I love cats, and I will always love cats. But having too many of them can be dangerous to your health, and the health of your cats. While the likelihood that you will reach hoarder levels is rather low, even a few too many cats can cause health risks for your cats.
The number of cats you have should be proportional to the amount you can take care of. More space, having enough litter boxes and food and having people who can care for all of them means you can have more cats. But if you know that you will have difficulty affording large amounts of cat food, or have difficulty cleaning the litter, you may want to stick with one or two cats.
For example, a family who can afford plenty of cat food, have a large amount of space for the cats to roam around, and lots of litter boxes that get cleaned frequently, there is the potential to support five or six cats. On the other hand, an elderly woman in a small apartment who was to wait for a weekly visit from an aid or relative to clean the litter box will be happier and healthier with one or two cats.
One of the risks of having too many cats is you could miss if one of your cats get sick. If you have ten or more cats, it can be harder to tell which of your cats is sick from just watching their litter boxes. Also, the more cats you have, the easier it will be for illness to spread between them.
According to PETMD, it more extreme cases involving pet hoarding, in 69% percent of hoarding cases, animal urine and feces was found accumulated in living areas. More than one in four (> 25%) of hoarders’ beds are soiled with animal feces. 80% of reported cases had dead or sick animals present in the house and 60% of hoarders didn’t acknowledge that they had dead or sick animals in the house.
While that is more extreme cases, having more cats than you can support will present the same health challenges to you and your feline companions. How many cats do you think is too many? Let us know down below. As always, I love hearing from you!