic ID card on the website https://online.catid.be

A keeper is living in Belgium with his or her cat temporarily, for less than six months. Should I register it?

No, the obligation to register a cat in Belgium does not apply to cats accompanying their keeper to Belgium for a stay of less than six months.

As a veterinarian, can I look up the data in your CatID database?

Yes, as a vet, if you have the chip number of a cat, you can view all the data on our website www.catid.be .

Important Note: Only cats registered with CatID can be found

A keeper needs a duplicate passport

If a keeper wishes to obtain a duplicate European passport for a cat that is already registered, please obtain a new one for them. This change of passport must be indicated in the database, and this action confirmed using your electronic ID card.

A European BE03 passport can only be obtained from CatID by an approved vet.

If the cat is not yet registered in the database, it must be registered before a new passport can be obtained.

I have lost my cat's European passport.

If you wish to obtain a duplicate European passport for a cat that is already registered, please visit your approved vet.

A European passport cannot be obtained from CatID.

If your cat is not yet registered in the database, it must be registered before a new passport can be obtained. The vet makes a note of this in the CatID database and confirms the comment using his or her ID card.

Obligation to sterilise cats in Belgium

If you have any questions concerning the obligation to sterilise your cat, we recommend you contact the animal welfare department in your region.

I am going on a trip with my cat within the European Union.

Cats must have a European passport. This passport is harmonised for all EU countries. It is issued at the time of the animal's identification or when the animal is vaccinated against rabies.

Owners who want to take their cat on a trip must have their animal identified. Please visit your vet.

We also advise you to read the following information carefully:

https://diplomatie.belgium.be

 

As a veterinarian, can I look up the data in your CatID database?

Yes, as a vet, if you have the chip number of a cat, you can view all the data on our website www.catid.be

Important Note: Only cats registered with CatID can be found

Please note that the CatID online application also lets you find the contact information of any keeper, even those who have asked for their data to be kept confidential. As a professional, you need this information to deal with the animals in your care.

My lost cat has been found and is in a shelter. They are asking me for identification and/or registration fees before I can pick it up?

An approved shelter can host unidentified cats.

The manager of the approved shelter identifies the animal and registers it in his or her own name after the time delay specified in Article 9 Paragraph 2 Subparagraph 1 of the law dated 14 August 1986 concerning animal protection and welfare.

An unidentified cat is returned to its keeper only after being identified and registered in the keeper's name and at his or her expense. A cat that is identified but not registered is returned to its keeper only after being registered in the CatID database in the keeper's name and at his or her expense.

I am living in Belgium with my cat temporarily, for less than six months. Should I register it?

No, the obligation to register a cat in Belgium does not apply to cats accompanying their keeper to Belgium for a stay of less than six months.

My cat is registered in a Belgian database other than CatID. Am I compliant with the registration regulations?

Cats registered in databases prior to the entry into force of the Regional Order of Application concerning the registration of cats in the unique CatID database as on 1st November 2017 are compliant with the registration regulations.
Any modification to this type of record requires the cat to be registered with CatID by a vet. This will allow the data concerning the pet and its keeper to be updated, both at the time of CatID registration and subsequently.

My cat is lost, stolen, or deceased. How do I change the status on the microchip?

If your cat is lost, stolen, dead, or exported, your approved vet encodes this information in the database and certifies the accuracy of the data using his or her electronic ID card, provided that your cat is registered with CatID.

A private individual can also access and modify their own information via the online application. To do this, they must identify themselves using their electronic ID card on the website https://online.catid.be

My cat's microchip has become unreadable. What should I do?

If a cat has an unreadable microchip, a new, readable microchip must be implanted by an approved vet. If your cat is not yet registered with CatID, your vet must register your cat in the CatID database.

If your cat is already registered with CatID, the vet must encode the modification and certify the accuracy of the data using his or her electronic ID card.

If you have a passport showing the number of the unreadable chip, this passport becomes void. If you are travelling with your cat, the vet must make a new passport containing the new chip number, and must note this in the database.

Who can implant a microchip in Belgium? How?

