The couple, who live in Kemerovo in Siberia, owe 45,000 rubles ($1,350) in restitution for damaging their neighbors' property during a flood at their home. On the court website, marshals said the couple finally agreed to pay up when their cat, a Sphynx, was seized, RIA Novosti reported Saturday.
Sphynxes are hairless cats.
The cat can still be sold if the debt is not paid off within a week, the marshals said. The animal is valued at about $15.
The tactic has worked before. Marshals got a family to pay a back utility bill in 2009, by threatening to seize a Sphynx kitten.