Esquimalt is considering a bylaw that would make it mandatory for cats over the age of five months to be spayed or neutered. A draft of the bylaw will be at council on Oct. 13.
The cat Spay and Neuter Action Committee gave a presentation Monday night about the ongoing problem of unneutered felines procreating. A female can easily have three litters a year, they said.
North Saanich and Central Saanich have a spay-and-neuter bylaw, as do seven other municipalities in B.C.
Education alone doesn’t make a difference, said Anna Becker of the action committee. “We’ve been doing that for 30 years and the cat population in Victoria is still growing.” Several animal-advocacy groups, including the SPCA, are in favour of the bylaw.