Oh no, this is NOT happening!

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Real Estate Agent with Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL 676419

 

Maureen Francis shared her Fish Tank Toilet with us and it got me thinking about some of the unusual and bizaare items I've come across while showing property. 

I seem to have found a relatively gross item I keep running across in homes.  Taxidermied cats. 

As in household pet, here kitty kitty, type cats.  I don't get it.  It's creepy.  I was showing a condominium in an exclusive community and the showing instructions were "don't let the cat out".  I warned my buyers on the way in not to let the cat out.  About ten minutes later Mrs. Buyer is about to pet the "cat" curled up on the sofa.  Guess what.....yeah, stuffed and mounted, dead for years.  I grabbed her hand and said, "Don't touch it, it's not the cat you're looking for."  She about passed out.  I think I've seen three or four of the stuffed cats since.  When the agent called for showing feedback I suggested they put the dead cat in a drawer or something.

I don't have a cat.  I have a dog.  I love my dog.  I love him so much I am going to bury him when he dies.  I'm not going to have him stuffed and staring at me 24/7.

As "luck" would have it, last week I was on the treadmill at the gym and the man beside me was a taxidermist.  I had to ask about the cats.  He has done a few and said he just got his worse order ever.  The owner of the recently deceased cat wanted it made into a little area rug, like a bear skin rug...with a head propped up and it's teeth showing in a snarl and it's little body as the rug.  I was speachless.  And guess what?  It's probably coming to a listing near me!

I'd love to hear the war stories, if you have them.  Photos are welcome too.

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Karen Hurst
STONEHURSTREALTY.COM - Warwick, RI
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Chris,

While I personally do not care for taxidermy anything, I think we all need to tell our Sellers that these are personal items that should not be for public viewing! Especially little kitties.  I had to check out where you were from to make sure it wasn't a trend:)   Very odd that you are seeing them more than once!

December 27, 2006 07:56 PM #22
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Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
NH Real Estate Broker

Yuck!!! That is freaky!!!

Dead animals..bad karma or so a buyer once told me. When I see those mounted dead things on the walls I tell the seller to pack them up.

Yuck! 

December 27, 2006 08:24 PM #23
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Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate
Let me just say this, my lovelies, I grew up on a farm, remember?  I understand hunting, eating, stuffing and worshiping it when it's on the wall.  I don't care for it, but I understand it.  I just don't understand "here, kitty kitty" and "Rowdy the dog" as a home accessory.   It's like going potty with your pants on, it just doesn't make sense. 
December 27, 2006 09:12 PM #24
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Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
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I was creeped out by the head of all types of majestic animals  from all over the world hanging in the study of a rather expensive house.
December 27, 2006 09:55 PM #25
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Kaushik Sirkar
Call Realty, Inc. - Chandler, AZ
Not seen personally...but I was watching some show on animal planet involving animal/pet rescues in phoenix.  And this one gentlemen was kind enough to adopt a kitten that was recently rescued.  But he had these stuffed animals in his house (from the shots they showed) that really could have been his former pets....
December 27, 2006 10:45 PM #26
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William Collins
ERA Queen City Realty - Scotch Plains, NJ
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Chris,

Thanks for the post. I have not encountered this and hope not. This is where you counsel the owner that their personal pleasure may not be universally appreciated!

December 28, 2006 06:14 AM #27
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The things I run into are neither stuffed nor mounted on the wall.  They are dead though.  Next in line is porn.
December 28, 2006 06:14 AM #28
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Toby Boyce
Howard Hanna RealCom Realty - Delaware, OH
MBA, Delaware Ohio

I did a preview on one of the lower-end houses in our area right after I got my license. I walked in and there was a pile of deceased kittens on the floor. I walked right out and called the listing agent.

And his response disgusted me even more, "well what did you expect?"

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Gary - I have to disagree with you about this being a person's home. When they put that house up for sale, they have to seperate from the house from them. It may be "awkward" but as Tony pointed out in the first comment, it is a tight-rope that we have to walk to sell the house.

