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Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice.
    #25932516 - 04/13/19 01:30 PM (6 days, 6 hours ago)

So we are both pretty young. I'm 21 and she is 18. We've been together for 3+ years. When we met, we were both in a bad spot. We were both still living with our parents until I eventually got a full time job and moved us into our first apartment while she was finishing High school. She wasn't contributing anything to our household financially until just recently over the past winter. Now from the title yes, she likes cats. Maybe a little too much. I understand though because she hasn't had many friends and doesn't go out to see anyone whatsoever except the occasional family visit.
So at one point we had 10 cats, 2 dogs and a couple rats in our not so spacious two bedroom apartment..

We came to an agreement that the small dog needed to go as he wouldn't defecate or urinate outside often. He also had a bit of seperation anxiety when we left the house at all.
Then we decided to cut down on two cats; one was deaf, the other became territorial and peed outside the litter. She was behind these decisions as much as I was after having a few too many mishaps..

Now we have 8 cats.. Always seems to be getting worse. (Probably because one of the cats has grown into an adult)
I constantly have this conversation that I am not happy with how many are living in this apartment (which I've always paid rent for) and it always turns into an argument. The smell of the litter boxes seep into the whole apartment and make me nauseous! We have nowhere else to store them besides our pantry room in the kitchen. I just want to cut down on three more cats. To a more suitable number for our apartment situation. (KEEP IN MIND: She didn't have any of these cats before we started dating.)
Her excuses are the following:
-"I promise I won't get anymore cats after these ones" (her idea is the solution is to wait until they expire.. which can take up to 20 years!!)

-"I already got rid of two of my cats and a dog for you. (Meanwhile at the time, this was a mutual decision we both made. She even arranged the rehoming.)

-"Whats the point? you are just going to ask me to get rid of more after these ones!"

This has gotten so bad that I've become furious about the situation several times. Yelling, screaming, kicking stuff..
Its driving me INSANE!!
The cats puke on our bed sheets ever so often, the cat litter smell makes me have to open all our windows and spray air freshener (even after refreshing litter) and the amount of shit the fuckers knock over constantly keeps us up at night sometimes. One of them even PISSED on a brand new mattress right after I received it. Also it goes without saying that this many cats produces a lot of fur. . Fur in my fuckin' food, fur on my towels when I go to dry my face. I'm sick of it.

I'd like to say, I'm a nice guy but lately this whole situation has made me lose a lot of respect for her. She is a child in the mind it seems..

But seriously, I've tried the ultimatum "me or the cats" and even though we've been together for almost four years, she just goes along with it until I end up letting the cycle begin again..

What the fuck can I do besides get her cats removed from my home while shes at work? I honestly shouldn't have to put up with this many animals.

I love the dog so much more than all of the cats combined. Why can't I just have a dog and maybe 3 cats MAXIMUM??


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: PurpleHaz] * 1
    #25932528 - 04/13/19 01:41 PM (6 days, 6 hours ago)

Watch out, before you catch that toxoplasmosis yourself from all that cat shit and become a crazy cat man


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: PurpleHaz]
    #25932579 - 04/13/19 02:11 PM (6 days, 6 hours ago)

Please, the Shroomery.org is a place of high sterility.

Really you need to just grab life by the pussy. By this I mean super-pussy, best option: buy a super cat, far superior to the others, kick some them out.

I love my bonsai more than my dogs but I'd still suggest getting that old dog back for the balance, though a tortoise would be best.

