Cat Hoarding: What causes it? Nearly 100 cats found in women's home
Welcome to The Scratchpad. This week we are exploring the topic of cat hoarding.
First, let’s try to take a look into the inner minds of people to see what causes hoarding to occur. According to Dr. Gary Patronek of Animal Rescue League of Boston, cat hoarding is usually brought upon by people who had dysfunctional childhoods. Their childhoods usually are characterized by inconsistent or unstable parenting (up to abuse), so they turn to animals as a stable form of comfort.
This type of childhood can create what’s called disordered attachment style to occur. This disordered attachment can cause a person to control relationships and become a compulsive caregiver. Hence, adopting too many cats than they are able to take care of. Their intentions are always good, they truly want to help and care for these animals. However, they are unable to stop at point where they would actually be able to take good care of every single one.
Cat Hoarding Recently in the News
50 Cats. Humane agents discovered 50 cats in this woman’s home and a judge ordered the woman to give up all of her cats. Many of these cats were infected with feline HIV due to the conditions in the home. Read more.
66 Cats. This lady had collected this many cats due to not spaying and neutering, so they quickly multiplied. The police had told her to reduce her number of cats before they seized all of them, but instead the number of cats increased. The living conditions in her home had “deteriorated” and were the “worse than they’d ever seen.” Four of the cats had to be euthanized due to medical conditions. Read more.
93 Cats. This lady had almost 100 cats living in her home. Unfortunately they were seized because many were suffering from parasite infestation, diarrhea and other illnesses. 16 had to be put down because of sever health problems and 77 are up for adoption. Read more.