You've had the cat since September under the impressions that the cat is yours...and she's just asking for it back now, 3 months later?
That's horrible, I'm so sorry. What about if you tried sitting her down and talking to her about it? If she still insists on taking the cat, tell her she owes you then 3 months worth of cat food, litter, and vet bills. If it's her cat, then she should have been paying for all that all this time. Maybe, if you're lucky, she'll decide that it's easier to just let you keep the cat than to have to pay you for it's care.
Do you have anything in writing that could prove the cat is yours? Phone messages, emails, texts...anything that the old owner might have sent you stating that the cat is yours?
I don't know who you would ask...but I wonder if there is some kind law about ownership since you have had the cat for a few months now. This is a different situation I know, but my sister found a stray dog. The court house in her town told her that if she cared for the dog for 2 weeks and tried to find it's owner, and no one claimed it in that time frame, that she could legally keep the dog. If an owner came forward after the 2 weeks, she wouldn't legally have to return the dog, even if the old owner could prove the dog had originally been theirs.
I would call my town hall or court house and see if you can talk to anyone who knows the specific laws about this type of thing. I would think that if you have any type of proof that she gave you the cat, you would win in a court case. The only thing that might confuse things, is the mothers name being on the cats papers, and it wasn't the mother who gave you the cat. I don't know...but I really really hope that things work out in your favor!
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