Cat Roaming Laws?

@Java09 (3085)
United States
January 4, 2010 1:27pm CST
I found out that where I live,the township has a law that you're not allowed to let your cat roam.I thought it was strange because then you can only have an indoor cat.I know cats like to go outside,and it's not like you put it on a leash.I don't have a cat,but I read the laws when I went to register my dog with the township.I did notice I don't see many cats roaming around,once in awhile I'll see one.Does your township have the same law about cats?
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@micchi (3)
• United States
5 Jan 10
I am a firm believer that, unless you are on a farm and have barn cats, cats should be indoor only pets. The cats I've raised this way are just as happy as indoor/outdoor, or outdoor only, cats, and they live much longer lives. I take very good care of my kitties, making sure that they have toys to hunt and stalk, making sure they're fed and their box is cleaned regularly. I've even started growing a little cat grass so they can have some greenery to munch on, since my oldest has started trying to eat my parsley. Cats can be leash trained, as well. My oldest goes out on a harness and leash every now and again during the summer, and my roommate's cat used to go on car trips in the leash.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
7 Jan 10
That's good.When I had a cat,I kept him indoors.I did not let him out.I was worried about diseases.You take great care of your cats.That's good.Thanks!
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
5 Jan 10
Cats live longer and healthier lives if they are kept indoors. You wouldn't let your 2-year-old out along; you shouldn't let your cat out alone. Cats can be trained to be taken out on a leash much like a dog. You just have to get your cat used to it. Use a harness rather than a collar; the cat will like that better. Our four cats are indoor only and happy and healthy. They have no desire to go outside. Once Eli got out, but was swiftly caught and returned. He has shown no interest in leaving since then.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
7 Jan 10
When I did own a cat,I kept him inside,because I know about the diseases they can't catch,they get into cat fights.I always had my cat indoors.He was scared to go out anyways.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
4 Jan 10
I know these laws are quite common but I don't think they are very successful. It's not the cats that have happy homes that cause many problems but the ones that don't. The English have a special poject to neuter all ferrel cats. I saw something on that a few years ago, I wonder how that is working, they figured they would cut down on the populations and in the end save money.
@polachicago (19077)
• United States
5 Jan 10
I don't even check about the law in my town. It doesn't matter. My cat is indoor cat only. Indoor cat can live an average 15 years, outdoor only 3...... The only safe place for cats is at home. Lately Coyotes activity increased due to arctic weather and cats are easy target.
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@ElicBxn (60683)
• United States
5 Jan 10
I have a cat rescue and all my cats are strictly inside cats. Even when I did have fewer cats and some went outside, I tried to keep them in most of the time - except Doctor who tore up my front door trying to get outside - he pretty much went out when he wanted to We don't have that law here, but it really wouldn't matter since I want to keep my cats inside only anyway
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@b3th92 (46)
• United States
4 Jan 10
I can't say I've ever heard of that before. Where I live theres a lot of strays and outdoor cats. If there is a law like that then its not enforced very well.
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@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
4 Jan 10
Based on the number of outdoor cats we have in our town (several of which are owned by people we know, as well as ourselves) I'm pretty sure we don't have an anti-roam law. I think only about half of the cats out there are fixed since there always seems to be a batch of kittens somewhere. An anti-roam law seems ridiculous. Many cats are happier outdoors (ours is because she was born outdoors). I could definitely see a law that requires spaying/neutering though.
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