As someone who is obsessed with her cats, I secretly hope the answer to the question posed by this article’s title is, “Never. Never too many cats.” I love Foxy (my gray tabby) and Jacques (my black American shorthair) and daydream about adopting kittens (especially little orange ones) on the reg. Alas, this isn't about me. This is about the cats. So, how many cats is too many cats? There is no magic number at which “how many” becomes “too many.” It’s more like a magic threshold one crosses at which point life goes from being “feline-friendly” to “feline-unhealthy.”
For some cat owners, “too many” means two cats. For others, it means nine. Frankly, it all depends on the type of environment and attention you can devote to your kitties. Spoiler alert: You’re not going to get a specific number from us; anyone who gives you one, shouldn’t. To clarify, and to help you identify if and when your quota is met, let’s look at some data, significant insider info and general best practices for raising a healthy cat family.