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Q: what do you concider animal hording? like number of animals and what not.

September 25, 2008 | By Chrystal1331 | 32 answers | Expired: 2171 days ago

i concider my family horders and what not but the good kind. we have 20 cats and2 dogs but all of our animals have all there shots and all are fixed. gets fed very well we have plenty of litter boxes and they get cleaned 3 to 4 times a day. they have toys and our house dont smell like cat or dog. oh and all the animals are inside. the dogs have a fenced in back yard and cages with beds water bowls and food dishes in the cages.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Sep 25, 2008

I wouldn't consider that hoarding but some people would. I don't think it's bad as long as the animals have room and are clean and taken care of. But it all depends on the persons point of view.

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maribeth m.
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Sep 25, 2008

Too many animals, not enough room for them, not caring for them, not altering them and allowing litters, not providing individual personal attention to their needs, and not being able to afford appropriate vet care and food. There is more to it then just this. It's a mental incapability that these people also possess.

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Kelly
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Sep 26, 2008

Hoarders are something totally different from people who just have a lot of pets. What you described is a healthy situation where the animals are well-cared for & the environment you & they live in is clean. Not the description of a hoarder.

Hoarding is a psychological condition. Hoarders may have hundreds of animals living in filthy conditions. They don't receive medical care, they aren't sterilized, they don't receive medical care & attention. It is very common to find piles of junk & trash in a hoarders house along with years of built-up feces. Most hoarders can't get rid of anything. A vast majority of them can't even dispose of the bodies of the animals that didn't survive the lack of care & will stash them in the freezer or even leave them laying around the house. Hoarders are oblivious to the suffering of the animals, unaware that they are ill, starving, etc. Animals & other possessions become central to the hoarder's core identity. One of the criteria used to ID hoarders is more than the "usual" number of animals but that alone doesn't make a hoarder. The real key are the other criteria which are inability to provide minimal standards of care, including medical, sanitation, shelter, & nutrition and denial of the inability to provide the minimal care.

It sounds like your family just loves animals.

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