Ultimate Cat Lady: Woman Shares Her Home With 1,100 Felines
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Ultimate Cat Lady: Woman Shares Her Home With 1,100 Felines

October 21, 2019


LYNEA LATTANZIO: I’m gonna say that I’m at the top of the list of the eccentric crazy
cat ladies! LYNEA LATTANZIO: I like cats because they’re independent, they’re beautiful, they
are just graceful, and I enjoy watching them. I have taken in and lived with 28,000 cats.
That’s probably a record! COMM: The Cat House on the Kings is California’s largest no-cage sanctuary for feral and abandoned
cats. Founded by Lynea Lattanzio in her home, the sanctuary currently houses around 800
adult cats and 300 kittens, and the sheer numbers have forced Lynea to move out of the
main house. LYNEA LATTANZIO: This is my boy. There wasn’t room for me anymore. I ended up with 60-something
cats in my bedroom, with dogs, and I just said that’s it, and I moved out. We had
a rental on the property, and I moved to that rental. I went from a 4,200-square-foot 5-bedroom
home with a pool, and a wet bar and a view of the river to a 1,600-1,800 sq foot mobile
home with a view of a rusty metal shed. I’ve come up in the world. This is my cat free
zone. Ha! Ha! COMM: In 1992, Lynea’s father had asked her to help him find some new cats. She went
to an animal shelter and bought home 15 kittens. By the end of the year she’d rescued and
re-homed 96 cats. It was then that she realised she’d found her calling. LYNEA LATTANZIO: When I first started this endeavour, I was out of my own pocket for
seven years. I spent my retirement, I sold my car, I sold my wedding ring. LYNEA LATTANZIO: He is so fat. COMM: In 1993, she became a veterinary technician to help keep the animals’ medical costs
down, and the number of cats continue to grow. The sanctuary is now so big that Lynea has
staff and a team of volunteers to help run it. LYNEA LATTANZIO: Currently for food, litter, maintenance, staffing, vet, medical, we are
at 1.6 million US dollars a year. TERESA ANGEL: We come in about 4 o’clock in the morning and you know, we start by feeding.
It usually takes us, like maybe like thirty minutes to an hour to feed everyone. FRANK LAVERS: When I first started here, I wasn’t really a cat person but after that you know,
you work with them five days a week, you get attached to them. Everybody has different
characteristics, and you get to know them, and they get to know you. They kind of wait
for you when you walk in the gate. It’s pretty cool, man. LYNEA LATTANZIO: This is our ICU. We have a hospital, an ICU, a kitten quarantine,
a senior quarantine, but that is where our critically ill cats stay. We have a vet that
comes once a week to check our animals. We take animals into him every day for check.
And we have seven vet techs on staff. COMM: When a generous donor left Lynea her estate in 2004, the profits from the sale
allowed her to buy the neighbouring land and expand the grounds to twelve acres and install
cat-proof fencing round the perimeter, meaning all the cats could roam freely. LYNEA LATTANZIO: See, under the trees, all those are cats over there. There is one on
the straw. There is, that’s their feeding station, and their bedding, and their heater
back there but, see there is a cat over there. COMM: As much as Lynea loves the cats, her aim is to find them new homes; not to keep
them for herself. LYNEA LATTANZIO: If you are interested in adopting, you would go to our website and
fill out the adoption form. There is five hundred up for adoption that are friendly
and ready to go. LYNEA LATTANZIO: (sneezes) I must be alergic to cats. Bless you. LYNEA LATTANZIO: Thank you.

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  1. I'd love to adopt one but I'm still a kid and we can't we live in a place where we cant have animal but we have a service dog that's the only reason we have animal

  2. And I thought my 8 cats were a lot lmao 😆 I don’t adopt kitten btw because in my area 30 kittens get adopted every day and the older cats just still there and nobody really pays and attention to them so I rather get a older cat ❤️

  3. Oh my gosh this is crazy 😜 I also love cats but I don’t think I can live with 1100 cats 😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣 this woman is Catwoman ♥️♥️♥️

  4. couldn't it have been better if shr takes care of poor children atleast so that when she grows old they can take care of her😩

  5. The way you describe your cats are amazing. Also most people say they like cats better or dogs better you have both dogs and cats so unique from different cat lady’s.

  6. I also had an opinion before watching the video but she changed my mind. what a wonderfully ran facility! totally impressed and thankful to see those cats cared for and clean. bravo

  7. God Bless you and keep you happy and healthy many long years and happiness. It's so amazing to see just one person make a difference like this. You saved so many innocent lives from the streets and dedicated your life to them…. I take care of a few strays as well so I know it's hard work… Love light and Many blessings to you darling women❤️❤️❤️❤️

  8. I like cats too, but it must smell in there even tho it looks clean. If not how does she do it? I have two cats and a dog and its a lot of work to keep things free of oder.

  9. I have one cat. Her name is Layla. She is indoor. We share an apartment. I spend a lot of time with her. I wondered how this woman cleaned all their litter, fed them, etc….. When she said she had a staff I thought oh cool. That many cats in one house would make me nervous trying not to step on them.

  10. wow, how cost for those cats, wonderful kindly lady… i have 3 cats at home and it has given me busy mainly to clean for their feces 2x/day of litter box, food, sanitary, vaccine n so on….. i enjoy thiis, but i am sure to give up for 100 cats. add: 800 adults n 300 kittens wooooooowwwwwwww

  11. I've always wanted to visit here. But I think if I ever stepped foot on cat house on the kings land they would have to physically pull me off.

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