Cat Leash Law

July 16 | 1 Comment

MeowObnoxious cats laughed at us when dog leash law fever spread throughout this country’s cities, but now we canines are the ones chuckling as the first kitty leash law shot comes across the bow.  If it passes, cats can say goodbye to freelance pooping and hello to being watched while doing their business.  Read all about it in the Witchita Eagle.

Howard Feiner is so annoyed with the cat droppings in his yard, he has logged the kitties’ leavings and put flags up to mark the spots. He has done this for a couple of reasons.

He’s in court with his neighbor, Joan Steindler, who owns three cats. And he hates the smell of “the deposits” so much that he went before the Wichita City Council on Tuesday seeking a leash law for cats.

I have to admit that I’m a bit torn about this. I think it’s great that cats get treated like us canines when it comes to being on a leash. They want equality, well that’s a great first step.

However, their deposits are treats I love to eat. The cats in our neighborhood have chosen to do their business under our front porch. Every chance Copper and I get, we head right to this treasure trove of goodies to get a snack. Sure it annoys my parents, but that’s because they’ve never partaken in a tomboy truffle.

The city says such complaints are widespread but that it has no laws to help — nothing to stop cats from roaming, nothing to punish cat owners if their cats leave a little something behind on the neighbor’s lawn.

Attempts to pass such laws have failed.

Feiner, 66, who says he and his wife have health problems that make it difficult to pick up after cats, said he feels powerless.

“I don’t know what I can do,” he said. “It seems like the cats have more rights than we do.”

Amen brother. I suspect he feels that way because cats do have more rights than humans…and canines.

[Kay Johnson, the city's director of Environmental Services,] said she wouldn’t recommend requiring cats to be on a leash when they’re outside. But she said a nuisance law may be worth considering.

Ms Johnson is either a cat lover or a kitty snicker’s eater. She should be ashamed if she’s the former, not so much if she’s the latter.

Council member Paul Gray said he’d support something to ease frustrations over roaming cats.

“We need to do something,” he said. “We bring the thunder of God down on someone with 30 dogs in their back yard. You do that with cats and you can get away with it.”

He said a leash law probably isn’t the answer, but that cats aren’t different enough from dogs for the city to have such a disparity in laws.

You’re preaching to the choir here, Councilman Gray.


One Response to “Cat Leash Law”

  1. KansasGirl on July 16th, 2008 5:06 pm

    Not only the cat litter, but they "scratch" the hell out of my car.

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