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Allow cats? (by Dinah [MD]) May 30, 2023 2:41 PM
       Allow cats? (by Ed [CA]) May 30, 2023 2:53 PM
       Allow cats? (by Jennings [IN]) May 30, 2023 4:09 PM
       Allow cats? (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) May 30, 2023 5:07 PM
       Allow cats? (by Gail K [GA]) May 30, 2023 5:37 PM
       Allow cats? (by zero [IN]) May 30, 2023 5:54 PM
       Allow cats? (by Jim In O C [CA]) May 30, 2023 6:18 PM
       Allow cats? (by MikeA [TX]) May 30, 2023 6:26 PM
       Allow cats? (by DJ [VA]) May 30, 2023 6:49 PM
       Allow cats? (by 6x6 [TN]) May 30, 2023 9:19 PM
       Allow cats? (by ned [AL]) May 30, 2023 10:33 PM
       Allow cats? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) May 30, 2023 11:23 PM
       Allow cats? (by Bonanza [NC]) May 31, 2023 4:06 AM
       Allow cats? (by Allym [NJ]) May 31, 2023 6:31 AM
       Allow cats? (by Vee [OH]) May 31, 2023 7:55 AM
       Allow cats? (by zero [IN]) May 31, 2023 8:58 AM
       Allow cats? (by Vee [OH]) May 31, 2023 9:26 AM
       Allow cats? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) May 31, 2023 10:00 AM
       Allow cats? (by RentsDue [MA]) May 31, 2023 3:35 PM
       Allow cats? (by Dinah [MD]) Jun 6, 2023 1:00 PM

Allow cats? (by Dinah [MD]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 2:41 PM

How do you feel about allowing tenants to have cats? What are your requirements, additional fees, etc? What damage have you seen? Thanks


Allow cats? (by Ed [CA]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 2:53 PM

Not a fan of cats. How many? How old? are they fixed? I wouldn't consider it unless I could tour the inside of their current property to see how well it's kept up. Be on the lookout for smells (tenant may have all the windows on to cover the odor), torn up couches, mangled mini blinds and/or drapes. Details please.


Allow cats? (by Jennings [IN]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 4:09 PM

We don't allow cats in our rentals. Smaller non aggressive dogs for $200 non refundable pet fee and $35 per month for each dog with a maximum of two. --68.38.xx.xx

Allow cats? (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 5:07 PM

To allow pets the first must go is the hardwood flooring, carpet then install commercial grade porcelain tile where will have to charge premium in rent to cover the capital expenditures. No more the two cats per rental unit.

Allow cats? (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 5:37 PM

Although I volunteer in animal rescue (both cats and dogs) I am hesitant about allowing cats in my rentals. To allow them I must have proof of all vaccinations plus spaying or neutering plus monthly flea prevention. Indoor cats only and the owners must provide adequate litter control (and no dumping of such down toilet or sink drains) and some type of cat tree or other "scratching" device to save the door casings from being used instead.

Allow cats? (by zero [IN]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 5:54 PM

Last place I finished had a cat, or probably multiples in there. At that time I only charged a reg fee. It wasn't enough.

Cat pee everywhere. Plus they dumped the litter in the yard, in piles.

Now I watch closer, but it seems cats can be more destructive than dogs at times.

I do have one guy that walks his cat on a leash. Funny to look at, but no litter box in the house.

Allow cats? (by Jim In O C [CA]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 6:18 PM

No, my last cat did $2800 damage.

Allow cats? (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 6:26 PM

I allow up to 2 if they are spayed or neutered. I've never had any damage from cats in the 20+ years I've allowed them.

Allow cats? (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 6:49 PM

Well, I am a "cat person". I have two of my own.

It is the same as dogs - it's the OWNER who is good or a problem.

My property recently has been "animal inclusive", so no additional deposit or rent for animals (up to 2). That means the rent & deposit are already higher than a similar no=pet property.

If there is carpet, they could claw on that - but I don't have carpets. They can claw on their owner's furniture all they want, if they are allowed to.

The decision would be based on the in-home visit which would include viewing the litter box area. If it's kept clean, like mine, there is no problem.

Of course all animals need to be altered & have a vet, et.

Below are two sections from my Anima Application, regarding cats. So they already know what's expected when they apply.

">Cats must use a litter box, and must not scratch on the wood trim, walls or any part of the house."


If animal is a cat:

Tenant must maintain a minimum of one litter box per cat, cleaned a minimum of once per day, and waste must be immediately removed to the outside trash. Care must be taken (such as placing a waterproof mat underneath) to avoid any excrement or dirty litter from contacting walls or floors.

Allow cats? (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 9:19 PM

Thanks DJ.

Allow cats? (by ned [AL]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 10:33 PM

They nasty. Heck no. --74.132.x.xx

Allow cats? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: May 30, 2023 11:23 PM


I LOVE LOVE LOVE animals in our homes, including cats.

The 2 Minute In Home Visit makes all the difference. I have seen the cats, smelled the house, examined the litter box BEFORE final approval.

