Happiness Is A House Full of Cats

Happiness Is A House Full of Cats

Do you consider yourself to be a “crazy cat lady”? I do. I am crazy about cats; love ’em, love ’em, love ’em! I only have one, but I would love to have 10 – if I had the time to take care of that many. But I talk about cats so much that people often call me a crazy cat lady. I take it as a compliment, and just grin.

Crazy Cat Lady

Crazy Cat Lady or Fabulous Friend to Felines?

There are a few other definitions of what a “crazy cat lady” is. One says that it is a single woman who dotes on her cat or cats. Ok. But does she have to be single?

Another says it is a woman who is “romance-challenged”, or too busy for romance because she is on “the career path”. In that case, who better than a cat for company?

And then there are people who just like their pets more than they like people.

Naftali Berrill, Ph.D., Director of the New York Center for Neuropsychology and Forensic Behavioral Science told AOL Health, “These may be people who have a very hard time expressing themselves to other people. They may find the human need for affection is met most easily through a relationship with a pet.”

In that case, isn’t it nice that those people have a nice, sweet kitty to share their life with?

Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome

And then there is the cat hoarder. These are the people you hear about on the news, the ones that have an excessive number of cats kept in filthy conditions; far more than they have room for or can properly care for. But guess what? There may be a reason for that behavior.

Recent research indicates a link between the parasite T. gondii, which sexually reproduces exclusively in cats, and numerous psychiatric conditions, including OCD. The compulsive hoarding of cats, a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), has long been associated with “crazy cat ladies”. Mass media has drawn on this stereotype to coin the term Crazy Cat Lady Syndrome to refer to the association between T. gondii and psychiatric conditions.

Not quite sure if I understand the connection. Maybe the parasite in the cat transfers to the human and causes them to become OCD about having lots of cats in the house?

The way I see it, as long as you’re taking good care of all your kitties, staying within the law about how many you can have, and keeping your house and the litterboxes clean, whose to say you’re crazy? Except maybe in a good way!

This is probably more cats than I would feel comfortable with. What about you?

Crazy Cat Lady

The same here, but to each their own!

Cat Lady
Come on in!

I guess the word has gotten around.

40 and Single?
So what do you think? What’s a good number of cats to have? Have you ever been called a crazy cat lady? Do you know someone who is?

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218 Responses to "Happiness Is A House Full of Cats"

  1. Well, I had 2 but then a really pretty cat had a litter of 6 in my back yard this summer. then 2 kittens died so I took mama and the remaining 4 kittens in so now I have 7 cats. But my garage guy said he has 9.

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  2. I have 9 (did have more, but 1 got shot and some killed on the road and some just came up missing) that go in and out, but stay in at night during the hard winter weather, and got about 5 strays that come to eat also!!

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  3. I figure they cost roughly $50 a month, allowing for those medical emergencies that can arise during their lifetime, so 2 is my limit. If money was no issue, then I would use the number of interior doors that could be used to segregate them, should a need arise.

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  4. Looking at all of these posts, I guess I am the true Crazy Cat Lady here. I house over 20 rescued cats in a 5 room cat sanctuary and have a yard full of once feral but now friendly strays. I am deeply involved in TNR and I think the cats have spread the word to come here to get fixed, get their shots and most importantly, get fed. I would have it no other way! Am I crazy or what? I love each and every one so dearly! <3

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  5. Yes, I’ve been a “crazy cat lady.” I only have one now left from a group of 10 rescued cats. I’m sure you can have too many cats, but I haven’t determined exactly what that number would be. 😀

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  6. When I call in to the vets office…they know me as the crazy cat lady 🙂 I have 4 inside and about 25 feral/semi-feral outside. Wishing I had the resources to TNR the outside ones…here the vets do not do discounted unless you can bring in 3 at a time (and its still $250 for 3)

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  7. I am yhe crazy cat lady in WHITMIRE S,C. have about 15 kittens from 3 to 5 to 1 month old inside right now must find homes.all litter trained,and very sweet all colors,been hands on from 8 days old.7 big cats inside the oldest being 14 years old.And about 16 outside.they are al;l healthy can,t keep all , i am disable and don,t make much,i love them all.n

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  8. Jennifer, I understand you completely and also considered myself the “Cat Woman”….there is a sad story that follows but I will always be an animal lover….. I appreciate what you do !! Cleaning liter boxes and hairballs is not fun and getting scratched and sometimes bitten….but we do it all for LOVE !! Not many people understand our feelings or dedication !!

