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Annie’s Mailbox: Parents don’t want to care for daughter’s cats

Marcy Sugar and Kathy Mitchell Creators Syndicate

Dear Annie: My daughter is getting a divorce and moving into an apartment that allows her to have two cats. The problem is, she has four cats. She asked whether I would take two of them.

I live in another state. It would be difficult to get the cats here, and I don’t think I can handle them. The idea of cat hair everywhere, smelly litter boxes, clawed furniture and finding cats in my bed when I’m sleeping is just too stressful. And frankly, I don’t want to be tied down. My husband and I are retired and travel a lot.

How do we tell our daughter that we can’t take her cats without causing her grief? – Love Cats, But Not Here

Dear Love Cats: We know you want to please your daughter, but this request is unfair to you, as well as to the unwanted cats. You have to say no. Does she have any friends in her town who might take one or both of the cats? Is there a no-kill shelter where she could leave them for adoption or an animal rescue that could help find a foster home? Can she find another place to live where there is no restriction on the number of cats or offer her landlord a larger security deposit to cover the extra cats? Please remind yourself that the cats would not be better off with you, and then inform your daughter of your decision.

Dear Annie: My father recently passed away. In his will, he left some money to my disabled daughter. My husband and I are her legal guardians and plan to put this money in a special needs trust per my father’s request.

My sister feels I should share this money with her and her son, even though Dad left my sister a substantial amount of money. Should we give some to my sister to keep the peace? – Inheritance Dilemma

Dear Inheritance: If the bequest to your daughter was in your father’s will, you probably do not have the legal right to alter the terms. Since your sister has already received a “substantial” sum from Dad’s estate, we find it rather greedy that she wants to take money specifically designated for your daughter’s long-term care.