Cat Lady Advice: Animal Hoarding

Dear Cat Ladies,

I was wondering about the cat ladies’ take on being a cooky-but-friendly crazy cat lady, and cat/animal hoarders.

*Also, R, if your water stops again, you are still always welcome to come over and use our shower.

While giving a home to a cat (or cats) can be a wonderful thing and housing cats in a loving environment is highly encouraged by this blog, there are certain unfortunate circumstances in our world today where cats and other animals are in danger.  Being a cat lady does not necessarily mean that you need many cats.  In fact, it’s more about the relationship between you and your cat.  What better way to explain our thoughts on the distinction between cat ladies and animal hoarders than a quiz?

Your neighbor’s house is overflowing with cats.  You hear them wailing day and night, and when peering over the fence into your neighbor’s back yard, you see 15 mangy, flea-ridden, skin and bones felines dragging themselves around as if they’re in pain.
Is this : a) perfectly normal, b) potentially problematic but well-meaning, or c) completely bonkers

C) Completely bonkers.  When the owner either isn’t able to take care of the animals or refuses to, it’s really the animals who suffer. Our philosophy is that pets need to be loved and cherished.  After all, you wouldn’t have 15 feral kids (seriously hope not), so why would you have 15 feral cats?

Your sister frequently dresses up her 3 fat cats in frilly outfits complete with hats and other accessories.  She then poses them for pictures to post on her blog.  She refers to her cats as her “children” and interjects stories about their antics into conversations on parenting with her human acquaintances. Is this: a) perfectly normal, b) potentially problematic but well-meaning, or c) completely bonkers?

A) Perfectly normal, with a dose of possible trying-to-relate-itis.

You want to keep an eye on your little cat bundles of joy while you’re at work, so you install a nanny-cam to see their adorable antics.  One of your coworkers catches you sneaking a peek of your kitties while you’re on your lunch break. Does he think you’re: a) perfectly normal, b) potentially problematic but well-meaning, or c) completely bonkers?

A) or C) If he’s a cat person, he will probably congratulate you on your ingenuity, but if he’s not, it’s quite likely he will think you are completely bonkers.

Your husband likes to pick up strays.  He has a big heart and can’t seem to tell anyone “no” who is in need of a home.  As a result, you have 8 cats, 2 dogs, a skinny brother-in-law, and a parakeet living in your 3 bedroom home. Is this: a) perfectly normal, b) potentially problematic but well-meaning, or c) completely bonkers?

B) Potentially problematic but well-meaning.  So far, you’ve probably managed to take care of every living creature currently abiding in your abode.  There may come a point in the near future where you will reach maximum capacity.

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*Also, R, if your water stops again, you are still always welcome to come over and use our shower.

Although it is tempting to spend all of one’s time with one’s fabulous cats, it is important to maintain a social circle for situations such as this one.

Do you have a question for 2catladies?  E-mail us at 2catladies@gmail.com

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