Pets or Pest
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-cat. Domestic pets in general have many proven benefits, but owning a pet carries with it a duty of care. Care, not just for the pet’s own health and well-being, but a responsibility on the pet owner to ensure that their pets do not cause problems to the community at large.
A survey found a couple of years back, that there are over TEN MILLION domestic cats in the UK· That is a significant number and there are enormous knock-on effects from that number of cats.
- Cost of pet food and health care on the family budget
- Faecal ‘deposit’ disposal and responsibility
- Killing native wildlife
- Hygiene in neighbouring communal areas
- Damage to plant-life in gardens
I know there are cost implications of cats for me, and I do not even own a cat or dog! It’s the costs I incur because cats come into my garden from neighbouring properties, and costs include the cost of replacing plants that cats have broken / disturbed / killed and the cost of electricity to power noise cat-deterrent equipment and the replacement of that equipment.
I abhor having to collect and dispose of poo from other people’s pets routinely deposit in my garden.
It is sad that native birds are at risk from marauding moggies.
Dog owners are in the main responsible people in my experience and dog poo on public streets is not too bad where I live.
Dog owners are legally responsible for the toilet habits of their dogs, why shouldn’t cat owners be treated similarly?