Man Releases Stepdaughter's Indoor Cat Out into the Wild

Gillian Sisley

Should pets ever be kept exclusively inside?

Pets are amazing creatures because they are loyal and give their owners a lot of joy and happiness. Studies have shown that having a pet reduces stress and increases overall serotonin levels.

With that said, not everyone is on board with having a pet, or doesn't fully understand what is required to care for a pet. In these cases, misunderstandings or even maliciousness can create a very bad scenario.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a stepfather lets his stepdaughter's indoor cat outside, resulting in it going missing.

Should pets ever be kept exclusively inside?

A Reddit post published on June 22nd, reported on by Taylor McCloud from Newsweek, has gone viral with 23,800 upvotes and 5,700 comments.

The author begins her post by explaining that her fiancé recently moved in with her and her 13-year-old daughter. All was going well until her daughter's cat seemed to become a ‘big problem’.

The fiancé began complaining about the 13-year-old's cat, which the author thought was strange because the cat is very quiet and sweet. The fiancé quickly went from complaining to making demands about the cat.

The fiancé gave the author's daughter a list of places that the cat ‘can and cannot go’, what the cat is allowed to touch, as well as which places the cat is banned from. Following these strange demands, the author told her fiancé that he was being ridiculous with his pet-related rules, and told him to cut it out.

The author thought everything was fine, that is until she received a distressed call from her 13-year-old daughter stating that the cat had gone missing.

Don't mess with a child's beloved pet.

The author sped home from work to help her daughter look for the cat, and after several hours of searching, a neighbor brought the cat over and told the mother that he'd seen the author's fiancé forcing the cat outside, getting into his car and leaving.

The author immediately jumped into her own car and sped to her in-law's home. As soon as she saw her fiancé sitting with his family she blew up at him. His mother asked what had happened, and she explained that the fiancé had let her daughter's indoor cat outside and left her there, likely hoping for the cat to get lost in the wild.

The fiancé claimed that it had been ‘an accident’, and he didn't mean to leave the cat outside, but after checking the security cameras the author concluded that he had very purposely forced the cat out of the house.

What do you think? Was the author entirely justified to blow up at her fiancé in front of all of his family for trying to discard her daughter's cat? Or should the author have listened to his complaints, and taken him seriously, so that he didn't have to take the actions that he did?

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