What are the Rules for Cats?
Meadow Lake does not have a bylaw regulating cats at this time. However, the provincial Animal Protection Act prohibits cruelty towards animals, including cats. This means that if you try to trap a cat on your property, you are responsible for checking the trap every hour and ensuring that any cat that is trapped receives appropriate food, water and shelter and is brought to an animal shelter. The City does not have cat traps available and does not endorse the trapping of animals by private residents.
Keeping Cats out of Yards
The following strategies and tools can help discourage cats from entering your yard or digging around flower beds:
· incorporate cat repelling plants into your landscaping
· use rough material such as stone mulch or egg shells in plant beds to discourage cats from digging in the dirt
· install a digging barrier, such as chicken wire, prior to planting
· install a motion activated sprinkler that sprays water at intruding animals
· install an ultrasonic device designed to emit a high-frequency sound that deters cats
Keeping Your Yard Clean
Stray and feral cats may also wander into yards looking for food and shelter. You can reduce the likelihood of their visits by ensuring you do not feed your own pets outside and keeping outdoor grills clean to reduce food smells. Boarding up holes under sheds or decks where cats may seek shelter should also help keep them out of your yard.
· Talk to your neighbors if you have concerns with their pets. Let them know that you don't want cats in your yard. If you are worried about cats hunting birds, suggest that cats wear collars with bells and bright colors to help birds more easily escape.
· Support the Humane Society. Our animal shelter is run by volunteers and is frequently at full capacity for stray cats. Any extra support they receive helps them care for more animals and reduce the number of strays in our community.
· If you are a cat owner, be considerate of your neighbors. Consider installing fencing designed to keep your cat in your yard.