Penalties for failing to care for your cat
The penalties for committing an offence of cruelty or for failing to provide for an animal's welfare needs include a ban from owning animals, a fine of up to £20,000 or, in some cases, a 6-month prison sentence.
Controlling your cat
While it is accepted that cats tend to roam freely, and are less likely to cause injury to people or damage property than some other animals, cat owners have a general duty at law to take reasonable care to ensure their cat does not injure people or damage property. In practice, there are not many cases of cats injuring people or damaging property.