Originally Posted by Dana
I could use some more advice on the way to the vet I read the paper work my friend was given when she got the cat it seems this cat had been adopted from a SPCA and that the woman who gave her the cat was not supposed to give the cat away. Is my friend in danger of loosing her new fur baby if this SPCA was to find out? Would calling them be a good idea or is it better to leave well enough alone?
Is she in danger? Probably not.
But here is exactly what I would do:
Wait one month. Make sure this cat has found a permanent home and that the cat is in fair health where it has a life expectancy of a few years. Make sure your friend knows it is a commitment for the life of the cat -- and that budget and finances are stable to support a cat. You can expect a healthy cat to cost $500+ a year and this cat might live another ten years.
Anyway, yes -- if a pet has had multiple owners or is of an unknown background, and now you want to be its permanent owner, I think you need to protect your pet from all claims by other people or agencies. I would contact the SPCA and get all paperwork in the new owner's name. If the pet has ever been a stray, run a "found cat" advertisement in the classified section of the newspaper and make some documented efforts to locate any possible owners. Get the cat current on all shots. Register or license the pet with the city. Consider microchipping (if suitable in your area). Then create a folder and store the paperwork with all your other important documents.
I ran all of this by the animal control center when I was permanently adopting Nano after I had rescued her. That might sound like overkill, but when you add up the time and money (not to mention affection) you put into a pet, you need to protect them like you would anything else in your life. It really only took about $25-50 and 2-3 hours to "formalize" my ownership of Nano.