Keep cats at home

Nobody likes to dig out a mess of cat feces when they're doing their gardening

I totally agree with Dianne Ackerman’s letter in the March 28 edition of your paper, (Pick Up After Kitty). We came home after two months away to find countless deposits of kitty poo in our yard.

I cover my flower and garden beds with plastic netting and that keeps them out of those areas. However, the cats then used the crush stone area beside our house as their private bathroom. Over 30 piles of poo to clean up. That is not a pleasant task, especially when one doesn’t own a cat.

We are surrounded by cats, at least six in the houses around us. On any given day, we can see one or more of these cats roaming the neighborhood, walking on and jumping the fences.

It is time that our council stepped up to the plate and did something about this problem. Other communities are doing this.

There have been countless letters to the editor about this over the years, along with numerous articles in various publications addressing the issue of cats roaming free, and the growing population of feral cats.

I will be writing to the mayor and council about this and, like Dianne stated in her letter, urge those who experience this problem to do the same.

It might be worthwhile to go and have coffee with the mayor and council on Thursdays and raise the issue with them. Perhaps we may have to band together and attend some council meetings as a group to put forth a unified voice on the issue.

In the mean time, it would be greatly appreciated if cat owners kept their pets at home.

Bob Larson

Parksville