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stitchwitch
12-07-2007, 10:48 AM
I am so blown away by this. People actually lived in this house with 97 cats. :ick: Warning pretty gross. http://snap.tbo.com/pages/gallery.php?gallery=320952

marykz
12-07-2007, 10:51 AM
ew- you gotta wonder about the thinking processes there..... I've heard the phrase that "cats are like potato chips, you can't have just one" but this is a little excessive

msoebel
12-07-2007, 11:34 AM
Poor kitties! Raised in that environment, I bet they are pretty feral. Which means that most, if not all, will be put down.

That's just awful!

Jan in CA
12-07-2007, 01:57 PM
Oh those poor, poor kitties! That is not healthy for any living thing even animals. Again I say "WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!?!"

jodstr2
12-07-2007, 02:01 PM
poor kittahs. :cry:

stitchwitch
12-07-2007, 03:07 PM
I feel so bad for the cats. They had it on the news last night and I couldn't watch. They said the people living in the house had mental problems. Well duh! Poor little things, my heart just breaks for them.

Knitting_Guy
12-07-2007, 03:59 PM
They said the people living in the house had mental problems.

Don't need a degree to figure that out. :rofl:

Ingrid
12-07-2007, 07:35 PM
:ick: I love my cats, but :ick: That house will have to be burned down.

We had a similar case a couple of years ago--a hundred or so cats in a house. Only one of the kittens didn't need to be put down due to severe illness. Such a shame.:pout:

hocns
12-07-2007, 09:15 PM
I love cats too, and have 7. Um, maybe I'd better stop NOW. Every so often a needy thing arrives on our doorstep needing a home, and I have problems turning them down. However, I do get them fixed immediately.

CountryKitty
12-07-2007, 09:18 PM
I watch quite a bit of Animal Planet, and cases of 'animal hoarding' are always terribly sad. The peole really are mentally ill, thinking that they are doing the very best thing for the animal--I have to wonder if it's a form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

It's not at all unusual for every cat taken from a hoarder to have to be put down due to Feline Leukemia, parasites, you name it.

Poor things.

knitgal
12-07-2007, 09:44 PM
That is just so sad. Those poor cats, it's just so unfair to them. Some of those pictures are a little eerie even, with all those eyes looking at you. I love cats, but that is just sad. I don't even want to think about them all being put down.

cheesiesmom
12-08-2007, 01:54 PM
My sister-in-law and her first husband thought they were doing a good deed by "rescuing" strays. They ended up with 17 cats and three dogs. Some of the cats were definitely feral and only were seen at feeding time. They owned this huge, beautiful house which was basically a cattery. In order to move from the the west coast to the east when her husband changed jobs, they had to rent a humongous RV that they filled with cages for the various animals. They could never take a vacation together or for that matter come back to this area together for funerals or family situations. If the authorities ever found out they would have been violating a zillion zoning codes and been ticketed.

Then one day she found out he was having an affair while she was cleaning cat litter and vacuuming pet hair. She divorced him, moved back to Michigan with the one cat she really loved. I think the rest went to a local shelter. Silly, but really stupid and sad.

Don't get me wrong, I have 3 cats of my own that we love. But these are well-educated people who we thought were sane. Ya never know who's on your family tree.

BTW, I didn't watch the video; those things upset me too much. But, I can certainly imagine.

misha rf
12-08-2007, 06:19 PM
Oh. My.

I feel for the kitties. We have 8, and I can't imagine them living in such squalid conditions. I had a friend who rescued who kept about 40-45 in her one-bedroom apartment, but she took great pains to keep everything clean. Yeah, you might sit on some cat hair (or a cat) when you were over, but you never stepped in crap or food, and her place didn't smell horribly. (Some smell was to be expected-it's not like they all poop at the same time.) I can't imagine living in that house. If the rescuers had to go in in haz-mat suits...my eyes are watering thinking about it. I wonder how it was able to get to this level, and what prompted someone to finally do something about it.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
12-08-2007, 07:59 PM
This is why i'm the "mean" one around the house on everyone about cleaning up after the cats and finding a home for the one that stays in our basement (he's male, the 5 upstairs are female, females aren't fixed nor do i have the funds to get them fixed... and i'm not paying 100 bucks to fix a cat that i have no intention of keeping either). dh says i'm "mean" and that he "has no say" yet who cleans up after them? sure isn't him!

KnitClickChick
12-08-2007, 10:57 PM
Ummm, didn't these people have family/friends, anyone who could have noticed something was wrong before things got to this point???? Mailman, UPS, anyone?? Poor kitties...

HollyP
12-09-2007, 12:45 AM
Stories like these always make me cry. Those poor cats didn't choose that life. No one human or animal deserve to live in those kind of conditions. I really hope they can save some of the cats, it would be horrible if they couldn't.

hocns
12-09-2007, 06:23 PM
Stories like these always make me cry. Those poor cats didn't choose that life. No one human or animal deserve to live in those kind of conditions. I really hope they can save some of the cats, it would be horrible if they couldn't.

I don't know the ins and outs of the story, but situations like this often occur when people start rescuing unwanted cats. Probably they couldn't afford to fix the ones they had, and the problem cannonballed from there. As horrific as the pictures were, I believe that the initial culprits are the people who abandon their cats.

I didn't look closely at the pictures, but it did strike me that the cats looked reasonably well fed, and so curious. Poor things, and I pity the people in the situation as well.

Matdredalia
12-09-2007, 11:41 PM
Oh those poor, poor kitties! That is not healthy for any living thing even animals. Again I say "WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!?!"

