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post #31 of 52
We have 4 young cats and sadly this is probably our limit. People are always suprised to learn that we have four cats..they don't know that it was our plan to have one, but that she was pregnant when we got her. I would have LOVED to slowly add more to our family by adopting from our shelter..but also I don't regret the kittens because they are family now.
Our cats are:
Baby-The momma cat, she is 2 1/2 years old, but looks younger than her offspring. Her legs are very short and she is quite compact.
Bear-5 months, a big boy
Bean-5 months, he is quite a bit smaller, don't know why..
Tumbler-5 months old, she is a great cat.
post #32 of 52
My limit is 3. For now we have Pudge and Typhus, and will be adding another cat in a few months.
post #33 of 52
We have 9 in the house right now: 5 of our own, and 4 fosters. The funny thing is, I used to think when I had 3, that any more would be too many. Then my husband found 2 more at work last year. It worked out o.k.. I kept saying, "No more; I'm tripping over the ones we have now!". Then we decided to foster strays...I guess what it boils down to is how many you can properly care for and house (and afford to pay medical bills for). This is what concerns me when you hear of people that have dozens of cats--the cats often are not being properly cared for. If I had a larger house/farm/etc.,and didn't have to work full-time, I'd probably have more (they'd all be hardship casesor fosters). Also, if you have more than a couple, and you live alone (or have a significant other/roommate who doesn't like cats), and get sick, who will take care of them each day while you're incapacitated? One or two you probably can manage to stagger out of bed to care for (I found this out when I had a bad case of flu this year, and lived on the sofa for a week and a half--and hubby was working long hours). In other words, acquiring more and more pets may seem easy at first, but one needs to consider all of the long-term potential problems. Also consider the dwelling you live in. Do you really want a litter box in every room? More food dishes to fill and wash, more litter boxes to keep clean...

I think, in my case, no more than 12 would work. As we don't have kids, I think we're o.k. with a lot of cats, but I do spend a lot of time cleaning because of them, and there's a lot of accidental tail-trodding-on going on! Turning my garage into a kitty bathroom helps, though--they hang out there. (We installed a cat door in the door that leads into the garage, and put the litter boxes out there--we keep our cars in the driveway.)
post #34 of 52
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Originally Posted by Oscarsmommy View Post
I think as many as you can handle-both financially and physically-is fine with me Think of Katie and all her wonderful FLV kitties! And she has 13!
uh, make that 14 got an e-mail Friday about a 6 month old calico that tested postive... of course I can't say no

Oh, my personal limit? 9, but, yeah, passed that one a couple months ago
post #35 of 52
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Originally Posted by Pami View Post
I have 5 cats and would love to add another one in the near future. As soon as I help Tino and Ducky work out their new found hate for each other I wouldnt mind having 10 cats total. But my cats are Mother and her children and Ive always been concerned how they would accept a "new" member to the family, especially since Easy doesnt seem to like cats, period. But we will see how it goes, if Im able to add another one successfully, I will just go from there.
Same problem here. I have the space for more cats, could afford 2 more cats, but until Ophelia & Lily work out that hatred for each other, it ain't gonna happen. I've got my eye on a 10+ y/o white boy w/ blue eyes who is deaf.....and there's a blind 3 legged cat my brother found for me in Chicago...

I guess I think that in the future, my limit of kitties will be lower as they are all going to be special needs and/or senior kitties. Those are the ones that need homes most, & I love my 3 special needs babies more than life itself...(I love the "normal" ones, too, but the special ones are so....you know).
post #36 of 52
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Same problem here. I have the space for more cats, could afford 2 more cats, but until Ophelia & Lily work out that hatred for each other, it ain't gonna happen. I've got my eye on a 10+ y/o white boy w/ blue eyes who is deaf.....and there's a blind 3 legged cat my brother found for me in Chicago...

I guess I think that in the future, my limit of kitties will be lower as they are all going to be special needs and/or senior kitties. Those are the ones that need homes most, & I love my 3 special needs babies more than life itself...(I love the "normal" ones, too, but the special ones are so....you know).
I do know!!! It takes a special person to love a special needs cat
post #37 of 52
I had to put 12 + because that is the only thinkable option for me.

I currently have 3 adult cats:

Mittens age 2
Misty age 1
Casper age 2 (well in Nov)

and 11 kittens, so 14 total. I can never say no to a needy queen who has no where else to go.
post #38 of 52
I have 3, and could financially and time-wise care for 4, max, according to my budget.

