They say as California goes, so goes the nation, right? Let’s hope that’s not the case this time. The Los Angeles Times reports that after state lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown passed legislation forcing most California children to be vaccinated, officials in L.A. County are now forcing all cat owners to microchip them.

The new mandate was “long-awaited” and applies largely to residents of the county’s unincorporated areas. Besides microchipping, cat owners are also now expected to spay or neuter them. The paper further reported: Although the number of stray dogs euthanized in county shelters has dropped in recent years, cats that get picked up continue to face grim prospects. Last year, the county Department of Animal Care and Control impounded 28,911 cats, and 21,055 of them were euthanized. FULL REPORT