I’d be interested in people’s thoughts as to why some people like to keep lots of cats. I am not talking about the cat hoarder, which is something completely different, I think.
I am talking about people who keep say 15 cats but keep them well and sensibly. The cats are well looked after and the person is content and organized.
What makes this person tick? Most people find keeping one or two cats enough. There is, after all, the cost and responsibility that goes with keeping a large number of cats.
Personally I would be a bit stressed out by the responsibility. Are they all healthy? Do I need to take him to the vet? What is the best cat food for Fred? And will Samantha eat that cat food? Will Fred get on with Samantha? How can I get her to sleep over there? I’ve gotta get another cat litter box because she hates that one….
There would seem to a lot of organizing and thinking to do. It is work. So where is the pleasure?
There is one person who will leave a comment, Elisa as she keeps about 15 cats (at the last count). But Elisa runs a mini cat rescue organization part-time as far as I can see – is that correct Elisa? So that is different really.
It is the people who just keep say 10 cats for the pleasure of it that interests me Why do they do it? As I said beyond a certain number of cats it would seem that the pleasure of companionship with a domestic cat becomes…well, work, in a way.
Perhaps most people who live in multi-cat households just drift into it gradually. They arrive at the 15 cat household not by desire but by chance or a lack or control over their lives.
That may be too harsh an assessment. I am sure it applies to some people, though, but definitely not to Elisa. She is smart and well organised.