Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Michigan (burb of Detroit)
I think that it's kind of an urban thing. There are no end of people in urban areas who object to one thing or another 'till there is someone objecting to anything. Cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, various and sundry critters. Someone hates each one. And the politicos seem to feel obligated to try and please each one.
In truth the burb that I live in has no intention of spending the time and money to actually go out and catch cats, especially in these economic times, but the law is on the books so they can say that they're doing something about all the cats.
Chipping my cat (Squiggy) is more of a precaution, a just-in-case thing. He's a half-wild, ex-stray who has been TNRd and lives in the garage. He also has FeL so I can't bring him into the house with the two other cats. He seems contented and comes and goes as he pleases. He's lived in the neighborhood for several years and everyone is used to him, but......
When he's gone for more than several days I worry. The phone call to the local "Pound" went something like this:
"Have you picked up my cat?" "No, when did he get out?" "He didn't get out, he's a stray that I TNRd and he runs around the neighborhood." "Trapping and releasing cats is illegal in .....". "Oh, did you think that I said I was trapping cats? You must have misunderstood me."
I lied through my teeth and was quite proud of myself. Squiggy came back some time later, quite unconcerned that he had turned me into a criminal, a "scoff-law".