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Offline Todd Muskopf

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Home Studios and Cats: possible liability concerns
« on: March 27, 2016, 06:21:59 PM »
My cat is now 15 years old.  We had her well before I ever started having clients come to my home.  It's rarely been a problem, a little sniffling if someone is allergic, but not bad.

I got a message today from the client schedule for tomorrow that she is "deathly allergic" and that if she started having breathing problems, she would have to leave immediately to get medical attention.

I cancelled the session, saying I wasn't willing to put her at risk.

I always notify about the cat in the info sent to clients, and she sent me the other info over a week ago, so I know she read it.  Unfortunately, she waited until today to disclose the severity of her allergy.

So, if you're considering getting a cat for your home studio, I'd suggest that you do not.

« Last Edit: March 28, 2016, 10:14:53 AM by Todd Muskopf »

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Re: Home Studios and Cats
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2016, 08:05:21 AM »
Having animals at home, or at the studio can be great. For those of us who spend a lot of time in front of the screen, and not always so much in front of other people, it's nice to have something living around. I regularly bring my dog to the studio, as do my studio mates. I even had a new client bring his dog once (without asking mid you) who immediately peed on my rug  - the dog, not the client. 

Point being - clients are much more of a pain than animals :) Sorry your client flaked out on you

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Re: Home Studios and Cats
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2016, 08:58:12 AM »
My yellow Lab, Pete, was with me at the studio every day from when I got him at 49 days old.  Clients and even staff liked it.  But I'm allergic to cats myself, and when they're indoor cats rather than the barn/farmyard cats of my youth, I'm pretty quickly aware there's a cat around, even unseen (or unsmelled).   Still, I can get through most cat things with a little coughing.

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Re: Home Studios and Cats
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2016, 10:14:26 AM »


Point being - clients are much more of a pain than animals :) Sorry your client flaked out on you

I don't count this one as a flake...I saw it as a risk I didn't want to take.  I couldn't have her start having breathing problems, with me knowing that she might beforehand.   I think there's a certain amount of liability on my part that I wasn't willing to risk.  If she was having problems, I probably wouldn't have let her drive herself, so I guess I would've had to call a life squad to be safe.

Wow, I've never thought about having to call a life squad during a photo shoot before.

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Re: Home Studios and Cats: possible liability concerns
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2016, 12:10:13 PM »
You were absolutely in the right place doing what you did. I wouldn't want that issue either. My flake issue was due to her not communicating the depth of her concern. 

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Re: Home Studios and Cats: possible liability concerns
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2016, 05:32:49 PM »
You were absolutely in the right place doing what you did. I wouldn't want that issue either. My flake issue was due to her not communicating the depth of her concern.

Especially the day before!!

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Re: Home Studios and Cats: possible liability concerns
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2016, 09:15:14 AM »
You were absolutely in the right place doing what you did. I wouldn't want that issue either. My flake issue was due to her not communicating the depth of her concern.

Copy that!  And, yeah, the question of liability hadn't occurred to me, but you're right to be cautious.

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Re: Home Studios and Cats: possible liability concerns
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2016, 09:54:20 AM »
You were absolutely in the right place doing what you did. I wouldn't want that issue either. My flake issue was due to her not communicating the depth of her concern.

Copy that!  And, yeah, the question of liability hadn't occurred to me, but you're right to be cautious.

Good Call on the cancelation.  For her sake and yours.  Lawyers love this situation.

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Re: Home Studios and Cats: possible liability concerns
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2016, 01:24:08 PM »
We got two kittens in October, and I now tell everyone about them. (People will say I won't shut up about them, really, hahaha).

The day after we got them, I had a senior in and hadn't told him (we didn't know we would get them). As luck would have it, he was really allergic to cats. He was fine, probably with them being kittens and only being in the house for a day.

This is something we're keenly aware of now, though.

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Re: Home Studios and Cats: possible liability concerns
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2016, 02:46:59 PM »
I send out info via email to everyone in advance of a session and always mention having the cat so that they can take their meds if necessary.  Mostly I see some watery eyes and sniffles.  This is the first time someone has described themselves as "deathly allergic" and talked about medical attention.