Community Cats in Coralville
On May 25, 2021, the City Council passed Ordinance 2021-1008 allowing residents to trap feral cats, have them spayed or neutered, and then release them to where they were found. The approach is commonly known as trap-neuter-return, or TNR, and a method to stabilize feral cat populations.
Community Cats, also called feral cats, are members of the domestic cat species that are usually not socialized to people and therefore not adoptable as pets. Coralville City Ordinance defines a “Community Cat” as a cat is allowed to roam freely within the City that meets the following requirements:
A community cat shall be returned to the area where it was captured unless the cat is sick, injured, or unless the property owner requests that the cat be removed from the property where the cat was captured. View Ordinance 2021-1008
Pet Cat Requirements
All cats that are owned as pets, regardless of age, must be leashed at all times unless they are confined within the owner’s property. Cats found to be at large, other than those deemed to be a Community Cat, can be impounded and the owner can be cited for having an animal at large.
Every cat over the age of four months must obtain a pet license each calendar year or within 30 days of the animal being brought into the city. Pet licenses