Sometimes the word ‘hoarding’ doesn’t apply to cats but things and when hoarding is combined with laziness, fecklessness and untidiness over a long time you get this:
In this house in Adelaide, Australia, there were three cats. You can see a ginger-and-white moggie in this photo on top of a gargantuan pile of rubbish in what appears to be the back yard (garden):
The cats were in poor physical condition when they were seized by the RSPCA. The owner pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to provide appropriate and adequate living conditions for his cats. I think we can agree that there was not much chance of him doing anything other than pleading guilty!
It is interesting to speculate why he did not hoard cats rather than things. He appears to have a classic profile for a cat hoarder. But then the two go together. Hoarding is a mental condition which can be expressed in more ways than one. A hoarder will hoard anything including cats.
To be honest I don’t really see this case as ‘hoarding’ in the true sense. It is more an extreme example of untidiness and lack of cleanliness gone mad – gone to the absolute extreme where it has to stop. This is a houseful of rubbish. You don’t hoard rubbish. You fail to put it in the trash (rubbish) bin.
The house was going to be auctioned off by a debtor because the owner owed $180,000. The owner found the money and paid the debt. You’d have thought he would have employed a cleaner!
The neighbours are p*ss*d off that they are going to stay! What a shame. The house is a hazard to other cats and people for health reasons.
Apparently, in parts of Australia there are serial hoarders and the problem has become serious.
Source: Daily Mail and RSPCA.