1 cat 2 owners

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Dmenner19, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. Dmenner19

    Dmenner19 PetForums Newbie

    Sep 25, 2013
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    Hello all,
    I am new here but I really need your guys opinion.
    About a year ago two friends and I adopted a cat, my two friends live in an apartment down the street from me and I visit pretty often. They have another cat living with them as well. Well my one friend is moving out with her girlfriend and is taking the cat that is originally hers, they don't really want to take the cat we all adopted because the two cats don't really like each other. We both agreed that the other roommate doesn't necessarily care for the cat like they should. He pretty much cleans the litter box every so often and pets the cat when it comes to him. But other than that he doesn't really do anything for him. He even refused to take him to the vet for a checkup.
    I want to take the cat but he is so attached to it that I know that if I ask he'll throw a fit.
    I don't know if there is a way to legally take the cat, since I signed all his adoption papers, he's technically my cat.
    I'm just really worried for him.
    Please help.
    Thank you
  2. Jiskefet

    Jiskefet Slave to the Hairy Hikers

    May 15, 2011
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    If he is technically your cat, he cannot stop you from taking him.
    And if owner number 3 agrees with you, it's 2 against 1.
    But I think it will be the end of your friendship if you do. And you have to consider the reason you adopted him but let him live at their house. Is that reason still valid? If so, are you doing the cat a favour by moving him to your place?
    #2 Jiskefet, Sep 25, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
  3. lulubel

    lulubel PetForums Senior

    Apr 28, 2011
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    Sounds like a complicated situation!

    For what it's worth, and without knowing all the details (the reasons, as Jiskefet said), it's my opinion that there should always be one person who takes ultimate responsibility for a cat's - or any other animal's - welfare. Even as a couple, my partner and I agree on this, and we each have final say over particular animals. If you feel that you are the one who has always taken ultimate responsibility, then the cat should be in your care. If the friend who is moving out is that person, it should be her decision as to what happens. It seems the responsible person isn't the friend who is staying in the apartment .....