Someplace—I think it was a social networking site, I get a lot of those with the emails (if you join through that, I get a referral! Make sure you have a spam address. It’s not much, but a couple of bucks a quarter for a few seconds clicking junk email links in the morning is easy to me.) I saw this “the TRUTH about crazy cat ladies” note. You know, the kind of color stuff they put out to start conversations.
It started out with “the average cat lady has only two cats.” Um… then you’re not talking about “cat ladies,” you’re talking about “ladies with cats.” Two cats is what you get if you don’t want to be your pet’s only source of entertainment. Three is what you get if you’ve got that situation and a cat that you expect to die soon. There are probably situations where five or six are perfectly reasonable, other than breeders. (The reason they are “crazy” is because the number of cats they have isn’t rational.) By expanding “cat lady” to include the majority of people with cats—I seem to remember a mention that guys own some percent of cats (which doesn’t even work in their new definition, since multi-cat households belonging to men would be needed)—they made their information worthless. Oh, and there’s another aspect I didn’t think of—want to bet they didn’t control for how many humans were in the house?
So: the truth about crazy cat ladies is that they’re totally normal, so long as you don’t define them as single women with a large number of cats that can’t be explained rationally.
I’d think that the way “crazy cat ladies” tend to be the ones with obvious mental issues—demonstrated by how NASTY their homes are—would also be part of the definition… maybe “more cats than they can reasonably care for, for reasons unrelated to illness or injury”?