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Be a responsible cat owner

Ken’s
Korner

I hate to sound like a broken record, but here I go again.
As a pet owner you have responsibilities. Not only are you responsible for feeding and watering your animal, but you are also responsible for whether they should be out propagating their particular species.
Bob Barker often reminds people to help control the pet population and have your pet spayed or neutered.
In the past year or so there has been an ever increasing number of cats roaming Rainy River. Some are domesticated and others are wild.
The domestic cats usually have had their vaccinations and are likely not to be spreading diseases to other animals or to humans either.
The wild ones usually do not have their shots and could pose a potential health hazard to other animals and maybe even humans.
The wild cats have no limits placed on them and they roam freely. They generally are not fixed. So if your cat is not spayed or neutered you may end up with unwanted kittens or your cat injured in a fight when “Old Tom” wanders into your yard.
Usually an unfixed female in heat attracts unfixed males. That often can lead to the above problems. You as a pet owner have the responsibility of either getting your cat fixed or keeping it contained.
Perhaps the town needs bylaws to govern cats. In my brother’s neighbourhood in Winnipeg cats must be leashed the same as dogs.
Cats are rarely thought of as nuisance animals, but if the population, especially of wild ones, remains unchecked we may have a big CATastrophe looming in our future. So do your part and have your cat spayed or neutered.
–Until then,
Ken
PS Dog owners also need to have their pet spayed or neutered and all dogs must be leashed when off their owners property.