A Swedish grandmother has been told to hand over a cat to her grand daughter in one of the most unusual and bitter custody battles in Sweden.
The legal fight for the lovable feline started in 2002 when the cat was just a three month old kitten.
The cat was first given to a girl by her mother and step-father when she was 12-years-old.
Several years later, health difficulties left the girl unable to care for the cat, leading the girl’s parents to approach her grandmother.
When asked if she would be prepared to look after the cat, the grandmother agreed.
The legal case emerged in 2010 when the woman, then aged 20, asked her grandmother for the cat back because she had moved out of her family’s home and had her own property.
The grandmother, now aged 76, refused to hand over the cat, leading the woman to take her grandmother to court.
Södertörn District Court ruled that the woman’s grandmother had a valid reason for wanting to keep the cat as she was under the impression that she had permanently been given the cat to look after.
The case was taken to the appeals court, which sided against the grandmother, ordering her to hand back the cat to her grand-daughter.
The appeals court in Stockholm, known as Svea Hovratt, released a statement explaining the decision for the cat’s return to her original owner.
‘The [grandmother] said that she loved the cat and did not want to give her back.
‘The grandmother has known or has had reason to suspect that neither [the mother] nor [the aunt] were the true owners of the cat, and should at least have verified ownership. [The grandmother] has therefore not acquired the cat in good faith,’ it stated.