Caring for one housecat can be hard, but manageable. Ensuring enough exercise, scooping the litter each day, and patching up scratched furniture are just a few of the toils that come with a feline friend. Add 11 more cats…and you’ve got yourself a full-time job. Somehow, Michelle (aka @12CatsLady) makes caring for twelve fluffy Chinchilla Persians look like a piece of cake, as she reveals her life as a “full-time cat mom” on Instagram. In fact, when it comes to daily care, Michelle says the hardest part is not the litter box like one might think. Instead, she shared with Catster: “It’s very hard to keep their eyes clean.”
Michelle never intended to have a house full of cats. “It started when we met our first cat, Yuki…We took her home after rescuing her in the middle of the road where we found her dirty and freezing,” she said. Her compassionate heart continued to give second chances to cats in need, and so a few years later, she adopted two Chinchilla Persians online. The other nine are the Persians’ offspring.
Today, all twelve of Michelle’s cats are spayed and neutered, “so there’s no chance of having kittens from them again.” Plus, she’s in a good place with her twelve fluffy furballs. Breaking all of the stereotypes that come with the phrase “cat lady,” Michelle describes herself as “happy, so it doesn’t really matter what other people think about me having this many cats.” She documents their lives together by taking as many pictures of them as possible. How does she possibly get twelve cats to stay still long enough for the photo? “I wave their favorite feather toy to get their attention and call the names of those who don’t look.”
You can see all of the 12CatLady’s adorable photos of her Persians on Instagram.
A day in the life of a Chinchilla Persian
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