Cats being allowed to run loose has been a controversial item since the beginning of time. In most places, pets such as dogs must be confined to yards or the owners’ property. Meanwhile, cats are allowed to come and go as they please. One Murray, Utah resident found out the hard way that she legally is not allowed to let her cat run at large.
Milo, Anderson’s cat, was enjoying some time in the garden when animal control showed up at Anderson’s door. In the town of Murray, animals must be on a leash or confined to a secure backyard area. It is not known who called animal control, but most likely was a neighbor who has dealt with the cat running at large. What is known is that a photo of the loose cat was turned in to animal control.
People will argue on both sides about whether cats should be allowed to run free or not. There are many who feel that it is a cat’s right to roam free to any property that they would like. Those arguing that cats shouldn’t be allowed free have many reasons for their point of view. Cats can antagonize dogs who are in their rightful yard. When a cat enters the property, dogs often get in trouble for barking too much. Cats will often later sit in view of a dog who can not reach them to scare them away. Then, dog owners face problems with neighbors over barking issues. Cats can also carry toxoplasmosis which can be deadly and hurtful to other pets who eat the cat feces. Cats can destroy a garden and kill birds of all types.
Reasons To Keep Your Cat Indoors Or Contained To Your Property
People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has given reasons why it is best to not let your cat run at large. They also have put together a list of recommendations. This list includes things that you can provide for your cat indoors to keep him or her happy. To read their recommendations for keeping cats healthy and safe, click here.
Tell us what you think. Should pet cats be allowed to roam free, or should they stay contained to owner’s house or property?