Joan or anyone else just call your local AC or shelter and ask them what can be done about a cat straying on your property. Because everywhere I have lived I can just call AC or trap them myself and take them in.
Rebel, where does that piece say that most localities have adopted ordinances like this group is advocating? One more time: I'm not trying to convince anyone it's a bad idea, I'm just having trouble believing this is the law in most places. I thought you were saying it was, and I wanted to know where you got your information.
I wouldn't dream of trying to trap or report a cat that had strayed onto my property. Where I live, cats are tame, and tend to stick pretty close to home. Squirrels and rabbits crap too, and nobody gets excited about that.
Where I live, cats are allowed "off-leash." However, licenses are required. So a roaming, unlicensed cat is not allowed.
Having owned cats that I have leashed within a fenced backyard, I am not swayed when people say their cat "knows the area" and "returns home." Sure -- after they've jumped my fence and picked a fight with my pet.
As I have stated before, my area hosts numerous prairie dog colonies, which periodically are infected with bubonic plague. I will NOT be letting my cat roam, pick up infected fleas, and bring them home. A woman in a neighboring county DIED a couple years ago as a result of this scenario. I won't make that mistake.
Different conditions make for different experiences and regulations. So much of what people decide about this would depend on where they live and what's out there. One of many reasons I'm not so much for jumping down people's throats about whether their cats are in or out. Especially online, where I don't know anything about their neighborhoods or local customs.
I don't really care if it's legal or illegal for cats to roam free. The point I was trying to make was that one is personally responsible for anything that happens to a pet that one allows to roam free. Anyone who is a pet owner needs to accept that.
I have a cat that is allowed to roam free, and I have a dog who isn't. I realize that there are way more risks for the cat than the dog, and if something bad happens to the cat, I would consider it to be my fault and would feel very guilty, but I feel his quality of life is much better for being able to roam free. The cat is good at fending for himself, the dog, not so much.
***Edited By: gbroxon on 3/9/2008 12:25:02 PM*** Reason: 'Cause.
I hope you have resolved this issue, we had something like this happen in my neighborhood a while ago (if you do a search on the Bangor Daily News for a person named Brandon Tolman you might find the info). While it is legal to trap a cat (although I don't think it should be!) it should not be ok to dump them. The person trapping cats in my neighborhood was taking them to the local shelter where the person missing their cat could find them. I think that to let your cat roam or not is a personal decision and as long as you are a responsible owner taking them to the vets regularly and making sure to have them spayed or neutered it should be ok. cats like to roam, it is their nature, my two boys don't go outside except on a leash but that is my personal choice.