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Legislative control of cats
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Legislative control of cats
Killing unowned cats
Compulsory desexing
Confinement and night curfew
Cat-free zones
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Some governments have introduced, or are considering, harsh laws to control cats. These include:

  • Registration and limiting cats per household
  • Compulsory identification
  • Compulsory desexing
  • Compulsory confinement and night curfew
  • Cat-free zones

Underlying this approach is the belief that if restrictions are applied to owned cats, all other cats can be caught and killed, and any cat-related problems will magically disappear.


It is assumed that:

  • all cat owners will comply with the legislation
  • compliance can be checked
  • all unowned cats can be caught and killed.

All these assumptions are wrong.