Home owners' right to keep out cats

Home owners' right to keep out cats
Picture of a seven-week old ginger tabby in foster care. Chief executive of the Cat Welfare Society, Ms Joanne Ng, notes that efforts in mediation have been crucial in reducing the number of cat cullings.

I support the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority's policy of loaning free traps to property owners to stop unknown animals from traversing their property ("More accountability needed in loan of AVA traps" by Mr Matt Pasterfield; Wednesday).

While cat owners have every right to keep their pets within their property or let them roam around public property, such a right cannot extend to private property owned by those who may not share their love for cats.

Why must property owners offer justification for not wanting others' cats on their premises? Why must they accommodate the need of their neighbours' cats for a free-ranging outdoor environment? Is anyone suggesting that one has no right to do anything if a stray or somebody's cat enters his property, unless the animal causes a "nuisance", whatever that means?

Cheng Shoong Tat

This article was first published on Aug 30, 2014.
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