Post # 1
I am just curious to see what other people thing…..
I have 2 indoor cats. Both have their claws. I make this very clear to any potential roommates that my cats still have their claws….and while they have a scratcing post….I am not home all day and I can’t really control what they scratch. I have tried to train them to only use the scratching post….and for the most part, they do. But occasionally (usually when they are mad about something) they will scratch other things…shoes, furniture.
I go by the addage…if you don’t want the cats to scratch something that you own, keep the door to your room closed. (I own all of the common furniture in the house – my roommates only bring in their personal stuff.)
So, if my cat ends up scratching someone’s shoes (or something else) I don’t feel responsible to pay for it – if you don’t want your cats by your shoes, keep em in your closet with the door closed!)
What do you think?
Post # 3
Sorry…I have to side with your roommates on this one. They’re your cats. If they do damage to other people’s property, it’s your responsibility to pay for the damage.
Post # 4
Your roommates are human. They may forget and leave the door open for a few minutes while they use the washroom. You are the owner of the cat. You are responsible.
Post # 5
Tricky situation. On one hand I understand your statement; if you don’t want it scratched don’t leave it out.. but on the other hand it’s not exactly fair for your roommates to not be able to leave any of their possessions out in the “common area” of their own place because they’re afraid of it getting damaged..
What exactly was damaged?
Post # 6
I’m going to go with no. The cats werent a surprise, and there was plenty of warning. They were warned to keep their stuff behind closed doors and away from cat common area to guarentee its safety. It’s their responsibility to keep their stuff safe since they were given fair warning and means to do so.
Post # 7
I agree with roomates too. If you aren’t there to watch them they should be kept in your room so they are not able to ruin your roomates things. The roomate is a paying tennant, the cats are your guests:)
Post # 8
i think if you give fair warning and do everything you can to keep your cats from causing damage (like even moving your roomates stuff for them if they forget), then i wouldn’t think you are responsible. tough call though, because i think no matter i would feel bad and would offer to pay.
Post # 9
This is tricky because it still is your cat and ultimately your responsibility.
I lived at my mother’s when one of my dogs was a puppy and while she knew not to leave things around anything she chewed or ruined I did replace because she was ultimately my responsibilty and it fell on me.
Post # 10
Are you able to get them declawed? Might make life easier.
Post # 11
Pets and whatever damage they do is always the responsibility of the owners. Sorry.
Post # 12
Yes, it’s you’re responsibility. Have you looked into Softpaws at all? I’m against declawing so we recently put them on my two cats. While they weren’t thrilled about the application (they have to sit still for a while) they don’t even notice they’re on, can still climb their cat tree and nothing gets scratched.
Post # 13
And if the roommate couldnt use their door to protect their stuff given fair warning, perhaps they should have rethought livnig in an apt with cats! I think the accepted the responsibilty for any possible damange when they accepted the apartment.
Post # 14
@Rock Hugger: going against the grain and saying no. you own all the common furniture and have made the situation clear, if they don’t want cats in their room, they need to make an effort to secure it just like you’d lock the door to stop intruders from stealing your tv.
Post # 15
Sorry, Id have to side with your roomates. Have you tried getting the caps for their nails?
Post # 16
@julies1949: I agree. OP – I think you are still responsible because they are your cats.