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Kauai considers bill requiring cats to be licensed

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:40 p.m. HST, Dec 27, 2013

LIHUE >> Kauai is considering requiring cat owners to license their pets as part of an attempt to control problems with feral felines.

The Garden Island newspaper reported the county bill would also require owners who allow their cats to roam free to spay or neuter the animals.

Councilwoman JoAnn Yukimura said if the county doesn't address its issues with pets, the community will have many problems. Yukimura introduced the bill last week.

"Cat licensing is a way to control the population of cats, because it's tied to neutering -- an uncontrolled population of cats is a public health, environmental and community concern," Yukimura said.

A draft of the bill sets license fees at $10 for spayed or neutered cats and $30 for unsterilized cats.

The bill sets fines for cat owners who allow cats over 4 months old to roam free without being sterilized. Officials say owners who keep their cats confined would not be required to have their pet sterilized.

Executive Director Penny Cistaro of the Kauai Humane Society said 900 more stray cats than dogs were brought in during the last fiscal year. She said only 10 percent of cats, compared with 56 percent of dogs, were retrieved by owners.

Councilmembers will consider the bill Jan. 15.

Annette Oda of Lihue criticized the proposal, saying it is a waste of time and money.

"Whoever started or initiated the bill apparently doesn't understand the nature of a cat," Oda said. "You can't treat a cat like a dog, so basically I am really frustrated and disappointed that the county council would dare to spend valuable time and money, which is a scarcity in this day and age, on cats and dogs."

Lonnie Sykos of Kappa said he likes that the measure would make it easier for humane society workers to identify feral and domesticated cats.

"How to balance the population of feral cats versus domestic cats is a thorny issue, but we need to come up with an objective way to deal with this and not a bunch of subjective guidelines that ultimately aren't going to resolve the problem," said Sykos, who owns three cats.

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copperwire9 wrote:
Oh puh-leeze!
on December 27,2013 | 11:24AM
Ewaduffer wrote:
Yes, puh-leeze do license them and implant a chip to identify the owners and have a very, very large fine for failure to control any pet.
on December 28,2013 | 10:39AM
geralddeheer wrote:
It appears to be a cat-tastrophe...
on December 27,2013 | 12:33PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
How Cat-a-tonic.
on December 27,2013 | 01:34PM
inverse wrote:
Makes purr-fect sense to take a paws and hold the irresponsible cat owners accountable including hitting them with a feliny if they don't cooperate.
on December 27,2013 | 02:10PM
Waterman2 wrote:
Good luck on that one. How they going to enforce it?
on December 27,2013 | 02:13PM
Keith_Rollman wrote:
Put up your paws...let's see some I.D.
on December 27,2013 | 02:24PM
HanabataDays wrote:
If Kaua`i government really wants to bring in the bucks, they should license mosquitoes. $20 per, or only $10 if they've been sterilized.
on December 28,2013 | 02:34AM
Spikette wrote:
Hooray. Cats do roam and deposit their poop and urine all over the neighborhood. Guess who have to clean up their mess daily so the neighbor's kids and grandkids do not step on the poop? Definitely not the cat owner. Our Tax dollars are spent to control the feral cat population which is getting to be a huge problem so cat owners should contribute their fair share by paying a license fee and neutering their pets. Cat owners should also be required to keep their pets confined to the cat owner's house or yard. Dog owner's are required to register their dog, pay a license fee, and keep their dog on a leash or confine on their property, cat owners should be held to the same requirements. Be a responsible pet owner like some of us are.
on December 28,2013 | 03:05AM
leino wrote:
So with a license there will be no cat poop? And cats do not train well .... a fenced yard would be a joke for most cats. We do not need more laws, rules, regulations, ordinances ... etc.
on December 28,2013 | 05:51AM
Waialua1 wrote:
Good idea. It should be a state law, cats on all the islands.....gotta start somewhere. For those stray and abandoned, will go the same way as stray dogs.....
on December 28,2013 | 04:34AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Waialua1, I agree with you completely. If the entire U.S. wants to beat this problem, license and microchip every cat and dog. Then have every owner responsible for their pet.Give incentives to neuter them. Thoughts?
on December 28,2013 | 09:23AM
Puuloa wrote:
OMG. Come on Kauai. Time to get rid of Yukimura. What a waste of tax payer money!
on December 28,2013 | 05:12AM
Buckykat wrote:
Silly humans. No one owns cats. Cats own humans. While Kauai is at it, why don't they suggest licensing chickens? Better to support an organization like Cat Friends which provides low-cost neutering and will even loan the traps to people who want to help.
on December 28,2013 | 05:36AM
Oahuan wrote:
Cats makes for an ono manapua. :)
on December 28,2013 | 06:28AM
localguy wrote:
Clearly we need to ensure you are "Neutered" to clean up the gene pool.
on December 28,2013 | 09:59AM
localguy wrote:
I would support a bill requiring our dysfunctional, elected bureaucrats to also be "Neutered or Fixed" to help clean up the gene pool. We do not need more people like Boehner, McConnell, Harry Reid, Pelosi, and all the other utter idiots.
on December 28,2013 | 10:02AM
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