Shelby, NC asked in Animal / Dog Law for North Carolina

Q: Can I keep a Cat that someone claims as theirs?

Yesterday 2 children came to my house and asked me if I had a cat missing, they were trying to persuade me to keep the cat. I said the cat wasn't mine. (It's a kitten) today this cat ended up on my door step so I asked the children when they were coming home from school if they were giving me the kitten. They said "no the cat followed us to your house on the way to school" the kitten has no collar and were I live cats aren't allowed to be outdoor and must be kept inside. I want to keep the cat but now the children are saying they want it and they will have their parents come get it. Is there anything I can do? The cat hasn't been taken care of properly. I was going to get her shots and keep her as an indoor cat. The children said the cat was a stray before it came to them..

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A: The children want the cat, right? It is a stray cat, right? Have you read the local city or county ordinance concerning animal control? Is it worth actually going to see an attorney about this, or will you just let the children have the cat that they want?

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