sorry to have to tell you that under the 1971 Animals Act, cats became free
spirits. Before that, the owners could be responsible. They are excluded from the
definition of livestock under the Act and therefore they cannot be held guilty
of trespass under civil law and therefore their owners cannot be liable for any
damage done in any damage resulting from any's actions.
cat kills birds in an aviary, there is nothing that the owner can do and
similarly, if it digs up plants, there is nothing the gardener can do.
is also case law of the same effect. The situation is different for a dog but I'm
afraid not from a cat.
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