UPDATE! Senior Cat “Stolen” By Nanny Returned To Family Who Want To Euthanize Him

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Remember the New York nanny who “stole” the senior cat last month to save it from being euthanized? Well now that poor cat is back home with his “owners”, Russell and Julie Berman. Yes, take a minute to vent, yell and fume. And brace yourself, because nothing about this case outside of the nanny’s love, seems to be in the interest of the cat Tigger.

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After quitting her nanny job to save Tigger from an undeserved death, 33-year-old Rebecca Katz seems to be the only one looking out for him. 

Katz had been caring for the family’s two children, ages 4 and 6, since they were just babies. But when she left the home on July 2nd, it was with Tigger tucked safely in her arms. It was also the day BEFORE he was scheduled to be euthanized because he threw up on their “good couch”. She left them a long note and explained why she’d made her decision to do what she did. 

“I left a note on their kitchen counter basically saying, ‘I’m sorry I can’t let you do this. Let me give you the break you deserve,'” Katz said.

She then received a text from Mrs. that said:

You had no right to take him, bring him back or I’m calling the police.

Katz replied in an email she’d panicked when learning he was to be put down the next day. She apologized and admitted what she’d done was wrong. But she says she heard nothing back from the family.

It took about a week for the situation to escalate further before Katz turned herself into the police on July 8th.

“I am willing to go to jail and sleep with cockroaches over this, because this animal has a right to life,” nanny-turned-cat burglar Rebecca Katz told The Post. “Aging pets have rights, too,’’ she said. “They put their cat on the curb … and I picked up the garbage.”

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Although the majority of the world was rooting for the heroic nanny, some heartless souls felt the cat was just “stolen property”.

However, Katz had apparently been asking the family for YEARS to let her take and care for the sweet senior cat. 

That makes me question two things though: 

  1. This wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision, so can that be considered pre-meditation? (Pre-“meow”ditation? =) Sorry, too soon?)
  2. In all seriousness, that means she likely started asking after hearing them talk about “the needle” and wanting to put him down. Which explains why the young children repeated what they’d heard their parents say…for years! Katz told the NYPost: “For a few years, I’ve been crying because I didn’t know that the cat would be there the next day.”

Katz has mentioned on Facebook that she’s been in touch with some famous cat advocates though because of the story. It was picked up by Howard and Beth Stern, two amazing supporters in the feline world. Howard mentioned it on his radio show and Katz states she’s spoken to Beth, receiving much help and positivity.

Rebecca’s best friend even set up a GoFundMe for Tigger’s vet bills–and now anything donated can be used for Katz’s court costs. She wouldn’t have been able to help Tigger as much as she could without that support and is extremely grateful.

Photo: Facebook Rebecca Katz — “I really appreciate this because I just cleaned out my super savings account aka my change pot.”

Fortunately, the courts held off on making any rash decisions about Tigger’s well being at that time. 

Katz has veterinary documents that show she has already spent hundreds of dollars on check-ups and treatment for Tigger. The paperwork, however, still shows “inconclusive” results relating to Tigger’s quality of life.

The Berman’s originally offered to reimburse her for Tigger’s bills if she returned him to them. But she doesn’t trust them and had still refused. 

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In court on July 6, his original family demanded that the senior cat be returned to their care. But despite their pleas, Nassau County Judge Rhonda Fischer denied their request. She decided she needs an official report on the cat’s current health before the matter can be settled.

Both Katz and the family are due back in court on August 14 when the judge will hopefully make a final decision about Tigger’s future.

In the meantime, Tigger remains with Katz during her conditional probationary period. She’s determined to keep him safe as she fights for his right to live out his senior years.

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What none of us could have expected, was that there were some motivated individuals who may not have agreed with the nanny’s decision–or the courts. 

It’s all just speculation, but when the police showed up at her Oceanside, New York home on Monday this week–they didn’t seem like cat lovers. 

The NYPost spoke to a devastated Katz after the incident transpired.

Police showed up with an unrelated outstanding bench warrant for her husband — and then used the opportunity to take the kitty, she said. “My husband was home and they pushed their way in,” Katz recounted.

Photo: Facebook Rebecca Katz’s husband Patrick, with another family cat

Her lawyer claimed the retrieval was an “abuse of process.”

“For them to go to this length to threaten someone with arrest on an unrelated matter to convince them to turn over the cat is just wrong, plain and simple,” attorney Carolyn Sanchez said.

And then the police did something worrisome. They returned Tigger to his original “family”. 

Spokesmen for the police department claim they know nothing about the incident. And although we know Tigger is no longer with nanny Katz, Mrs. Berman refuses to give up his current location. 

“I’m afraid they may kill Tigger,” nanny-turned-cat burglar Rebecca Katz said between sobs Tuesday.

Photo: Facebook Rebecca Katz

On the only positive note here, Mrs. Berman agrees that what the police did may be questionable. 

“I hear you. It’s crazy.”

So apparently she’s not completely inhuman…just when it comes to her cat. The Bermans have not spoken as to whether they are still looking into euthanizing Tigger. Hopefully they can see how important he is to Katz and do the right thing.

Let her have him! Let her take care of him and pay his medical bills. Save your money by NOT euthanizing him! 

You’re going to need it to hire another nanny.


Related Story: Nanny Steals Aging Cat to Save Him From “The Needle”Related Story: How to Make Sure Your Senior Cat Is Comfortable

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  1. What most want to know , myself included is… what is wrong with the cat that the owners are adamant about putting him down? I mean if Tigger has a health issue that causes him to suffer daily, then I have to agree with the owners. If he is NOT suffering, and the Nanny is willing to provide senior care and a loving home, then I am with her 100%!!!
    So I think that is the info that is missing from every story covering this case.

    • Laurelei, if you read the article again, you will notice that the owners wanted to put the cat down because it threw up on their good sofa. Not a good enough reason to put it down.

    • It’s implied that it’s because he’s a senior. It’s possible their kids are asking for a kitten so they have a cute cuddly play thing. They’re using the “excuse” of Tigger throwing up on the couch to get rid of him. It happens so often, it’s hard to believe he’s suffering.

    • I got the impression that they wanted to kill the cat because Tigger vomited on their precious couch.

      Personally, I would have never told them I had the cat. I would have said the cat got out. Yes, I would have lied to save someone’s life including an animal.

  2. It is all about Tigger .. If he can stay alive with Katz , then he should be there. Let’s all get behind saving Tigger

  3. Her biggest mistake was telling her former employers she took the cat. She should’ve kept mum and denied knowing where the cat was.

  4. Unfortunately the law sees animals as property. There were other avenues the Nanny could of taken. Such as willing to purchase the cat; or even video incidents. So the family get five minutes of fame. The police however took the cat under what is called fruit of the poison tree… And charges should be brought against them; funny they knew about the cat and where to bring him… 😒 Smells like a dirty litter box to me….

  5. Yes I agree with DustyMoth – I would have said the cat just escaped. How selfish of guardians of the cat just to think of themselves and not the cat. Animals are a life long commitment – nasty people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. What vet would lend him\herself to kill a cat just for throwing up? If they really wanted to do that is because some vet was willing to, which makes me sad and angry.

  7. Ok I’m confused. Both the nanny and the original owner were due back in court this August 14th. What happened then? What did the court rule? Reading the title I thought the court had ruled in favour of the owner, but no, the cat was stolen by police on some bpgus grounds? What?

  8. Ok Berman’s…they need to show they are human. Give the Nanny the senior kitty and drop any and all charges. If that doesn’t seem to be fair, I think outraged neighbors should make it clear to the Berman’s just what louses they are. And give up the kitty to the Nanny now!

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