There are cat lovers all over the world but every country has different animal welfare laws. One of our blogger friends Camilla from Sweden is guest posting today about cat care laws in her country. She claims the laws are better than in the U.S. but there is always room for improvement and it’s difficult to police many of the laws. They have additional rules both for breeders, shelters and cat boarding. I’d say the Swedish laws are precedent setting and a good model to follow i.e. Sweden bans declawing. The images posted are Camilla’s stunning show cat Charlie Rascal.
Visit Camilla’s blog Kjelle Bus AKA Charlie Rascal
Animal Welfare Laws in Sweden
Welfare of cats.
You shall treat your cat well and protect it from unnecessary suffering and diseases.
Your cat shall be kept and cared for in a good environment and in a way that is good for the animal health and provides opportunity to behave naturally.
If your cat become ill or are injured , you should promptly ensure that the cat get´s necessary care.
It´s important that you keep your cat clean and that you groom the coat.
Cat´s that are foreign to each other or are aggressive shall not be brought together unattended.
Caring for cats
Cats should be checked on at least twice a day. This is particularly important if they are indoor cats.
Young, sick or injured cats shall be checked on more often.
Outdoor cats shall be offered food at regular times, at least twice a day. Also barn cats and stable cats should be given sufficient supervision.
You shall ensure that your cat get the social contact it needs through company of other cats, animals or people.
Food and water
The food you give your cat shall ensure that your cat gets an adequate and balanced nutrition.
You shall also make sure your cat doesn´t become over or underweight.
If you have several cats which are fed together you shall ensure that everyone has opportunity to eat in peace , without interference from each other.
Indoor cats must have free access to fresh and clean drinking water.
Cats that are entirely or partly outdoors, make sure that the cat gets access to water at least twice a day and that it doesn´t freeze immediately in the winter time.
If you have a indoor cat only, you must ensure that your cat have resting places on different levels, hiding spots and opportunity for clawing.
It´s particularly important for indoor cats to get activated.
It´s not allowed to have a cat tied on a leash indoors or outdoors. You may of course use collar/harness and leash to give your cat the opportunity to experience the outdoor´s but not unattended.
Transportation of cats
A cat carrier shall have at least the following space:
– Length 0,5 meters
– Width 0,3 meters
– Height 0,35 meters
You shall make sure the carrier is secured safely and that the carrier is designed in such way that the cat can get shade and is well ventilated. It´s not allowed to transport cats in the car trunk if you can´t see them from the inside of the car.
If your journey takes more than 6 hours you shall provide your cat with a litter box and offer water at least every 6 hour and food with a maximum of 24-hours intervals.
If the rules are not followed
You can get a ban on keeping and take care of animals.
You can be sentenced to a fine or be imprisoned for up to 2 years.
It´s NOT allowed to remove the claws so the cat can´t scratch.
You must have a permit from the provincial government if you have 10 or more cats that are older than 12 months.
Cats may not be sold in pet stores, at markets or similar.
Cats must not be used as prizes in lotteries, contests etc.
Public employees like Care assistants may break the confidentiality law and report if they see animals that are not well cared for.
What law(s) do think are the most noteworthy?