Asked: 09.05.20 20:482020-05-09T20:48:21+03:00 2020-05-09T20:48:21+03:00 Where is the line between a crazy cat lady and a regular cat lady? Animals Cats (domestic) Pets 10 Answers 2020-05-10T22:50:17+03:00 Added an answer on 10.05.20 22:50 The line is at 12 cubic meters. If cats are forced to live in an overcrowded environment, the owner is crazy and the cats’ numbers should be reduced. 2020-05-09T21:14:13+03:00 Added an answer on 09.05.20 21:14 The crazy cat lady keeps taking in more strays in spite of the fact that there is feces and dead kittens all over her house and she thinks that’s ok because she ‘loves’ them. Regular cat lady has a lot of cats but all of them are healthy, sterilised/spayed and up to date on their vaccinations, that’s real love. 2020-05-13T19:41:14+03:00 Added an answer on 13.05.20 19:41 There are, of course, crazy cat men too. A simple line between crazy cat person and a person who just has cat pets is five cats . 1–2 cats: you have pet cats. 3–4 cats: you have quite a lot of cats. 5 cats: you are definitely cat-complete. 6–8 cats: your cat habit needs some introspection. >8 cats: cats have taken over your life. You are going to spend all your time, space, and probably much of your money on looking after cats. Now, if you have some sort of organised cat fostering going on then maybe you’re not completely crazy. Or maybe you are and you’re just trying to rationalise that domesticated felines have taken over your life and overtaken your rational thinking. You’re now a crazy cat person. If you live in a giant mansion, you might have room for more cats, but with the living space most people have, 5 cats is going to be pushing it for cat territory and space. More than 5 cats is still a lot of cats to be petting, caring for, feeding, grooming, etc. So if you have more than 5 cats you have to show you’re not a mad cat person. If you have less than 5 cats I have to show you’re a mad cat person. 2020-05-09T21:13:54+03:00 Added an answer on 09.05.20 21:13 Is there a line? I did not know. It depends on how others view people with more than 1 or 2 cats. If ‘crazy’ is an offensive word for you - I would invite you to think twice about it. Sometimes it could be just a compliment. If ‘crazy’ means mentally disturbed - then no, I would never call a human who loves cats by that word. If the line is between the numbers of cats some ladies have - check out again. I have only 7 in my large house and my large yard, and some of my friends have more than 24. Are they ‘crazy’? I know them and I can assure you they are not crazy in mental kind of sense. They just have a very large property to accommodate that many cats, and all cats are happy. Is it not better than rotting in some shelter or being killed by traffic on roads or die from some sickness? So, I give kudos to those ladies/Gents who are able to give home to as many felines, knowing them by their names, knowing each and every one by their character and cherishing their nature’s needs by supplying them with what is needed physically and in any other ways. I know such people and I admire them for what they do. Oh, you can call me ‘crazy’ - I don’t mind and don’t care really. As long as my felines are happy and healthy, and they are. 2020-05-15T04:27:22+03:00 Added an answer on 15.05.20 04:27 If the cats are well fed, socialized, plenty of sleep spots and enough litter boxes, she is a regular cat lady. When the cats are crammed into little boxes and you can smell the amonia from the street, she is a crazy cat lady. 2020-05-09T22:00:45+03:00 Added an answer on 09.05.20 22:00 There is no line, honey. I am by far the craziest of all the cat ladies I know so I feel I can say that. I’ve got three cats that I adore, I’ve got a cat tattoo that takes up half my upper arm, and I write about cats for a living. I even have my own website dedicated to all things cats. So, yeah, I might be the craziest cat lady on the streets. But I LOVE being a crazy cat lady. One of the main reasons that I’m so passionate about cats is because they are so misunderstood and I want people to give them the fair chance that they deserve. That’s why I love to write about them and decode their behavior to help people get a better idea of what’s going on inside that little feline mind of theirs. As far as “regular cat lady” — I’ve personally never known anyone who just kinda liked cats. It’s usually a love or loathe sort of thing. (When you r cat matches your tattoo. But the actual tattoo came first. I think I put the positive energy out there in the universe because six months later this awesome gingy came into my life.) The difference with “crazy cat ladies” is that we do not see “crazy” as a derogatory term. And, actually, we are not any crazier when compared to anyone else. I mean, have you met diehard dog people? They’re pretty crazy, too. For many of us females who are extreme fans of felines, we wear our "crazy cat lady" badges proudly. I know that for myself, the opinions of others doesn't matter much to me. And I especially don't care if someone doesn't like cats, I'm crazy about them and I am not about to let them bring me down! For decades, the stigma surrounding the crazy cat lady stereotype