"I am finally ready to get a cat. Since there are so many homeless animals, I would definitely want to adopt a cat from a shelter. What legal provisions do I have to comply with regarding cat ownership?"TIR's answer:
Every animal keeper (that includes animal owners and anyone with an animal under their care) – and thus the keeper of a cat – is required to meet the animal's needs as best as possible. They must ensure the animal's physical and psychological well-being and make sure that the animal is free from pain, suffering, harm, fear, and any other violations of its dignity. Anyone who keeps or takes care of animals must also provide them with adequate feed, care, and enrichment as well as species-appropriate housing.
Apart from these general provisions, the animal welfare legislation only provides for a few specific regulations regarding the keeping of cats. These mainly concern the housing area and its minimum dimensions. The law also stipulates that cats must have room to retreat and be provided with enrichment like climbing trees and scratching posts as well as elevated resting areas. There must be one litter box per cat and, if there is more than one cat in a household, the cats must be left to decide for themselves what litter box to use. For groups of 6 cats or more, there can be one litter box for two animals at a time, as long as it is cleaned several times a day or the cats have outdoor access.