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Jeff J.
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I have an elderly parent who's getting worse by the month, both physically and mentally. I moved her into my house a couple years back and she started hoarding cats. I now have about 20 stray cats in my back yard. They want to keep her in the hospital because her condition isn't good, but she is fighting to leave because she's afraid the stray cats won't get fed. Does anyone else deal with things like that?

I can go to a judge and have her admitted, but I hate to do that.
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I can't stand cats, so I am biased, but I would feel the same way about dogs:

It's your house. Call animal control. Tell her the truth.
Things are more like they are today than they've ever been before...
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It's a weird transition, but there sometimes comes a point when the role of child and parent have to reverse. When my father-in-law came to live with us during his hospice care, my (then) wife and I had to set rules, regarding driving, smoking, and some other things. We had to do these things not only for his well-being, but for ours, as well. It feels odd to have to take command, but it is YOUR domain, and it would be assumed your judgement is better than theirs.

I don't know your situation, but that many cats (most probably feral), are probably getting expensive to feed, may cause issues with neighbors, and is probably not great for the cats, especially when winter sets in.

Just my opinion, but you need to get a handle on this soon.

If she does end up in a hospital for a more than likely permanent stay, then you can use your own best judgement as to how you handle the cats and the story she gets.

Good luck.
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Jeff J.
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On 2012-07-11 11:49, ClintonMagus wrote:
I can't stand cats, so I am biased, but I would feel the same way about dogs:

It's your house. Call animal control. Tell her the truth.


Don't get me started on animal control. I've been calling them for months. I have yet to get a call back from them.
Jeff J.
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My main focus is trying to keep her in the hospital on her own free will. I don't want to "force" her into an extended stay. I'm working with social services at the hospital.
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Live animal traps, easy solution, she won't know.
turn them into animal control.
you don't want her being raided for the cats because of neighbor complaints
I worked as a repo man for a few yrs and encountered 2 cat ladies
the smell was enough to make me throw up
and talk about disgusting
cat people have no respect for the animals they horde or themselves.
disease and dead cats in the house.
nasty nasty
Jeff J.
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She's open to animal control. She if fine with them taking the cats and kittens. She just has a problem with them out back hungry. My problem is getting animal control to even call me back. I've been trying for a couple months. On a positive note, I talked her into staying in the hospital at least another day. That gives me time to figure out my options.
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Getting old sucks?

It's when you're not sucking anymore that worries me... Smile
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On 2012-07-11 14:42, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
Getting old sucks?

It's when you're not sucking anymore that worries me... Smile


Dude! That's his Mom!
"The fool is one who doesn't know what you have just found out."
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Jeff J.
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On 2012-07-11 14:42, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
Getting old sucks?

It's when you're not sucking anymore that worries me... Smile


Dude! That's his Mom!


It's all good. He didn't mean anything personal by that. I'm not that fragile, but thanks critter. Smile
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Pakar knows I wasn't attacking him. We be bros. Smile
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On 2012-07-11 15:11, Old Scratch Johnson wrote:
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On 2012-07-11 14:44, critter wrote:
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On 2012-07-11 14:42, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
Getting old sucks?

It's when you're not sucking anymore that worries me... Smile


Dude! That's his Mom!


It's all good. He didn't mean anything personal by that. I'm not that fragile, but thanks critter. Smile


I apologize for the misunderstanding.

I did not mean that Scratch. (critter, it wasn't meant for his Mom.)

Sorry.
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Jeff J.
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On 2012-07-11 15:17, critter wrote:
Pakar knows I wasn't attacking him. We be bros. Smile


So you're a willing partner on talking trash about my mom?
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Darned internet. I can't tell if you're teasing.
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Jeff J.
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I'm teasing. Smile
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My bad this. Smile
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Jeff J.
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It takes a lot to get me angry. Nobody's quite gotten to that point yet.
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Someday you will be there....
Jeff J.
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On 2012-07-11 15:23, Pakar Ilusi wrote:
My bad this. Smile


I never said I forgave YOU.....
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On 2012-07-11 15:24, Old Scratch Johnson wrote:
It takes a lot to get me angry. Nobody's quite gotten to that point yet.


Thanks. Good to know you can jest even at times like this.

All the best.
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