April 2008 Issue

'Til Death Do Us Part

The relationship you share with your cat should last a lifetime. But in case it doesn't, be prepared for his ongoing care.

Many of us have spent considerable time planning for the care of our family members in the event that we die or become incapacitated. Unfortunately, though, we often fail to consider the needs of our smallest family members: our cats. In the past, most pet owners didnít think about making formal arrangements for their cats in their wills. But all thatís changing, according to David Congalton, co-author of When Your Pet Outlives You: Protecting Animal Companions After You Die. "Historically, the problem has been lack of awareness, but thatís all changed in the last decade," Congalton says. "Most states now allow pet trusts, and the attitude towards protecting animals has completely changed in courts and legal circles."

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