In hopes of getting a handle on the ever-increasing number of feral cats wreaking havoc in city limits, Nitro City Council members will change a local ordinance governing how many pets each resident may keep.
"It's really a nuisance in our area," Nitro Ordinance Committee member Hershel Facemyre said of the strays.
The cats are having litters under city buildings and killing birds in neighborhoods, officials said. Many are showing up dead on city streets.
The city has some houses that have an exorbitant amount of cats and "it is starting to take a toll on the bird population," Mayor Dave Casebolt added.
Ordinance Committee members recently hashed out amendments to Ordinance 505, which regulates animals and fowl in city limits.
The amendments would limit a household to three dogs and three cats. That includes strays that a resident might simply be feeding.
Council members approved the amendments Oct. 2.
Kristen Strickland, humane officer for the Dunbar-Nitro Humane Office, is in favor of the restrictions. She said feeding feral cats is considered harboring the animal.
"I think it's going to be good for the city," she said. "There are a lot of feral cats."