It's a fact that an inside cat lives a longer, healthier life than those that wander outdoors. An indoor cat never faces the many dangers waiting outside such as cars, attacks by other animals, exposure to diseases, parasites and poisons. Cats kept inside require less veterinarian care for problems more often associated with roaming cats such as fleas, ticks, worms and diarrhea.
Outdoor cats left in their neighbourhoods are actually 10 times more likely to make their way back home than if brought into a shelter. Outdoor cats are exposed to more risk and disease, which can often lead to heartbreak for owners.
The City of St. Albert recommends that domestic felines be kept indoors, or allowed outdoors only when in an enclosed area or on a leash/tie-out with appropriate supervision.
Cats raised indoors are perfectly content with their world. Cats that have experienced the outdoors will need some time to adjust to indoor status but will eventually be perfectly content in the comforts of a home.
A few things you can do to keep your cat happy indoors:
- Keep fresh water and food at hand;
- Provide a litter box;
- Open screened windows to let in some fresh air;
- Provide your cat with toys and a scratching post for exercise.
Nuisance Cat Information
The City of St. Albert does not have a Cat Bylaw. Therefore cats are not prohibited from roaming the City or entering onto private property.
If you are having a problem with a nuisance cat, it is recommended that you try other humane methods to deter a cat from entering your property. These include speaking to the cat's owner (if known), placing a motion-sensor water sprayer on the property, erecting a physical barrier, or using safe chemical deterrents that can be purchased at pet stores.
If the above methods do not work, you can use a humane live cat trap to capture the animal. The Edmonton Humane Society only supports the use of humane live cat traps as a last resort to remove an unwanted cat from a piece of property, and only if all appropriate actions are taken to ensure the health and safety of the trapped cat.
The most commonly used humane cat trap is a metal cage with a plate on the bottom. When the cat is enticed into the cage, it steps on this plate, which closes the door behind it. Look under "Pest Control" in the Yellow Pages for companies that have available traps.
Outdoor Cats in Your Neighbourhood
If you see a healthy cat outdoors, the City encourages you to leave it where it is. Many of these cats have either escaped their owner’s house or they are owned outdoor cats that don’t need to come into a shelter. These cats are actually 10 times more likely to find their way back home than if they are brought to a facility. – Source: Million Cat Challenge
Cat owners are encouraged to only bring their cats outdoors in an enclosed area or with the use of a leash or tie to help keep them safe and at home. Owners can be part of the solution by spaying or neutering, licensing, microchipping, and providing an ID for their cats.
Click Edmonton Humane Society for more information on their admissions and the Capacity for Care program.
Last edited: April 10, 2018