Are five cats too many?
I never thought I'd be asking this question but are five cats too many for one household? I started with one and my fiance told me "no more". My first, I adopted because her owner threw her outside as a kitten after she climbed their Christmas tree. I took her home with me on Christmas Eve. That was six years ago. Two years later I was driving home and about 2 minutes from my house (it was raining) I saw this little black bird sitting on the road and it wouldn't move as I drove closer. I stopped my car, got out and found out the "bird" was actually a tiny kitten about 3 weeks old!. She had a respiratory infection, fleas, lice, ear mites, and worms. I took her home with me and to the vet the next day. To this day she loves to play in water. I wonder if it is because she was rescued during a rainstorm.
My third addition used to my sister's cat. She found him as a 4 week old kitten (along with a litermate) tossed out beside the road. She kept him until he was three years old and she had to move into an apartment that didn't allow pets. She asked me to keep him at my house for her. Now I refuse to give him back. He adores me and follows me everywhere.
And then last summer I was checking my mail and this tiny ball of gray fur came flying out a bush near my mailbox and hurled herself at my feet meowing loudly the entire time. I didn't plan on keeping her but I quickly grew attached to this whiny baby and she still thinks I am her mama (she was about 4 weeks old when I found her).
Well, now I am faced with wanting to add a 5th member to my feline family. In may, a stray had two kittens in our garage. I have been taking care of them and want to find good homes for them. Was scheduled to take them to a rescue for their shots yesterday but the night before (we are keeping them in our basement away from my other cats) one of the kittens crawled up into some insulation in the basement celing and and fell from the ceiling (I was down there opening a can of food at that time) to the concrete and he had a bloody nose and was shaking his head and having trouble breathing. I panicked and called our emergency vet line and rushed him to the vet at 10pm.
She said he had some trauma to his nose and face but no brain damage or head trauma and by the end of the visit the little baby was purring like crazy and playing and acting all adorable and I was embarrased to have rushed him to the vet. That experience made me bond with him and I'm very protective of him now. I had to take his brother to the rescue last night for his surgery. I had to leave him there and I cried when I left because its a nice place but so sad for all the animals in cages there. There were so many. And the little kitten (simba) that I dropped off was just so scared to be left there. I already signed the papers to turn him over to the rescue but I am going to foster him. I am supposed to do the same with his brother (the one who got hurt) but I just don't think I can go through with it!!
He is so sweet and adorable and he deserves a great home and I know I can give him one. I just don't want it to cause stress on my four other babies. They mean so much to me and I want to do what is best for them. We live in a small house (about 1400 sqft) but have a full basement they have access to (normally). I also don't want to stress the household by having two males because they all get along pretty well now except for my oldest female and the male get into spats over who is the head honcho of the group. My youngest female is very aggressive with the others (she DEMANDS that they play with her and loves to chase anyone who will run from her but all in good fun as she will act submissive to all of them and roll over on her back and show her belly like "look at how CUTE I am" even though she weighs more than anyone but my male.)
They all get along well now and I'm not sure if I could slip a new kitten in without upsetting the balance. Also I don't want my current "baby" (the one I found last year) to feel like she is being replaced.