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Woman sues cat shelter for compensation after cat adopted from them bites her badly — 14 Comments

  1. And Andrea suffered an injury due to her negligence and ignorance. The cat acted naturally and foreseeably, especially under the circumstances. It would be unnatural for the animal to act otherwise. I wouldn’t do that to a pet that was familiar with me! It’s tantamount to an attack… like from a snake. Small animals get killed by snakes all the time and they have a natural aversion to anything that looks like one, such as cucumbers, etc. How does that figure into Mr. Educate Yourselves’ theory on evolution? Idiots… we’re surrounded by them too.

  2. When I brought my previous cat, Masha, home, her first reaction was also to hide under the bed. She was my first cat, yet I had brains to call my friend who had more experience with cats and ask for advice, I didn’t try to pull her out. It’s common sense. I tried to cajole her out with food, then just left food for her and left her alone. It took her a while to get out.

    My current two also hid under the bed – and these two were very outgoing kittens in the rescue. They got out quickly after I showed them the toy, but all cats are different. I know someone whose new kitten stayed under the bed for 3 weeks only getting out to eat (when nobody was looking) and do her business, but he became extremely friendly after 3 weeks and craving attention.

    The woman was stupid. First of all, when you take a cat or a dog, you know that you may get scratched or bitten, if it’s an issue, you get a fluffy toy. Even a very friendly cat can attack given the right circumstances. You also read about them in advance and learn what to expect initially.

  3. The case is absurd. The fault lies with Andrea, alone, who was ignorant or ignored the elementary rules of how to let a new cat get acquainted with new surroundings. She got an $18,000 lesson.

  4. Perhaps you should all educate yourselves on how ALL animals are “domesticated”. Those which are not harmful to humans and beneficial to humans are allowed to live and encouraged to breed. The genetic lines of those which are harmful to humans are destroyed. In fact this is how you got your semi-domesticated cats in the very first place, after countless millions and millions of the more harmful ones were destroyed all throughout history. All you are doing by allowing harmful cats to survive and breed is ensuring the eventual demise of all of them. Grow up.

    • Your comment is stupid. Sorry for being so direct. You are saying that the rescue cat in the story is harmful to humans. Rubbish. The cat is just a bit nervous. That can be overcome with patience and not by killing her. That suggestion is mad. Please grow up yourself. You are quite out of order. I think you are Woody, the famous troll. Sounds like him., If you respond to this it better be polite.

    • What an idiotic comment, only someone who knows nothing about cats (or for that matter dogs) can write something that stupid. When a cat comes to a home, it’s new surrounding for a cat, the cat is scared. Anybody with brains would know to leave the cat alone. The cat didn’t jump the woman without provocation, from the cat’s perspective, a big animal was trying to attack her. Clearly, the cat isn’t aggressive since she is doing fine in the new home. Incidentally, when people bring puppies home, they bite too, they need to be trained. But you are just a cat hater typing nonsense under different names, anybody can recognize your style.

    • I was thinking the same thing Michael… Mr. “Educate Yourselves” is probably woody. I won’t even capitalize the reference name you gave him. His was an entirely stupid comment, regarding the logic it’s supposedly demonstrating. Unfortunately he can string a sentence together, but you can have an effective delivery system that doesn’t deliver anything, otherwise we’d be vaccinating with colored water.

  5. never force a cat when the cat is new to its home specially when the cat is likely stressed out to begin with not understanding what is happening and its surroundings are uncertain cats do need time and understanding for the cat to adjust to its surroundings and you too

  6. We always give a cat a good two weeks to hide under the bed. People need to learn cats need time to adjust. I’m curious whether shelters teach this. Our last cat we adopted out to one of my friends I told her to just let him adjust in his own time and he’d hide a few weeks. Two weeks later he emerged to become a loving cat.

    If the shelter settles it will eventually affect every shelter who has a bite case. They’ll be used as an example in every court case from here on out. Cats bite when frightened. Even a moron should know that.

  7. Oh, for Pete’s sweet sake!!!! The woman must be as dumb as a box of rocks. Letting an animal settle in is (or should be) common sense. This is a trait I find sadly lacking in many humans. When we adopted our first cat over half a century ago, I was not a cat person, but even I knew enough to let the cat settle in. He turned out to be my childrens’ baby sitter and surrogate “Mom” from the time they came home from the hospital to the day he passed over the bridge.

    • She’s got a 18K hospital bill and is looking to foist it on someone else. Figuring in the high deductibles and then the insurance only paying 80% when you clear that hurdle she’s looking for some someone else to pay for her idiot behavior. If the shelter caves they will not be able to adopt a single pet out for fear it has a behavior issue that could come back and bite them. I need t look for my paperwork but I’m pretty sure they have things like this covered in a disclaimer.

  8. I adopted Mercy from this shelter. As to comprehensive counseling I received none. Mercy was a return much like the cat described above though and has never scratched or bitten since the day she came home. I did receive some literature and perhaps I came across as an experienced cat owner. I don’t know. I am still in email contact 9 months later with one of their pet services. The cats here are evaluated and those findings available on sites like pet finder and at the shelter.
    Adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue is always a crap shoot. And you cannot predict the behavior of any pet once it’s put into an environment they have no control over. Jamming your hands behind a sofa to drag a cat out is going to cost you. I’m glad the little one was adopted and seems to be thriving.
    I believe some of these cases have been brought involving dogs with known aggression issues being poorly evaluated at shelters and rescues. Cats are not dogs and however.

  9. This is a fascinating case — I practice animal law & will look forward to its outcome. Your analysis is right except that this is primarily an issue of negligence rather than breach of contract. New Mexico is a comparative negligence state, meaning that even if fault is found, damages are assessed in proportion to the degree that the plaintiff’s own negligence contributed to the mishap. Expect testimony about adequacy of adoption counseling but also whether a reasonable person would know not to do what the plaintiff did. Expert testimony from an animal behaviorist about cat warning signs, etc. will be needed. Glad to know Caspia was rehomed & not destroyed — in most public shelters she wouldn’t have gotten another chance.

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