Happy Thursday everyone and thank you all again for liking us on Facebook and for reading this blog. Special shout out to Nerissa from Nerissa’s Life blog for spreading the word about our Facebook page.Today is behavior day and instead of writing about a cat behavior, I am going to write about a human behavior that can be deadly to cats-Hoarding.
Snowball came from a hoarding situation where half of the cats had to be put down which is awful. Sadly, this is fairly common as you probably know from TV shows like Hoarders and from watching the news. Many people judge my husband and I for having so many cats, but I can assure you I am not a hoarder. I always attempt to explain that all our cats are indoors only, spayed/neutered and up-to-date on rabies shots. The house doesn’t smell because we constantly scoop the litter boxes and clean them. Unfortunately, most people tune me out once I say how many cats I have, nothing else matters. I do love the blogging community because many of you have several cats that you are able to love and provide for and understand the point I am trying to make.
Cat Fancy magazine just had an article in the July 2014 issue and I am pleased to say that I didn’t meet any of the 5 criteria 🙂 Some of thse include not getting vet care, dirty house, poor condition of the cats, etc. I do take this very seriously and started seeing a therapist about 4 years ago when the number hit 15. I know that we can financially handle all 15 and we are fortunate that most get along in the main part of the house with only a few needing special areas. The only thing I feel bad about is not being able to afford to get all the cats’ teeth cleaned yearly, we need to space that out.
If you suspect someone is a cat hoarder, are some helpful hints here: http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/confessions-animal-hoarding/lists/top-5-ways-help-hoarder.htm . Thanks for reading and I won’t even tell you to watch Marc Maron tonight. He rarely shows cats and the show is very crude.