(Closed) Pet owners: who pays?

posted 5 days ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Who pays the vet bills for the cat after the dog injured it?
    Dog owner : (58 votes)
    67 %
    Cat owner : (28 votes)
    33 %
  • Post # 2
    8454 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    deannamarie :  I was all ready to say of course the dog owner should pay, but then got to the part where it happened in the cat owner’s home while the cat owner was watching the dog. … That makes it much less cut & dry in my opinion. How sad for both friends and the poor kitty. Ugh. I’m sorry I don’t have any advice, I’m not sure how I feel about this. Maybe they could split it?

    ETA: I think your poll might be skewed by people voting before reading the situation.

    Post # 3
    1877 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    deannamarie :  That is a tough one, maybe they can split it? I can see how they are both kind of at fault here, it’s a really shitty situation to be in. 


    Post # 4
    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Unfortunately since she chose to allow the dog into her house, she is technically the one who will need to foot the bill. She’s really naive if she doesn’t know some dogs can be aggressive when it comes to their food, particularly in a strange place.  However any good person would be horrified and would offer to help with at least half if they were able. It’s not something she can ask for, it’s not something she can expect, but it something the rest of society would expect

    Post # 6
    2980 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2018

    I have both cats and dogs and this is on the cat owner IMO. The dog may not normally be food aggressive in his own home thus the lack of warning from friend B. My Roxie is not food aggressive in the least around us or OUR cats but she will not allow other strange animals around her food. Friend A took on responsibility when she offered to care for the dog in her home with her animals and they really should have been separated during feeding time to begin with. I would actually be pretty irritated if I were friend B and someone put my dog in that kind of situation. I feel for the cat but things happen and if you’re going to have pets, you need to have the money to pay for their care without pushing half of it on someone else. 

    Post # 8
    631 posts
    Busy bee

     Anyone who knows anything about dogs should know they can be aggressive when they’re eating, even if they’re not aggressive otherwise. Honestly I don’t think B should have to pay for it. People pay for their own pets especially when it occurred in her own house. $800 isnt a huge sum of money so I do think splitting it would be a fair option for both parties but if the cat needs further treatment and the bill gets up in the thousands? I don’t know about that.

    Post # 9
    392 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    I would have to say Cat Owner should foot the bill. Simply because the dog was going what dogs do – protecting their food from strange animals – and it’s a bit insane to think that rule wouldn’t apply to them. It’s the natural instinct of a dog, no matter how friendly and accommodating they may be.

    My parents’ little dog snaps and growls at any dog – even her companion dog of 4 years – if they gets too close to her food when eating, despite being a perfectly friendly playful adorable puppy (she’s 4 kilos, we refer to her as a puppy even though she’s almost 5) in every other instance.

    Sorry, but you take a dog into your home, you take on the responisbility of keeping an eye on it.

    Post # 11
    2718 posts
    Sugar bee

    deannamarie :  I dont know how it would be legally, but me being the dog owner i would offer to pay or at least split the bill. I’d feel awful even though technically they were under someone elses care. 

    It really does sound like an accident though. My cat and dog love eachother and even sometimes they get into little tiffs (no injuries tho). Hopefully the friendship can continue and they can work the $$ out.

    FWIW my dog had to have surgery to remove her eye and she has a very full and happy life. Took her a week or so to get use to her depth perception, but recovered VERY fast.


    Post # 13
    2411 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2021

    I think the car owner probably should have known better than to let her cat harass the dog while he was eating. So in her shoes I would tell the other friend about what happened when she returns but I would not demand or ask for any money. However, the right thing for the dog owner to do would be to offer to pay for a portion of the bill. Perhaps split it or if there is going to be a lot of ongoing care, pay for the initial visit. 

    Post # 15
    1200 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    I honestly feel like the cost should be split.

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