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post #1 of 16
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First off, I hope this is the right place to post this - it doesn't really belong in 'care' I don't think, and while it could be sort of controversial, I don't really think it is (and besides that, I can't post in IMO anymore anyway now that I've lost almost all of my posts! ), so I hope it's okay here!

I was reading an article the other day about a town in Utah that only allows people to own either two cats or two dogs, but no more than that and not both a dog and a cat! Which got me thinking about bylaws that restrict the number of pets that can be owned - I do think that in urban and suburban areas, there needs to be some kind of limit on pets (other than for professional bredders, and pet rescues, etc.), but I think that a two pet restriction is way, way too low. My city has a six pet restriction - a combination of up to six dogs, cats and rabbits, with no more than three of the six being dogs is allowed, and I think this is very reasonable. I wanted to see what others think, so a few questions:

- Does your city/town/county restrict the number of pets you can own?

- If so, how many cats can be owned? How many pets in total?

- If your city does have restrictions, do you follow them?

- What do you think is a reasonable number of pets (dogs, cats and rabbits) for someone (a non-profesional not involved in breeding or rescue) living in an urban or suburban area to own?

- How few pets does restriction have to allow before you'd consider it unreasonable? Eg. is two cats to few to be allowed to own?

Just curious to see some opinions!
post #2 of 16
Our city allows 6 cats (if all are altered) and 3 dogs. We own 7 cats and 3 dogs. Although all of our cats are indoors. So I guess I don't follow them, yet I tried pretty dang hard to find out how to make it legal, unfortunately haven't found any way to get a cattery license. I think a reasonable amount would have to depend on the person, it depends on if you have the time, money, and resources to have a multi-cat household.
post #3 of 16
WEll.. i dont know we actually arent allowed to have pets in this house because we rent it
But DO you SEE ME FOLLOWING THE LAW?? :P no...
i have a rabbit, a cat and now just setting up an aquarium.
But one of my dads friends has 5 appartments that he owns and the woman upstairs had 11 cats. They said that the minimum was 5 so.. who knows
The woman ended up leaving because she hadnt castrated her cats and they had sprayed everywhere. it really stunk when we went in there but it wasnt fair how they treated the cats
She now isnt allowed to have any animals at all!
post #4 of 16
There are various levels of laws in my neighborhood. The city has a restriction of 2 of each breed, but being outside the city limits, the county really doesn't have any. Our subdivision claims to have a limit of 2 per species, and one horse or cow per acre, but the authors of those laws far exceed them themselves, and readily admit to only caring about them if someone in the neighborhood becomes a nuisance. Needless to say, there isn't a single person in our "subdivision" that follows the laws.

When we first moved here, a neighbor came by to introduce themselves and claimed what they liked best about the area was that "there are no laws".

Lawless and reckless in MO.
post #5 of 16
to be honest I have no idea. We just adopted Charcoal (my kitty) and we have a rabbit so I wouldn't think we are over any limits, but then again we live in a foreign country and not in military housing so we don't really have rules to follow.
post #6 of 16
Does your city/town/county restrict the number of pets you can own? Yes

- If so, how many cats can be owned? How many pets in total? I believe you're only supposed to own like five or six or something like that and you can't own any livestock.

- If your city does have restrictions, do you follow them? Well I always have...The apartment complex I live in only allows for two animals. I have the two boys and I think they would count the fish tank as a piece of furniture at least I believe that's what I was told when I moved in. That being said, I haven't paid a pet deposit or even told them that I have the boys. I told them that I was going to be getting them when I first moved in and offered to pay then but they told me to wait until I got them...and I just haven't made it by the office since I did (Last Year. ) At this point, I'm planning on moving in July and will have to replace the blinds that Gandalf has ruined but I'm not planning on telling them if they don't catch me. (I know, I'm bad.) And I really do need to get both the boys registered...but they never leave the house and I do keep them up on all their shots.

- What do you think is a reasonable number of pets (dogs, cats and rabbits) for someone (a non-profesional not involved in breeding or rescue) living in an urban or suburban area to own? I think it depends greatly on how large a home you own. I ive in a one bedroom apartment and between me and the boys, I can't imagine adding another pet. That being said, as long as a person takes care of their animals I don't think it should matter as long as it's not completely out of hand...(ie having forty or fifty cats or something.)

