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How many cats is too many?

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BadEyeBri Sun 12-Jan-20 22:48:48

Some how (?) I've ended up with seven. Varying in age from 10yo to 4mo. Indoor/outdoor. Enough indoor space so they can have alone time. An acre outside. They all get on. Gallons of feliway also 😆
How many kitlings do you have?
Smallest Kitten for cuteness

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cheeseislife8 Sun 12-Jan-20 22:52:00

Cute! Personally I think as long as they're all happy, healthy and have their needs met, which yours sound like they do, then any number is fine.
We have 3 now, the oldest is 9 the youngest is a 7 month old rescue kitten.

Albless Mon 13-Jan-20 01:44:06

One of my cats decided that four was too many. He moved in with my neighbour and her two cats, so he clearly felt that three was the ideal number.

We still see each other in passing, and he speaks to me, so no hard feelings.

OnceUponACat Mon 13-Jan-20 01:54:04

Albless is your cat black and white by any chance?

My old cat thought that one was the ideal number so he occasionally made use of my neighbour catless house.

Albless Mon 13-Jan-20 02:17:27

Yes, he is black and white! How did you know?

The other three are tabbies.

EL8888 Mon 13-Jan-20 07:10:02

Not sure! Currently on 2 and getting another rescue cat next weekend.

Amicompletelyinsane Mon 13-Jan-20 07:12:34

I have 6. It's quite handful when they all try to pile on my lap.

BeardedMum Mon 13-Jan-20 07:18:25

What about the vet bills especially as they older? I think as long as you can also cover that as insurance doesn’t pay for everything. We have 2 cats and one is picking up a lot of health problems recently and it’s costing a fortune.

leasedaudi Mon 13-Jan-20 12:12:12

The right number of cats is n+1, whereby n=the number of cats you currently have.

RickOShay Mon 13-Jan-20 12:17:48

grin @leasedaudi
I think you are spot on.
I have two sisters. Would love more.

MitziK Mon 13-Jan-20 18:45:28

The actual practical number of cats is n-1, whereby n = the number of cats you already have.

I might have just had two furry bastards thundering across the settee in hot pursuit of one another and nearly knocking my precious cup of tea (made with the last Yorkshire teabag in the house and it's blowing a hooley out there) over.

The happiness number, however is always n + 2(0.75) rounded to the whole number. In other words, there's always room for a couple of kittens. Because they're so small and cute, how could they ever be any trouble at all?

Now if you'll all excuse me, it sounds as though I have a pot plant to rescue and repot, plus some vacuuming to do. Bastards

AllYouGoodGoodPeople Mon 13-Jan-20 19:01:40

Look at these two grin

IHaveBrilloHair Mon 13-Jan-20 19:05:51

Just three now, I lost my boy to cancer last year and although I miss him so much, I won't be getting another cat.
I have my three girls, The Witches Macbeth as I call themgrin

MitziK Mon 13-Jan-20 19:15:31

@AllYouGoodGoodPeople. You bastard. You've just proven my mathematical theorem.

DP's gonna kill me when he finds out I've emailed. Especially as he has learned from DTwatCat#1 and #2 that 'sociable' means 'Utter Bastards'.

iklboo Mon 13-Jan-20 19:18:45

If you can still see the floor it's not too many grin

Beamur Mon 13-Jan-20 19:20:55

Those kittens are cute!
We currently have 3 which seems no more trouble than 2 to be honest...have considered a 4th as we have all girls and DH feeling outnumbered grin

Nonstopbuttmachine Mon 13-Jan-20 20:01:45

I always end up with three! One dies (old age and/or FIV) then a random kitty sneaks its way into my home heart

If I had a huge house in the middle of the country and unlimited funds, I'd happily live with 100+ cats wink

BadEyeBri Mon 13-Jan-20 20:11:51

I always thought three was the perfect cat number. 7 is just two sets of three and a spare one just incase. So I'm good 😁
I don't have to worry about vets fees too much as a)they are insured b)it's my day job.
I just wish they lived as long as us. I lost my oldest girl in April and have collected 3 newbies in some sort of grief fest. She was really irreplaceable and took a massive bit of me when she went.

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Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Mon 13-Jan-20 20:13:46

Four is a good number.
Four and a half is too many grin.

ItsJustTheOneSwanActually Mon 13-Jan-20 20:21:36

We've just gone from two to three for the first time and it's lovely. The young ones play and leave the old one alone, which is all she wants

coastergirl Mon 13-Jan-20 22:48:14

I think you should ask @Justonedayatatime11

I have two. Works for me.

Justonedayatatime11 Tue 14-Jan-20 07:52:53

Er coastergirl what are you implying?! grin. 12 is a lot, granted. They're a full time job. But I love them all to bits and it makes me happy to know they have a fantastic life when some of them had a pretty miserable existence before they came to me. I'm lucky that they all get on so well

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 14-Jan-20 12:12:37

Four and a half is too many

So he hasn't fully moved in yet ? Are you on a rota with the NDN?

TheMemoryLingers Tue 14-Jan-20 12:15:41

98. 97 cats are fine, but the 98th one will break you. grin

coastergirl Tue 14-Jan-20 12:40:34

@just sorry I wasn't actually implying it was too many! Just nobody who had posted has as many as you. I wish I could manage twelve cats. I'm sure they'd be much more reasonable than my kids 🙈

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