LETTER: No good reason to let cats roam

Once you let your cat out, they may bring home fleas or disease…

To the Editor,

Most of the previously written letters written about roaming cats seem to put the blame on them for their “come and go as they please” activities. Some are sympathetic, while others are not.

I checked Google to see when domestic cats first started showing up. Ancient Egyptians may have first domesticated cats as early as 4,000 years ago, but it may have been earlier. This shows that cats have been roaming around for a long time. Certainly there were no rules for this kind of activity then, and today nothing has changed. Progress has moved nowhere!

If cat owners would think twice about letting their cats roam before opening the door, not caring about where they go or whose property they decide to make a mess on, things would be different. Once you let your cat out, they may bring home fleas or disease, get into cat fights, get injured, get into an accident, get poisoned, get stolen or simply wonder off and get lost. Some may fall victim to leg hold traps.

Lastly, there is the issue if your cat is not spayed—resulting in a litter of kittens. So all in all, there is no positive reason for letting your cat roam. If you feel that you can’t take the time to look after your cat, you can volunteer at our local SPCA shelter.

Port Alberni’s city council should be looking into changing the rules for roaming cats and be more vigilant on the issue of dogs on the loose. Homeowners are tired of cleaning up after cats and dogs that wonder onto their property.

Linda Lubiner,

Port Alberni

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Upgrade on the books for contentious intersection in Port Alberni

Province promises survey, changes at Beaver Creek and River Roads in 2021

Family Farm Day in the Alberni Valley goes virtual

Take part in a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a gift basket

LOOK BACK: Port Alberni’s first clocktower

Take a peek at Port Alberni’s history with the Alberni Valley Museum

QUINN’S QUIPS: Reconciliation is only as strong as its partnerships

Bamfield Road deal is an ideal example of the province working with First Nations

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Comox Valley protesters send message over old-growth logging

Event in downtown Courtenay was part of wider event on Friday

Application deadline for fish harvester benefits program extended

Those financially impacted by the pandemic have until Oct. 5 to apply

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Most Read