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  9. I have 9 (all rescues) in my house and have been called the crazy cat lady more times than I can count! All of my cats are fully vetted and spayed/neutered and well loved so I take the crazy cat lady comment as a compliment

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  10. Three would be my limit. Our city actually has an ordinance that one cannot have more than 3 dogs/cats at the same time (NOT the reason for my limit of 3). I would think this would be hard to enforce, though.

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  11. Live in north central Texas, the next county over had spays for $20 in June limit four but you had to make appointments…never know if you will catch any or not. Last time I put out a live trap I ended catching a big fat possum 🙂 he was relocated to a country road outside of town. Right now it is pushing 100 degrees too hot to trap anything. Have had some unexpected medical expenses come up…me, my son and one of my inside babies.

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  12. I have feral I feed, most have been spayed and neut.. the ones I have been able to trap. bottle feed and found homes for quite a few babies and have 6 bottle fed cats in my house that are ages 10 to 1., they have my heart… I have been called the cat lady many times.. but I love kitties… even wild , they need fed. .. and they grow to trust

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  13. I have 3. Am down from 4 as we had to have our senior cat put down last August (she was 14 1/2 and had renal failure, she was a special needs cat as she had deformed front paws.). Three seems to be a good number, but I still get called the crazy cat lady by my family!

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  14. Let’s see I have 14 of my own cats plus I have a cat rescue so I have 13 cats in my rescue waiting for adoptions and 2 I am fostering for a deployed solider which makes a total of 29! And I love every one of them. They are all very well cared for, happy, healthy and loved. My house is very clean and does not smell. I am proud to be a Crazy Cat Lady. <3

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  15. Nadine Molloy says:
    “Let’s see I have 14 of my own cats plus I have a cat rescue so I have 13 cats in my rescue waiting for adoptions and 2 I am fostering for a deployed solider which makes a total of 29! And I love every one of them. They are all very well cared for, happy, healthy and loved. My house is very clean and does not smell. I am proud to be a Crazy Cat Lady. <3"
    From: http://www.kittenswhiskers.com/happiness-is-a-house-full-of-cats/comment-page-2/#comment-1975

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  16. I currently have 15 divided between 2 houses that sit side by side. I have a catroom on one of the houses that the cats can climb and scratch anything in the room that they want. I futon to sleep on. Shelves up high to lay on, windows that have shelves in front of them to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I’m in the process of adding the same kind of room on the second house. So … yes … I AM a crazy catlady. They are my kids. They have their breakfast before I have my coffee. Dinner before I have mine. I wouldn’t trade a single one of them for the world. <3

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  17. I have 3 cats, 2 are mine, one is my sons. I could do with only one of them, my favorite guy Jinx. I take good care of all of them, and they are happy. My oldest one is Boo, she is half blind, she is 9, Garth is 8 (my sons cat) and Jinx is 7.

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  18. The most I’ve had is 3 and that was living in a one bedroom apt (we did have a 3 bedroom apt. and a 3bedroom house first).. I love cats so 3 in a one bedroom wasn’t too much for me but then again gotta really be on the cleaning up end of things

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  19. let them say what they will, some people just enjoy saying mean things, why i’ll never understand…if other people only helped and took care of their OWN to begin with..we wouldn’t have this overpopulation of cats! i myself have only 4, i get called a crazy cat lady anyway (just a joke? of course)…i found 2 of them on the streets..and many before them that way throughout my life…have loved them all with all my heart!!!…BLESS the full time rescuers.. with hearts and houses full of cats (or any other needy animal) love & compassion.. who are willing to give SO much time, money few have to spare, love & care to all the strays, ferals, unwanted, discarded ones by people who turn their heads, then name call..i understand it can get overwhelming for some (when they’re trying to help the ones others abandon!) and can turn into a hoarding situation which we all know is not healthy for them or the animals, but there are many who take VERY GOOD care of many animals and it makes me mad when people say negative things …i thank u <3 not everyone has what it takes….i always say if crazy cat lady means i'm crazy about my cats the yeah i am one!

