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OP's sister-in-law is staying with them for a few weeks, and she's brought her cat along.
One day, OP took her toddler into her bedroom for a diaper change, another area of the house declared off-limits for the cat. During the change, with her back to an open window, the cat decided to make a bold leap outside.
OP has offered the following explanation for why they think they might be the a-hole:
Sounds like a really bad house guest
She isn't being responsible with her cat, so why is she expecting others to be?
This Redditor is sarcastic, but they may be onto something here:
OP has a baby to watch, and that is her priority
OP did not agree to cat sit
"She can bring her entitlement and her cat to a hotel."
"What were you supposed to do?"
The bottom line is:
When balancing responsibilities, is it fair to prioritize one's own child and household rules over a guest's pet? One could argue that while it is courteous to accommodate guests, this shouldn't extend to compromising one's own standards, especially when it involves child safety.
It's also essential to remember that the sister-in-law, as a guest, should respect the rules of the house she's staying in. Her cat jumping out of a window in a room it wasn't allowed in seems to be a consequence of her own failure to observe house rules, rather than any negligence on OP's part.