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Wed, Feb 6 | By Matt Van Hoven | 1134

SIBERIA, Russia – A Russian woman from the Siberian town of Novosibirsk says she's the only hope for the community's stray cats. Nina Kotova has a special affinity for felines. She says if she didn't care for the 136 cats living in he… more ›

Russia: Woman has 136 Cats in 3 Bdrm Apt
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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

I hope someone steps in and helps her.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

I hope this brings international attention--it sounds like they need to set up a shelter/rescue program.

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Phg1912
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Phg1912
5 years ago

This is a type of illness.

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

I'm sorry, but you cannot care for that number of cats by yourself in that amount of space. Heck, I would love to bring home all the dogs at our local shelter (I am not a cat person at all) but I know that the money and attention needed for just one dog can be hard to give when your life is hectic. This poor woman needs mental help to get to the root of why she feels she needs this many cats.

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Jbobstep
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Jbobstep
5 years ago

There are rescuers and hoarders all over this world it seems.

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HUMANE SOCIETY O.
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HUMANE SOCIETY O.
5 years ago

Surprising that the smell can be kept down and that the neighbor's aren't complaining more.

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Ihatesnow
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Ihatesnow
5 years ago

So sad that there is no help for her

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ArthurCurtis
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ArthurCurtis
5 years ago

I just hope they are/could be spayed/neutered. My first thought is NOT of hoarding but that she is performing a service noone else is willing to do.

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BHOLTZ
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BHOLTZ
5 years ago

I can see how the cats can be healthy in this situation.

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BHOLTZ
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BHOLTZ
5 years ago

typo...I CAN'T see how this can be healthy.

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

This cannot be healthy for the cats or for her. have them gotten any vet care?

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

The problem I see is that many, if not most, hoarders begin with compassionate intentions. Even though it's a very different country than ours, the situation of being the only "cat lady" in town is similar to that in many small towns in the U.S. Even with severely cold temperatures, feral cat colonies find places where they survive. Better she should use her limited funds on spaying and neutering (surely there's a vet somewhere in the vicinity), then releasing the majority of the cats when the temperatures begin to rise. The current situation is unhealthy on many levels, not least of all for the cats.

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Meryl O.
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Meryl O.
5 years ago

Mercy, and I am thinking eight is a lot! The situation must have got out of hand and I wonder if they have been altered. Yes, the community should step in and help her out.

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

The women may be a hoarder, but most likely not. She is stuck in a very bad position where Russia is not going to establish any animal control offices. It is the community who is at fault as they could all come together to build and maintain a facility! Instead, they just dump more on this lady who doesn't want to see any of them freeze to death. Would you?

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

Ahhh...the subject I love to hate: companion animal hoarding. I love (not) the phrasing "appearance of hoarding." Sorry. Russian or American, this woman's a hoarder, and the neighbor seems to have the more compassionate viewpoint.

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L.H.S.
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L.H.S.
5 years ago

In one aspect, a hoarder is defined by the fact that the person thinks NO ONE else can take better care of these animals. But this does not appear to be the case here as she IS THE ONLY one who CAN take care of them or wants to.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

I can see how a person would want to help out the strays and then it just gets out of hand but you would think that at some point you couldn't do anymore or you would get help.

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Good grief!!

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

Just reminds us that even if we think our shelters are overwhelmed and in need of makeovers, it's even worse in other countries. Maybe zootoo should take it's makeover money over there, instead, and create a shelter

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

Great idea!

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

Wow. It would be nice if they build a shelter there.

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Beth M.
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Beth M.
5 years ago

I love cats but maybe not that much! Bless the woman!

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Allison M.
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Allison M.
5 years ago

And my husband thinks three cats in a one bedroom condo is bad! I'm going to make him read this article!

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Debby
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Debby
5 years ago

lol.. that is cute.. it's cozier.
I couldn't imagine only three bedrooms..

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

This is just a mess. There is definitely a problem here regardless of whether the animals are spayed or neutered. If they are not, the problem will obviously get worse. Too bad so many people in her town seem to not care.

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

No way any one can keep a place with that number of cats. Not enough lint rollers in the world.

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Ro V.
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Ro V.
5 years ago

If Bill cheats on Hillary again, there is a place where she can now send him!

