Cat hoarding

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Registered: 02-18-2013
Cat hoarding
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Mon, 04-14-2014 - 2:55pm

It seems like I am hearing more and more stories of people cat hoarding. I absolutely love my cats but can't understand how someone would think it a good thing for the cats to have more than just a few. I am considering cat #3 and am worried I won't be able to give it enough attention. How can someone seriously take care of dozens of them?

For those of you with multiple indoor cats, how many do you have and how are you able to keep your house clean from the hair and smell?

Community Leader
Registered: 11-20-2001
Wed, 06-11-2014 - 4:32am

Hi Mary.  I am wondering if you ever got cat #3.  How are things going?

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Community Leader
Registered: 11-20-2001
Tue, 04-22-2014 - 6:01pm

We had 3, but my oldest (19) died last July.  It seems these 2 really missed her, I could tell, they were so needy for quite a while.  Now, it's just the 2.     Slow introduction is the key, but I see nothing wrong with 3 cats.  best of luck. Gabby

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Wed, 04-16-2014 - 2:52pm

I agree that I don't understand it. For me a good home is less about the number but the level of care. I am at 7 cats right now (plus various fosters). Good vaccuum and litter makes it work. Like Leslie I tend to spread vet visits over the year.

Hoarding is a mental illness - the person views their stuff and/or animals as things that they can't let go. They believe they are doing the right thing and can't see the destruction they are causing. And it is heartbreaking (I have worked with rescues on some cases).

As for adding a third - it is about getting the right mix. You know your cats best and know if they will be willing to tolerate another cat and the right personality. Or consider fostering for a rescue in your area.

 

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Registered: 09-16-2002
Mon, 04-14-2014 - 4:34pm

Unfortunately, those who hoard have a warped perspective on what is not only normal, but also manageable.  It's one thing to hoard inanimate objects, but quite another to hoard living things.  The most heartbreaking is when hoarders can't keep track of their animals, and so they end up dying a rather miserable death.  The hoarders feel that *any* home is better than nothing, but that is not true.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

.  -Albert Einstein

Community Leader
Registered: 03-24-2000
Mon, 04-14-2014 - 4:01pm

Welcome to Cats and Kittens.  I don't understand hoarding either.  I think many of them try to help so many that it gets out of hand a lot of times and then they aren't helping any and making it awful for the cats and themselves. Just feeding that many cats is a big expense heaven forbid they would have vet bills too.

I had 9 indoor cats at one time and now I'm down to 3.  It was a lot of work.  I had a lot of litter boxes to clean twice a day.    I swept almost daily and bought a good vacuum.  I did put blankets on the furniture so I could just throw them in the wash.  I shampooed my carpet a lot too.  Getting everyone to the vet for their yearly checkups and things was expensive, but I spread it out over the year so they weren't all due at once. A couple of the cats were on special diets so that was a bit challenging too, but I made it work.

It was hard, but it was what I had to do at the time.  It seems so easy with just 3 cats now.

I think the main thing about having a multicat household is them getting along or at least tolerating one another.  The care of them is fairly easy.  Just make sure if you add a third cat to introduce it to your other cats slowly so you won't have problems with them.

Let us know what you decide.

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