Woman Caught Keeping 130 Cats In Her Small City Apartment
A woman has been caught hoarding 130 cats in her small city apartment in Moscow, Russia.
There are many jokes about people choosing to look after cats for the rest of their lives, but few would expect it to get to this level.
It all started when the unnamed divorcee took in a stray, pregnant cat four years ago. You'd probably think it wouldn't be that bad having a mother cat and a few kittens running around your Russian apartment.
But then that number exploded when the cats grew up and started inbreeding.
Eventually, the woman's one-bedroom apartment was filled with little ginger cats that were all fighting for a spot to stand.
It wasn't the noise of 130 meows that resulted in the woman's cat-filled apartment being found out, it was the smell. Neighbours reported potent smells coming from the woman's property and eventually she was caught red-handed.
Animal carer Anastasia Soloviyeva has helped rescue 50 cats from the woman's place, but it's becoming difficult to find homes for all of them.
Her colleague Irina Medvedeva was shocked when she saw the state of the cat's living arrangements: "We found about 130 half-starved, but very affectionate cats. The animals were in terrible condition.
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"Despite the fact that they had a corridor, a kitchen, and a bedroom, there were still too many of them to exist comfortably.
"We managed to take out and distribute some of them, but about 80 more remain inside."
Charity Zoo Defenders has launched a social media campaign to raise money to rehouse the felines.
The unnamed woman should have done what this couple in the UK did when they wanted to give their cats somewhere to stretch their legs.
Sue Haworth, 53, and husband Richard, 51, spent £10,000 on a 9ft-high cage (they've dubbed it the 'catio'), which they've installed in their garden so that their four cats have a safe space to play.
Measuring 13ft by 11.5ft, the structure is accessed through a cat flap and features a number of ramps and frames that allow the pets to clamber to the top.
Sue, a retired Northumbria police officer, believes the cage keeps the cats away from harm.
She said: "We didn't do it on the cheap. We paid over the odds for our house so that we could do what we've done without affecting anybody else.
"We don't want to upset anyone, we just want to live a quiet life and for our cats to be happy. They really love the space, there are lots of things for them to play with.
"Most of our neighbours think the cage is a great idea, there are just a few who have a problem with it."
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