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Cats and the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw

Overview of the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw

The City of Calgary Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw regulates pets in our city. This is a brief overview of the bylaw. Please refer to the actual bylaw for more detailed information. Original copies of the bylaw are available at the City Clerk's office

According to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw, cat owners must ensure their cats:

    Have a City of Calg​ary licence.
  • Remain on the owners property.
  • Do not disturb the peace by howling or crying.
  • Do not damage others property.
  • Do not scatter garbage.
  • Do not chase, threaten, or attack a person or an animal.

Fines for failing to comply with the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw range from $25 to $1500.

Filing a complaint

If you know of a bylaw infraction and would like to report it to Animal & Bylaw Services, please call 3-1-1 (from within Calgary) or 403-268-CITY (2489) (from outside Calgary).​