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How long have you had the cat for?
Thank you. So just to clarify what happened - he bought the cat but gave it to you as a present?
Thank you. The legal ownership will depend on the intentions of the parties, specifically the original owner. As he was the original owner, the starting point is that this is still the case, unless it can be proven otherwise. However, at some point in the past he gave you the cat and that could have changed the ownership, although it would depend on his intentions and whether this was supposed to be an unconditional gift to you (i.e. did he only give it to you assuming you would be in a relationship and he would still be a type of ‘joint’ owner, or was it an outright gift to you). In reality, it is unlikely there would be anything in writing confirming any of this and it would depend on your own evidence. It is rather irrelevant whose name is ***** ***** chip or who has registered it with the vets but things lie who cares for it on a day to day basis, pays for its food, expenses, etc will be relevant.
In the end only a court can decide who the legal owner is and I am hopeful that it will not get that far. For the time being, just refuse to accept it is his and make it clear that as it was a gift, you had become the legal owner.
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Yes it does sound like legally it is yours so do not be intimidated by his threats and stand your ground
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