Pennsylvania’s anti-cruelty statutes dictate that it is against the law to intentionally kill a cat, regardless of ownership. This includes housecats, abandoned cats, lost cats, and feral cats. In fact, it is a criminal offense in all 50 states.
These animal anti-cruelty statutes are part of a larger set of laws built to protect society from violent acts. The intentional shooting of a cat is a violent act, and this protection does not bias on the cat’s status of ownership. It’s important that it doesn’t, because like many laws involving abuse, it serves to protect us from aggressive persons. To maintain civility, we must hold ourselves and others to these laws, even for the cats.