The City of Cranbrook is reminding cat owners that they are under the same Animal Control bylaw that dogs are.
City staff said any cats off their own property or not leashed are considered running at large.
Cats out and about may damage gardens or other personal property.
“As the City’s bylaw officer, I take so many calls from homeowners frustrated by nuisance cats damaging their gardens, scratching vehicles or spraying on patio furniture,” says Naomi Humenny, Bylaw Officer for the City of Cranbrook.
“It shouldn’t be the responsibility of the property owner to find ways to manage the behaviour of cats allowed to roam at large. I am asking all cat owners to please take steps to make sure your cat remains at home and is not allowed to wander the neighbourhood.”
City staff said there are also limits to the number of pets you can have, with no more than three dogs or three cats per household.
You can find the full Animal Control Bylaw at www.cranbrook.civicweb.net.