I live near downtown Toronto and there have been movements every once in a while to curtail free cats, but not much has come of it. Dogs are supposed to be on leash, but most people seem to ignore the law though you don't often see dogs wandering about by themself.Originally Posted by ScarlettO
One very good reason for allowing cats freedom is that they do kill rodents while they're out and about. To my understanding, any community that has placed a ban on cats being loose has experienced a drastic increase in the rat population. In fact, various communities that have developed rat problems have imported clowders of cats to deal with the problem.
And on the subject of rats, my Harvey, apart from being a brilliant, if neurotic animal, is a most excellent ratter and quite protective of me. One day I was sitting in the livingroom when I heard an odd noise behind me. I turned around to see a rat the size of a squirrel sitting at the cat bowl chowing down. Harvey, being a smart boy, was sitting on the table watching it but not in attack mode - a rat that size can actually kill a cat. I stood there staring at it, broom in hand, as it crouched there staring at me. When it started towards me, Harv was off the table like a shot and chased it out of the house. He's such a good boy.