Only a certified veterinarian can identify the animal in Belgium. The vet checks that the new microchip is readable, implants it, and then checks its position. The microchip is implanted under the skin at the centre of the left side of the neck. A microchip cannot be removed, modified, falsified, or re-used.

A microchip is not implanted in a cat that already has a readable microchip.

A cat registered in the CatID database is exported. What should I do?

If the cat is exported, the vet encodes this information in the CatID database within two months and certifies the accuracy of the data using his or her electronic ID card.

I am moving abroad with my cat. What should I do?

If the keeper moves abroad with a cat, the vet adds a note to the CatID database within eight days stating that the cat is no longer in Belgium, and then confirms this modification using his or her electronic ID card.

A private individual can also access and modify their own information via the online application. To do this, they must identify themselves using their electronic ID card on the website https://online.catid.be

If the cat is registered in a different database, please contact the company concerned.

 

I am moving (with my cat) to a different address in Belgium. What should I do?

If a keeper moves, the vet encodes the new address in the database within eight days and certifies the accuracy of the data using his or her electronic ID card. If the cat is not yet registered with CatID, this must be done before any changes can be input.

A private individual can also access and modify their own information via the online application. To do this, they must identify themselves using their electronic ID card on the website https://online.catid.be

A change of address or contact details cannot be notified by e-mail, post, or telephone by the keeper, the vet, a shelter, or the breeder. Any change must be notified electronically on our CatID platform by your vet or you.

What should I do if the cat changes keeper?

IMPORTANT NOTE: A change of keeper cannot be notified by e-mail, post, or telephone by the keeper, the vet, a shelter, or the breeder. The change must be notified electronically on our CatID platform by an approved vet, who confirms the data using his or her electronic ID card.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A person acquires a cat, whether free of charge or for payment, only if the cat is identified and registered.

It is not possible to modify the files of cats registered in a database other than CatID. Before you can make changes, you must register the cat with CatID. Please refer to the following FAQ question: How are cats identified and registered in Belgium?

In case of a change of keeper, the new keeper's data is encoded in the database within eight days if the cat is already registered in the CatID database by the vet, who confirms the data with his or her electronic ID card.You as a private individual can also access the online application and, along with the cat's new keeper, register the change of keeper. To do this, both parties must confirm the transaction using their electronic ID card.

Can I have the contact details for CatID?

CatID's contact details are on our website www.catid.be. Please read the FAQ section, where you will find the answers to many of your questions. You can also call our help desk on +32 (0)2 333 49 94. from Monday to Sunday, 8 AM to 8 PM.

Can you give me the list of recognised cat breeds?

The list of cat breeds recognised in Belgium can be downloaded from our CatID website. Only recognised breeds can be registered in the CatID electronic database.

How are cats identified and registered in Belgium?

IDENTIFICATION PROCEDURE

Before identifying the animal, the vet checks that a readable microchip has not already been implanted.

  • 1: The vet checks that the new microchip is readable, implants it, and then checks its position.
  • 2: The microchip is implanted under the skin at the centre of the left side of the neck.
  • 3: The microchip cannot be removed, modified, falsified, or re-used.
  • 4: A microchip is not implanted in a cat that already has a readable microchip.

If the cat comes from a foreign country, the vet checks the microchip implantation and verifies that the number matches the chip number written in the passport.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

After identifying the cat, the vet takes the following steps:

  • 1: Encodes the information concerning the cat and its keeper in the CatID database within eight days;
  • 2: Uses his/her electronic ID card to certify the accuracy of the data;
  • 3: Gives the registration certificate to the keeper.

A cat has a tattoo? Is that means of identification still valid?

No. Tattooing is no longer legally recognised as a means of identification. Tattooing is considered illegible in the framework of the law concerning cat registration.

Identification currently takes place by implanting a sterile microchip that satisfies ISO 11784 standards: 1996 (E) and 11785: 1996 (E) including the code referring to the individual manufacturer.

I have lost my cat's CatID registration certificate. What should I do?

If you need another copy of the registration certificate, please ask your veterinarian. The vet can print out the registration certificate again.

