You know you’ve become a real life ‘cat lady’ when you share your 5 bedroom, 4,200 sq ft home with 1,100 cats and end up moving to a mobile home on the same property due to the sheer volume of cats! Now we’d call that serious cat love…wouldn’t you? This is an inspirational story that touched our hearts.
Owner of The Cat House On The Kings, Lynea Lattanzio says: “There wasn’t room for me anymore. I ended up with 60 some cats in my bedroom with dogs and I just said that’s it and I moved out.”
The story began in 1992 when Lynea’s father asked for her help in finding a new cat. She came home with 15 kittens. Now at age 67 she has been surrounded by feline friends and jokingly remarks: “I’m gonna say that I’m at the top of the list of the eccentric, crazy cat ladies” …“I’ve taken in and lived with 28,000 cats. That’s probably a record.”
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This 12 acre property known as ‘Cat House on the Kings’ is California’s largest no-cage, no-kill, life time cat sanctuary and adoption center. They currently house 800 adult cats and 300 kittens, which have all been taken in as either feral or abandoned animals in need of a home.
Their mission is to place rescued cats and kittens into loving, permanent homes; to provide a safe, happy and healthy home for unwanted cats and kittens in a unique, no-cage facility; to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering; and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership.
In addition to their sanctuary they have an adoption center and even offer educational assistance in behavioral problems with cats as well as helping people in finding new homes for their cats. Upon arrival at The Cat House, every cat is given any necessary medical care, and is spayed/neutered and vaccinated. They are then placed in cottages where they can become familiar with their surroundings. Once they’re comfortable with their new digs, they are released onto the sanctuary grounds, and can roam about at will. The grounds are fully fenced and secure.
The cats live out their lives in our sanctuary until they are either adopted or die of old age — however long that may be.
The daily routine for feeding alone takes six people two hours to prepare the food and deliver it throughout the 12 acres.