When I was a kid, we had five cats (and two dogs). I’d often tell my friends about our various pets and sometimes encounter a confused look or hear, “My mother would never allow us to have that many pets!”
I was fully convinced that my friends and neighbors must have thought that our home was a condemned hoarder house, or a place where cats slept and peed on our clothes. Well, they did sleep on them from time to time, and my lint brush was a must-have accessory for my Catholic school uniform, but our home was clean and our cats were thriving.
Since then, I have met fellow cat lovers who have confessed that they have three cats, like it was a deep dark secret.
“So do I”, I usually say….. “and two dogs, too.”
It turns out that I don’t have too many cats, and I didn’t even have too many back when we had five, either, according to Marty Becker, over at VetStreet.
“There are some people who don’t take good care of a single pet, while there are other people who can take great care of five or 10 or more,” says Dr. Becker. While he admits that it will not work for most pet owners, he says it absolutely work for some.
How do you know if it’s working for you?
Ask yourself these questions:
Are you happy?
Are you taking care of yourself?
Are your cats happy?
Are you taking care of them?
Is your house in reasonably good shape, and are you able to keep it clean and healthy?
Are you able to pay for your needs and your cats’ needs, and have a reserve for a rainy day?
Are you able to keep the cats from being a nuisance or a hazard?
Are they altered to prevent unplanned litters?
As for being a “cat lady’… if you and your cats are happy, I say, labels be damned!
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