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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-10322: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 14 July 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the compulsory (a) neutering, (b) microchipping and (c) registration of all domestic cats, and what analysis it has carried out of the impact that this would have in controlling overpopulation.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 27 July 2017

The Scottish Government Code of Practice for the Welfare of Cats recommends that all cat owners should consider neutering and microchipping (involving registration) their pets as the best way of being reunited with them should they be separated. We do not currently consider these actions should be compulsory for cats.

The Scottish Government has not carried out analysis on the impact of these in managing the population of domestic cats.