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Old 10-21-2009, 07:47 AM
 
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I think the real estate agent's request is ridiculous. I highly doubt your home is being shown every single day. I'd have a serious talk with the agent.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:00 AM
 
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I agree. My cats would not be banished, ever. I have looked at houses with cats in crates/cages while the house is being shown, which takes at most a hour or two. Is it a matter of you being at work and not able to let them back in the house? Of course, keep litter boxes hidden while showing and make sure they are always perfectly clean.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:24 AM
 
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I agree. My cats would not be banished, ever. I have looked at houses with cats in crates/cages while the house is being shown, which takes at most a hour or two. Is it a matter of you being at work and not able to let them back in the house? Of course, keep litter boxes hidden while showing and make sure they are always perfectly clean.
Yes i work 45 minutes from the home so if the house is being shown I can't get there to put up the kitties or uncage them garage them etc.

Also they will hide at first but one of my cats likes to escape outside. I'm not sure she'd do it with a stranger though, she'd probably just hide. But I'm not sure. There are many times she manages to get out with me.
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Old 10-23-2009, 01:00 PM
 
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Nothing on the face of this earth could get me to put my cats in a freezing garage. Nothing. I love
my cats. Just because they survive the torture doesn't make it okay.
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Old 10-24-2009, 08:19 AM
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I agree with you on principle, however I can think of two reasons the agents want the cats outside: 1) possible litterbox odor and 2) to eliminate possibility and liability for agent if one of the cats dashes out the door.

On the other hand, it's true that most kitties will hide from strangers.

The other issue of the garage temp: I agree with others' comments. Give them a save, covered box with little blankies and they will be as warm as needed. Remember, cats are able to live outdoors, year round.
Not to mention some may use the excuse 'allergies' as an excuse not to buy, whether they are allergic or not. Sad but true.

A heating pad is a good idea, but you have to be safe in every aspect, somehow make sure they cant accidently somehow scratch or bite through the cord when its plugged in.
But depending on where you live, extreme weather of any kind needs to be taken into consideration. Personally I wouldnt do that to a cat, would make sure it has indoor/outdoor access anytime he needs it.
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Old 10-24-2009, 10:25 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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when a house is for sale here, the seller fills out a seller's disclosure.... disclosing information about a wide array of potential issues..... one of which is pets...... so, any prospective buyer should already know that cats are in the house......
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:46 PM
 
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when a house is for sale here, the seller fills out a seller's disclosure.... disclosing information about a wide array of potential issues..... one of which is pets...... so, any prospective buyer should already know that cats are in the house......
I don't think that is true as i've fillled out before and I don't recall there being a question about pets.
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:47 PM
 
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Not to mention some may use the excuse 'allergies' as an excuse not to buy, whether they are allergic or not. Sad but true.

A heating pad is a good idea, but you have to be safe in every aspect, somehow make sure they cant accidently somehow scratch or bite through the cord when its plugged in.
But depending on where you live, extreme weather of any kind needs to be taken into consideration. Personally I wouldnt do that to a cat, would make sure it has indoor/outdoor access anytime he needs it.
yeah a lot of people have a huge disdain for cats Just the sight of them will turn them off.
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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Nothing on the face of this earth could get me to put my cats in a freezing garage. Nothing. I love
my cats. Just because they survive the torture doesn't make it okay.
Unless you want to sell your house in a down market.
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Old 10-24-2009, 12:50 PM
 
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I'm with you on that. I would be scared that someone would open the garage too and the kitties would run out. And cats used to living around their people have to wonder what is up. Personally I think thr RE agent should be responsible for safe housing or any and all costs should something happen to any cat banished to the garage, and maximum vet needs. I suspect the agent considers the cats equal to the odd table that crowds the room.
I have note on the door that says do not open garage
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