How many cats is too many for one household?
If someone would have asked me this question a year ago I would have said 4 (I had 3 at the time). But I've had the four of them for a year and they get along fine. There are hardly ever any squables and if there are they are between the first two (a dominant female and my only male who hates her for some reason). I'm asking because right now I am the definition of the crazy cat lady. Until this weekend I had nine cats in my house! My regular four and five kittens that I am fostering for a rescue (I found them this summer) This weekend I gave my two boys up to the rescue so they can try to adopt them out. I miss them and worry about them finding good homes. I also have 2 fosters at a friend's house that I go over and feed and take care of every day. We have an outside kitty (the kittens mother) that we couldn't take to the shelter because I can't foster her (she has to be kept inside and she apparently doesn't know how to use a litter box and she is very aggressive with other cats) so she lives outside and we feed her.
suprisingly 3 of my 4 cats adjusted quite well to having five annoying kittens running around everywhere (I kept them in a room by themselves at night to give my other cats a break). The only one who didn't like them and I was shocked by this was my "big kitten" who is a little over a year old. She is a dilute tortie if that matters and the pricess of the household. She is very spoiled and vocal and is used to being the baby. SHe did not take well to the newcomers. She yowled and growled and hissed alot. She did settle down and did seem to enjoy playing with them a lot but even to this day she grumbles about the remaining 3 kittens.
I'm asking how many cats is too many to live comfortably in a household becasue I'm considering either keeping two of the three female kittens that are left or adopting a cat from the shelter I volunteer at. THere is a tiger striped cat there that has just stolen my heart. SHe's not a particulary friendly cat (she swatted me when I tried to pet her and left a nasty scratch on my hand) but she is beautiful and said to be sweet. One day she let me pet her and she purred. she has been at the shelter almost two years and she gets along with the other cats just fine, I think she is just sick of being there and really needs a stable home.
We have about 1500 sq ft upstairs and a full basement that is partially finished that the cats have access to all the time (we feed them there and all their litter boxes are there) We have 3 bedrooms they are allowed in all the time as well as a big living room which is full of cat toys.
I can afford to feed them all, vet care etc. If I couldn't, I would get a 2nd job. Things like cats peeing in the house has never been an issue (I can't stand it when people have cats and their house smells like cat urine) even with the kittens they always used the litter box.
Of the cats I have now, none are really aggressive, the oldest is 7 yrs and she is seen as the head of the household. My 7 year old male tries to challenge her at times but she just smacks him and sometimes runs and then its over. They get along with the kittens either by ignoring them (male and younger timid female) or by playing with them (youngest female) or they mother them (oldest female who never had kittens likes to snuggle with them and will clean them and they groom her as well.
The only thing that is difficult is keeping the house as clean as I like it (have to vaccum at least once per day due to cat hair) and I am allergic to cats (but only a slight allergy and I don't need medication for it)
So how many cats is TOO many for one household?