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  1. Thank you for a interesting article and it answers several questions. I do have a question about the legality of a contract. Each breeder seems to have their own contract that works for them and all breeder contracts seem to vary from straight forward to micromanaging the pet. If a breeder has terms that the cat cannot go outside, is this legally binding? I understand that all contracts must be reasonable and is this considered a reasonable request? Can a breeder ask for a cat back or take legal action against the owner if lets say they let their cat out but the terms were that the cat was to be indoors? I suppose Im trying to understand what is enforceable and reasonable and what would be consider unreasonable and not binding. Also I understand that contracts are not legally binding unless they are witnessed, is this also true?

    • Contracts don’t need to be witnessed. I think that you are on slightly difficult ground if you were to argue that a contract demanding that you keep your cat indoors is unreasonable. After all, you had the opportunity to discuss that at the time you signed the contract and the contract contains express terms meaning written terms.

      If there was no written contract then you would not be able to import into the contract the specification that the cat be kept indoors full-time. But as it’s written in to the contract then it is agreed and I don’t think it is unreasonable because a lot of people in America keep their cats indoors all the time. I am presuming by the way that you live in America. I hope this helps. If the contract allows the breeder to take her cat back if the cat is not kept indoors then that to I would argue would be a reasonable term of the contract. I’m sorry if that is a disappointing opinion. I could be wrong but that’s the way I feel about it.

      A contract can be amended and adjusted. You could ask her to agree an amendment to the contract and that could be put in writing or recorded in some way.

      You could ignore the terms of the contract and then she would have the right to sue you which is something that very few people want to do anyway.I think that you will find that the concept of reasonableness in contracts normally refers to terms and conditions which are illegal or in breach of a person’s rights under the human rights act and which are highly restrictive for example preventing a person from working in a certain sector. It is those sorts of terms and conditions which could be argued to be unreasonable. I think in this instance the concept of unreasonableness would not apply.

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