You Forgot Something (Someone)

Real Estate Agent with Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office 634480

You Forgot Something (Someone)


The tenants move out with all of their personal possessions, except for one, perhaps the most important one of all.


They forget to take the cat.


Obviously, using the word forget is being kind.


You do not forget to take the cat; you purposely leave the cat.


Why?  That is very simple.  You are an uncaring jerk.


Within the last year, I have seen this happen three times.


The first time, the little guy was lucky enough to have a kind and caring home owner who took care of him until a new home was found for him.  He is the guy shown in the picture below.


The second time, the little guy was not so lucky; he died.


The third time is one with which I am currently dealing.  When I first went into the house, when the tenant was still living there, I noticed that the cat was kept in the basement.  Its food and water were spilled all over the place at the top of the steps.  Once the tenant moved, I went back to the house and found that the cat was still in the basement.  There was a bag of food, however the bowl for the food and the bowl for the water were completely empty.  I filled the bowl with some food.  Leaving water was more of a challenge because the owner had decided to turn off the water to the house, however I was able to get some residual water from the pipes.  Although I got a glimpse of this cat standing at the bottom of the stairs while I was at the top of the stairs, like cats do, he made himself scarce when I went down.  There were lots of places to hide, so it may take some time to get this one to feel comfortable enough to come out so that he can be rescued.


Comments (5)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience.

I recall finding a dead cat in the basement of a foreclosure.

Nov 12, 2019 01:00 PM
Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844


I am sure that finding the dead cat was not a pleasant experience.

Nov 12, 2019 01:07 PM
Kathryn Sparks
Zenith Realty - Baltimore, MD


That is sad and, indeed, these people who leave the pet behind are uncaring jerks.

Nov 12, 2019 01:02 PM
Karen Krzniak
Zenith Realty - Towson, MD


Even if there are reasons that the tenants can not keep the cat, such as allergies or it not being allowed at the next place, there are ways to find a new home for it. Leaving it behind is cruel.

Nov 12, 2019 01:05 PM
Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844


I agree with you completely.  There is no reason to do nothing.

Nov 12, 2019 01:08 PM
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Well, it happens more than you would think.

Irresponsible people abandon their belongings all the time which sometimes includes their pets.  Animal rescue teams are always ready to rescue those poor pets and put them up for adoption


Nov 12, 2019 01:37 PM
RE Virtual Solutions
RE Virtual Solutions - Saint Charles, MO
Virtually helping real estate professionals.

So sad and irresponsible

Nov 12, 2019 02:21 PM