While in recent years, The Bulletin has printed reader letters addressing their concerns regarding the unwanted intrusion and damage done by domestic cats whose owners allow the animal free range in residential neighborhoods, I do not recall reading any rebuttal letters.
If there have been such opposing views, what were the reasons given by owners who do not confine the animal to their property?
For the free-range cat owner, I would ask what other animal, pet or livestock, is allowed such freedom to leave the property without owner control?
Would a free-range owner’s opinion about his cat’s behavior change if his neighbor’s goats routinely gained access to his yard and garden, with the expected destruction that follows?
When you choose that pet, your responsibilities extend beyond its care and feeding, especially when its nature is to do damage to another’s property, or wildlife, for sport.