Winnipeg cat owners may soon have to pay to license their pets.

Next week the Responsible Pet Ownership bylaw will be before a city committee.

If the bylaw is passed by the committee it’ll be sent to city council for a second vote. If it passes there, cat owners will have to start buying cat licenses in January.

The licenses would cost $15 a year for cats who have been spayed or neutered or $50 for those who have not.

The bylaw states all of the proceeds from the licensing would go to the Winnipeg Humane Society’s spay and neuter program.