Cats and bylaws

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I write concerning Donna Maidment’s letter to the editor “Where did the common sense go?” (Oct. 19).

Ms. Maidment might ask that question of herself.

Her arguments try to extend the law regarding roaming cats to leashed dogs and babies in stores. People who let their toddlers roam around the neighbourhood unaccompanied would be arrested and charged. These are not reasonable arguments at all. 

On the other hand, roaming cats give rise to many other cats and a major problem for the SPCA and municipal animal control. 

Further, cats invade other peoples’ properties defecating and urinating in flower beds, walkways and window wells where the smell often permeates basement rooms.

Other arguments against roaming cats involve the slaughter of wild birds and the fact that they often run across roads and cause drivers to brake quickly or turn into oncoming traffic to avoid killing them. Such rapid manoeuvres can cause traffic accidents.

The days of allowing barn cats freedom to hunt mice and rats are not applicable to metropolitan areas and the quicker cat owners come to this realization, the better.

Yes, Ms. Maidment, in instances where some people have a stringent point of view and are unwilling to listen to the thoughts of their neighbours, personal relations do need to be regulated by municipal bylaws.

Bill Walsh

St. John’s

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  • Ed
    October 27, 2013 - 14:45

    Bill Walsh is absolutely correct. I have a small dog who gets out of my back garden when he is going to the vet or the groomers in my car or when he is taken for a walk, then he is on a leash. But even if he was not, dogs cannot get into or out of a fenced garden. On the other hand many of my neighbours have cats, usually in the evenings they open their door and let the cat out to roam the neighbourhood, They climb fences into our garden and dig up flower gardens, defecate and urinate . Many pet owners ate terrible neighbours who have no consideration for the people they share the neighbourhood with. We do need municipal bylaws to control what is becoming a major irritant for people. I should add here that I do not blame the cats, the owners are the problem.

  • Pensioner
    October 26, 2013 - 18:41

    Agree with Bill's comment. I am a pet lover who likes cats but they should be kept indoors or tethered outside . I have bird feeders and my neighbour's cats like my backyard. Well, I worry that my dog might get one of them some day, he's come really close. If he ever gets hurt by your cat expect a lawsuit.

  • edwardtt
    October 26, 2013 - 08:47

    How long will it be before the rat population over runs us , My cat doesn't get out much but has killed 4 rats or large mice in the last 4 weeks in the east end of st johns. AS for birds they gather around bird feeders and sit on other peoples roofs defecating on them all the time. Pigeons and sea gulls are just flying rats spreading disease. Keep the cats indoors and let the rats multiply and start complaining about them later. Remember the black plague when they started killing cats off blaming the plague on witches. All that being said wild cats and people who don't fit their pets are a problem not the cat who defends their property from the neighbors broken down shed with rodents living under neigh it.