From Mara: “We had our house on the market ($300k home), when we decided to leave town for a mini vacation. Harry, our cat, has a history of peeing on your personal belongings if he is mad at you. You know like, find YOUR jacket, pillow, clothing, etc. to pee on! So, we closed all of the doors on the upstairs living areas before we left. And (!) to make sure he was happy, we had someone coming to check in on him everyday. One day before we returned, we had a showing. Harry was unhappy about a showing the day before so he decided to use the downstairs bedroom as a litter box. The folks that came for the showing ended up buying our house, but it cost me about $20k because the house smelled so bad the buyers thought the would NEVER get the smell out. Needless to say, he was a very naughty kitty! But we love him anyway. He is BY FAR the most expensive cat I have ever owned.”
Mara, you should have called their bluff and told them a cat-lover was coming to look at the place the following day and was expected to make an offer. Play hardball.
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