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How many cats are too much for us?

We have a 2 story house, 3 bedrooms ( all are quite roomy. ), 2 bathrooms ( 1 big, 1 small ), a kitchen ( big ), a living room ( big ), one lounging area at the top floor ( medium ), a basement ( very big, but no one really uses it.. ), and another living/dining room ( medium ). Ha ha, its a little vague. I have 4 family members, my mom, dad, sister, and me. And I have one pet, a Maltese, though I should consider her family too. She 3. Anyways, my sister, takes care of Candy ( the Maltese. ), but not much. My mom takes care of her too, and so do I. My father doesn't really care for animals but he copes, and I think he enjoys it. I think I take the most care for my dog, not to sound like that, but Mom is usually at work putting food on our table. We first saw a darling stray named Buster, he had tags, but the phone number was disconnected, we told the local Animal Control that he was lost, we did a reverse phone call, and I put 1 poster up to see if it would get put down, it did. So I assumed he was a poor old stray, and I really want to keep him. Then we stumbled along two 10 month sisters, and I liked them too. Although I have more feelings for the stray then them, Id love to share a life with them too. I believe we can provide moderate care, I have plenty of time ( only in my first year of middle school. ). My mom has 3 jobs as a nurse, and my dad works at a convenience store for 24 hours, 2 days a week, and when hes not at work he cooks good food for us ( he wants to work more. ). She agreed to the sister cats, and she even started to name them before we got them. She also loves the stray too. I really want to keep them all, but I don't want to bug my mom and her budget to the limit ( I worked hard to achieve the goal of even getting a cat. ) 3 cats, and a dog. Will that be too much? If not, .... you get the idea. I dont want to be ( more ) of a pest to my mom. Please no mean comments, my mom seems pretty open to the idea of getting a cat. That was long. Ive never owned a cat, but im quite informed.

Asked By: - 3/8/2012
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It really needs to be a family decision, since there are costs involved. How many really depends on the conditions. For some having two who are not cared for is too many, and for others, a dozen can be handled. If the pets are all in good health, spayed or neutered, and the home is clean and sanitary, then it... More
Answered By: cat lover - 3/8/2012
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Well I didn't read the entire question as I have a short attention span...lol but to answer a simple question such as, "how many cats should we have?" First, find out what is the legal limit by law, and then determine how much it costs to raise one cat re; food, medicines, toys, shelters, vet visits, shots, surgeries... More
Answered By: mgidge - 3/8/2012
 
Your house if fine , for 3 cats ! My house is like yours but i have way more pets!!! I have 1 shih tzu [dog], 3 cats [ all boys and rescued from shelters] , 1 bunny, fish, frogs and many amphibians! You will be fine but tell your mom that you will work hard and try and earn some money to help with the cats!!!!! Here... More
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Answered By: Kelly - 3/8/2012
 
No matter how many cats you have, just remember that they say you need 1 litter box per cat for each floor. (although i have 3 cats & we have 1 litterbox which is constantly being cleaned numerous times each day & things are just fine.) Don't forget the cost of food, vets appt., toys, litter etc...So, i guess the... More
Answered By: Jordan - 3/8/2012
 
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