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post #1 of 27
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I am very curious as to how many cats everyone here has? We currently have 2 adults and the 4 new kittens. We were planning on keeping one of the red boys and possibly the solid black female. However, we are now considering keeping both boys and the black female! That would mean 5 cats total. Is this crazy?

Those of you who have 5 cats or more...... are they permanent pets or fosters? I'm wondering if we can handle that many. We did at one time have 3 adult cats and it wasn't a problem. But 2 more? I just don't know.... What's crossing the line from cat lover to collector?

Here's some updated pics of the kittens...

The 2 boys we want to keep....


Miss Jasmine who we want to keep....


Little Jada who will be adopted out to our vet's nurse at 10 weeks old.
post #2 of 27
we live in a small house and have 4 cats (1 possibly preg. and none staying. LOL). But we also have 2 adult people, 3 kids, 2 dogs and 5 birds. LOL hubby is done with adding pets. heheee.
post #3 of 27
I currently have 5 adults and 10 kittens... now that is CRAZY 3 adults are mine and we were going to keep "little Buddy" pictured below

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Now that my cat Nina is pregnant, I don't think we will keep Buddy.
As long as you have plenty of litter boxes you should be fine, it's really up to you and what you can afford to take care of.
post #4 of 27
I think I missed something, what is the R.I.P. for Juby? Wasn't he a possible father of Jada's babies?
post #5 of 27
I live in a fairly large house with 3 indoor cats all about 6 years old. I am considering getting two more kittens but I think I may try to see if I can foster some litters if any of the local rescues need it instead. I really don't need any more pets, but thats not to say I wouldn't love more.
post #6 of 27
We have 1 momma cat and 4 kittens which we are keeping all of them. We also have 1 dog and 7 fish and 2 kids! I am also going to start a breeding business in a few months.
post #7 of 27
i have 3 cats all a year old and 2 babies almost 3 days old what i will be keeping too :P
post #8 of 27
9 indoor only permanent pet cats (husband came with his three, mom and I had 2 and we ended up with three kittens, then my stepdad moved and gave us his cat too)

One of my mom's cats was a feral we tried to TNR but she was too tame and sweet. The three kittens came about when we went to look at a neutered adult at a local shelter who didn't tell us he was cat aggresive till we got there- they had kittens and we took two home. One died shortly thereafter so we borrowed a kitten from a local rescue to keep the first kitten company and looked for a permanenet kitten buddy. We ended up keeping all three because we are saps and hadn't had kittens in our house in over 20 years ( mind you I am only 25!)

We have a 3.5 bedroom home, decent size I guess. I'm hoping to get the basement all cleaned up soon so the cats can have the run of that area too.

Also pregant feral cat in my outbuilding's office due to POP with kittens any day now.

I also have a horse but he doesn't live at my house (yet).
post #9 of 27
6 cats and a large dog.
If you have adequate space, especially vertical space, can spend time personally with your cats, and can financially handle it, go for it.

You are certainly no horder if you can emotionally and financially care for your pets.
post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 
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I think I missed something, what is the R.I.P. for Juby? Wasn't he a possible father of Jada's babies?
It's in this thread.... I can't bear to type it up again.
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=87254

Wow! It sounds like several people here have 5 or more cats or pets. We are currently renting a 2 bedroom spacious duplex. My husband and I have 3 girls 13, 10 and 4. We are all cat lovers so the cats get tons and tons of attention from each of us. They, in fact, are quite spoiled! We can afford to feed 5, that wouldn't be a problem. Would I still need 1 litter box per cat? That's 5 boxes! Right now we have 2. One in each bathroom. I'm not sure where else I would put more litter boxes. Where do you keep your litter boxes?
post #11 of 27
we currently have 2 adult cats, 7 kittens (all are going to homes when old enough except for one), then I also have 1 dog that stays indoors, 2 that come in at night, and 3 that are only outdoor. I am starting to breed dogs, thats why we have so many of them. LOL I want to keep 2 of the kittens but still have to beg the husband to let us keep one more. LOL
We wont be having anymore kittens after these. We are taking Sponge to get fixed as soon as we can. The one kitten we are keeping a little boy, he will be getting fixed as soon as he can so he doesnt go around the neighborhood. LOL

BTW both of our adult cats are indoor/outdoor cats.

I think if you can love all the pets and have the money to raise them then go for it.
post #12 of 27
You cross the line from lover to collector when you can no longer care financially or emotionally for your animals. That line could be at 2 or at 17.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant
You cross the line from lover to collector when you can no longer care financially or emotionally for your animals. That line could be at 2 or at 17.
Beautifully put...

I have one cat nearly 18 ( june) and a middle aged dog and a young cat and two fish tanks... Can I emotionally handle more yes, finacially possibley ( right now I am taking care of a small feral colony)/// But for right now I am trying to avoid stressing Kandie ( the older one ) and myself out so I am resisting the urge to get Zoey a buddy....
post #14 of 27
I have the one stray in the house, now our Holstein (still undecided on whether or not we're keeping her) and her six kittens. We are keeping two of her kittens, Odd and Stormy, and giving the other four homes. We are going to get our kittens and Holstein fixed. The people that are taking two of the other kittens have sworn to spay them as well.
I also am taking care of one feral outside and her four kittens. I'm still trying to locate traps for her to get her spayed. Soon the babies will be big enough to get fixed too, which I'll do. Hopefully I won't have more ferals show up.