Before doing visits, yes we had horror stories. But the visits changed that.

We have over 64 animals in our homes with ZERO problems - because we screened the OWNER (like DJ said) and the care of their current home.

Yes, I HAVE denied some applicants due to poor animal care.

We advertise WE LOVE PETS and bring in quality applicants with pets. Our normal maximum is 2 animals but some qualified for 3.

$150 Non Refundable Animal Registration Fee per animal

$35 Animal Fee (not rent!) per month per animal.

The last 3 leases we signed had 2 animals each,

$150 x 2 = $300

$35 x 2 x 12 = $840, + the $300 = $1140 the first year.

If they stay 3 years that's $1140 + 840 + 840 = $2820 pure income into my pocket without spending a PENNY! to upgrade the home.

Find what people want and let them pay you for it. 82% of applicants either HAVE pets or WANT pets.

Find a way to work this in your biz.


Allow cats? (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 4:06 AM

I allow them. I have been in fewer places that smell of cat than I have that smell of dog. In SFH we allow 2 pets.

I have on occasion let 3 in. It does seem like pet owners stay longer than non-pet owners.

Here's the verbiage on our animal policy form

Animals are allowed on a case by case, and rental by rental basis with size, type, and number of animals being a possible dis-qualifier. We do not accept animals on the forbidden dog breed list (see below). Puppies and Non-Neutered / Non-Spayed animals are not allowed.

No reptiles, fish, birds / fowl, cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, or any other type animal.

Tenant must possess equipment sufficient to clean up all feces on and off property.

Duplexes are limited to 1 cat or 1 small dog.

Non-Refundable Total Animal Registration Fee of

$200 for animals under 40 lbs. or $300 for animals over 40 lbs.

Additional Animal Rent of

$25 per animal per month for animals under 40 lbs

$50 per animal per month for animals over 40 lbs.


Akita Alaskan Malamute / Husky Bull Terrier

Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff) Chow Chow Doberman Pinscher

Fila Brasileiro German Shephard Great Dane

Mastiff Pitbull Presa Canario

Rhodesian Ridgeback Rottweiler Shar Pei

St Bernard Staffordshire Terriers Wolf Hybrids

Or a mix of any of the above - List compiled from Center for Disease Control on dog breeds involved in dog-bite-related fatalities and is disallowed by our property insurance company

To have an animal be considered in your rental application, you must include the following:

1. Photo and name of the animal.

2. Recent medical letterhead from a local vet which includes:

a) If your animal is spayed or neutered

b) Up to date on vaccinations

c) Breed type and weight


Allow cats? (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 6:31 AM

I do and one litter box per cat plus one extra and I would go see the current place to make sure they clean up. I had one where the owner got sick and could not bend over to clean the litter box and the whole unit had to have floor painted, then tile to kill odor that had seeped into flooring. Paid her to leave before a state inspection. But I have pets in all my units now except one and there are no stinks or problems. People stay twenty years so no downtime and money loss from taking pets.

Allow cats? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 7:55 AM

with any walking animal hold a exit flea tretment fee (last time for me was 300 in 2019 tenant complained to court and judge agreed with me we offer flea free housingwithout exception - if your area allows flea filled rentals choose your service accordingly- advertise that your place has bugs and get the lousiest tenants from the start and enjoy them.. chances are you will be giving good landlords a bad name

Allow cats? (by zero [IN]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 8:58 AM


Why call it a pet fee instead of pet rent?

I understand having a registration fee instead of a deposit.

Just curious what the reasoning is.

Allow cats? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 9:26 AM

I forgot to mention nueterer only animals - photo vet records showing this are needed with application, cats are nasty - stinky so be sure to do the home inspection before approval.

Allow cats? (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 10:00 AM

I don't like to have cats in my rentals. If they are clean and well cared for, they are fine, but if they do damage, it is expensive damage and a big project to repair it

I currently have a rental with two cats where the tenants were inherited when I bought the property. They paid an addition $2300.00 security deposit to be allowed to have the cats, and they pay an additional $100 a month in rent in order to have the cats. It appears that folks are wiling to pay a lot to keep their pets. As far as I can tell, these two cats are doing no damage, so the tenant is likely to get their cat deposit refunded when they move.

Allow cats? (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: May 31, 2023 3:35 PM

Only allowed a cat once , because the floors and walls were going to be replaced at turnover anyway. The people were clean and took care of the cat. Sorry, but any house that has a cat in it is going to forever be a pet house unless you are doing a minor renovations to it. Itís no different than smokers. That smell sticks . If you rent to people with pets then it all works out. You canít go back though. --68.191.xx.xx

Allow cats? (by Dinah [MD]) Posted on: Jun 6, 2023 1:00 PM

Thanks Everyone for the absolute wonderful and very helpful information!!!!! I read and appreciate every single bit of advice that was given. I am going to evaluate and make a decision. I am in the prospect stage, so I did not get all the details about the cat(s). Much appreciated

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