I didn't read all the posts, just the first 3 pages. While I tend to agree 15 cats are too many, I don't agree that more than 2 is not "normal" (saw a few posts that leaned towards that). We have 4 indoor only cats, 1 indoor dog and 2 outdoor dogs. All are spayed/neutered and have their annual shots along with every other month grooming. When DH was deployed, it was alot for me to handle with a baby but I did it and the house was clean; I am a clean freak. All of our furbabies were rescued, either from the human society or off the streets. DD does wonderful with them, and they with her. And like others have said, unless you saw my kids, you would not know we had 4 cats and a dog in the house.