Blossom, I would have to say what happened to your aunt may be an exception to the rule. I read you post and it is a sad story indeed. But, most of these people who are collectors do have problems, but they are not crazy. Your aunt seemed like she truly loved all her cats and was able to provide a good home for them. But from what I have read and seen, not just on this site, a true collector is most always a person that lives alone, female and has so many cats, that they can not provide good quality care for them. Most of the cats are sick, not spayed or neutered and inbreeding. When the "authorities" come into these homes, they find dead cats, sometimes the dead are put in freezers or just left lying around, the home is filled with urine and feces and most of the time, there is not enough food or water for them. The home usually smells so bad, that you can not even breathe. No, these people are not crazy, like I said, they live alone, are lonely and really feel they are helping these poor cats. But are they really? The answer is no, not when you have cats dieing in the home they live in, because the conditions are horrible. Should someone call the authorities? I say yes!! Not only do the cats need help, but so does the person living there. Letting these poor cats continue to breed in the home and die horrible deaths is by no means providing good care. I don't really believe your aunt was a "true" collector. A lot of these collectors have cats numbering into the 100's, you can not provide care for that many by yourself. She had a family and just loved her cats. I think if she could have called a lawer, she may have been able to get some of her cats back, as long as the cats were provided the good care they needed. No one would take any of my cats from me without a fight, but I have only 8. Yes, I know all about the busybodies, I deal with them every day at my job, because I work for the so called "authorities". But, sometimes when you see things, you just cant turn a blind eye. For the sake of the animals and the person, sometimes you have to call. Unfortunately, for your aunt, it seems like she had a neighbor that did not like her or her cats. Those are the people that need to mind their own business. But when you live near someone and you can smell the odor coming from the home, you know there is something wrong. That is when you need to do the right thing and make a call. This is another good reason to keep your cats inside, in case you live next to one of these busybody neighbors or one that does not like cats. People will do things just out of spite.