Question: How many cats does it take to make a person a Cat Lady?

Answer: Two too many.

In my case, it’s these two:

bad cats

I was hanging in there with 11 cats, living a reasonably normal life (that is, undetected as a certifiable “Cat Lady”), keeping my two warring factions of indoor cats apart (Belle and Coco can’t stand it that they aren’t the only cats in the house so they live Upstairs separate from the Downstairs cats — I said I had a “reasonably” normal life)…until these two showed up.

Panda there, on the bottom, was a fat little kitten when she appeared two years ago, mewing under the dining room window. We brought her in and discovered that she loves to play fetch with toy mousies.

Cindy Lu, on top, was the saddest little thing I ever saw: 4 months old and weighing only one and a half pounds, she was starving, filthy, sick, cold,  frightened, and alone when she showed up on our doorstep last January, probably days away from death.  She was a very sick little kitty, and we gave up our trip to New Orleans to pay for her hospital bills — she had an extremely rare lung infection that took months to cure.

I named her Cindy Lu the littlest Who in Whoville because the vet said she was probably going to be a very small cat, her growth stunted because of her health problems; but she is a tubby ten-pounder these days and very bossy (not at all like the Who’s in Dr. Suess after all).  It’s that charming butinsky attitude of hers that kept her alive when she was nothing but skin and bones.

And then we got cat # 14:


We call her “The Tipping Point”.  Panda and Cindy Lu call her “the one whose life we have to make miserable”.

You should see the way I live, keeping Penelope (above) out of the reach of the two brats who now rule over the household.  Even I know it’s gone way past normal.  I am undeniably, reality-TV-ily, quintessentially a Cat Lady.


8 Comments, RSS

  1. admin September 17, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

    Well, Vivian, yes you do qualify.

    I have heard of one crazier situation, actually.

    How about 35 Siberian Huskies in one household – who spend most of their time inside (it is big house) and who are really well behaved?

    These folks started with just 2, but they took in the rest from the Katrina catastrophe – and have kept them all.

    God bless them – and you – for your animal love. I have it too – 3 Siberian Husky rescues, and two cats – one who showed up at my door and one who showed up at a friend’s door who knows I am a sap. That little one was only 3 weeks old and had lost her mom and litter to coyotes. Who could say no? My latest Husky was dumped off on the highway. Who could say no?

    But I think my Dear Husband could now. He is at saturation point being pulled around the neighborhood like a sled by three Huskies – and afraid I might be inclined to go for 35!.


  2. Shelley September 17, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

    I would have 12 or 13 myself, if we had the space for it. Of course my husband would probably have me committed, so there’s that little problem too.

    As it is, we have only 2, but they believe the house is theirs, and we are their devoted slaves!

    One of my favorite memories is of the couple of months when we had 3 cats, and 7 kittens. I could not get anything done, because those babies were just too cute and just had to be played with constantly!

  3. Shelley September 17, 2009 @ 1:08 pm

    PS – forgot to say that Panda and Cindy Lu Who are absolutely beautiful. I LOVE black kitties!

  4. Sandy in Guilford CT September 17, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

    I had 4 cats, three dogs and one horse at my most insane, I have to say your cats are Very Lucky!!!

  5. Suzanne B September 17, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

    OMIGOSH………haha………you keep me laughing!

    The most cats I’ve had at once has been 4 – you have my admiration for navigating them all.

    Such wonderful creatures they are.

    We have 2 dogs too, small ones. Chihuahuas, tiny – sure, attitude – yeah that too. One is a puppy, the other is now 3. The older one has finally figured out the puppy is not leaving, so she is becoming accepting and at the same time, going though a second puppy hood herself. It’s cute to see.

    The cats – we have 2. Same age, raised from kittens. One is like a piece of furniture, cozy, stays in one place – what he cares about most is how close his next meal is. The other one should have been born a panther. He’s quite the hunter – so playful and always wanting to be petted and loved upon. Right now as I am typing he is attempting to play with the puppy. I hope it’s play – not predator and prey. Must watch carefully. 🙂

  6. Maryann September 18, 2009 @ 9:45 am

    Hysterical!!! Animals are such FUN!!!!

    Also, sooooo glad you answered that age-old question! I will pass it on to my daughter, who needs to hear it now, before she has two too many cats. 🙂


  7. Rachel September 20, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

    Many years ago, when we lived in a big old house with a yard in Pennsylvania we topped out at five cats, if you dont count the kittens. And I got out of the kitten business because I realized that *free kittens to good home* did not come with any guarantees about how good the home really was. Anyhoo, three of the cats always slept on me, Lolita slept on my head or neck because she knew if the other cats bothered her there they would get swatted. CC liked the knee area and Black Cat always slept at/on my feet. Mother usually slept elsewhere until the night she had eight kittens in my armpit. I am currently living a cat-free life, since I really cant provide. But I admire your endurance.

  8. Timaree (freebird) September 22, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

    I have my four dogs and one cat in the house and two goats outside. My husband won’t let me have any more. Oh, I also have a canary. I paid for a male but since he’s never more than chirped, I think he’s a she.

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