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Q: Can she take the cat?

November 11, 2009 | By Skaloi | 4 answers | Expired: 1851 days ago

We were given a cat almost 8 months ago. We were told it was for good because the owner was being shipped to Germany and would not be able to take the kitty. She is back on leave and all of a sudden wants the cat back. It was my ex-husbands soon to be ex-wifes cat. The cat when we took it in was over weight had skin problems and fleas. My son is very attached to the kitty. Is there any thing I can do? She has never given us any money for the cat's care. I think the cat is happier and healthier with our family. Any suggestions anyone may have would be great. My son would kill me if I didnt at least try.

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L M.
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Nov 21, 2009

I don't think someone can take the cat back. I've seen some Judge Judy shows like this. Good luck, thanks for caring about animals. :-)

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Jillian
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Nov 13, 2009

this will never go anywhere in a court of law, if that's what you're asking.
i wouldn't worry about it. tell her your cat wasn't healthy in her care and you wouldn't put your cat through that again. block her number.

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Lisa B.
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Nov 12, 2009

I know the court system would let you keep the cat especially since she hasn´t been paying for any upkeep. It will depend on the relationship you want to maintain with this lady. Otherwise, i would give the cat back and go to the shelter and get a new kitten for your son. One that looks similar and tell him the situation. If you really think the cat is not in a ¨good¨ home, then talk to the lady about your son´s attachment and see if she will give up the cat. Good luck! These misunderstandings can cause quite a stir.

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Kris
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Nov 12, 2009

If she volutarily gave the cat to you and you have been caring for the cat, I don't see how she can just come and take it back. I don't even see the law telling you that you have to give the cat back. I would make sure that you have all your vet records in order and maybe even ask your vet to write a letter describing the cat's condition when you first got him if she does try some kind of legel procedings. The thing I would probably worry about the most is her coming to your home and trying to take the cat; in this case you may be the one going to law enforcement and even getting a restraining order if it comes to that. I would not just hand her the cat back, especially since she didn't take care of it when she first had it. Sorry you are going through this. Good luck!

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