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First off: WOW!! I wouldn't, for the life of me, think a forum for felines would be so popular. Thank the Gods that it is.

I have many questions and concerns I need to ask and get opinions on, but for this first introductory post... i will keep it at that.

My name is Victor, I am 32, live in Naples, Florida on a 5 acre lot with my parents, 2 dogs (one of which is a new mother of 7 puppies), a peacock, 4 Iguanas and 31 cats. I previously worked for Siemens Building Technologies in Phoenix, Arizona as a Fire Alarm Technician, and then came back home to help my parents after Hurricane Wilma.

No, that wasn't a typo; 31 cats. (No wonder I'm still single)

I know, sad huh? Wasn't always like this, we used to have about 50. :/ Living so far out in rural areas its easy for animals to get lost, funny thing is they usually end up coming to live with us. Our cats are spayed or neutered or soon to be. No, its not a dependency issue, we love all our animals equally and feed them just as well as us, if not better. The ASPCA would call it cruelty, but I believe it better they be here than dead on the side of a road somewhere or starving for food. We do pretty well for ourselves in a lawn and landscape maintenance business and don't mind spending the funds on the animals, but things do get tight now and then so we have to cut corners where we can... which has brought me to this site.

Our cats live indoors ...for a very specific reason: We have a POS A**hole neighbor who seems to enjoy clubbing them on the head or poisoning and killing them. We know this because we caught him sneaking up on one of our cats with a 1" dowel rod about 3 feet long in his hand and one day prior we had one of our cats come in crying and proceeded to curl up under my dads arm and die; later finding out it died from major cranial fractures and swelling on the brain. We've also had 3 cats come in seriously dehydrated and dying shortly afterwards...rat poison. Cant do anything about it since they are on his property. *shrug* So, they stay inside. If we could afford the $30,000.00 to put in the 8ft chain-link fence around the property, our troubles would be solved. Soon though.

The reason this has brought me to this site is because I was looking for wholesale/bulk cat litter and cat food, and not the cheap stuff. We feed our cats 2x a day a mix of Purina One dry cat food and 4 cans of Friskies 5.5oz canned cat food (not the cut/sliced/chunked stuff, it is like rubber), its affordable and obtainable from the local grocers but not always for a reasonable price. We also keep Purina One in 2 bowls for them to eat all day long. Our cats are happy, extremely energetic, personable and VERY healthy. We also have 2 12"wx36"Lx8"H plastic litter boxes 1/2 full of Tidy Cats Antimicrobial formula litter that are sifted once a day to every other day. It is a chore maintaining all the animals, but they are better off for it and we are rewarded by the pure pleasure of watching these cats play with one another all day long.

Anyway, there is my story.

I am looking forward to learning more and hopefully picking up tips on making my cats lives better.

post #2 of 15
I have a lot of cats as well. For cat litter, I don't use it. I use instead Stall Dry for horses. I like it a lot, it absorbs the urine smell and is great when you deal with over a dozen cats and umpty dozen litter pans.

If you scrimp on food for them, you end up paying more in the long run as far as vet bills. Many foods you buy in the grocery store are heavy into dyes that are unhealthy for the cats. I stay with Royal Canin for my kitten rescues and then as they grow they get put on Purina Indoor. My barn cats have a feeder made out of a 33 gallon trashcan and a large wooden tray. I cut a hole near the bottom of the can, put the wooden tray underneath, fill the can with dry food, put the lid on tightly and let it go. When the food runs out, or gets stuck, all the cat has to do is reach his paw inside the hole and dislodge the kibble.
post #3 of 15
Welcome to TCS!
That is wonderful Victor!!, You and your family are so good to take care of all of those kitties (and other creatures!!)

Look forward to hearing all about them!
post #4 of 15
Hi Victor welcome to the site.
post #5 of 15
Welcome to TCS!!!
post #6 of 15
Hi there Victor we're so happy to welcome you and your gang of furbabies to TCS. I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay with us - we're one great big family and you'll find loads of friends here. If I can help at all while you're finding your way around TCS just click on my username and send me a Personal Message - I'll do what I can to answer your questions

It's wonderful that you are there to care for these poor kitties
post #7 of 15
Hi and Welcome to TCS!!!

See you on the forums!!!
post #8 of 15
We're so glad you decided to share your experiences with us and thank you for saving all those kitties!

"Dry Stall"? ...we are sooo looking into that.
Our largest expense is litter and our cats are indoor as well, so we know what's involved there. We have four large cat boxes for 37 cats that are cleaned three times a day. It works for us but we are always open to new ideas and more than happy to share ours.

We have acess to a local butcher and cut expenses by making home made snacks and AAFCO store brand dry in large quantities. We do that for the dogs as well, we only have two (rottie and collie).

Welcome from WV!
post #9 of 15
hi victor welcome to you and all your er er hum mmmm family?

good on you for caring for so many

hope to see you around on the forums,sorry cant give you advice on food distributors

but i think your neighbour needs some negative vibes so will send some to him
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post #10 of 15
Hello and Welcome!!

Hope to see you around!
post #11 of 15
Welcome to The Cat Site Victor

What an awful neighbor you have, and how lucky your kitties are that you take such good care of them.

I don't have any advice for you, but we are glad you are here and I'm sure there are others that can answer your questions.

post #12 of 15
Wellcome, welcome and once more wellcome!!! What a great and big family you have
post #13 of 15
Welcome to The Cat Site, Victor. You must have angel wings. What a family you have. You can learn a lot here. Have fun on the forums.
post #14 of 15
WOW!!! what a wonderful person you are (and your parents) - I am totally amazed at this! Bless you for all that you do for these precious animals.
I am disgusted to hear about your neighbour - it makes me so mad to think that there are actually people out there that do this kind of thing. I cant type what I would do to them in here as it would get edited

thankyou for the wonderful introduction and I hope you stick around with us - would love to hear more about your whole kitty family oh and pictures? although pictures of 31 cats would take a while wouldnt it

Welcome to TCS

Please send me or another mentor a message if you need any help at all in the forums.

welcome again from me and my boys
post #15 of 15
Yes TCS is very big!

This place is great, everyone's so friendly and helpful, I absolutely lovvvve it here, and I'm sure you will too!

What a great big furry family you have, wow!!!!!!!! That must be a lot of work, bless your heart. Those cats are very lucky.

Welcome to The Cat Site!

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