i have finally calmed down from chasing our neighbor's cat, not only out of our yard, but out of one of my pens. Heard the chickens going crazy. Went out to find the cat inside the back pen. She apparently fell through the top where i need to repair a panel and only had plastic sheeting strapped (my fault, i know). i opened the door, screamed at her and she ran, along with several of the chickens (little flighty bantams). Got everyone back in, secured the top, checked everyone over. It must have just happened, so no harm to the birds, just a frightened cat and terrified birds. Went to my neighbor's house (as i have many many times). The young girl came to the door, tired, lackadaisical. She did ask if any birds were harmed, i said no. She said she would keep the cat in for the day. So today i get to spend my Sunday reinforcing my pens so they are Fort Knox, all because of irresponsible neighbors. i do realize the burden falls on us, as chicken owners, to make sure our pets are safe. i've spent countless hours and thousands of dollars on chain link pens and panels, hardware cloth, cable ties, roofing panels, secure coops and locks. If we found a predator like a raccoon or possum, we would trap or shoot, depending on the urgency of the situation. i suppose it would be the same for a cat, but i really don't want to be put in that position. Animal Control deems cats as "free roaming" which means it isn't against any law for a strange cat to be in your yard. It also allows cat owners to let their animals out to cause any kind of mischief without consequences. i realize cats can go over fences and dogs can not, and that Animal Control probably doesn't want to open the can of worms to try to regulate the situation. i'm just very frustrated right now. i think cat owners really need to be held responsible for their cats. i am with mine, they all stay inside where they bother no one (well, except for us). i wonder if there is any way to get an ordinance in place?