QUOTE (Phascogale @ 03/06/2012, 04:44 PM)
As someone who is currently renting out our family home I'd be ropeable if the tenant lied and either said they had an outdoor cat (which we wouldn't have rented to them) or just simply said that they didn't have a cat at all when they did.
Reason being is that if/when we move back into our home, my husband has a cat allergy. It's to the enzymse in their saliva which gets onto their fur when they groom themselves. The allergy is to the point where if he goes into a house where they have cats, within 20 minutes he's sneezing, his nose and eyes are running and he feels pretty crap. Why should he have to put up with that just because a tenant lied.
This would then require professional cleaning of everything in the house including curtains. And why should that be at our expense.
So, you could also end up with the same issue if you rented your house to someone who worked with cats professionally, like a vet or someone at a cattery. Fur sticks to clothing and can end up in houses of people who don't even have cats. At least if you say cats are allowed, people are up front, you can be specific with cleaning conditions and everyone is happy.