kitten permittin': group pushes for cat licences in greater victoria - outdoor enclosure box
Home cats can take a nap of up to 16 hours a day, but the Victoria Natural History Society does not sleep on the environmental impact of outdoor cats.
Vancouver Island Eco advocacy has sent a letter to 13 of the city of Victoria asking them to consider having issued a cat and dog permit.
Claudia Copley, a member of the Social Council who owns up to five cats at the same time, insisted that she was not a "crazy cat lady" and that such restrictions would protect cats, he said, it will also protect wildlife that are often killed.
"I am a cat owner. I am a cat lover . . . . . . I really love my cats because I really love them so I'm not going to let them out, and Copley tells all the points of the Western host Robin Burns.
"The world is dangerous and precious to me.
So if I let them out, the situation would be in control.
Other cities in Canada, such as Calgary, and the nearest Guelph, have successfully started issuing licenses for cats, Copley said.
In Calgary, licensing reduces cat deaths and injuries and allows the city to reunite lost pets with its owners, the association said.
Copley said pets roam freely in damage or death from predators such as traffic or racoons, with a greater risk of catching fleas or other diseases.
She said that if indoor cats have a rich environment, they can play and get attention, and their quality of life is as good as outdoor cats.
Another option is for the owner to take the cat out with a belt or build an outdoor fence for them.
Keeping them indoors can also protect birds and other wildlife.
A 2013 study found that in Canada alone, domestic cats kill 0. 2 billion birds a year.
However, the association acknowledges that it is illegal to allow cats to roam freely.