- How few pets does restriction have to allow before you'd consider it unreasonable? Eg. is two cats to few to be allowed to own? Like I said depends on how large a house it is. That being said, if I owned a large home and the city tried to tell me how many cats I could have they could stuff it.
post #7 of 16
We have no limits, YET.
post #8 of 16
Clinton (as far as I know) doesn't have a law about how many pets you can own. Although it should. Some of the people here are now to bright when it comes to animals let me tell you! They think animals are disposal and can be "exchanged" whenever they misbehave. It infuriates me whenever I hear of someone giving up a cat because of a baby one the way, or because they are moving or something stupid like that. it happens all the time here. I absolutely couldn't volunteer at the shelter here #1 because it is a kill only shelter, and I find that repulsive, and #2 because when stupid people like that come in and give me that kind of excuse, well the fireworks would go off, and my mouth would get me in ALL sorts of trouble.
But I think they are finally talking about having a law limiting the number of animals you can have. We had a house explode here because of people having so many animals that the gas build up caused the house to literally explode. (the people were living outside in a tent because the house was so over run and gross, but noone did anything about it until it exploded!) I think they also had someone here who owned a bunch of exotic animals and they ended up taking them but I'm not sure. Like I said, Clinton isn't to fast when it comes to limited the number of animals a person should have and when they do, I'm afraid it'll be something crazy like one of two.
In Fulton they were going to trap and kill the sewer cats they have running around the town. I told Brad to tell the mayor that he needs to TNR but he didnt' listen. I told Brad that the cats that they trap will be replaced by other cats that are dumped by people that dont' want them anymore. but if they TNR then the colony stays the same never gets bigger, has unwanted litters, etc. but like i said, they didnt' listen. Sorry I went on a small rampage.....
my bad...........
post #9 of 16
It is unlawful to own more than five dogs or three cats (10 cats if confined within a structure) on a residential lot smaller than 10,000 square feet

We have 4 indoor cats & 1 outdoor cat (feral), and 2 dogs.
post #10 of 16
- Does your city/town/county restrict the number of pets you can own? my town does not have restrictions

- What do you think is a reasonable number of pets (dogs, cats and rabbits) for someone (a non-profesional not involved in breeding or rescue) living in an urban or suburban area to own? I feel the number of pets completely depends on the individual. Some people will provide overwhelming love and the very best of care for a large number, but for some people, one would be far too many!

- How few pets does restriction have to allow before you'd consider it unreasonable? Eg. is two cats to few to be allowed to own? Again, I feel it completely depends on the individual
post #11 of 16
There are no restrictions here in New Zealand either.

We have 8 cats(although currently just 6 of them reside with us) 5 kittens, 2 puppies and 2 dogs.
post #12 of 16
I havent a clue about the UK, but my friend Emma has 5 cats and 2 dogs and she has no problem.
post #13 of 16
I didn't know what our policy was so I looked it up. It's limited to two dogs and two cats per household and if you have a dog you have to register it with the Animal Rescue and Assistance division. So much for that. I have four cats and foster up to five more a week. On top of that I live in an apartment that only allows one pet and they don't know I have any. I couldn't afford to pay the deposit when I moved in and I wasn't getting rid of my baby Ullah. No one's said anything so far and it's been seven months.

Heather
post #14 of 16
i only have 1
post #15 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by fwan
WEll.. i dont know we actually arent allowed to have pets in this house because we rent it
But DO you SEE ME FOLLOWING THE LAW?? :P no...
i have a rabbit, a cat and now just setting up an aquarium.
But one of my dads friends has 5 appartments that he owns and the woman upstairs had 11 cats. They said that the minimum was 5 so.. who knows
The woman ended up leaving because she hadnt castrated her cats and they had sprayed everywhere. it really stunk when we went in there but it wasnt fair how they treated the cats
She now isnt allowed to have any animals at all!

yeah i dont know about state laws or anything...but were only supposed to have at the max 2 cats in our apartment.....shhhhhh mabby is a stowaway
post #16 of 16
We have dog restriction we can only have 2 dogs per house hold were I live but there are no restrictions on cats or other animals.

I belive there need to be restrictions though even on Kittys please no one kill me ok but I see the way a lot of kittys are treated there not like our kittys loved and cared for our council is talking about haveing to have cats registered and limiting them to 2 per house hold and they will have to be desexed and I think it's a good idea it will help with the stray cat numbers if it is done right.
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