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It’s about time cities looked at licensing cats. Discuss — 7 Comments

  1. im not sure if i agree. i do agree though responsible people should vaccinate,neuter,etc You cant make your cat adhere to the rules. as they dont listen to human rules do they lol

  2. I think a lot of problems come when municipalities use licensing as a “cash cow,” and the money goes to a general fund. Licensing should be tied to some benefit to a responsible owner: reduced fees if an animal is impounded, decreased fees for spay/neuter & microchipping, and reduced fees for those who renew. All these are in effect in my county for dogs. The other day, a friend asked where he could have his old dog euthanized, and I said the “County Shelter,” as I had my old dogs put down there a couple of years ago. But my friend said he checked into it, but they wanted about $200–because his dog was unlicensed and had no shots!

  3. The problem is that the uncaring ‘owners’ of un-neutered cats wouldn’t buy a licence and would just deny the cat was theirs.
    The only way round it would be to micro chip every cat too but then again, only responsible caretakers do that now.
    I remember dog licences here in the UK, 7/6d they were 37 and 1/2p now as we have gone decimal since then.
    I think responsible caring caretakers of any pets would be glad to pay for a licence and micro chip.

    • I agree Ruth – many would ignore it. It would still at least be there to make people think. Better than nothing at all. By making it law people therefore are forced to make a choice. To do nothing and break the law, or to get the licence. I think by forcing the choice on people it means they have to think twice rather than not think at all. It won’t change them as people but it will remind them who they are.

      Albeit a small step – it is a small step in the right direction.

  4. Wish thatI could scan the “Animal License Form” which I rcvd days ago. My cats are due again, e’en though they don’t go outside (cept for Shrimp). “Unaltered cat $36. Neutered or spayed cat $19. How much would you like to contribute to Spay/Neuter program? Injured Animal fund? Pet Education?”

    That is what our form looks like here in Lincoln, NE.

    We are about to pay for the neighbor’s cat as well, after having him neutered and vaccinated. (Soon, hopefully, against FIP, as well.)

    I am still gleaning more info from The Cat House here in Lincoln, who now head the TNR program for our feral communities, so that I can start a petition to our Animal Control Dept (they are, of course, in charge of licensing).

    • Caroline – interesting info – you are for or against?

      Michael I am for just for the reason of education and responsibility training. It is like this in Belgium and I think it will be soon here too. The only real change will come through education and younger generations changing their point of view. In that sense it would be a good thing. it would mean that you have to at least think about it. People would have to make a choice. Just that would be a reminder of the seriousness. So it should be. It is very serious.

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