Pussies Galore: Love Me, Love My Cats
The Cat House on the Kings is the largest cat rescue place of its kind in the world. And its founder and owner, Lynea Lattanzio, is the cattiest cat lady in the world. There are other cat people in Pussies Galore: Love Me, Love My Cats (Channel 5). Posh Sue in Devon, who fits with the people-look-like-their-pets thing, and Richard saving Lancashire’s strays. But Lynea is the standout star.
She was a beauty queen, then she was married with a load of money, a Ferrari, private jet and everything, but she was miserable. With her divorce settlement she bought a beautiful five-bedroom house on the banks of the Kings River in Fresno County, California, and moved in with her four cats.
It always starts that way: just a few. Then a few more … Lynea just can’t say no to a cat. “I have found that I can get along a lot better with cats than I do with most people,” she says. “They don’t care what I look like in the morning, they don’t care if I’m grouchy, they don’t care if I yell. They love me because they know that I take care of them.” Well, they love you because you feed them.
And they repay that love by taking over her lovely house; this used to be her bedroom, and here was the dining room where she used to have dinner parties twice a week. Now it’s just cats who sleep and eat there. Lynea was forced out. The final straw was when they started to throw up in her ear.
She moved into a little bungalow next door, but she got more cats and they’re taking that over as well. And all the grounds. The swimming pool got filled in (“I don’t have time to go swimming any more”) with dirt, like a giant cat litter tray. Lynea built a cat Holiday Inn, with ceiling fans and heating for the winter. There’s an area she calls Tent City, for hippyish cats who want more of a festival vibe, or maybe for refugee cats. There’s even a hospice for terminally ill cats; it was probably those ones vomiting in her ear.
Now she has around 1,100 cats. ELEVEN HUNDRED. Lynea will probably be on the street soon. And when she dies, they won’t be able to get her in the coffin, because it will be full of cats.