has been one fueled by the masses. Crazy cat lady memes have long since been a trend on the internet and social media... Sure, dog people can be "crazy" too, but many often times people associate a crazy cat lady as a woman who is mentally unstable, usually disheveled, unmarried, and a cat hoarder. But such is not the case, as we crazy cat ladies know. I love cats, probably more than anyone I know, and I'd like to think I'm far from the unfair picture that's painted about crazy cat ladies given that I'm married, have three young kids, and happen to love all animals. But obviously cats most of all! But a recent finding out of UCLA tells us that we crazy cat ladies are not in fact crazy at all. And even defends us to others who try and give us a bad rap: "We found no evidence to support the 'cat lady' stereotype: cat-owners did not differ from others on self-reported symptoms of depression , anxiety or their experiences in close relationships. Our findings, therefore, do not fit with the notion of cat-owners as more depressed, anxious or alone." Being a crazy cat lady is clearly nothing new... The research was published in the Royal Society Open Science journal, and to gather their data they analyzed over 500 pet owners. Polling both the crazy cat lady and the crazy dog lady alike. We know that people who are partial to cats can be more reserved and less social than say a dog person, but it's nice to know that science can dispel the stereotype surrounding us cat ladies. In a 2017 study, we learned that there was no link to cats making their owners crazy by way of possible toxoplasmosis transfer. In that study, researchers shared with the world that: "Many people own cats, and it's reassuring that our findings suggest that cat ownership is not associated with an increased risk of mental illness, as previously suggested." Most importantly, the UCLA study revealed that we are just as equally susceptible to developing/managing mental health conditions as dog people are. So, I guess at the end of the day, we're all a little crazy after all. And if being crazy about my cats labels me a nut, well then that's purrfectly alright with me! If anyone ever tries to tell you that you're a super crazy cat lady, quickly remind them that you're no crazier than them—and that's a fact backed by science! 2021-04-26T06:50:52+03:00 Added an answer on 26.04.21 06:50 I've always heard — and I have no idea where I got this from — that the tipping point to be a crazy cat lady was single with three cats. I guess at that point, the likelihood of a man deciding to take not only you, but your three cats, in his life is a fairly large hurdle. The compulsive hoarding of cats, a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), has long been associated with "crazy cat ladies". Mass media has drawn on this stereotype to coin the term crazy cat lady syndrome to refer to the association between T. gondii and psychiatric conditions. 2020-05-10T06:05:37+03:00 Added an answer on 10.05.20 06:05 The “line” would be the NUMBER of cats the cat lady has…I’d say any more than SIX .. she would a “crazy cat lady” …. twelve or more she’d qualify for “ super crazy cat lady” status. 2020-05-10T16:40:55+03:00 Added an answer on 10.05.20 16:40 A regular cat lady may just have one cat that she spoils rotten. She may have several cats. They are her “children.” “Crazy cat ladies” are people who have 50 plus cats and they keep them all at home. They may work in pet stores and they track down strays reported and take them in also. I’ve know women who’ve had 70 cats in their house. They are supposed to be getting them adopted out, but some won’t give all of them up. I know we have a law now that says no more pets than five in our county. They probably hide them. I know it can really mess up a marriage when all they think about is their cats and they are everywhere. The smell has to be bad, and the cat hair all over! I think they are probably hoarders? Not sure if that is the right problem, but they usually need some kind of professional help to stop this pattern. When they have that many cats, they get caught when they adopt them out or show them and they are sick. When you have that many, you tend to slip up now and then. I know one that adopted one out and it was severely sick and the vet had to report the cat lady and had animal welfare come in and they took most of them out of the home. She is not allowed to do that “crazy cat lady” thing anymore. Their attentions are very good, but it becomes a very deep problem. 2020-05-10T09:07:06+03:00 Added an answer on 10.05.20 09:07 Hi Vincenzo, in my humble opinion, if someone is genuinely rescuing cats, keeping things clean, the cats don't kill wildlife and get their shots then that's fine! My best friend Wendy from animal rescue has 25 cats that cannot be rehoused due to the terrible things that have happened to them. She's completely ssne I assure you. A crazy cat person just has loads of cats, undesexed, in breeding and no clean litter. We've had to go into some awful situations to rescue cats from crazy people. Kindest regards, Andi, Elley the Maremma/Alaskan malamute puppy and kilmouser the 15 year old rescue Birman cat.