Stray cats remain an issue in the Fort.
 
Some residents have taken to social media and phoned bylaw officers about cats destroying their property or spraying.
 
"Throughout the course of the year, we do get a lot of complaints from members of the public of animals that are roaming around the community without a responsible pet owner with them," said Brad Ward, director of Municipal Enforcement.
 
While some residents have threatened to pour toxic chemicals like vehicle coolant around their property to deter the roaming cats, they shouldn't.
 
"Anytime that you would be even contemplating putting anything around or on your property that could be dangerous to animals or other members of the public, just intuitively you should know that's not the right thing to do."
 
There are commercially available products on the market that are meant to deter animals, while not posing a health risk.
 
It's the law in Fort Saskatchewan that all animals, dogs and cats, be leashed up and supervised when out and about.
 
Residents are allowed to borrow a trap from the city. After the cat is trapped, they can take it in to animal enforcement, where it will be kept for 48 hours. It will then be shipped off to the SPCA if left unclaimed. 
 
"Right now, in the Greater Edmonton area, there's a huge cat problem and the Humane Society is currently filled up with all of their cats waiting to be processed so there's a backlog for us."
 
Ward says getting tattoos or chips on your pets will help identify them.
 
Fines for owners of wandering cats start at $150, with any subsequent offences leading to a $300 fine. Owners can also add on a $20/day kenneling fee.
 
Ward warned that those wanting to trap a cat must use legal traps, not doing so could land a $250 fine.

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