CULVER CITY ANIMAL SERVICES
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  STRAY AND FERAL CATS

  Is there a leash law on cats? Are cats allowed to roam free?

There is a leash law in Culver City, but it only applies to dogs. In the city limits of Culver City, cats are recognized as free-roaming animals, whether the cats are owned, stray, wild or feral. Unlike dogs, cats may roam freely throughout the city, are not required to be on a leash, and do not need to be confined within the owner's property.

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  There are lots of stray cats in my neighborhood. Are these all feral cats? Any   suggestion on how to keep stray or feral cats off my property?

Culver City Animal Services receives numerous calls from individuals who have noticed cats roaming freely in their neighborhoods. Although there are isolated colonies of feral cats in Culver City, it is more likely that some of these cats may be owned pets that are permitted by their caretakers to go outside unsupervised; some may be tame stray cats that were formerly owned, but have been lost or abandoned; and some may be feral cats (cats with no socialization and dispositions that make them unsuitable as domestic pets).

There are a number of humane ways for dealing with stray cats which will keep them out of your yard, ranging from establishing plants which cats generally do not like to working with your neighbors on a stray cat trapping program. In any case, it is important to remember that while stray cats can be very frustrating to deal with, you should not use extreme measures, as these measures can hurt people's pets and wildlife which live in the neighborhood.

If you have stray cats in the area, the first step should be preventing more from moving in. If someone in the area feeds the cats, you may want to ask them to stop, explaining that the stray cats are causing problems for all of the neighbors. This will discourage more animals from appearing. Any strays which are currently setting up camp in the area should be trapped, altered, and vaccinated; you may be able to find a local humane association which will trap and relocate the cats for you, or at least provide grant money for altering the cats so that they will not breed.

The Culver City Animal Services provides humane traps to residents for sick or injured dogs and cats. Depending on the availability, humane traps may be available to assist you with catching stray or feral cats. There is a $25.00 a week rental fee and a contractual agreement for usage of the humane trap. The humane trap can only be used to trap the specified target animal. The Animal Services Officer will only impound the specified target dog or cat caught in the trap upon notification. You will be given instructions for setting the trap or can reference them here:

There are also some steps which you can take to keep stray cats out of your yard and garden:

  1. Make your garden hostile to cats, with no spaces to lounge or to use your yard as a bathroom.

  2. Plant things to discourage cats, such as geranium, pennyroyal, rue, lavender, garlic, lemon thyme, lemon verbena, and other strongly scented plants.

  3. Lay chicken wire in your flower beds, as cats dislike like walking on wire.

  4. Lay pine cones, nut shells, and short stakes to discourage cats from walking in your yard.

  5. Lay coffee grounds and eggshells (which work well as fertilizer) as cats also do not like walking on these items.

  6. Install a motion-activated or motion-sensored sprinkler device. You can find these devices in pet stores, home improvement stores and online. These are extremely effective in keeping cats out of yards or large areas.

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  Can I trap stray cats that come in my yard?

Yes, as long as you use a humane trap that does not injure the animal. Culver City Animal Services provides humane traps to residents for stray, injured and feral cats. Humane traps may not be used for healthy wildlife animals. Depending on the availability, humane traps may be available to assist you with catching stray or feral cats. There is a $25.00 a week rental fee and a contractual agreement for usage of the humane trap.You will be given instructions for setting the trap. The humane trap can only be used to trap the specified target animal. The Animal Services Officer will ONLY impound the specified target cat caught in the trap upon notification.

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  Is it illegal to feed stray and feral cats?

Case law has upheld that feeding stray cats, feral cats and wildlife animals fall under the California Fish and Game Code 251.1 Harassment of Animals. This section applies to the feral cat feeders because wild animals have access to the food as well. If the act of the feeding is intentional, it does not matter that the food was intended for feral cats if wildlife animals have access [California Fish and Game Code 251.1].

Per California Fish and Game Code 251.1, "harassment" is defined as:

  • An intentional act which disrupts an animal's normal behavior patterns, which includes, but is not limited to, breeding, feeding or sheltering.

Feeding the stray cats in the neighborhood can also violate the kennel ordinances. Even if you don't claim ownership of the cats, by providing food, water and/or shelter for the cats, you are technically "keeping" them. If there are more than 3 adult cats on your property and you are feeding them without having an approved Culver City Animal Permit, you can receive a citation for kennel violation with fines up to $500 [Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.025].

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  Do you rent out humane traps for stray and feral cats?

Yes, Culver City Animal Services provides humane traps to residents for stray, injured and feral cats. Humane traps may not be used for healthy wildlife animals. Depending on the availability, humane traps may be available to assist you with catching stray or feral cats. There is a $25.00 a week rental fee and a contractual agreement for usage of the humane trap.You will be given instructions for setting the trap. The humane trap can only be used to trap the specified target animal. The Animal Services Officer will ONLY impound the specified target cat caught in the trap upon notification.

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  I think that my neighbor is hoarding cats. What do I do?

Cat hoarding is a complex and intricate public health and community issue. Its effects are far-reaching and encompass mental health, animal welfare and public safety concerns.

  1. More than the typical number of companion animals such as cats and dogs

  2. Inability to provide even minimal standards of nutrition, sanitation, shelter and veterinary care, with this neglect often resulting in starvation, illness and death

  3. Denial of the inability to provide this minimum care and the impact of that failure on the cats, the household and human occupants of the dwelling

If you think someone you know is struggling with cat hoarding, you can submit a complaint via telephone at 310-253-6143, via e-mail at animal.services@culvercity.org, or via fax at 310-253-6217 (Please ensure to attention: Culver City Animal Services).

If the Culver City Animal Services Officer observes a violation or the cruelty incident at the time of the visit, appropriate action will be taken. Because most animal ordinances are considered infractions and misdemeanors, the Culver City Animal Services Officer cannot take any legal action unless the Officer actually witnesses a violation in progress. This does not mean nothing can be done about a violation. Citizens can provide supportive evidence, photographs, video recordings, and documentation regarding a complaint to:

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Citizens can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

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Culver City encompasses approx. 5 square miles and is home to approx. 40,000 residents. It is just minutes from LAX, Marina del Rey and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Downtown Los Angeles, making it ideal for residents, business, and visitors alike. For more information, click here for the official website for The City of Culver City.

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