Owner fears for pet cats

I HAVE just learnt that the City of Armadale is proposing drastic changes to the local cat laws and that these proposals are open for pubic comments until September 22.

I am getting on in years and have no family. My only companions are my three 16-year-old cats.

We�ve grown old together and I would be lost without them.

I consider myself to be a responsible pet owner and my cats are sterilised, micro-chipped and kept indoors at night.

According to the proposed changes in the legislation, I will have to obtain a permit to be allowed to keep them, and I must make sure they are contained within my property at all times.

I have lived on the same half-acre block for more than 30 years and my garden abounds with all sorts of wildlife; birds, bandicoots, possums, lizards and so forth. We all live in harmony.

My sole income is from the aged pension and I am, quite literally, sick with worry about what will happen. I am unable to sleep at night because I am constantly thinking about what could happen to my much-loved companions.

Why have we become such an intolerant society?

Cats make easy targets but our wildlife is in far greater danger from the loss of habitat caused by the increasing amount of land clearing for developments.

The City of Armadale seems to be spending a lot of time and money to introduce laws on minor issues, whilst at the same time pregnant women are attacked in the streets.

Surely, the greater priority should be to make our city a safer place.

My sincere hope is that common sense will prevail and that the council will not be blindsided by the misinformed anti-cat fanatics.

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