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Legally, what should be the maximum number of cats and dogs per household? — 6 Comments

  1. Here in my town there is no limit on cats and only 5 for dogs but now my question is if this ordinance is changed for the cats wot about those already that have more than wot the new limit would allow,does this mean they will have to rehome the ones that are over the limit,no way in hell if I lived there would I alllow anyone to make me get rid of mine,this city may have a fight on their hands!

  2. I think it’s reasonable to limit the number of cats and dogs without a kennel license. As we know there are many people who can’t take care of one pet very well, but take on more, from emotion than reason. If people are willing to get licensed and be inspected, then that’s fine.

    I think that dogs can be more of a problem because of barking which disturbs neighbors. We have an ongoing situation with people who live in the country. Many people bought homes in the country because they thought it would be peaceful and quiet. Some people have dogs that stay outside all the time, and bark at all hours of the night. Neighbors are up in arms with each other, and there is now a proposed legal action if a neighbor’s dog is cited 3 times. I believe it’s a huge fine.

    Authorities have to limit people because they can’t seem to limit themselves with reasonable actions and consideration of others.

  3. When I was working full-time at one time I had 4 cats. That was my absolute limit. They were all fixed, vet visits were no problem at all. Years later I felt stretched to the limit when a couple of the new female cats I took in became pregnant before I could have them fixed and they bore kittens. I’m all for the miracle of life and birth but I never want to go through that again. Not having the resources to take care of those animals could easily turn into a disaster, usually for the animals.

    I have one cat now, Samirah, and even though I could afford another cat the building won’t allow it and neither will Samirah.

  4. Well Michael_This is a tough one. It does depend on the quality of care, space provided and constant background checks on the keepers.

    How many times have we had to go back & serve citations on owners who take advantage of their options to have , say more than they can handle. We all know what the outcome is when someone irresponsible hoards animals as a hobby or as an obsession, don’t we .
    That is why this question came up to begin with, but as long as animals are let out to roam free,without spaying or neutering, they will breed.

    We have this problem to deal with. It is a mistake to allow more liberal guidelines [if the state chooses to do so] to pet owners who can’t even take care of themselves and know so very little about the proper care of cats and dogs.

    Eva_ How many ducks are allowed in a pond __The ASPCA_can answer this better than I can.

  5. The law should be equivalent to the number of children allowed, ie. more than 2 kids…
    to the orphanage with the rest!

  6. My city and county make you have a kennel license if you have more than three dogs or a cattery license if you have 10 or more cats. Those with licenses are subject to inspection by the county animal control. This is reasonable, as it is to help insure that conditions are humane and not overcrowded.

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