Am i in the right for telling my cousin this?

My cousin wants to keep this cat that came from her garden and she's headstrong in keeping it but I told her that it's not hers until it's been checked and that it's not someone else's but she still won't listen to me.

My next thing I had to tell her is that for now keep it but then telling her that we'll need to go to the vet.

I am usually not keen on keeping a random cat but am I in the rights?

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  • How old is your cousin?, if she's still little...finders keepers still the rule

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  • ... and this kinda stuff is why my late kitty was never allowed to go outside without supervision! It's no skin off my back now, because I fixed my cat, but my mom was old school so our cats went out whenever they wanted until they didn't come back. If I had a dollar for every time heard someone say their cat ran away I'd have a good pile of money!

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  • yes you are right.

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  • You are in your rights to say that any pet animal to live in the same apartment or house needs to be checked out by a vet, properly vaccinated, properly licenses (if your area requires a pet license), etc.

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  • There have been quite a few stories in the British media since the start of the pandemic about "cat napping" along the lines of what you describe. I'm sure it happened before, but it seems lots of people have been looking to acquire furry friends on the cheap since the start of the pandemic.

    I've shared a house with cats for decades, and while I wouldn't be surprised if some of them have gotten food and attention from neighbours, I've never lost one in this way. I'm sure I would have been miffed if that had ever happened, but as long as the cat was content in its new home, I wouldn't have made a big deal of it.

    From what you say, I think the only way she's going to be able to keep this cat is if she locks it up inside and never allows it to get near an open window or door. She may well find that this outside cat is not at all pleased to have its freedom restricted, so she'll have to deal with yowling and constant attempts to shoot out the door. She'll obviously need to accept responsibility for feeding it, vet visits and have to provide a litter tray - with all the stinky hassle that involves.

    If she really wants a cat, it would be better for her to get a kitten from an animal shelter. There's never a shortage of kittens and cats needing new homes.

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  • An outside cat is an outside cat. She can put food and water out and buy a shelter if she’s that concerned. But it’s probably someone else’s cat…

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  • Yes you could take a picture and post them in a few common areas to give the owners a chance

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