Hello! I live in southern California and I am a new mom/ rescuer of 7 kitties. I have been called many things.. including a collector but in truth I am not. I am just a kind gal who couldn't turn her back on these amazing creatures. And now I need some help..
It all started 3 years ago at 4am. I heard a horrible cry outside my window and braved the cold to find a tiny flea infested tourtie. Her name is Marley and she was about 4 weeks old when I rescued her. A few months into our love affair I realized she needed a playmate of the same species as my hands and face were covered with playful bite marks and scratches. I went with my boyfriend at the time to Petco and immediately fell in love with a 5 week old maincoon-siamese mix. He was the most beautiful scrawny underfed creature I had ever seen. I instantly loved him. He had a sister. We applied to adopt both and they were ours in a few days. The three of them became so bonded.. Marley even let them try to nurse on her! They were a constant source of love and entertainment and I was thrilled.
A year, almost to the day, I heard a cry in the middle of the night. I thought it was one of my babies and I jumped out of bed. Eventually I realized it was coming from outside. This was Frankie. A 4 week old tourtie that was obviously the sister of my oldest cat. (After searching and searching I still haven't been able to find their mom.) My ex and I were breaking up.. I hoped the 4th would make separating the cats less hard. So I kept her.
My ex left. All the fighting over who would get to keep who.. well, he left me with them all.
In a few weeks I was at work and this very dumb boy mentioned that he saw a box of kittens in his parking garage. Really? He saw them and left them there. In a box. After work I went to his place to take them. There were 6. They were AMAZING creatures. I bottle fed them all for a few days and got them healthy so they could be adopted. I was successful with 3. Everyone warned me.. Once I introduced them all to each other? Forget it. I was a goner. Louie, Lilly and LouLou made 7. These kitties are so full of love and personality and awesomeness. They are all so attatched to each other..
It has been almost 2 years now that I have had 7 cats. My house is very clean and I am never without a cat in my lap. However, I spend an insurmountable amount of time and money trying to keep up with the cleaning, vet and food etc. They are all inside cats and the dance I have to do to hide from my landlord is exhausting. It is also illegal. These cats are like my kids. They are ridiculously affectionate, smart and adorable. They all greet me when I come home and 6 of them sleep with me. To some people, hopefully no one here, this is insane.
They are all very well fed, have clean litter boxes and are smothered with affection..I will never put them in a cage or abandon them in anyway but I have to be realistic about our situation and maybe explore the idea that they may be just as happy with someone else..