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colleen  t.
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colleen t.
5 years ago

all I can say is ~WOW~ and I thought taking care of 3 kitties was a chore, but over hundred.......blows my mind, and able to keep a clean house, she's truly a angel, for taking in the stray's, hope there is some type of help for her, would love to see a follow up on this story

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Carol L.
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Carol L.
5 years ago

Normally I would be against a story like this with hoarding animals BUT if she is the only option and people drop them off and they are fed and the apartment is clean then she indeed has a good heart. I would wonder if someone could help with spaying and neutering of these animals, it would be nice if she received some type of assistance.

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Paws4acause
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Paws4acause
5 years ago

I hope this lady somehow is able to open a rescue for cats. It would be nice if someone could let her have bigger place for free or even cheap rent untill one day she might open a rescue of her own. Id like a follow up on this story to see if the publicity has helped her in any way.

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Chris
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Chris
5 years ago

I'd like a follow-up on this story.

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Chris
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Chris
5 years ago

Great heart this woman has. I hope someone helps her out & donates space so she can start a rescue shelter.

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Alexis93
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Alexis93
6 years ago

What a situation! I don't see any great solutions

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Jumbo
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Jumbo
6 years ago

whoa

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Cindy W.
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Cindy W.
6 years ago

it is a nice story but I just hope they all get fixed.

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Lilharleygal
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Lilharleygal
6 years ago

I hope these cats are spayed and neutered. I can't imagine having that many cats. And Dad says we have too many!

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Jeanie F.
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Jeanie F.
6 years ago

Good intentions; however, is this any way for an animal to live even if it is being fed and housed?

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Hauler
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Hauler
6 years ago

Poor lady. She is helping in the only way she can. Maybe others will step in to help find a better way and she can still be involved!

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Michelle G.
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Michelle G.
6 years ago

I wish there were a way this woman could get some help. Her heart is causing her to do this. I'm sure she would much rather see each of them have a home with a family that can give them the individual attention they deserve. What will happen to all of them when she's gone?

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Penguin
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Penguin
6 years ago

I think this lady has very good intentions, but is she truly saving the cats by having so many in such small quarters. And how are they being cared for medically? There's no way she could afford a vet bill for that many.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

I can't imagine trying to care for this many cats, especially in such a small place. I hope she can get some help or find some homes and the cats will receive the care and attention they need.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
6 years ago

I hope she gets some help!

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Holy cow!!!! I can't imagine how she can keep up with the mess

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Ashton B.
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Ashton B.
6 years ago

wow

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Sandra P.
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Sandra P.
6 years ago

This is a sad situation where she is trying to help these cats but managed to let it get out of control. Hopefully, someone will step in and help her. I know she is only trying to save them, but this is no way for them to be living either.

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kristie n.
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kristie n.
6 years ago

she definitly went overboard...but it goes 2 show that she loves animals

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

I have no doubt that Nina Kotava is a loving caring woman and that she is indeed saving the lives of all those cats. The story reported that it was undetermined if Nina had her cats spayed, neutered or vaccinated. Based on the number of cats and the substantial costs involved, I rather doubt it. But she should certainly be blessed.

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TimDemp30
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TimDemp30
6 years ago

Stories such as these are always sad. Folks are just trying to do the right thing, but they don't realize how bad the situation has become for the animals. Hopefully others hearing the story in her area can help out. You can understand her situation if she knows the cats will be killed outside her home.

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

i admire her for what she is trying to do but I am not quite sure this is good for the cats.

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Sally1234123
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Sally1234123
6 years ago

How could this lady care for all of the cats?Think of how much it costs first the check ups,then the food,then anything else.The cost of all of this would have to be high. could understand her being nice and I think she should get a reward.But the time you should spend with the pets each well at least I would say 25 minutes with each cat to just play and make sure the cat is alright.Yes she may be doing it good to you but to just look at it in another way well It is all bad.

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

I commend her for her compassion, but it is a health hazard, must be a better way to care for all the cats.

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Patty  B.
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Patty B.
6 years ago

Good thoughts but this is way too many cats!

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mARY ANN M.
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mARY ANN M.
6 years ago

I suspect given the economy in Russia there are likely no shelters or alternatives but it seems this is a situation where disease is just waiting to happen due to the cramped situations and the drop offs and near starvation conditions I am sure some of the rescues are in when they arrive. I hope she has access to at least some vet in town or a nearby town that has been willing to neuter or spay but I suspect that may be a long shot also.

Best of luck to her.

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

I think that 136 cats is just too much for a 3 bedroom home. The lady has a good heart but she has to think of the cats. There must be some sort of shelter that would take these cats in and I'm sure some need to be spayed or neutered and medical tests. By her own kindness, she is hurting the cats.

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

Some of these cat people get really out of control - some kind of mental illness...

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