Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Cat Lady Thought She Could Handle1,000 Cats, But She Had No Idea.

She Loved Cats

She Loved Cats

Lynea Lattanzio / Facebook

This self-proclaimed “ultimate crazy cat lady” turned her life upside down, but there was a reason for her madness. For years she had remained an urban legend. Then, she opened her doors to an interview. But when the cameramen approached her property, they immediately realized that this cat lover had severely underestimated the situation.

How It All Started

How It All Started

Lynea Lattanzio / Facebook

The year was 1992, and Lynea Lattanzio’s dad needed her help to pick out some new cats to replace the two who had passed away. The California resident was so excited when she headed to the animal shelter. She wound up bringing home 15 kittens. Before the year was over, Lattanzio had rescued 96 cats. She realized she had reached the point of no return.

Over Her Head

Over Her Head

The Cat House on the Kings / Facebook

"I like cats because they are independent, they are beautiful, they are just graceful, and I enjoy watching them," Lattanzio shared with Barcroft TV. It was obvious that limiting herself to a few furry friends wouldn’t cut it for her. “When I first started this endeavor, I was out my own pocket for 7 years. I spent my retirement, I sold my car, I sold my wedding ring,” she shared. But she didn’t realize that she was in way over her head.

Lowering Medical Costs

Lowering Medical Costs

Lynea Lattanzio / Facebook

To keep the felines’ medical costs down, Lattanzio became a veterinarian technician in 1993. This also taught her how to make her cats’ lives a little better. But the feline population in her home grew and soon she found herself overwhelmed. As the kitties overran her home, she decided she needed help.

The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary

The Cat House on the Kings / Facebook

As the years passed, her love for cats grew. She even entertained the notion of turning her property into a non-profit organization dedicated to helping cats find a safe home. Eventually, she managed to accomplish her goal. She created The Cat House on the Kings sanctuary. But Lattanzio still had other goals she desperately needed to meet.

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