I looked up an actual article on the case, and from what I read, the three adults that lived in the house had a history of mental illness, so I would bet that the answer to your question is: a lot.

knitncook
12-10-2007, 03:15 PM
OK, my housecleanliness just went up about 1,000 nothces!! I have three cats and I have enough litterboxes, food dishes and dust buffalos to trip over. I can't imagine having 94 more!! That just is weird. When your ability to keep up with the cleanliness of your home is beyond you because of how you have allowed your living conditions to become you NEED HELP! They aren't joking about the Crazy part of Crazy Cat Woman!

knitncook
12-10-2007, 03:19 PM
This is why i'm the "mean" one around the house on everyone about cleaning up after the cats and finding a home for the one that stays in our basement (he's male, the 5 upstairs are female, females aren't fixed nor do i have the funds to get them fixed... and i'm not paying 100 bucks to fix a cat that i have no intention of keeping either). dh says i'm "mean" and that he "has no say" yet who cleans up after them? sure isn't him!

Check around. Many vets offer low cost neutering services. I know it only costs around $35 to neuter a male cat. (I've done it twice in recent years) $35 is much cheaper than the $65 for the female neutering (one of the reason we love our little male kitties!) Call your local humane society or vet to ask about discounted neutering services.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
12-10-2007, 06:07 PM
my dh has put calls in to various programs. I can get his neutering (the cat's, not dh's although some days i'm tempted LOL!) and his shots for $85.

He goes the week after christmas.

The problem is that the department of agriculture has guidelines set up about cats being wild so most animal control officers have no jurisdiction over the cats until they're severely sick or injured. Thor (the male cat...) I can't understand why someone would dump him off in our neighborhood. He was too well taken care of to be a stray (we left him outside overnight while the weather was still nice... he stayed in our yard for over 3 days and wouldn't leave. Even now when we let him out on the nice days he goes off to play but always comes running when i pull in the driveway with the kids..). He's such a sweetie. I swear, there's got to be something wrong with people that can do this to animals...

Right now he's in the office w/ dh while dh is working (warm fleece blankets folded up on the floor to lay on, space heater running to keep the office warm, food and water.. the pic is of him).

http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a210/ladykrow/100_0608.jpg

We're still looking for a home for him. he'll be the 5th animal (2 dogs, 3 cats thus far) that I've "rescued" and found a home for. I put my foot down as to how many will stay with us.. the 5 girls are rescues.. we have 1 cat per person living in the house full time, that's plenty :)

CountryKitty
12-10-2007, 07:49 PM
I swear, there's got to be something wrong with people that can do this to animals...



The thing that's wrong is they need the *&^%$#@! kicked out of them!:!!!:

Some sorry SOB dumped a lovely longhaired silver tabby kitten on the side of the highway that runs in front of my house about 6 weeks ago. My son found it hiding under the bridge in the driveway. It was so rainy and muddy that with that long hair he would've been filthy if he had been an outdoor kitty--but he was very, very clean. What steamed me was that the poor terrified thing was dehydrated and half-starved! He had been indoors somewhere and some worthless excuse of a person couldn't be bothered to just feed him (when I gave him some food he started gobbling so fast that he choked).:grrr:

Gutsy little devil was here all of 24 hours and spied our humongous german shepherd lying down--walked right up and sniffed his face (Karl could've eaten him in 2 bites). He now likes to play with the dog, tries to coax my arthritic old red chow to play, and is running some of the extra weight off our 4yo orange tabby (who really enjoys it but acts embarassed if he catches us watching).

knitncook
12-11-2007, 10:09 AM
The thing that's wrong is they need the *&^%$#@! kicked out of them!:!!!:
Especially when there are organizations out there that specifically help place unwanted cats. Most Petsmarts have adoption programs through the Jr. Humane Society or private cat rescue groups. We had to place a very unhappy cat once (she really needed to be a single cat living with someone who was home all the time - she didn't like other cats, children or being alone) They helped us find the perfect home for her with an older couple who had no other animals. She was a SWEET cat, but very unhappy with us. They really don't ask questions when you say you need help placing a cat.

hocns
12-11-2007, 10:24 AM
The bottom line is people need to get their animals fixed. One thing I hear all the time is, "It's all right for our cats to have kittens, we'll just give them to the SPCA and they'll find homes for them". Well, our local shelter gets hundreds of cats every year, and we are just a small rural area. The problem is not usually with the cats, it's with the brainless idiots who own and abuse them.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
12-11-2007, 04:15 PM
CountryKitty, that's how Thor was... severely dehydrated and starving.. yet his coat showed that he'd been someone's pet until recently.

hocns, i agree. it's that mentality that's the problem. Hence why we keep thor separated from the females (amazing how well doors work!) until he's fixed (week after christmas if things go right). our animal shelters up here are over flowing and can't help out.


It is funny to watch him play with the girls though (hang on...)

see, Thor likes to be in the office with dh while dh is working. The office door is one of those old ones with the 7 by 12 inch glass panes in it (5 panes high by 3 panes wide).... thor was on one side, arwen, guen, and yasha on the other... there's a black curtain on dh's side to provide him with privacy while he works from home....

Thor was laying down on the office side just out of sight... he'd wait for yasha or guen to get right up to the glass then pop up and scare the crap out of them.

Miss Arwen watched from the chair and had a huge smile on her face.... I think IF he stays here, they'll get along well after a period of adjustment.

hocns
12-11-2007, 04:20 PM
Good luck with Thor's operation. We had three brothers neutered at one time, and they were sent home in preemie diapers with a hole for the tail. I don't think my daughters have gotten over it yet, every so often one of them will come out with "remember when when Rascal (or whoever) came home in a diaper?" and go off in gales of laughter. Poor cats.