May 12th 2011 4:21 pm
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What makes a person that really loves cats and has a lot of us different from a horder of cats? Aside from the care given to the cats is there a diffence. Mom knows some a layd that rescues kitties and she has over 100 cats in a a no kill shelter, she has three big "cat houses" sittin on over 100 acres of land the houses are real houses humans used to live in and now about 30 kitties per hosue live there and some live with their human other people come here when they are ready to adopt a kitty. All kitties are vetted and fed well, they are cared for and the houses have "cat proofed" closed in porches.
Another person has 15 kitties also all vetted (shots neutered/spayed) well fed (well science diet) and they are all named and loved, they live together in one house with their mom.
Another person has 9-11 indoor/outdoor kitties (kitty doors to do as they please) vetted and well fed and loved (sleeps with mom or dad whoever is still)
Another has 5 indoor only kittes in one house all well vetted and fed very well loved and cared far with a safe outdoor enclousure. How do you know if your humane has gone over the edge of kitty loving human to horder or crazy cat person. ummmm just makes us wonder.
The difference is: does the person have adequate room & resources, so the kitties DO receive the proper care, vets & love, or does the person continue to stretch their limits in order take take "just one more"??? Hoarders say they will find another home for them, but they never do, or they just can't let them go so they don't really try to find anything. When it all goes out of control for them, they still don't stop. So the quality of care ends up being the biggest factor.
They will continue to claim they are rescuing, but you end up finding the animals all crammed together.
I'd LOVE to have another one, but Tink & I live in 800sqft, so would it be the best thing, what if they don't get along, IN HERE, they'd be practically on top of each other. Then it would also be a little different with a littermate, that might have worked, but she didn't have any. Those of us who try to really be responsible consider these things BEFOREHAND.
Only my opinion...
I agree with what Tink wrote. "Hoarders" often keep kitties in squalor conditions and do not take care of the animals' medical and social needs. If a person has the room and the resources to take care of the animals, and provide adequate vet care, healthy food, stimulation, and love, we think this is what matters most.
We have eight kitties in our house...but it is a big house with lots of beds, litter boxes, toys, cozy nap spaces and lots of human attention and plenty of love. We get quality food and regular check-ups from the Vet. All of us are fixed. We all get along super well. I think the difference is in living conditions and knowing your limits. Purrs, Skylar
I have to add that I'm just one of many, many people who would take as many cats as they have room for - that's a CATLOVER.
Tink, you said that right. I would love to have another cat or two and another pup for Diamond but our house is a small city bungalow. And my crew is so used to it being just them, I don't know how they would act with other furs. They are super spoiled.
Hi everyfur mom just got home and back on line. This question came up yesterday when we were talking with someone who has 15 indoor only cats and 1 dog. This person LOVES the kitties and they are really well cared for but they are all rescues and so they have a hard time getting along
oh yea mom is a lady that would have a lot more cats too. "the cat shelter" is the first place we mentioned and mom thinks that is a perfect rescue place. Mom has wondered if she is one of those cat lover that could slip over the line.......but we keep in her line. Me well I am at my limit with 5 cats in the house she takes that into consideration when she hears of another kitty needing help.
I think as long as they are all healthy, well cared for, that they are not hoarders. the first one you mentioned with 100 cats is a little over, but she does adopt them out, so she is a rescue place. Maybe I'm just a little crazy, I have 7.
Hi Max yea mom and dad sometimes wonder if they have gone a little crzay too MOL they had six but alley got FIP last year. Boo and I were here then mom did resuce a litter of five and the mom, now three of the five are still here MOL Mom can see it would be easy to get crazy about saving all the kitties, but we all get our one on one time with our pawrents and we all kinda like "family time" too.
Lb......de sad trubull with hoarderz iz they trooly think they be helpin de kittehs or de pups....they canna draw de line when it comes ta CARIN for de animals, they bee thinkin rescuin em frum de shelter iz helpin but when ya haz sew many ya canna CARE for them with de monies ewe haz, it bee comes a problem regardless if ewe haz 10 or 100.....it be a sad sit ewe way shun that reely never haza happee ending for de animals or peepul involved
Thanks Tabbies and everyfurone I think the thing is if the kitties are cared for with food medical care, and the loving they need, then it doesn't matter how many. It matters how many if any of the kitties needs cannot be met? That sounds about right I think. We never knew a horder but we know people with many cats.
i lived in a 1 bedroom apt with my sis nellie, mom and dad. and boy that thing was tiny. we was all right on top of eachother. mom would luv to get another cat but she cant afford another one.
We just read your diary and this one got us to thinking. Here at our house (800 sq/ft) there's Jen, us 3 kitties and lil Bear (2 yr old american eskimo).
Jen luffs us and does efurthing she can to take care of us. We have good food, fresh water, warm/cool places to sleep and clean litter boxes. We get lots of pets, attention, treats, toys, and some would efun say we are SPOILED (pawsonally I don't believe that but....)
Jen knows her limits and we are it. As it is some days she worries she has not given each of us enough individual attention.
Hoarders have no limits and just keep taking in more, even though they cannot properly care for, or pay enough attention to, the ones they already have. Pawrents think about whether they can afford (financially, spatially, emotionally) another kitty or pup, AND how it will affect US, the furbies they already have.
aww baby that was an excellent answer, the last part, says it all, pawrents are concerned about how it will affect us. Mom is concerned about that even now as she considers letting Ivey (mom to Alley, calie, tiny and moe) live here with us. IT kinda depends on me and the others and how we react.
my mom would have loved to have more than two cats. can she afford more than two cats. i dont think so. thats why she didnt get another one.