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My boyfriend gave me a cat and we broke up and he's trying to take the cat back, can he do that?

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The answer is no. If he gives you a gift, it is considered yours. He cannot take it back. A gift is transfer of ownership rights to the giftee (you).

Now, he can try to file a small claims court for the cat, claiming he never gifted it to you. If he does that, it would be your word versus his, so any proof you have of it being a gift (texts, emails, etc) can be very useful in disproving his argument. That is, if he even files a small claims court case.

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