As far as space goes, most would argue that my limit was one, but these guys do fine. I live in a 425 sq. ft studio. But, really, they do fine. They're active, they have multiple cat trees to climb on, the have lots of love and toys. That's sort of why I always wonder about people who say they need a while house to have 2 or more....nahhhhhhh. Most cats can do fine with little space as long as vertical space is also used.

Ok, that's my little rant
post #39 of 52
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I live in a 5 bedroom double wide....it's a 58X28,we have 4 skin kids and DH and I.So, with the 4 kits and Blaze,we really are at our limit for space also.
I just get to thinking about what if's and all that.Like what if there is a an emergency and I have to go to Michigan and board 5 cats.That kind of thing.Also,with Nikki going through the ring worm thing,what if all of mine got that and so did my skin kids.That would be HORRIBLE for us finacially.DH makes REALLY good money,but still there is a limit to what we can afford.
post #40 of 52
I have 8 That's what you get for trying to rescue some kittys from a busy shopping center parking lot, I used to have 2 Kept 6 momma 5 babie gilrs found homes for 2 then couldn't give the others up, and I had 2 more ...I'm so done.. I don't go close to parking lots when its dark I have plenty of room 2300 sq ft 2 story home, But plenty more brains now to
post #41 of 52
I have seven. That is pushing the limits for the size of my house. Also most of my cats are set in their ways at ages 8 & 9 (Fluffy is the baby at age 4) and would have real problems accepting another cat. Poor Stumpy has problems with the ones I have now. She's my anti-social girl. That would be the major issue in any decision to take in another cat. Financially, I can afford more and the additional work of litter boxes and feeding would not be a problem.
post #42 of 52
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Originally Posted by rapunzel47 View Post
I wouldn't ever want to put an absolute number on this. We have three and it's a comfortable number for us. I would consider more, in the right circumstances, but what are those circumstances? I don't know. Cross that bridge when we get there.
my current limit is 4, but that's because there's no more places to put litterboxes. if i ever move to a bigger house, i could get more cats, because i'd have more litterbox room. so IMO - too many is when you can't afford to keep them fed & cared for [clean boxes, vetted, etc.] as long as you can do that, there's no such thing as too many!
post #43 of 52
My inside limit is 4, but outsiders.....well that is whoever shows up.
post #44 of 52
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Originally Posted by crittermom View Post
I live in a 5 bedroom double wide....it's a 58X28,we have 4 skin kids and DH and I.So, with the 4 kits and Blaze,we really are at our limit for space also.
I just get to thinking about what if's and all that.Like what if there is a an emergency and I have to go to Michigan and board 5 cats.That kind of thing.Also,with Nikki going through the ring worm thing,what if all of mine got that and so did my skin kids.That would be HORRIBLE for us finacially.DH makes REALLY good money,but still there is a limit to what we can afford.

