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Los Angeles' Cat Limit (Yes We Have One) Might Be Raised To 5

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Cat lovers, rejoice! A Los Angeles City Council committee is considering a motion that would allow Angelenos to own as many as five cats instead of three. (We're looking at you, crazy cat ladies and gents.)

We at LAist know cats can cause a host of drama, but who knew that a) there was a cat limit, and b) three was the threshold?

The motion was first introduced by Councilman Paul Koretz earlier this month, according to CBS. Koretz argues that the recent ordinance limiting the number of cats someone may own is a key barrier to preventing adoptions and reducing the number of stray cats citywide.

Currently municipal codes state only those who have a kennel permit are able to house more than three cats (how many of you are breaking the law, rebels?).

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"Certainly the most likely people to adopt are the folks that already have cats in their homes," Koretz told KNX 1070. "Setting up a system for folks that want to have more than five cats in their homes and do it in a sanitary way, we will save lives of more cats and do it in a way that is harmless to everybody else."

But don't worry. He added that because the motion would only apply to indoor cats, there wouldn't be a need for an Environmental Impact Report.

The proposal has had a mixed reception -- some claim the move should also include harsher spay and neuter requirements, plus microchip requirements in homes with three or more cats. But, it's still unclear exactly how the city would enforce the measure.

"Unless somebody complains, we're not likely to spot people with more than three cats anyway," Koretz said. "It's not that enforceable, so this way it sort of legalizes most people's activities already."

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