As of 2013, a reported 35% of Canadians were cat owners, compared to 32% dog owners. That amounts to an estimated 7 million cats in 2014. This does not account for the stray cat population, which is a problem in Canada, as well as in many other countries.
Cities require pet owners, including cat owners, to register their pets in Canada. In Ottawa, for example, registration fees for cats are $20 for sterilized pets and $40 for unsterilized ones. Cats must be registered, regardless of the manner in which they were acquired, whether it was by adopting a stray, purchasing from a breeder, pet shop, vet, or bred from an older cat.
In Canada, the core vaccinations for cats include Feline Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus and Feline Panleukopenia. These are potentially dangerous diseases for both adult cats and kittens, and are preventable through responsible vaccination. In addition, a cat owner can vaccinate against Feline Leukemia Virus, as well as rabies. Vaccination is one of the most important responsibilities both cat owners and cat breeders have, as it ensures the felines’ health and well-being.
The Animal Pedigree Act is in charge of the protection of breeders as well as people who purchase cats or other animals and it also promotes breed improvement. “Backyard breeders” are a problem not only when it comes to dogs, but also with regards to cats. Cats should always be purchased from reputable, licensed breeders. If you notice they are not following rules, do not accept animals from them and report them.