UNWANTED CATS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

The County of Vermilion River does not have a Bylaw regarding cats. Cat owners are required to make sure their pet does not wander on to other people’s property without permission. Allowing your cat to freely roam is dangerous for them and can lead to conflict with your neighbours. A cat roaming on private property can be trapped and taken to the Lloydminster SPCA. They are safest at home.

DEALING WITH AN UNWANTED CAT ON YOUR PROPERTY

If you have an unwanted cat on your property, politely ask your neighbour to keep their cat on their own property. If you do not know who the owner is or if speaking with your neighbour did not solve the problem, you may want to make your property less inviting to the animal.

Another option is to humanely trap the cat and turn it over to the Lloydminster SPCA.

MAKING YOUR PROPERTY LESS INVITING TO CATS

Cats can be trained not to enter your yard by making your property unpleasant to them.

  • Placing mesh netting (angled outwards or PVC pipe at the top of your fence can prevent cats from climbing over
  • Bury chicken wire just below the surface of your flowerbeds to discourage digging and cover the bed with bark chips or gravel so it is rough
  • Spray the cat with water whenever it enters your yard
  • Spread repellants around your property, like vinegar or orange peels

CAT TRAPPING

The County of Vermilion River does not capture stray and at-large cats, but does lend humane traps to residents on a first come, first serve basis. There is no charge to use the trap. All cats can be brought to the Lloydminster SPCA during regular business hours.

It is illegal to put an animal in distress, so you will need to check the trap frequently and will have to provide food, water and shelter for the trapped cat until it is turned over to the SPCA. The cat must not be injured by the method you use to trap and transport it.