Kópavogur City Council member Guðríður Arnardóttir has suggested at a recent council meeting that it be mandated that cat owners keep their pets indoors during periods when birds are nesting in town. Guðríður has further called upon the city’s lawyer to draft details of potential penalties for cat owners who fail to follow the rules, RÚV reports.
This past September the city of Kópavogur adopted regulations for cat ownership, requiring, among other things, that all cat owners microchip their pets and have them de-wormed regularly. Pretty basic aspects of responsible pet ownership, really.
Guðríður has said to media that she does not believe the increased rules imposed on cat owners would affect them negatively. The existing rules stipulate that cats have to wear bells on their collars during nesting season, but bells do nothing to save the lives of young birds that cannot react fast enough (or at all) to the sound of an approaching bell. Mandating that all cats be kept indoors would save the lives of many birds.