L.A. may raise limit on cat ownership to five

A cat at the Los Angeles Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center in August.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Crazy cat ladies, the law may soon be on your side.

A Los Angeles city councilman is trying to change city code to allow residents to own five cats, up from three.

Under current law, it is illegal to own more than three cats at a time. Those who wish to keep more must obtain a kennel permit.

Councilman Paul Koretz says the current cap hurts efforts to get animals off the streets and out of shelters.


“The most likely people to adopt additional cats are those who already have cats in their homes,” Koretz said in a motion submitted to the council this month. The item will be heard by the Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, which Koretz chairs, and eventually the full council.

The proposal has generated a mix of reactions. Many in the animal rights community have cheered the proposal to raise the cap, but caution that the new law should include stronger spay and neuter requirements and should require cat owners to fit their felines with microchips.


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