People think I am nuts because I have so many cats. I have 10 inside/outside cats, and 15 ferals. My one neighbor on one side detests me because I am known for crawling under his porch (unannounced) and retreiving a litter of ferals, or chasing orphaned ducklings down to the creek in the hopes that an adult duck will find them and adopt them. My other neighbor says I am "weird" and she is tired of my one cat sleeping on her car. LOL
But my house is clean, it does not smell like an active litterbox, and my cats are healthy and happy. I cannot go into a room without having to move a cat from somewhere- and laundry day is always fun, because if I don't have akitty in the laundry basket, then I have one dug deep down inside a pile of clean clothes. They "help" me brush my teeth, take a shower, clean the kitchen, make the bed..They are a source of endless delight and all have their special quirks that endear themselves to our hearts. I cannot imagine a day without a cat in it, and when one leaves us, another finds us. I sum it up in this way: Cats live in the moment, and they are the greatest teachers of patience, the givers of smiles, the receptacles for tears. Their purrs are our nightime lullabies, and their paws are capable of capturing our sorrow and delight. Don't just have one cat, but have more than one and you will find a world of chaos and light, of frustrations and sorrow, but it is a world unlike any other in existence. Your life is richer, you smile bigger, you wallet smaller, but your rewards are greater."