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Q: What's your definition of a "hoarder"?

January 7, 2009 | By Norman C. | 17 answers | Expired: 2039 days ago

What's your definition of a "hoarder"?

More than ___ ? If not a set number, what else is involved here?

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Kelly
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Jan 21, 2009

I did some of my research on hoarders. Its not a set number or anything like that. Hoarding is a psychological condition similar to OCD. People who hoard usually not only have animals but will also hang on to everything & their houses will be stacked with years of trash & junk. They CAN'T let go of anything. Even when an animal dies most are unable to bury it so they'll put them in the freezer or even let them lay where they fall. Their homes are filled with years of trash, feces, & dirt. They believe that no one can take better care of their animals than they can & will hang on to them to the detriment of the animal as they are unable to see that they are suffering.

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Courtney H.
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Jan 10, 2009

A hoarder in my opinion is someone who does put the well being of each animal as the number 1 priority.
Bottom line is ...if you can't give every animal in your household the LOVE,CARE, ATTENTION and EXERCISE they need then you have too many.

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Srlindsey
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Jan 10, 2009

It's not how many animals, it's the conditions in which they are kept. If you cannot properly care for them and yet continue to have more, you're a hoarder.

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Elsa E.
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Jan 08, 2009

Again, like the rest, my definition of a "horder" would be: a person who has to many animals (undefined number) who is unable to meet the basic requirements (food, cleanliness, veterinary care etc.) and provide enough quality time for each individual animal.

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Marty T.
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Jan 08, 2009

I'm not so sure we can put an exact number on this since there are so many variables - space, money, care, health, mental and physical stimulation, etc. Not being a hoarder (nor will I ever be), I don't know. I would guess, though, that when we have too many pets than we can care for, that's hoarding. Right?

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Karen H.
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Jan 07, 2009

A hoarder has more pets than they can either take care of or provide medical care for. They also tend to keep all animals rather than try to find homes for them, even puppies.

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Denise T.
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Jan 07, 2009

I think a person is a hoarder if they are unable to meet all needs of all the animals that depend on them. Needs being food, water, shelter, exercise, vet care, grooming, love and attention. Some may be a hoarder with 5 animals while others are with over 30.

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Melaniehamm
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Jan 07, 2009

If hoarding was determine by a number than I would be considered a hoarder. I taken in strays all the time. However, I think that someone who hoards has a need to be needed and yet, at the same time, doesn't have the means to take care of what they have taken in.

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Peg L.
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Jan 07, 2009

Like the others, I don't think it's a set number. Really depends on the person(s) involved. But, if they cannot provide the basics of care, (vet care, grooming, socialization skills, housebreaking and basic commands) then they are hoarders.

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Greenkitty44
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Jan 07, 2009

I wouldn't really set a number to it. As long as the animals are happy, healthy and well fed, I think it is fine to have a lot. If the person cannot take care of themselves because of the animals--I think it is a problem. Or if the animals are not taken care of or overcrowded in an area--it is a problem. I have 8 cats and a dog in a large three bedroom two story apartment with a basement....some people think that is a lot--but my cats and the dog all have their own places to go to get away from each other if they want....they are well fed and my place is usually cleaner than most peoples houses who have kids. I also have three aquariums that I keep up. I love and care for my animals. They don't want for anything==they get all the attention and care they need and I think that is the main thing to consider.

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