All in all, we will probably have just the two kittens. I don't think I could handle much more with four young children.
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by Momof3Cats&Kids

Wow! It sounds like several people here have 5 or more cats or pets. We are currently renting a 2 bedroom spacious duplex. My husband and I have 3 girls 13, 10 and 4. We are all cat lovers so the cats get tons and tons of attention from each of us. They, in fact, are quite spoiled! We can afford to feed 5, that wouldn't be a problem. Would I still need 1 litter box per cat? That's 5 boxes! Right now we have 2. One in each bathroom. I'm not sure where else I would put more litter boxes. Where do you keep your litter boxes?
My concern is that you are renting. Will your landlord allow 5 cats? What if you have to move? It is much harder to rent with more than 2 cats.

I wanted 1 cat. Then we kept two, and they seemed to get along better when I had a third (foster) cat, so we kept another foster. Then I brought my outside cat in...so he is an inside/outside cat. (The rest are inside only). So I'm up to 4-ish in the house, plus one foster Mom. I don't like scooping litter for 5 cats. I have 2 litterboxes in one bathroom, one in the second bathroom. One in the "cat room", and yes, one in the front room.

Ideally you have one more litterbox than you have cats...one of mine is a large rubbermaid container, so it is as big as 2 regular boxes. And the one in the second bathroom is rarely used, so I think I'm safe.

Another thing to consider is the cost of vet care for so many animals. Also, what happens if someone just "has" to get rid of a kitty...if you don't keep all the cute kittens, you may have a space for another needy kitty someday.
post #16 of 27
We have 6 cats and 2 large dogs (a pit-bull and a husky) and 4 kittens(which we are not keeping) and I'm not even going to lie,having this many animals in the house calls for alot ot time and patience sometimes.We have 4 large litter pans of which have to be cleaned almost everyday.Every week we are buying 2-3 large bags of cat litter and every other week we are buying large bags of cat food,also vet bills can cost alot.Not only can it be challenging financially but this is going to have to be something you are ready to do for a long time.We're willing to do it for the simple fact that our cats are like our children we love them and would do anything for them.So think it over to make sure this many cats won't be overwhelming to you and your family.But if you think that you all can handle it,GO FOR IT!Because even at times it is stressfull for us,but I would never change a thing!
post #17 of 27
Thread Starter 
I am so thankful to everyone for all of the different replies and opinions. It's really helping me put my emotions aside and really consider how many of the kittens to keep. I have two possible homes for the other kittens that we may or may not keep. It's such a hard decision right now I guess as to which one we want to keep and nobody can agree on which is why I've considered just keeping all 3.

We still have about 5-6 weeks to make a decision so I'll let you all know what we decide to do.
post #18 of 27
We have 3 adults, Bonnie, who is about 8, Sissy and Buddy are around 2 and the 3 kids, Scamper, Stinker and Princess, are 9 months. All are spayed and neutered except one of the kids, Stinker, who is getting spayed in a few weeks.
post #19 of 27
I have 6 adult cats,Giles,Stash,Isabelle,Momma,Romeo,and Fez. I have 7 4 week old kittens, and then i have 5 dogs, lab mix,border collie mix,pit mix,labradoodle,and a golden mix.

Everyone gets a long very well with the exception of Romeo. They all sleep together and play together. Its very entertaining over here.
post #20 of 27
I have 8 and I might keep 4 of the kittens in 12 weeks I will be down to
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by Momof3Cats&Kids
We can afford to feed 5, that wouldn't be a problem. Would I still need 1 litter box per cat? That's 5 boxes! Right now we have 2. One in each bathroom. I'm not sure where else I would put more litter boxes. Where do you keep your litter boxes?
It's not just feeding you have to think of, it's the vet bills. I have a large 2 yr old dog & 7 cats, two 2 year olds and five 1 year olds so they will all be senior cats/dog at the same time. We have planned for this.

As for litter boxes, I have 10. 6 in the cat room and 2 in each bathroom.
post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 
See, I wish we had a "cat room". It would make a world of difference around here. The more I'm thinking about it the more I'm thinking of only keeping the one boy as we'd originally planned. It's going to be so hard for me to give up the little black female we named Jasmine. She's so smart and active like Jada was as a kitten.

We are planning on buying a home in the next year and perhaps at that time I'll have room and can rescue a couple more from the humane society here in town.
post #23 of 27
3 adult cats Lovecat Jr., Bonnie and unnamed. So far 6 kittens that I can see but I'm guessing there are about 4 more. We will prolly keep one of the kittens.
post #24 of 27
22 cats here..had 16 then took in a pregnant mom who was to far along to spay...she had 5 babies. After her spoay she'll be going back outside(not adjusting to the other cats). Miss Jasmine has got one cute face! RJ
post #25 of 27
You must live in the country lol.
post #26 of 27
actually no...wish I did tho. 16 are fixed, just waiting to fix the new ones.. I live in a 3 bed with a walk up attic and basement so theres enough room. all are inside excedpt two I take out(the rest could care less about going out) sometimes it gets to be nuts here..Like 15 cats chasing a moth in house is funny as heck!!!RJ
post #27 of 27
Right now we have 2 indoor cats and 2 outside (one of our 3 outside cats got adopted a week ago cause we are moving).

In the past I never had more then 6 adult cats in the house. I've had as many as 12 as one cat had a litter of 6 kittens (most I've ever had). I never count kittens in the house as 99% of them are spoken for as purebred cats when I was breeding my rexes.
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