There are many things to consider when owning more than two cats. After reading this I assure you, you will never end up being the crazy cat lady of your neighborhood. Going beyond a pair you have to really take your living space, litter boxes, accessible windows, and outdoor space into consideration. Here are three ways to help you decide how many cats is just too many.

One Cat per Bedroom

This is a basic rule that will never get you in trouble with over occupying your space. If you have a one bedroom home, one cat is plenty but you can go up to two without being overcrowded. For a two bedroom, it is two cats, for three bedrooms, three cats, I am sure you get the idea here.

Single, Double, And Two-Story Living

With the addition of floors, you can add more cats. A single floor living space needs to follow the above ruling exactly. A ranch which is two floors (basement and first floor) can add in an extra cat beyond the bedroom number so long as the basement space is clean and livable. A two-story home generally has 2 floors and a basement space. Again, you can add an extra cat for the upstairs and another if the basement is clean and livable.

Square Footage

This is a very basic guideline with a square footage of a space. Anything under 1000 should not have more than 2 cats. For every 500 square feet after 1000, you can add one cat. So a home that is 1500 square feet, you can usually house 3 cats comfortably. A home that is 2000 can be fitting for 4 cats.

Things to also consider :

  • Dogs: If your home also occupies dogs, for every dog you have to minus 1 or 2 cats to the rules above.

  • Children: If you have children sharing one bedroom, minus 1 cat for this as well.

  • Litter Boxes: One box is enough for 2 cats, BUT you will want an extra litter box for every cat after that. So owning 4 cats, you will want a minimum of 3 boxes.

Below is a basic chart to show you how many cats per bedroom, per livable floor space you can have under one roof as a basic guideline. Outside of this, individual cat personalities will greatly play a role in how many cats can be in one home. Some cats are more forgiving of space, whilst others are more territorial.

NOTE: Outdoor enclosures will allow for more cats under one home as it doubles as a livable/play area for your cat. Depending on the size, you can have as many as 3 more cats under one roof.

How many cats do you have in your home? Share with us in the comments!

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Melissa
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Melissa

I have a full basement with 2 rooms , the next level is 2 bedrooms and a bathroom, living area and kitchen, then upstairs is a whole attic completely made into my teenage sons room. We have 7 cats and 2 kittens. I clean 11 litterboxes twice a day. All my cats are spayed or neutered, microchiped and up to date on all shots..j guess you could say I am the crazy cat lady of my town.

Megan
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Megan

A lady around the block from me has 37 cats and 2 dogs and none of the pets ever come out. write to whomever you like her name is Chris and her address ________ I believe this is horrible for the animals and for her and she isnt very nice and I hear her yell all the time. The smell that comes from her house is nauseating when she opens her windows, fortunately she has central air but not fortunate for the animals. I see animal control there often and no animals are ever taken. Is this acceptable

Joi
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Joi

I have 2 cats and thinking about keeping my 2 kittens as well I have a. 3 story 6 bedroim house I think I have plenty space…

Kene
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Kene

I have a neighbor & she has 12 to 14 cats in a 600 square feet cottage, plus 2 large dogs. She is always taking one to the vet. I truly believe she is a hoarder but when you talk to her about it she will get weepy & say they are her family. She is a hoarder of material things too. I have no idea what to do at this point. ……….HELP!!!

Melissa
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Melissa

My husband and I have had 4 in a large 2 bedroom, 2 floor condo/townhouse. We also have 1 1/2 bathrooms AND a big deck for the kitties….You can live quite comfy with them and did I mention, we have 2 teen sons 😉

Alezana Elaine
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Alezana Elaine

I have three cats in a two bedroom 1000square foot apartment and they’re as happy as could be so I don’t think it’s so strict as long as you know if they’re happy and you take care of them as if they are your own children, that’s what I do.

Sandy
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Sandy

Never too many! #crazycatlady