Should people living in apartments be allowed to keep cats?

@dolfin (71)
Australia
April 8, 2008 9:16pm CST
Many apartment buildings have a rule that pets are not allowed. However I know there are many people who live in apartment units who have a cat or two (or more). What is your opinion on this?
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9 responses
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
9 Apr 08
People should be allowed to keep animals, but it is the property owners right to not allow pets. If you want a pet, you make sure you live in a property that allows one - or you get pets that don't count (like birds, fish etc).
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@dolfin (71)
• Australia
9 Apr 08
I think most property owners don't allow pets because there WILL be some tenants who are irresponsible no matter what they say when they first move in. I personally know of someone who lives in an apartment and claims to love cats but you know what? She keeps her 5 cats caged up and doesn't even provide cat litter for them - they have to poo on newspapers! Can you imagine the smell? And she wonders why her neighbors complain!
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
9 Apr 08
Wow. That is disgusting! I am surprised they don’t evict her. That is the reason that people pay extra money for their pets and why good pet owners get penalized with exorbitant fees.
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I don't see why not. When you sign a lease you agree to be responsible for any damages you cause. So the apartment complex/owner does not have to worry about getting stuck with the bill. I lived in apartments for years and always had 2 or 3 cats. But it was not easy finding a nice apartment that would accept pets. I have seen more damages caused by children than by pets.
@dolfin (71)
• Australia
9 Apr 08
I agree with you that children cause more damage!
• United States
9 Apr 08
I really don't know why they wouldn't allow a cat in an apartment as long as they clean the place thoroughly when they move out. Or, they can pay a pet deposit in case the animal does any damage. We have lots of people in our building that have cats and they don't bother anyone. Now dogs, I can understand because a lot of them bark and make noise. But, most cats are very quiet.
@dolfin (71)
• Australia
9 Apr 08
As a cat lover myself, I think that cats are the perfect companion even if one lives in an apartment, provided that the owner looks after them properly. I'm thinking more of the safety aspect - is it safe for the cat? because I've heard of true stories where cats have accidentally fallen off balconies or out of windows, with tragic results.
@tzuria (31)
• United States
10 Jul 08
A cat can fall out of a window or balcony of a two or three story house as well. The owner just needs to be careful, no matter where they live. I think the bigger issue is that people need to care for and clean up after their pets correctly to keep them safe. Apartment buildings probably don't allow them because too many people let their pets ruin their living areas.
@Umbra75 (56)
• United States
9 Apr 08
When I moved into my apartment, I only had one cat. My other two were given to me by the maintenance people after the cats were found abandoned, so I (obviously, lol) think cats should be allowed. I actually think that maybe a monthly pet deposit, er...deposit would be better. Something like fifteen dollars a month on top of rent wouldn't be bad. As long as the deposit isn't so high that it effectively stops people from having pets. An apartment complex in my area charges two-hundred-fifty dollars security for each cat (but it's only one-hundred dollars for each dog), before moving in. That'd be seven-hundred fifty dollars I'd have to pay if I moved there, in addition to my first month's rent and regular security deposit. Even with only one cat, that's still way too high just for an animal (and, I think a little biggoted against cat owners, since the deposit is cheaper for dogs), at least to pay all at once.
@dolfin (71)
• Australia
9 Apr 08
Wow, yep I agree that's a lot of money. They are obviously discouraging people from having pets.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
14 Jul 08
I don't see a problem with having a cat in your apartment.
@Samanthavv (1386)
• United States
10 Jul 08
Honestly, try to think of it from the landlord's view. They made an investment in this building. They don't want someone's pets to tear the building up, you know? They most likely are not trying to be mean, just looking out for their investments, and if you were them you probably would too.
@mcat19 (1358)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I think cats should be allowed everywhere. Cats can do damage with their claws, but should never be declawed. If something is damaged in an apartment, the owner should be responsible and get it repaired.
9 Apr 08
I live in an apartment and at first the landlord said no pets were allowed. I told them i really love the place but i had to bring my cat with me cause it had already been abandoned once. (no lie) They then said as long as i agreed to have the place deep cleaned, especially the carpets, before i moved out it would be ok. My landlords were only scared the next tenant would get eaten by a fea or something. Understandable i suppose.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
9 Apr 08
I don't see any harm in tenants owning cats so long as they keep the apartment clean. Cats are quiet and look after themselves. Plus, they are excellent company, in contrast to dogs. My sister used to own a cat in her apartment, as did one of her neighbors who lived about two doors away. That man owned two cats. And in the apartment that I first moved in to, the landlord had one or two cats. So I figured that I could have one and eventually adopted an adult cat. She was very active, especially at night, jumping on counters and the kitchen table. But I kept her litterbox clean and didn't have any issues with the landlord.