In this world, there are cat ladies and then there is 67-year-old Lynea Lattanzio. In case you're unfamiliar with the term "cat lady," it refers to a generally older woman who has adopted multiple cats. The term often has a slightly negative connotation, implying an elderly widow or spinster (a woman who never married) who fills her life with cats as a way to compensate for not really having any close friends or family.
While that may or may not be the case in many instances, there's no denying that Lynea is the ultimate cat lady and in her particular case, that's the best possible thing that could happen. A resident of Parlier, California, Lynea runs The Cat House on the Kings, the largest no-kill, no-cage cat sanctuary in California for feral and abandoned cats. Lynea's fascination with cats has been lifelong, starting in her childhood and following her well into her career in the veterinary field as an adult.
When she got older, she traded in her comfortable 4,200 square-foot home for an 1,800 square-foot trailer on a six-acre lot where she houses roughly 800 cats and another 300 kittens! Obviously, with that many cats around Lynea has a team of volunteers to help her out. Feedings start at 4 a.m. and any wounded or seriously ill cats are also given the medical attention they need.