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.