Yup, I agree with you Tammy. I am definitely fortunate that I cought the ringworm right away and was quick to seperate myself from my other furbabies. And thank goodness, Colin didn't mind me "quarentining" myself and Kenzie at his house since Colin and Fosters already had it before we realized it. It's bad enough treating two people and two animals (especially since my immune system is down at the moment)....but I can't imagine how much $$$ it would cost to treat my 4 kitties, wolf mix, and rabbit at my house, and my mom- so thank goodness, I have somewhere to go now that I have ringworm to help prevent my other furbabies from getting it...but many people do not have that option if they need to seperate themselves from their furbabies or children so that they do not get it or anything similar. Thankfully, i think i'm FINALLY healing up...but I still am not going to my house much or to the animal shelters I volunteer with at all (could you imagine treating several entire shelters for ringworm ...)....So I definitely can't imagine what you would do if your four children, you and your hubby, and all of your furbabies got it- that is definitely something to think about You're right on that note
post #45 of 52
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So I definitely can't imagine what you would do if your four children, you and your hubby, and all of your furbabies got it- that is definitely something to think about You're right on that note
Yep!!! That would be too much.
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but outsiders.....well that is whoever shows up.
We will keep any that show up outside, until we can find homes for them.
post #46 of 52
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Yup, I agree with you Tammy. I am definitely fortunate that I cought the ringworm right away and was quick to seperate myself from my other furbabies. And thank goodness, Colin didn't mind me "quarentining" myself and Kenzie at his house since Colin and Fosters already had it before we realized it. It's bad enough treating two people and two animals (especially since my immune system is down at the moment)....but I can't imagine how much $$$ it would cost to treat my 4 kitties, wolf mix, and rabbit at my house, and my mom- so thank goodness, I have somewhere to go now that I have ringworm to help prevent my other furbabies from getting it...but many people do not have that option if they need to seperate themselves from their furbabies or children so that they do not get it or anything similar. Thankfully, i think i'm FINALLY healing up...but I still am not going to my house much or to the animal shelters I volunteer with at all (could you imagine treating several entire shelters for ringworm ...)....So I definitely can't imagine what you would do if your four children, you and your hubby, and all of your furbabies got it- that is definitely something to think about You're right on that note
It actually only costs $60 to treat 5 cats with Conofite cream & Fulvicin liquid & the dogs get treated with COnofite cream only, so that's only $15...plus, you need to do anti-fungal baths & thats $40.....I didn't treat anyone but my lil sis, so that was only like $10(Lamisil).
post #47 of 52
I have 9 cats. I will soon be adding one in late November which will bring me to 10. I see my vet once or twice every month for scheduled vet visits for shots and checkups. My vet just loves me.. in more ways than one. So unless we add a few months into the year I'm going to have to stop.

I didn't vote because it depends on the person and the situation they are in. My situation allows me to have 10. I have the space, time, and money to have 10. We also have the water dragon, iguana and three dogs. Yes, my family jokes that I should open my very own petting zoo but they will
also be the first to say that my cats are so spoiled and that I treat them better than my 3 boys!
post #48 of 52
LOL! Sounds like my life!

Best of luck!

MargeCat
post #49 of 52
We have three right now and are thinking about adding a forth.
I think that's going to be our limit for now...four cats , four kids and a husband are about all my nerves can handle right now.

BUT, if a little furball showed up on my doorstep I'd never be able to turn it away...I'd just have to go to the Dr. and get some nerve pills
post #50 of 52
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
It actually only costs $60 to treat 5 cats with Conofite cream & Fulvicin liquid & the dogs get treated with COnofite cream only, so that's only $15...plus, you need to do anti-fungal baths & thats $40.....I didn't treat anyone but my lil sis, so that was only like $10(Lamisil).
The price for Conofite varies on the amount you purchase and the amount of animals you're treating as well as their size and the size of the ringworm patches. However, If i didn't get my conofite for free (the one perk that comes along with volunteering is some medication for free)....I would currently be paying to treat......all four of my cats, 6 foster kittens, two dogs, and a rabbit- which cannot use conofite - the treatment for rabbits is much more expensive. Not to mention, my mom recently had major surgery, so any risk of infection from ringworm could greatly compromise her health (another reason i'm at Colins)So far i'm out over $180 between shampoos ($16 per bottle/ I bought two), vet visits for my own animals and not the fosters, and other medications, because the conofite didn't work for everyone. That doesn't begin to cover what it's cost me recently when Colin and I got ringworm. The Mentax is $35 (with insurance) every time I refill it- i've refilled it 4 times. Also, i've had to shell out $$$ for 2 dermatologist visits. Since the Mentax didn't work, they put me on an oral medication which was $50 (on my insurance) ....that gave me an allergic reaction and thrush in my mouth So I had to spend another $10 for presciption mouth rinse to get rid of the thrush. (it works awesome!! it's all gone now ) ---so yeah, It's definitely costed me a fortune lately to treat ringworm. Money I don't have since i'm looking for a 2nd job just to make ends meet. So ringworm is definitely not cheap to trat
post #51 of 52
Thread Starter 
Can you imagine treating 4 skin kids,5 cats/kits,1 pup,2 adults?No thanks!!! I'd cry.Plus Shawn works with a TON of men and they shower together.............so they would most likely get it and pass it back and forth.The kids would spred it in school and then just keep passing it back and forth also.
post #52 of 52
We are at our limit, we have 5. And that's all we're allowed to have in an apartment haha. And that is definitly enough for us hehe.

Oscar- 1 1/2
Misty- 1 (that's a guess, she was found so we're not exactly sure how old she is)
Tiggy, Lex and Patches - 7 weeks
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