Originally Posted by chickendreams24
Yeah I think that is the way to go as far as only putting them down if they were terminally ill or suffering-without hope of recovery.
I think that you're not really an animal hoarder unless you A) don't know how many you have. B) could lose some and not know it. C) can't afford to give them the care they deserve. Or D) can not keep their environment healthy for them due to unsanitary conditions
We have 5 cats and two dogs with my mother owning another dog that stays here sometimes. Is it perfectly clean? No I admit that. And we don't have a lot of money but we always make sure our animals have good clean food and water and that they get vet care if they are unwell which thankfully has been infrequently after we lost my 15 year old kitty to cancer last year.
At one point we had 5 house cats and were bottle raising a feral litter of four who's mother brought them to us after her milk dried up. We cared for the feral cat colony in our town then too. Taming and finding homes for as many as we could.
It wasn't uncommon in those days for us to have 12-13 cats in our back yard that lived peacefully with our dogs and all the wildlife that inhabited our yard. Wild birds, rabbits, ground hogs all were welcome. The cats lived peacefully with all the animals and frequently tried to come inside because there were at least six that we had tamed that well. The cats never hunted in the back yard. There was always water available and food usually was, they were always fed at least once a day usually twice.
We were caring for about two dozen cats at the time and some people thought we were hoarders I'm sure but we weren't. We were just doing what little we could. If we had had the money and the space we would have gladly taken the ones in that wanted to but we had no money to test them for diseases and quarantine them for a time which was very hard to do but we also had a responsibility to keep the ones we had safe.
As it was that litter of bottle babies was quarantined in a bedroom literally quarantined. They ended up being perfectly healthy none of the ferals we took in ever even had fleas or ear mites which is amazing to me
That's awesome you helped so many cats.
Yeah, we have six cats (if you include the feral tomcat that comes around sometimes) and then seven dogs! They are all adored and given the best care we can afford. We need to get our cats wormed, but we make sure they always have food, water, shelter, and are not hurt or sick. If they are hurt I bring them into our basement (some members of my family are allergic to cats) and cuddle them for hours and hours to help them feel better. After a few days on antibiotics they can go back outside (and usually are quite happy to do so, as being inside scares some of them).
I completely agree with what you say, we aren't hoarders we are just animal crazy, always willing to help out any little creature that needs a hand.