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Clayton passes on cat leash law

Posted January 4, 2010
Updated January 5, 2010

— The Clayton Town Council was expected to vote Monday evening in favor of revising a set of rules keeping cats from roaming the streets.

However, in a 3 to 2 vote the council members decided to allow cats to remain exempt from a town ordinance, which requires pet owners to keep their domestic animals at home.

Most surrounding municipalities, including Raleigh and Cary, require cats to be leashed or fenced-in while outside.



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  • ladyblue Jan 5, 2010

    Have you ever tried to put a leash on a cat? You would have to be a lunatic to try. They go nuts. Cats are basically wild animals and anyone that owns one knows they dictate their terms.

    cats can be trained to leashes just like dogs. it has been done plenty of times. some folks are just too lazy to try or make excuses. it took me three weeks to get my grown dog to adapt to a lease but it was done. if you start on them when they are young then you have no trouble. People felt the same way about their dogs when they had to lease them. Dogs were once wild animals also. Don't be crying later when soemthing does happen to the cat as there are mean folks out. I've seen the kids across the street from me shoot the strays around here.

  • ladyblue Jan 5, 2010

    Well it looks like folks will have to get more bb's for their BB guns..............I don't do it but there are plenty who said they would--- so folks in Clayton city watch your cats. people are getting fed up with them coming and messing in their yards, walking on their washed cars............Can't say you didn't know they were pestering people.........

  • Tired of thoughtlessness Jan 5, 2010

    It encourages people to keep their yards neat??? LOL!!!

  • hihuwatlu Jan 5, 2010

    Outside cats provide benefits to the town as well. They help keep the rodent population down. Also, it helps encourage people to keep their yards neat. People quit leaving bags of trash in their yards after they get tired of cleaning it up again and again after cats get into it every night.

  • yellow_hat Jan 5, 2010

    If an animal cannot be contained or restrained - then perhaps it is not a suitable species for a pet. I for one am tired of my neighbors cat using my yard as a litter box.

  • balog Jan 5, 2010

    Perhaps we need to pray for the cats, the leashes and the laws.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Jan 5, 2010

    IMHO, cats should be kept indoors, if nothing else to save the songbirds from being eaten. Together with "glass houses", too many songbirds are being killed. http://www.petconnection.com/articles.php?action=detail&id=2461

    Any yes, outdoor cats can become indoor cats. It has been done in the past, and I have had good success. What works is having a screened-in room in the back for the cats to see the wildlife but not harm them.

    I protect my bird feeders by using dog/cat repellant and reapplying it periodically. It does not harm the dog or cat. However, it does not appear to work with my indoor cats :-)

    Being that said, I do not necessarily agree with this "law".

  • cary1969 Jan 5, 2010

    marilyn manson, sign laws, and now this..must be a slow news day or wral isn't trying too hard.

  • swordmistress Jan 5, 2010

    While I understand the reasoning behind it (fewer ferals breeding, less cats requiring capture/adoption, and yes, even the damages), this is utterly ridiculous. I've been a cat owner for years, first indoor/outdoor as they were rescues and now, indoor-only (I lost too many too young). But being that I've rescued, I know how hard it is to turn outdoor cats into indoor cats without losing sanity, skin, blood, sweat, and tears. And leashing is the most insane idea ever. Few cats take well to a leash and harness, guys. And really, you can't fence in a cat. Use some common sense.

    If you're having problems with ferals and large cat communities, get a local spay/neuter program going on a regular basis for an inexpensive amount (I know the spca does, but it takes a bit to get an appt). Holding those fairs WILL reduce the population. Do vaccinations while you're at it, particularly rabies (and preferably feleuk), so you can get that under control as well. Vet students could volunteer for it.

  • freedomrings Jan 5, 2010

    I have a cat and live in a rural area with some land and my cat has a cat door and goes in and out. Our neighbors are fine with it. If I lived in a populated area, in a neighborhood - I would not allow my cat out unsupervised. Not only is it dangerous because of traffic, too many people don't like cats and will set up traps and have animal control pick up your pet. I'm an avid cat lover, but one must respect their neighbors' property.