At this time we have 19 in house. We lost lily yesterday. 5 are fosters of htse 1 is feral that we are trying to socilize. The CREW goes from a tri-pod (Demetri), Deaf (Precious), blind (Dobe), big (Maincoon 26 lb) to small at 4.1 lb
During a transport we have had up 35 in house for a week.
I would not consider that we are horders at all.
At the heyday of the Found Cat Hotel there were 13 Cats,
Then old age claimed Bo Bo , Moose the MagnfiCat , Precious and Sam, Pouncer and Mr Scrappy.
And the Cats I got from a breeder had flaws and Rocca, John Hancock and BJ all passed on around 10.
That makes me worried about Miquelito and Pouncierge who are hitting 5 I believe , she has never set the papers she claims she has.
I love my 8 Found Cats and travel all over the City to get the best deals on Cat Food!!:love::love:
I am on limited funds but My Ctas eat as well as I can afford.:love::love:
:) I am so with you on the numbers.. Thank you Carole for your positive input as well.. I as well as Gill's household have = Deaf, Blind, Tripods, One Eyed, Deformed Limb & CH (brain disorder) & Cattitude Babies in my Loving Household.. My door is always open to Special Needs Babies.. I call them God's Gifted Wittle Angels.. I so Love them All..
Originally Posted by Purr-tender
The Dunn gang consists of 14 cats (all indoor), all rescues or mom's failed attempts at fostering. In addition we have 4 dogs (indoor at night and most of the day) and 2 cockateils. I also do feral colony cat care and have about 30 that I care for doing that. This was the first year I didn't have kittens as I managed to spay/neuter all of them last year. It does get expensive, but well worth every penny we spend. We just lost our lab after a battle with necrosis from an injury. That bill as $1400 and that was with my vet of 25 years giving us a discount. I wouldn't have it any other way. I just wished I lived in the country and I would have more.
Carole, I also think you are absolutely right on the difference between a hoarder and a family with multiple pets. Thank you for expressing it so well.
Originally Posted by carole
And it is deeply moving and heartwarming to me to see how many wonderful families-with-multiple-pets we have right here on Pet Talk!
I have 3 dogs and 1 cat Of my own. My Room mate has 3 dogs 2 cats. So we have a total of 9 here. Lol We are in a 2bedroom Apt.
I have always had a Cat since I was a child..so not having one was not a option. It took me pver 3 weeks of daily Shelter visits all over the area to find the purrfect one.
The 3 dogs I have now.. are all Rescues. My Oldest is a 10yr old Pitbull. He came from a ad in the paper..and my curiosity in the breed. I went to "Just look" And came home with him 9 yrs ago! He is my Heart and soul!
My next 2 are both 5 yrs old. But Falise I have had since she was 5 mo old. She was handed to me on the street in a bad area of town. Long story.. that if ure interested in.. I can tell ya. Lol She is a Freak,and we call her a "Pill head". The first year we had her.. she was hospitalized 3 times due to finding prescription meds in the house..and eating them.. :-/ But she has some serious Separation anxiety from me. And is Super protective of me.
And my most recent is Jade. She is a Blue/white Pit. And a female version of my 10yr old, Tyson. We adore her. She is also a big deal for me! I couldn't live without her. She was a "Foster" through a rescue grp. I have had her over a yr now. She has on going medical problems due to neglect. And she would be very difficult to adopt out and trust she would be cared for. So we kept her. Not that we mind! :)
My Roomie has 3 Chi's and her 2 cats.
And All the dogs get along beautifully! And Cats! lol
As long as all the animals are happy an being taken cared of i dont count it as hording. hording animals to me is when someone can no longer take care of the animals they have but yet dont seek out help to take care of them,, an stil keep getting more animals. thats hording in my book.
when i was growing up we had 12dogs at our place. not all of them were ours,, some were friends dogs we were looking after while they were in college. that was fun an a bit of a challenge at the sametime. kudos to those who take care that many animals an more. it really is rewarding to do so if you can
You have too many pets if you can't feed them quality food, give them vet care, and keep them in a sanitary environment. Also, if you are putting them in jepardy by having more than the law allows, you have too many pets.
I think most of my family used to think I was a rat/mouse hoarder. Anytime I'd get a call about a rodent being abandoned, home it came. However, they were quarentined, kept in cages of the proper size or larger for their numbers, cleaned daily, and I constantly researched better foods. Now I don't have any rodents though. I think if I were a hoarder I would still be taking them in.