To Catch a Cat

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

 To Catch a Cat

My friend William Feela posed a question today about what to do when showing a home and a cat escapes.

Though I don’t care for these creatures much, I do appreciate that many others seem to like them and even consider them favored family members.

I have two sister in laws who are really into cats, even enter them in cat shows, though I rib them about this on occasion I do respect their hobby and attachment to their feline friends.

Being a farm kid, where a herd of cats is often kept around just to keep the farm free of rodents.

 I know about catching cats and the inherent danger of doing so.  They can be very dangerous, with very sharp claws and teeth that can easily bite a finger off.

So I do not recommend attempting to catch one of these critters, even if it can be fun to watch people make this attempt.

And Yolanda Hoversten , makes an important point that should be considered before any cat catching venture is begun, who pays the hospital bills.

The best solution is always to call the owner of these things, since they seem to like them, it may be much safer for them to go out and catch them.

You may also want to try MIKE ROCK ’s solution, but this could get expensive so you had better have a client ready to submit a very good offer in order to get your money back.





Or could call in a crew of Cowboys who specialize in this type of venture…


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Yolanda Hoversten
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties - O'Fallon, IL
Broker - O Fallon, IL Real Estate

Who let the cat out of the bag? lol Good follow up post from the Q&A. I think there are many questions there that are worth blogging about, even funny ones... like this.

On to the kitty that gets out--I'm not going to spend hours trying to catch it. They're smart and independent and can find their way home...the cat, not the agent. lol

Jul 20, 2015 12:15 PM #6
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I have heard agent accidently let out the owners cat and brought in their neighbors instead.


Sam Shueh

Jul 20, 2015 12:52 PM #7
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I'm almost afraid to comment and say that I've never let a cat out ... because we all know exactly what's going to happen the next time I show a home. At least now I know to call the listing agent and owner immediately.

Jul 20, 2015 01:03 PM #8
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Bob, It's simple, just throw out a couple of empty cardboard boxes, the cat will jump in one of them in no time at all.  It's like Roger Rabbit and the two knocks on the bar :) 

Jul 20, 2015 01:12 PM #9
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

HILARIOUS!!!  I'm glad to know I'm not alone is chasing a mischievous cat down the street!  I love this post!  Awesome!

Jul 20, 2015 01:15 PM #10
Fred Cope
Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN - Nashville, TN
Looking For Homes With A Smile

As a listing agent, I would point out to seller's that the pet is their responsibility.  No human is quicker than a cat, nor do we have the inate desire to seek freedom the cat has.  The greater a homeowner's desire to not let the cat out, the greater the cat's determination to escape.  Home showing and cat capture do not mesh.  Listing agents note the presence of that escape artist, but Seller's contact info must be handy, because I can only ask a showing agent to be aware and try not to let Kitty escape.


As a showing agent, I am enclined to advise listing agent that I am getting too old to chase anything, and especially something not wanting to be caught. With plenty of houses on the market, seller's must understand that non-cat owners care not for the stench, the fur, nor the chase.  It is time to hire a pet sitter or impose on family (not strangers).  None of us want harm to come to any critter, but taking two hours out of a long busy day is asking far too much.  I guess I let the cat out of the bag...

Jul 20, 2015 01:30 PM #11
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Bob Crane 

It is nerve wracking to show a home with pet instructions that say "cat inside, don't let out" because you know good and darn well, that cat wants to get out!

Jul 20, 2015 01:37 PM #12
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob Crane - well, like you, I am also not a fan of cats! Difficult to 'herd' them!

(Isn't there a comparison of herding the cats with Real Estate Agents?)

Jul 20, 2015 02:46 PM #13
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

A good animal catching is great cardio and I hear it is recommended by 4 out of 5 physicians. A little humor there.

Jul 20, 2015 03:11 PM #14
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I find that cats do their own thing and don't like to collaborate with humans do much more than they have to. Praful Thakkar

Jul 20, 2015 03:12 PM #15
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have heard it said more than once that managing Realtors is much like herding cats. 

Jul 20, 2015 05:18 PM #16
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Tuesday morning Bob. Yes, I have heard of herding cats before. Yeah! Right!

Jul 20, 2015 07:11 PM #17
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice. I do not chase cats.

Good luck with your cat herding!

Jul 20, 2015 09:50 PM #18
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Bob ~ very funny. LMAO! Unlike you, I adore cats. I believe I may have been one in a previous life I love them so much. I use that expression all the time when it's hard to get things done -- "like herding cats." People get the picture.

Jul 20, 2015 11:09 PM #19
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Most house cats desperately want out, but have no clue what to do when they get out.  So when they first escape you have a moment when they are overwhelmed.  That's the moment to grab them.

Jul 21, 2015 03:00 AM #20
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Thanks for the mention Bob...I will try to catch the animal, but if it runs away from me...I am to old to be chasong that kind!

Jul 21, 2015 10:26 AM #21
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Too cute, that video is!  I sat there wondering how in the world they ever filmed that!

I once listed a home that had two resident ferrets.  The ferrets often had the run of the house.  I was always fearful of letting them out!

Jul 21, 2015 12:11 PM #22
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

When pets are left to run loose in the house, there is no guarantee they won't get out during a showing. I have accidently let them out, and even one time accidently let one in that didn't belong there. I enjoyed reading your post!

Jul 21, 2015 01:27 PM #23
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I have a young very energetic cat who often tries to escape, since it is more fun outside. She does not run far, but twice we had to get her from a tree. The silly kitten knows how to get up, but no clue how to get down:)

Sep 09, 2015 04:46 PM #24
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land

Thanks for sharing these reports, our clients gain value from of this type of information

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