Cat Law in Kansas Limits Households to 4 Cats

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Wellington, Kansas passed an ordinance last month that regulates the number of cats each household can own. Families in the area are now barred from owning more than 4 cats. The new restriction matches the number of dogs each household is allowed.

Police from the area have noted that in November of 2012 alone, 231 cats were picked up. According to Wellington Daily News, Police Chief Tracy Heath expressed that 87% of those cats were put down. "...Those are cats that go to the animal clinic, they're there for the allotted time, and then unfortunately they are euthanized."

The ordinance also set conditions for adopted cats. Cats shall be vaccinated for rabies; they must also be spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian, unless the cat is being adopted to a home outside of the city, according to Wellington Daily News.

While reactions to the ordinance are mixed, it remains unclear exactly how the new limit will impact the number of cats being euthanized.

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Marcia Reits Bowman

If you own your house, you should be able to have as many pets as you want. If you rent , it should be up to the landlord. It's not the city's business. Next, they'll be telling you how many kids you can have.

January 07 2013 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jackie Brown-Fourez

We have 4 cats and I love them all. My kids would be heart broken if someone took them away. I would like to note that they are indoor cats and are fixed and can not have kittens. All laws like this accomplish is to discurrage people from taking their cat into the vet for fear of someone taking their family member away.

January 06 2013 at 9:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not right at all!!!!

January 06 2013 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I understand that the purpose of this law is to try and cut down on animal hoarding, though the article never even mentions that. But there are many loving pet households who care for more than 4 animals and those animals are much better off than they would be if they were in a shelter awaiting euthanization or on the streets fighting for their lives. Before I moved into an apartment, I had 6 cats and 2 dogs and all of them were healthy, vaccinated, spayed/neutered, and loved. Why would it have been better for some of my sweet babies to have been sent to shelters or put down than to live with me where I could properly care for them? I had a large fenced in yard for the dogs and all the cats were strictly indoor cats. Everyone was happy, healthy, and loved.

January 06 2013 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

peopltake care animals better then their children dressing animals up is crazy

January 05 2013 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

people take better care of animals then they do humans

January 05 2013 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to patsbest1's comment

People should take care of each other and the animals. You make it sound like its bad to take care of animals. You dont sound like someone who even likes animals.

January 05 2013 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

4 cats is to many in house 2 should be limit or move to a farm

January 05 2013 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Shannon White

You're an idiot patsbest1. and it's "too" many. dumbass.

January 06 2013 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And what is the limit for kids? It seems to me that the cat and dog limit should be based on the owners ability to care for the animals. Many people have too many kids and don't take proper care of them. Let's limit them!

January 05 2013 at 1:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

All citys have limits on how many animals you are allowed to have in your home.
My city limits 4 adult cats and dogs. That is only 4 (2 cats 2 dogs or 4 cats no dogs etc...)

This isnt a new law but the way the State went about handling it was horrible.
I hope they didn't go door to door and collect cats and if they rounded them up as feral cats then there is no one else to blame then the owners.
If you want a cat then keep it inside, you are knocking eight years off your cats life by it being an outside cat.

January 05 2013 at 12:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Chris Parker

This is the whole state, not just a city. Live on a farm? Four cats all all that are allowed. Have 5 well-cared for, older, cherished cats? You will be required to dump one at an already overwhelmed shelter, or kick it out on the streets to starve.

January 06 2013 at 11:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Instead of causing grief why don't they find a way to protect the cats by way of new shelters instead of killing the animals. They are inhumane. I care for a colony of 7 cats. If it weren't for my spaying them all the city would be more overwhelmed by additional cats. Can't they find a better way.

January 05 2013 at 11:59 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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