In many places, people want to require outdoors cats to be on a leash or else risk getting picked up and tossed in an animal shelter. These cat leash laws are meant to protect cats but encouraging owners to keep their cats indoors, but it could have the opposite effect.
Cats placed in an animal shelter often have little chance of getting back home or finding a new home before they’re euthanized. Another reason for cat leash laws is to protect wildlife from cats, but cats aren’t the only culprit in wildlife deaths so leashing cats won’t protect wildlife all by itself.
Ultimately, free roaming cats are often a nuisance to neighbors who don’t like cats, and free roaming cats often create messes in other people’s yards. If you have a cat, consider keeping it indoors for its own safety.