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Happiness Is A House Full of Cats

  • Crazy Cat Lady

    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. Yes I’ve been called crazy cat lady and I guess I am !!! LoL. Have 9 cats

      • DEANNA Franz says:

        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

    2. 2 is perfect for me, one hand for each. I have had up to 8 and I have been called a crazy cat lady. I just have one, now and that is purrfect as I’m trying to live on disability. I just love her so much.

    3. Mary Smars says:

      Judy L Hartzheim is, I have never known anyone like her. She has a cat walk built on to her house so they will all be protected. Wonderful person she is.

    4. Mary Smars says:

      And she loves each one dearly, you have to see how she is with them.x

    5. I use to rescue cats,before our income took a major drop.But always kept a limit of 5 so that I could give them the good care they needed.Close to 70 & husband in 70s so the limit is just our 2 srs. Lili 20 & Bastian 18.

    6. Destiny, I can picture the clerk cowering, lol. But I’m glad she got the food she needed!

    7. Elaine Lang, yes you are definitely a “crazy cat lady”. Welcome to the club. You are a very kind-hearted person 🙂

    8. Michelle, you are not really crazy, you are a good-hearted person. There are plenty just like you – read these comments and you will see!

    9. You are not crazy…you just have a very big heart! I am right there with you!

    10. Thanks! I know I am not like most and I am OK with that.

    11. 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.

    12. 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

    13. There is no amount if u have love it can go along way

    14. Benji Busby says:

      @[100001430596886:2048:Becky Bull]

    15. NanCy cat lady says:

      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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