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  20. I don’t have any now…. maybe again some day, but at one point, I had 12 that lived in my home and 30ish I took care of who lived in my yard. I miss my babies, but again one day I will have a couple. And, YES i was called a crazy cat lady! I was pretty proud of that. 🙂

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  21. I AM THE CRAZY CAT LADY!!! At least in our neighborhood! Have 12 now, but have been up to 15 at a time. Most of my kitties are now getting old & loosing them one or two a year. Just lost a 16 year old & a 14 year old—have another that is 18! Most of ours are rescue kitties—all fixed & 90% indoors! We have an invisible sign in our yard that says—–ALL STRAYS WELCOME!!!!! (and we take them in!!!)

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  22. Lori says:
    “I AM THE CRAZY CAT LADY!!! At least in our neighborhood! Have 12 now, but have been up to 15 at a time. Most of my kitties are now getting old & loosing them one or two a year. Just lost a 16 year old & a 14 year old—have another that is 18! Most of ours are rescue kitties—all fixed & 90% indoors! We have an invisible sign in our yard that says—–ALL STRAYS WELCOME!!!!! (and we take them in!!!)”
    From: http://www.kittenswhiskers.com/happiness-is-a-house-full-of-cats/comment-page-3/#comment-2059

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  23. I too am a crazy cat lady with a sanctuary called Catazona where I care for 78 cats. At one time, I had 115 but health concerns are forcing me to close. You can check all of us out on our FB page and see what everyones up to.

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  24. Someone dropped a cat off at my house on Halloween, now she is expecting babies. Oh…. What to do….I don’t want any cats. Please advise. I had a beautiful feral cat, she got somewhat tame, but not like other cats, most beautiful cat ever.

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  25. yes I am a crazy cat lady. I have 16 kittens alone plus all the adults. they are all barn cats plus I have 3 in the house. the 3 in the house I consider rescue. 1 I got from my brother-in-law who found her in his tree and there dog had other plans so they gave her to me, my 2nd was rescued at work, she was a kitten and was in the ally way, she would not eat so I brought her in the house, my 3rd I found in the machine shed as a baby. I feed him by bottle and now he is 25pds and lets me know he’s the boss. he also lets his 2 sisters know he maybe the youngest but he is the biggest of the 3. they are all my babies.

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  26. I once picked up a Rusty-colored cat that was lying on the side of the road dead. I gave him a good burial. I didn’t care who saw me or that they thought I was crazy. I passed him several times on the way to and from work. I couldn’t stand it any more. So now whenever I go that way, I think of him and I’m glad I did it. Does this count for a “crazy cat lady?”

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  29. This is our three-year-old, Miss Precious when she was about one year old. She was dumped near our house, and came to us on Sunday, July 31, 2011. Our front door was open; she meowed very loudly, we opened the door, and she has been here ever since.

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    1. Our sons call me a crazy cat lady but we just have 4 right now, we rescured Wendy and could not leave her daughter outside as the weather was gtting colder, so my husband brought both of them inside to live with us and our 2 other cats all but Mikey have been rescued, we did adopt Mikey but his mother was rescued from the south hifh parking lot or yard, by our older son’s senior senior English Teacher.
      Deanna Franz

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  30. I have around 30 cats that live in my home at this very moment. About 95% of them have been rescued or shown up on my door step from off the streets!! someone has to love them and care for them cause nobody else will!! Call me crazy but I wouldn’t give up a single one of them. I just wish I had some acres to fence in for them.

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  31. Glory Gilbreath says:
    “I have around 30 cats that live in my home at this very moment. About 95% of them have been rescued or shown up on my door step from off the streets!! someone has to love them and care for them cause nobody else will!! Call me crazy but I wouldn’t give up a single one of them. I just wish I had some acres to fence in for them.”
    From: http://www.kittenswhiskers.com/happiness-is-a-house-full-of-cats/comment-page-5/#comment-8640

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  32. I have 8 in my house, 1 on front porch adopted me, 1 on back porch, I trapped and had fixed, she was having litter after litter. I thought I would never see her again once I trapped her; she has been on back porch for 12 years. I also feed the hungry ones at the dumpster, so sad, people throw them out like trash and let them fend for their selves and a 2 week old baby cannot. Cats are very special and so are we, the people who rescue and feed them

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