(Closed) We have too many pets :'(

posted 6 years ago in Pets
  • poll: What would you do?
    Ask if the birds can stay so you don't have to lie, rehome if they say no : (33 votes)
    42 %
    Just bring the birds over, better to ask for forgiveness : (36 votes)
    46 %
    Rehome the birds and extra cat, don't risk eviction : (10 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 17
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    are you renting? I would just keep all pets if there is no chance of someone coming into the home without you there. Our townhouse HOA has a 2 pet policy as we’ll, and I know many of our neighbors have wayyyy more then that, especially with animals that don’t go outside.

    Post # 19
    841 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    @Equine_Breeder:  I would just keep them all. No one can come into your unit without 24 hours notice (at least that’s how it works in Ontario) so you could just hide them if you knew someone was coming. I don’t think landlords normally would be looking closely in your windows or anything so you’ll probably be fine.

    Post # 20
    1443 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’ve had more than my limit on cats for years.  We moved out of our last place because they were so intrusive, like once a year they would have an “inspection”  and do crap like look in our closets.  What a hassle and an invasion of privacy.  So, officially we have two cats, but we really have 3.  It used to be 5, but last year two of my elderly cats died.

    Post # 21
    9818 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I would probably just keep them all.  Maybe rehome the birds (if they’re noisy) but I would definitely keep my cats.

    Post # 22
    2598 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @Equine_Breeder:  This is a corporate owed property and not a private owner, right? 

    If it’s corporate, they may be inflexible – it’s just the policy and no exceptions. I suppose it depends on how much flexibility the property manager has? 

    I wouldn’t give too much backstory because frankly, they don’t care. Rather, go to them and explain you have ALREADY REHOMED your additional pets but wanted to see if it would be possible to pay an additional pet deposit and keep them. Explain the birds are small and clean, etc.  if you can demonstrate that you are a good, clean tenant who pays on time and maintains the property – that will help.  Offer references. 

    Good luck!

    Post # 23
    1040 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Equine_Breeder:  Our HOA only allows two pets as well.  We had 1 cat when we moved in, got another after the fact, and found a 3rd later on under our grill on our patio on the first night it was going to get down to freezing.  She was a little ball o’ fluff, about 1.5 lbs at the most.

    We kept her – we have 3.  Unless they do actual home visits, how will they know?

    ETA: We own our home, but they should be required to notify you at least 24 hours before a visit.

    Post # 24
    10452 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’d just assume the birds don’t count, since they’re mostly in a cage right? It’s like counting a hamster or something in my opinion, when I think limits on pets I only think cat/dog or big house roaming ones like that. I’d just bring them! 

    Post # 25
    9130 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    If you know when any maintenance people will be coming over, could you hide the bird cage in the bathroom / bedroom / etc?  They shouldn’t be allowed to just come in without giving you advance warning.

    I would try to hide them so I could keep them all.  I understand the reason for limits on pets, but if yours are clean and don’t smell, it really won’t affect the apartment at all.

    Post # 26
    1660 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I would definitely keep the 2nd cat. Especially if they are the same color or similar, they won’t even question it unless they see two cats sitting in the windows at the same time.  But even then if they question it you could say you were pet sitting… though that could get tricky long term.  I would honestly ask about the birds, I feel like caged animals don’t count as “pet deposit” animals.  THEN, if they say no I would probably still keep them honestly.  Just keep looking for a place that would accept that many animals. Worst case they evict you, while it would look bad for references on the next place to rent (unless you buy) you would be making sure you could have that many animals, so I don’t think they would think it was that big of a problem.

    Post # 29
    1122 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Im so sorry you have to do this! I searched for months for a condo that would let us have animals. Some have a limit, but our landlord doesnt care how many we have as long as we fix anything they may break and take them sith us when we leave the island. Rehoming pets is a HUGE issue here, so she didnt want us adopting an animal and then just leaving it when we move. If there is no wiggle room in the pet policy, I would keep looking for a new apartment. I wouldnt be able to rehome any of my pets (we have 2 dogs and a cat). So I would pay what I needed to pay to break my lease and find a place that let me keep all of them without worrying that I would get in trouble or kicked out. Do you have a relative that would be willing to keep the extras? Or a local shelter that can help you find a foster home for them for a little while? The only problem I see with keeping the second cat is that now thay you have asked, you have drawn attention to it and they will be aware that he is there. Whereas otherwise they may have never known. I hope you can come up with a solution! I can only imagine how you feel right now!

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