(Closed) Am I responsible for my cats damage?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Am I responsible for my cats damage? (See post)
    Yes : (138 votes)
    69 %
    No : (41 votes)
    21 %
    Only if Cthulhu makes me : (5 votes)
    3 %
    maybe? : (16 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
    46417 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
    14496 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    3773 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    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
    7296 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    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
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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
    329 posts
    Helper bee

    Are you able to get them declawed?  Might make life easier.

    Post # 11
    5763 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Pets and whatever damage they do is always the responsibility of the owners. Sorry.

    Post # 12
    5668 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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
    14496 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    3166 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @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
    1235 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Sorry, Id have to side with your roomates. Have you tried getting the caps for their nails?

    Post # 16
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @julies1949: I agree.  OP – I think you are still responsible because they are your cats.

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