Can I walk on someone's property and pet their cats legally? Or is that trespassing?

There is no sign or anything. Its near a park where I play disc golf and Its not far from the tee of one of the rounds. I don't do it when they are home.

If I ever saw the owner I would ask to make sure its ok but I never do and I don't want to knock as it would be imposing.

Update:

I petted one when she or he was out of the yard. Later I saw that cat and 2 more. One on a trash container and the other 2 on the porch. I pet them with no problems and went back to my disc golf.

I find it highly unlikely anyone is going to shoot me for petting a cat. Not to mention, they probably are not home. I know their van.

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    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Petting someone's cat isn't advisable.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    It would be simple Trespass, in my state a 3rd degree misdemeanor.

    If the owner, licensee, or the agent tells you personally to leave, and you remain without license to do so it becomes a First Degree Criminal Trespass.

    The question is does anyone complain.

    • Never
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      Nobody has complained and I doubt see would. And of course I would not remain if she asked me to leave. I actually put a few cat treats in my bag and feed them to her cats.

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  • 5 months ago

    In my state, it would be civil trespass, but not criminal.

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  • 5 months ago

    No, that would be trespassing. It doesn't matter whether there's a sign or not.

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