Cats are cute and cuddly and spice up your life with their neverending shenanigans. They’re also why none of us can have good furniture. But when do you evolve from a cat lover to a cat hoarder? Join me as we read what cat owners say about this centuries-old question, “How many cats are too many cats?” Spoiler alert; the answer might be surprising.
From Real Owners
Explore the humorous anecdotes, personal reflections, and heartfelt confessions from fellow cat enthusiasts who have pondered the fine line between adoration and hoarding, shedding light on the fascinating dynamics that unfold when a love for cats reaches new heights.
1. Financial Considerations
There’s no limit to how many cats you can bring home, as long as you weigh in one crucial factor; money. Having three to four cats or more is alright if you can afford them. Money also ties in with space, meaning the sky is the limit if you have enough space.
2. Where Do You Live?
It’s better to own your house, according to a seasoned cat hoarder, than rent it if you want more than two cats. Rentals often don’t allow pets and charge a fee when they do. So if your lease is about to end, find a landlord who will allow pets, and ensure the deposits are refundable, especially if you’ve paid for each cat.
Consider any iffy neighbors who might complain about disturbances, and you’re good to go.
3. The Kids Are Alright
Most people think of their cats as children, and it’s sometimes why they won’t have any kids. One duplex resident dedicated an entire room to six cats because she lives independently. She can also afford vet fees which makes things easier. Another childless couple also has six cats in a three-bedroom apartment and plans on remaining child-free to give their cats free reign.
Some claim raising six cats is more manageable, whereas six children seem like too much work. I once dreamt of my cat scolding me for buying too many books, and I have decided to stick with the cat instead of any kids, at least until he doesn’t speak.
4. Three’s a Crowd
One helpful cat parent asked us to reconsider getting more than two cats.
If, like this parent, you don’t have enough time and stamina to be attentive to your cats, it’s best to limit their numbers. Cats get jealous quickly, so even if you give them playtime and attention, they can interrupt each other. The owner faces tons of distractions and a little claw action for engagement.
And if anyone has shut doors on a cat, you know they’ll meow like tortured little banshees until you let them back in. Money and space are good, but time is also valuable.
5. The Perfect Haul
As a cat owner, I’m always anxious to return home and see if my baby is alright. Others feel the same way and worry about what they would do in an emergency.
So, they’ve made a rule for how many cats they can have; if you can quickly grab them in your arms and run, keep them. One person can carry two cats, which means it’s two cats per person in the same space.
Others with a contingency plan think you should invest in cat carriers or backpacks so that removing them from a dangerous situation is manageable. But, of course, whisking them out in a stroller is another option that could work well.
6. The Litter
Cat poop smells can be overwhelming, and if your cats spray all over the place, good luck surviving in the house. Even without the spraying, more cats mean more litter. Only get a few cats if your home is cramped because the smell will drive you up a wall. Most people try to get one litter box per cat and an extra, just in case. Or use a Litter Robot for both cats.
It would help to clean it as often as possible to avoid upset cats and a stinky home. Nobody likes an unflushed toilet.
7. Moving Plans
People move around for better job opportunities, to move closer to family, for work, education, and many other reasons. If you’re likely to be moving places, consider the logistics of taking a small army of cats with you. Finding rentals that can keep your cats while you move can be difficult. It’s even more challenging to move across cities or states.
If you’re driving them yourself, think about potentially murderous fluffballs planning your demise in the backseat while quibbling with one another.
Even three cats can rack up quite the bill, especially if they’re rescues. You could have to deal with injuries from other cats on the streets, parasites, ear mites, fleas, vaccinations, and the cost of neutering/spaying them. You will also need to dedicate time to go back and forth for multiple visits; if one cat gets sick, the others could follow.
You might also need to steal yourself against temper tantrums before and after vet visits. It’s like watching an upset cloud hissing at you.
9. Getting Along
Do you already have a few cats and are thinking of getting more? Most people raise multiple kittens together or adopt bonded pairs. Often, adding a third into the mix could disturb the balance. For instance, one cat owner remarks how stressful conditions in the house have become after adopting a third cat. Unfortunately, the older bonded pair don’t just ignore the new cat but can be hostile towards each other.
10. What’s Too Many?
The secret is owning as many cats as possible, but only if you can handle these needs. For example, buying cat food and litter, cleaning the space, vet visits and costs, and playtime are all factors you need to be clear on before adopting more than what you can cuddle. With so many homeless cats struggling outdoors, it’s a great idea to rescue however many you can.
Be prepared for tons of cat hair, stolen food, and lots more fun when you do!
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