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By Kathie Freeman

Cats are becoming increasingly popular as pets these days, and a big question is, how many cats should a family have? For some people, one is more than enough, others have half a dozen or more. Here are some sure- fire ways to know when you've reached your limit. You know you have too many cats when:

  • Your annual cat food bill is more than the combined Gross National Product of Liechtenstein, Andorra, and San Marino.
  • Your last three cats are named Puss, Kitty-cat, and Hey You.
  • You and your spouse are sleeping on the floor because there's no more room in the bed.
  • The cleaning lady at the vet's office calls you by your first name.
  • All your windowsills are occupied.
  • Your neighbors forget your last name and start referring to you as "you know, the cat people".
  • You have to change the vacuum cleaner bags every week.
  • You're running out of corners to put litter boxes in.
  • Even your coffee table has a slip cover.
  • The most important crop in your garden every year is catnip.
  • You can't remember what a house plant looks like.
  • Flea collars smell good to you.
  • You actually understand what your cats are saying.
  • More than half your mail comes from Purina and Friskies.
  • Every year you get a personally autographed Christmas card from Morris.
  • Your cat door has been replaced three times.
  • For Mothers Day last year the kids pooled their money and bought you an electric cat brush.
  • You thought it was the perfect gift.

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Kathie Freeman a long-time cat person who has been owned by as many as 13 cats at once, simultaneously, and at the same time. She is the author of two books, "Catwalk, a Feline Odyssey" and "The Retro" as well as a number of short stories and articles, many of which can be read free at Kathie's Stories and Tails

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