If still none of this works open a zoo.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: PurpleHaz] * 2
    #25932669 - 04/13/19 03:10 PM (6 days, 5 hours ago)

Duuude, sounds awful. I think you have no choice but to stick to the me or the cats card. You should find new homes for the cats rather then put them down but yea sound like you have some thinking to do. If a person needs 10 cats in a 2 bedroon appartmet to be happy there is definetly something wrong with her. I wouldnt want to have children with a cat collector but hey thats just me.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: MOONisAtruffle]
    #25932699 - 04/13/19 03:28 PM (6 days, 4 hours ago)

:whathesaid:


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: PurpleHaz]
    #25932711 - 04/13/19 03:40 PM (6 days, 4 hours ago)

With some of these people who are really obsessed with cats, there may never really be a point where they stop and think "wow, this is already way too many cats and I shouldn't add any more." My uncle's ex-wife ran a pet food store and could not say no when people would drop off some unwanted cat. I'd say they had about 50 at their house the one time I visited. My uncle was super allergic too, and had to take a ton of allergy medication.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: psi] * 1
    #25932853 - 04/13/19 05:05 PM (6 days, 3 hours ago)

Eight cats?  I've loved all of my cats, but eight cats is way too many.  Eight cats and a large dog in a small apartment is just fucking insane.  I'll bet that your neighbors aren't too pleased with the smell.



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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: chibiabos]
    #25933340 - 04/13/19 11:00 PM (5 days, 21 hours ago)

Just bring 5 to the pound.  Deal with the shit later.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: MOONisAtruffle]
    #25933711 - 04/14/19 08:06 AM (5 days, 12 hours ago)

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MOONisAtruffle said:I wouldnt want to have children with a cat collector but hey thats just me.




I agree with this a lot. This is where my thinking is coming from. She sees how its not working but doesn't dare come to the conclusion that we need to rehome some. I've kina lost so much respect for her throughout this whole thing for the last year, so I think its time to stick it out and rehome the cat that I know I can without upsetting her and get her to move out. Its come to this before, somehow she guilt trips me into letting them all stay.. but I am done. Thanks for the Legitimate responses guys.

She makes me seem like I'm the monster that wants to destroy our 'family' like how the fuck would she handle this if we had HUMAN children? no. . no. . thanks.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: Patlal]
    #25933811 - 04/14/19 09:25 AM (5 days, 10 hours ago)

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Just bring 5 to the pound.  Deal with the shit later.




That will go well :lol:

I would tell your girlfriend that she has waaaay too many cats and its causing an issue with the relationship. Perhaps make a massive Cat Tree so they want to hang out there instead of everywhere.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: LogicaL Chaos]
    #25934020 - 04/14/19 11:22 AM (5 days, 8 hours ago)

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Patlal said:
Just bring 5 to the pound.  Deal with the shit later.




That will go well :lol:

I would tell your girlfriend that she has waaaay too many cats and its causing an issue with the relationship. Perhaps make a massive Cat Tree so they want to hang out there instead of everywhere.




Clearly that hasn't worked.

OP needs to be decisive.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: PurpleHaz]
    #25934051 - 04/14/19 11:36 AM (5 days, 8 hours ago)

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MOONisAtruffle said:I wouldnt want to have children with a cat collector but hey thats just me.




I agree with this a lot. This is where my thinking is coming from. She sees how its not working but doesn't dare come to the conclusion that we need to rehome some. I've kina lost so much respect for her throughout this whole thing for the last year, so I think its time to stick it out and rehome the cat that I know I can without upsetting her and get her to move out. Its come to this before, somehow she guilt trips me into letting them all stay.. but I am done. Thanks for the Legitimate responses guys.

She makes me seem like I'm the monster that wants to destroy our 'family' like how the fuck would she handle this if we had HUMAN children? no. . no. . thanks.





Yeah get out before you do have human children and are more tied down. This issue probably will be what ends the relationship anyway, why draw it out when she has no real interest in things changing and you know you will be miserable if they don't.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: psi] * 1
    #25934137 - 04/14/19 12:14 PM (5 days, 8 hours ago)

Thanks Patlal and psi..

Yes I need to be decisive.


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    #25935594 - 04/15/19 08:08 AM (4 days, 12 hours ago)

While I agree with the general consensus here, if it were me I'd give her one last opportunity to be a part of the process.  Waiting until she is at work to get rid of her 'family', without letting her know is a shitty thing to do, imo.

