The Canadian city of Guelph is moving towards banning roaming cats within the next five years.

Guelph City Council’s Committee of the Whole approved a new animal control bylaw on Monday, which includes a CAD$25 cat licence by 2018.

The recommended bylaw goes to full council on 19 December for final approval.

But some of Monday’s discussion centred on how the licensing of cats was part of the process moving towards creating a bylaw that will ban them from roaming outside.

The city’s General Manager of Operations, Doug Godfrey, says that not allowing cats outdoors* is something the city hopes to phase in over the next five years.

(* Presumably he means not allowing them to stray from their owners’ properties.)

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