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Cat ladies prefer cats to family members

By Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My sister-in-law says she is very allergic to cats. She lives six hours away from my Mom. My sister and I have cats and bring them with us when we visit our mom.

My sister-in-law asked us if we could put the cats behind a gate or upstairs when she and my brother visit.

We believe that our cats are our family members. We refuse to put our cats away just because someone wants us to.

Because of this, our sister-in-law stopped visiting.

Now she has a baby and this is the first grandchild in the family.

She again asked if we would put the cats away while she visits so my mom can visit with her granddaughter.

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Again, we have refused to do this because our cats are just as important family members as her baby.

We told her that she should drop off the baby with my mom, sister and me and that she can relax at the hotel while we visit.

She has refused to do this, and now just doesn't visit. She tells my brother to visit whenever he wants, but that she and her baby will stay home.

My mom cannot drive to their house, and now my mom has not seen her granddaughter at all. She is very upset.

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