December 28, 2006 08:27 AM #29
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Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY

I was staging a home recently and I went to move a very large / very ugly box on the mantle.  The homeowner jumped up and yelled "DON'T TOUCH THAT BOX - it has to stay there."  Then I noticed there were sympathy cards all around it.  I apologized and explained that I had not noticed that it was an urn.  The homeowner explained that it contained the remains of his diseased Akita.  I did not know what to say.

Happy ending - after I finished staging the rest of the home he agreed that maybe the dog could rest in peace somewhere else until after the move.  We decorated the mantle and made it into the stunning showpiece it was meant to be. 

December 28, 2006 08:40 AM #30
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Marc Blasi
Boca Executive Realty - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Marc Blasi -Country Club and Waterfront Properties

Simple-

Me: Do you REALLY want to sell your house?

Client: Of course..

Me: Well, this is what you need to do to make it more appealing--------

It might make someone a little uncomfortable at the start but when their home sells faster because it doesn't look like a set from "Hee-Haw" I'm sure they will understand!

December 29, 2006 03:22 AM #31
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Toby - That is a little unacceptable.  Even in a foreclosure home, the lender will want the dead things to be removed in a trashout.  I'd bet it was the agent being lazy.
December 28, 2006 11:40 AM #32
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Melissa Mullany
The County Land Company - Saint Charles, IL
Well I have seen cat poop, that is seemingly displayed throughout the house! Gross! I have seen terrible yellow shag carpet that should might as well be stuffed and displayed (don't people realize that it was dead in the 70's) and I have seen dirty underwear sprawled over the floor. You just gave me an idea for a post! Thanks!
December 28, 2006 12:46 PM #33
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Toby Boyce
Howard Hanna RealCom Realty - Delaware, OH
MBA, Delaware Ohio

Rich - I know. Out of town owner with an out-of-town agent on a $30,000 listing ... don't bother me with such small things.

December 28, 2006 03:47 PM #34
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Chris - I have NEVER seen one of those cats and I hope I NEVER do!!  GROSS!!!

I would think that would be an instant turn-off for all buyers and their agents!  What a way to get alot of bad PR going around the real estate cooler on that listing -  YUK!!!!

Ann

December 29, 2006 11:54 AM #35
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL
how about a photo of the dead pet!  Holy Cow that's funny!  I'm an animal lover and would never stuff my pets after they die - but that's me....there's a saying in Spanish "cada loco con su tema" - which I guess translates "to each, his own".  Thanks Chris
January 01, 2007 08:26 PM #36
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Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate
Let's sleeping pets lie!
September 05, 2007 10:56 AM #37
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Chad Baird
Re/Max Spirit - Dayton, OH

Im staring at a box of ashes from a great dane that died 4 years ago.  My wife insisted we had him cremated?  Its a heavy box, I've never looked inside though.  I would love to dispose of it, but she will not allow me, so instead of the mantle, I convinced her my office was a better place to put the dog. 

I've never seen a stuffed pet, hope I never do.  I think it would rather creepy. 

September 05, 2007 11:07 AM #38
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Joe Dallorso
Coral Shores Realty - Ocala, FL
Ocala Real Estate

Hello Chris

When I lived in Maine I had taxidermy to decorate my log cabin but stuffed cats?? WoW, that's way too much.

Wasn't there a comedy show years ago with a stuffed Doberman on little wheels?

I cremate my dogs & spread their ashes in the woods so they can chase squirrels for all eternity.

I think there's a saying. All dogs go to heaven.

September 05, 2007 05:55 PM #39
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Howdy Chris

My lady and I have white cat she is part of our family. We love her to much to her stuffed. You just do not stuffe family.

Have a good one

September 05, 2007 06:11 PM #40
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I have never seen a stuffed cat and hope that I never will. I have buried a few cats and dogs over the years. I'm not into stuffed animals of any sort.
September 05, 2007 09:39 PM #41
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