The ''Cat Cap'' how many is too many and who decides??

Canada
November 24, 2008 1:21pm CST
Okay, so i just read recently in the news paper that some places in Montreal and other areas of Quebec are starting a ''Cat Cap'' Basically stating that no household can have more than 3 cats. I think this is ridiculous, and not even addressing the real issue, which is that people need to spay and neuter their cats!! I have more than 3 cats and the law hasnt come into effect in my area, infact theres been no mention of it in my area so im thinking im safe, but then i think of the other people like me, who save strays and have them fixed who might have to get rid of their pets because people are too selfish to fix their cats. Seems like a really dumb law to me! Why should people who care be punished? I will kick anyones butt who tries to tell me i cant have my pets. I just think of all the cats that i stopped from being born onto the streets by fixing 25 + cats over the last 10 years. How do others feel about the 'cat cap' and what laws do you think would work better in a situation like this? Have a great day!
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@tinkerick (1257)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I think our governments tend to stick their noses where they don't belong and put restrictions where they don't need to be placed. Pet limitation should only be applied to those who "hoard" animals. These people crowd animals into a dwelling and often do not live in the best of conditions. They have so many that they have trouble keeping things clean and healthy. As for regular people who enjoy having a number of pets, it should be conditional. As long as the dwelling is large enough to give everyone (humans and pets) room to move about and space to feel comfortable and is kept clean and sanitary, then there should be no restrictions. I could understand a spaying/neuteuring ordinance. Especially for outdoor animals. That would help keep numbers down. But restricting how many you can have is ridiculous.
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• Canada
24 Nov 08
i agree with you, tinkerick, theres too many useless laws out there, and this is one of them. They dont worry about the animals being abused at slaughter houses... no, they go after the little people who are just trying to help a fellow living creature have a better existence. Im waiting for them to make a law enforcing the spaying and neutering of pets. That will go alot further at making a difference. Thanks for replying, i appreciate it!! Have a good day!
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@zshornick (113)
• United States
24 Nov 08
It's not just population control but a cruelty issue, in my opinion. No, it's not fair to you, the responsible pet owner and caregiver, but think of all the people that have so many pets that they can't take care of them all. The animals don't get the attention they need and suffer...
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• Canada
24 Nov 08
I see what you mean, zshornick, there are people who take in animals and arent responsible, like getting them fixed for example. Theres so many animals out there that dont get attention and suffer. Thats why i went vegetarian, helps me sleep better at night. I just think in a situation like this cases should assessed individually, just because someone has more than 3 cats doesnt mean they arent taking care of them better than someone with just 1 cat. I appreciate your reply! Thank you and have a good day!
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
24 Nov 08
I think it's rediculous and invasive into our rights of property and ownership (although my pets are all members of the family and not possessions). For what it would cost anyone to enforce a stupid law like that, they could pick-up strays, spay/neuter them & re-release them. That's what my community is doing and has had great luck with population control that way. Another, more sensible option (other than tearing pets from their homes) would be to give monetary penalties to owners who have more than 3 cats (or dogs) that are not spayed or neutered. That money, n turn can be used to subsidize the cost of those sterilizations.
• Canada
24 Nov 08
Thats a great idea and a more logical law to enforce, catdla1! Because that would get to the root of the problem, which is the lack of people wanting to fix their cats. I think that the monetary penalties they pay should be to fix all the pets they have that arent fixed, at least. And they should also have to make a donation to the humain society or SPCA. Ah, in a perfect world... Have a great day and thanks for your reply and thoughts!
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
24 Nov 08
You're quite welcome. I've never understood people who won't spay or neuter their pets, unless they are breeding them. Besides the Humane Society and the ASPCA, there are many organizations that will give financial assistance. I guess there's ultimately a cure for overpopulation, but there's no cure for stupidity. Happy holidays to you & happy MyLotting!
• United States
25 Nov 08
That is a seriously demented idea. There are so many cats in trouble being abandoned because of this housing crisis. The shelters are full and the other places arew full as well. At least here in the states. I am in California and I have just lost my home this year in June. I rescued cats for 25 years at my former home. I was there for 29 years. In the beginning I would get them all spayed and nutered myself. After years of that I had to get some help with pet assistance. Then the last 3 years I trapped the farel cats and got them spayed and nutered with the farel cat coliation. I would also get donations of cat food, dry and can food as well. What are they going to do with all the other cats? That is a scarry thing to think about. I would really like to know, if you have any information on that. I have had to give up several of my cats and I can tell you it was way more than 3. I have saved several of my cats and they are in cages on the back porch of the place I am staying at. Which I am not going to be here for much longer. But thats another story.....
• United States
24 Nov 08
IMO it's a neglect issue. Really it's enough of a PITA for me to clean our litter boxes for our 3, I couldn't imagine cleaning tons of litter boxes. & if you don't clean the boxes on a timely schedule where do the animals go potty ANYWHERE and then it becomes a public health concern w/ the bacteria in the feces just collecting ect. We've had people in the area whom have abandonded their homes only to leave them filled w/ tons of cats. One was even someone who was elderly ended up in the hospital or nursing home for whatever reason, the son was comming to the house to care for the cats and eventually he chose not to care for them anymore for her. I also recall one house having to be torn down because of the animals and the house was neglected as well. The neighbors complained that even from the outside the home SMELLED BAD. I just think if you do not have a good sized farm & they stay outside (barn cats), there's no way one really needs that many cats.