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So my cat (who belonged to somebody else) is legally mine as it happens

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I'm trying to stave off more worries about the finalisation of getting to the USA, I got my visa last week and this week had to deal with the cat. It has been another nightmare of worry for me and the cat who I thought was 2 years old and I have now been corrected.

2 years ago I obtained a cat that was crying at my door that I thought was a kitten (now proven to be a very malnourished 2 year old cat.) All the neighbours told me my next door neighbour had thrown him out some weeks ago. I spent the next 2 years caring for the cat and avoiding the neighbour, who subsequently threw away the cat bowl and litter box he had, so I was certain the cat was abandoned, not least by the fact the neighbour did not care that the cat spent all of his time in my house.

Now I got my visa I had to face my very worst fear of taking the cat to the vet who told me he was chipped and had been regged at that particular vet by my next door neighbour. They also said this was a tricky legal area and they were going to have to alert the owner and tell him I have his cat, unlss I speak to him first. The vet was also quite adamant I should tell him I wanted ownership of it in order to take it out of the country!

I didn;t want to speak to the guy in case he said "no you cannot take my cat to the USA." But I worked up the courage to. He took the business card of the vet and told me happily that he would ring and transfer ownership. He then proceeded to fail to ring. I've been ringing the vet every day, who got thoroughly fed up of me and told me there was nothing they could do, that it was a legal battle I would have to have on my own hands.

I didn't want to leave the cat in the UK only to continue to be abandoned by said neighbour, and taken in by the RSPCA who would proceed to kill it. I have felt like I am stuck in limbo and utterly despondent at this situation. I still do not have my plane ticket booked.

This turns out to be utter rubbish. The vet rang back today and said they researched it and it's legally my cat, and legally I don't have to speak to the previous owners so if I don't want to I should not. The reason it is legally my cat is for a start it did not even belong to the next door neighbour, it was only regged at the vets in his name. The owners, that he now said he bought it off are in Manchester. The company that chipped the cat have been alerted, they have contacted the original owners but they are not answering their phone nor returning messages. The cat has not been reported stolen nor missing in 4 years of its life. After 2 years of a cat going "AWOL," if nobody claims it in that time then after that period it can be claimed and reregged in the name of whoever claims it. So it is legally my cat as I was the first to take it into the vets and say it was mine. I've been given the code number from his chip, phoned the registration company today who have told me the vet already rang about an abandoned cat with this ID. THey confirmed nobody had ever reported him missing so he's mine and all I needed to do was pay 15 pounds to reg him in my name. Now I can get him his rabies vaccination without any vet flipping out saying they MUST alert the owner that I have their cat and am abducting it to the USA.

I'm so relieved about this, but I do wonder why nobody ever know the correct information about anything.

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I am so glad you get to keep the cat as yours... I know how precious pets are!!

We moved our Mischief (she's a cat) here to the US in December from the UK.. let me know if you have any questions that pop up with the move, happy to help!

(PS- cats don't need rabies vacs to come from the UK to the US) :)

I'm trying to stave off more worries about the finalisation of getting to the USA, I got my visa last week and this week had to deal with the cat. It has been another nightmare of worry for me and the cat who I thought was 2 years old and I have now been corrected.

2 years ago I obtained a cat that was crying at my door that I thought was a kitten (now proven to be a very malnourished 2 year old cat.) All the neighbours told me my next door neighbour had thrown him out some weeks ago. I spent the next 2 years caring for the cat and avoiding the neighbour, who subsequently threw away the cat bowl and litter box he had, so I was certain the cat was abandoned, not least by the fact the neighbour did not care that the cat spent all of his time in my house.

Now I got my visa I had to face my very worst fear of taking the cat to the vet who told me he was chipped and had been regged at that particular vet by my next door neighbour. They also said this was a tricky legal area and they were going to have to alert the owner and tell him I have his cat, unlss I speak to him first. The vet was also quite adamant I should tell him I wanted ownership of it in order to take it out of the country!

I didn;t want to speak to the guy in case he said "no you cannot take my cat to the USA." But I worked up the courage to. He took the business card of the vet and told me happily that he would ring and transfer ownership. He then proceeded to fail to ring. I've been ringing the vet every day, who got thoroughly fed up of me and told me there was nothing they could do, that it was a legal battle I would have to have on my own hands.

I didn't want to leave the cat in the UK only to continue to be abandoned by said neighbour, and taken in by the RSPCA who would proceed to kill it. I have felt like I am stuck in limbo and utterly despondent at this situation. I still do not have my plane ticket booked.

This turns out to be utter rubbish. The vet rang back today and said they researched it and it's legally my cat, and legally I don't have to speak to the previous owners so if I don't want to I should not. The reason it is legally my cat is for a start it did not even belong to the next door neighbour, it was only regged at the vets in his name. The owners, that he now said he bought it off are in Manchester. The company that chipped the cat have been alerted, they have contacted the original owners but they are not answering their phone nor returning messages. The cat has not been reported stolen nor missing in 4 years of its life. After 2 years of a cat going "AWOL," if nobody claims it in that time then after that period it can be claimed and reregged in the name of whoever claims it. So it is legally my cat as I was the first to take it into the vets and say it was mine. I've been given the code number from his chip, phoned the registration company today who have told me the vet already rang about an abandoned cat with this ID. THey confirmed nobody had ever reported him missing so he's mine and all I needed to do was pay 15 pounds to reg him in my name. Now I can get him his rabies vaccination without any vet flipping out saying they MUST alert the owner that I have their cat and am abducting it to the USA.

I'm so relieved about this, but I do wonder why nobody ever know the correct information about anything.


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Would this be covered by The Hague Convention?


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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Glad to hear you got this sorted out :)

I once was in a similar situation in the UK (way before moving back to the US) where I took a cat I believed to be abandoned with my when I moved house. When I found him he had 3 legs and almost no fur, so not unreasonable to think no one cared for him. I paid something like 500 pounds to get him fixed up.

Anyway, one time he got out and was picked up by a neighbor who traced his microchip back to the original owner who then threatened to sue me for "distress" for "stealing" her cat. The cat had been gone for 3 months at that point and I'd been caring for it for over a year (with no signs of anyone trying to find it) so I'm not sure how distressed she could possibly be.

Still miss the cat :(


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Good for you for fighting for your cat! I'm glad to hear it was successfully resolved.


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