Do some legitimate research on cat hoarding, recognize that there is something amiss mentally, and lay down a final, firm ultimatum.
Explain that you care about her and want to help, youre committed to resolving this. This amount of cats isnt healthy physically or mentally, for either of you. For the record, that many in a confined space isn't good for their welfare either, they must be stressed to some degree.

If it were me I would mandate or strongly suggest her seeing a psychologist, especially if she cant give them up on her own. Get her speaking to a professional and move on to phase two: Deliberate together what the max amount of cats should be, personally I could only handle 2- and see about rehoming to a family member or sanctuary for the others, so she can visit/keep tabs on them.

Most importantly, you need to stay true to whatever you tell her so she doesnt have the chance to manipulate. Depending on your tolerance, be prepared to leave if she cant abide by this. If she can, know it's prob one of the hardest things she'll ever do and encourage/support each step of the way.

Both of your feelings are equally valid. This is an opportunity to either grow or be ripped apart, but let her have a say in it.. relationships are a two way street.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: birdeatingspider]
    #25935671 - 04/15/19 08:58 AM (4 days, 11 hours ago)

No need to get rid of the cats in a way that antagonizes her unnecessarily, but I think you have to ask if the relationship is worth saving. They are both just a bit past high school age. Chances are it's not destined to be very long relationship anyway, and this is a pretty major personality clash. He would be happier with someone who does not have this obsession, and she would probably be happier with someone who shares it.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: psi]
    #25936625 - 04/15/19 05:19 PM (4 days, 2 hours ago)

She may just need professional help in order to get past it.  Obsessions arent healthy, hoarders arent happy

Regardless, I hope it works out favorably, OP


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: birdeatingspider] * 2
    #25936738 - 04/15/19 06:19 PM (4 days, 1 hour ago)

The better question is why the fuck did you let her bring home 10 cats and 2 dogs to begin with... wtf... in a 2 br apartment? Fuck that


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: Uzziel]
    #25936804 - 04/15/19 06:51 PM (4 days, 1 hour ago)

I have to ask...do they all have names ? I am most definitely not a cat person. But I feel ya OP. My girlfriend spent 700$ on a GODDAMN parrot. Sometimes while its screaming WHHHHHAAAAATTTTT WWHHHHAATTT WHHHHAAATTT over and over again I have to ponder what deep fried parrot would taste like. Hey bring your cats here and Ill open the cage. Smh.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: StillSong] * 3
    #25936905 - 04/15/19 07:40 PM (4 days, 35 minutes ago)

Anyone that said she needs professional help is correct.

Animal hoarding is a coping mechanism typically.  They are seeking the love they never felt before from somewhere, she is probably suffering from CPTSD and has child abuse she needs to work through.

Two options; stay and pray she gets the help she needs or leave and pray she gets the help she needs.

Ain't gonna be easy either way.  But you gotta do what is best for the animals too.  Don't be her enabler if they suffer.


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Re: Dating a crazy cat Lady.. Need advice. [Re: Jewstress] * 2
    #25938354 - 04/16/19 04:11 PM (3 days, 4 hours ago)

I can`t express how much your responses are appreciated.

Not planning on getting rid of her cats behind her back. I`ve claimed it while in a heated argument but its just because of how long this has gone on.

I obviously didn`t let her get all these animals at once.
She gradually took in more and built a bond that I couldn`t break.

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Jewstress said:she is probably suffering from CPTSD and has child abuse she needs to work through.




You are correct here..
I feel bad because I knew it all along but I just figured I`d put up with it for her sake. They obviously make her so happy but Its definitely not realistic thinking if I`m just gonna turn sour in the process.
Thanks again everyone, sorry about this story. I am embarrassed.
I don`t have any friends, so I thought the intellectuals on the Shroomery would jump in.


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