Sadly, these "cat hoarder" stories aren't all that uncommon. From what I've read, it's uncontrollable obsessive/compulsive behavior. These people don't mean to harm cats -- actually, they love cats and intend to help them -- but some of the outcomes are horrific. Usually, authorities learn about a problem when neighbors complain about how badly a house smells.
I find it interesting that "cat hoarders" are almost always female. The disorder doesn't seem to affect very many men.
Lori F. is owned by:
Sadie, the four-legged dog
Martin, the three-legged cat
Paul, the two-legged husband