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Biological Summary of the Domestic Cat

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Overview of Feral Cats

Summary of Feral Cat Legal Issues


New in 2010! Feral Cat Legal Issues by David Fry (includes a discussion of caretaker liability and what constitutes an owner/keeper under state law)

Detailed Discussion of Feral Cat by Anthony E. LaCroix

A Public Policy Toward the Management of Feral Cats, by Shawn Gorman and Julie Levy, 2 Pierce L. Rev. 157 (June 2004).

Feral Cat Colonies in Florida: The Fur and Feathers Are Flying, Pamela Jo Hatley, 18 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 441 (2003).

Baker v. Middleton (2007) - An Indiana superior court ruled that feral cat colony caregivers are not liable for property damages caused by the cats. In this case, the plaintiff was a homeowner who suffered almost $2000 worth of property damage from the feral cats. The court was persuaded by recent evidence that debunks the myth that not feeding a colony will cause it to go away. To read a pdf version of the case, click here (628.01 KB).

Table of Cases Related to Cats, Generally

Table of Statutes Related to Cats, Generally

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For further information on the lives of feral cats, visit Alley Cat Allies page.

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