You can also use the online application to find your cat's registration certificate. You can then download it and print it if you wish.

How do I obtain proof of registration for my cat?

The cat registration certificate is sent to the veterinarian in digital form. After identifying and registering the cat, the veterinarian must give you, the cat's keeper, the registration certificate (in digital form or printed out, as appropriate). This proof should be kept indefinitely.

CatID does not send proof of registration to the keeper by post or e-mail.

If you need another copy of the registration certificate, please ask your veterinarian.

A cat comes from a foreign country?

Identified cats arriving from abroad are registered at an approved Belgian veterinarian's office within eight days of their arrival.

My cat is more than 12 weeks old. Is registration a legal obligation?

Since 1st September 2014, any keeper who wishes to market cats (whether free or for payment) must first have them sterilised, identified, and registered in accordance with the Royal decree dated 3/8/2012. If a keeper has bought, received, or adopted a cat after 1st September 2014, it must be sterilised, identified, and registered,

Before any transfer of ownership, cats must be identified and registered.

By what age must a cat be registered?

The keeper must have the cat identified and registered before the age of twelve weeks, and in any case before selling it. Identified cats arriving from abroad are registered at an approved Belgian veterinarian's office within eight days of their arrival.

Legal notices concerning the sterilisation of cats.

15 December 2016 - Order by the Walloon Government concerning the sterilisation of domestic cats (M.B. 02.01.2017)

Royal decree dated 03 August 2012 published on 28 August 2012 - Royal decree concerning the multi-annual plan for the sterilisation of domestic cats

Animal protection and welfare law.

We refer to the law dated 14 August 1986 concerning animal protection and welfare.

Cat registration

We refer to the laws in force:

  • 5 February 2016 - Besluit van de Vlaamse Regering betreffende de identificatie en registratie van katten
  • 28 April 2016 - Order by the Walloon Government concerning the identification and registration of cats (M.B. 12.05.2016)
  • 07 July 2016 - Order by the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region concerning the identification and registration of cats

Who has access to the data in the database?

The following people have access to the database:

  • 1: Keepers have access to all data concerning their own cats;
  • 2: The competent authorities in application of the law dated 14 August 1986 concerning animal protection and welfare, and the law dated 24 March 1987 concerning animal health;
  • 3: Veterinarians, shelters, and any person who has the animal's microchip number, for the data required to locate the keeper of a stray, lost, or abandoned cat.
  • 4: Veterinarians can access all data concerning cats and for which the keeper requests modifications.

Which cats do not need to be registered?

The obligation to register cats in Belgium does not apply in the following cases:

  • 1: Cats brought to Belgium by their keeper for a visit lasting less than six months;
  • 2: Cats bred for the purpose of animal testing.

What is the purpose of the CatID database?

The database is kept up to date, collecting data concerning identified cats and their keepers.

The purpose of this database is to provide:

  • An effective way to search for the keeper when an abandoned or lost cat is found;
  • Monitoring of compliance with the obligation to identify and sterilise cats;
  • Monitoring of compliance with the conditions for approval of shelters and breeders;
  • Monitoring of sales and movements of cats.
  • What if my cat comes from a foreign country?

    Identified cats arriving from abroad are registered at an approved Belgian veterinarian's office within eight days of their arrival.

    What does the CatID database contain?

    The database contains:

    • 1: Data concerning the cat:
      • a) Identification number (microchip or electronic chip);
      • b) Date of birth;
      • c) Identification date;
      • d) Gender;
      • e) Date of sterilisation;
      • f) Breed;
      • g) Colour and type of fur;
      • h) Name;
      • i) Status: lost, stolen, deceased, exported;
    • 2: Data concerning the keeper:
      • a) Last name and first name;
      • b) Identification number in the national register;
      • c) Full address;
      • d) Telephone number;
      • e) E-mail address;
      • f) Certification number, where applicable;
    • 3: Data concerning the veterinarian:
      • a) Identification Number of the Order;
      • b) Last name and first name;
      • c) Address;

    Data concerning the cat is stored for a maximum of 30 years, including data concerning the former keeper in the event of a change of keeper.