Covington Adopts New Rules for Feral Cats and Those Who Care for Them

Basically, if you're going to feed stray kitties, feed them responsibly.

click to enlarge A cat. - PHOTO: CITY OF COVINGTON
Photo: City of Covington
A cat.

The City of Covington and its Board of Commissioners has adopted a new slate of rules when it comes to the care of feral, or community, cats. 

The recent additions to its animal control ordinance mirror those within greater Kenton County and its Animal Services office. 

Kenton County's "Community Cat Program" is a trap-neuter-return and vaccination program, but it also offers guidance on how to responsibly care for stray kitties. 

“Some communities make it illegal to feed stray cats, but we didn’t want to do that,” said Covington Neighborhood Services Director Ken Smith. “At the same time, we want to make sure that the feeding of those cats is done in a responsible way that doesn’t cause problems in the surrounding community.”

So here are the new rules, all you cool cats and kittens:

  • If you are feeding a cat(s), place the cat food in a container and don't just toss it on the ground.
  • Pick up any uneaten cat food after an hour.
  • Throw away your trash.
  • If you are building an outdoor shelter for the cats, make sure it is insulated and blends in with its surroundings. It also must be kept free of standing water and moisture.
  • All vaccinations and spay and neuters must be done by "the 'caretaker' or Kenton County Animal Services to prevent reproduction."

Kenton County Animal Services is contracted to enforce all these rules within the city. 

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