When 33-year-old Kelly Cruse’s husband gave her an ultimatum: either she get rid of her 35 cats or he walks, Cruse did the only thing that seemed logical – ditched her intolerant hubs in favor of her beloved felines!
“I wasn’t happy in the relationship and, at one point, he said ‘its me or the cats’,” Cruse told The Mirror. “I don’t respond well to ultimatums, so I told him to go.”
Cruse now resides with her 35 Snowshoe cats, five Chihuahuas, one Doberman and children. Cruse, an award-winning cat breeder responsible for bringing international notoriety to the Snowshoe breed, spends more than $23,000 per year on vet bills, has had to modify her living space to accommodate her felines and minimize health risk.
The walls are coated in white plastic to prevent the spread of disease and smell; but, regardless of the necessary adjustments, Cruse has never been happier – the cats are her life!
“It does get a bit hectic at time[s], but the children love being able to run freely with the dogs and I love my cats,” said Cruse. “Some people might think I am crazy – but I can’t imagine a world living without them.”
Cruse, a self-professed cat lady, did not begin keeping cats until 2002, when her doctor recommended that doing so would help her allergies. A love affair quickly blossomed between Cruse and her felines, much to her then-husband’s chagrin, forcing him out of the home, and leaving room for Cruse to indulge her hobby: breeding Snowshoe’s.
“I don’t make any money out of it, it’s more of a hobby, but I like helping the bloodline of the snowshoe cat,” said Cruse, a web developer and full-time mom. “The snowshoe is a great breed of cat, they are a Siamese cousin, with white feet. They are very dog like, and they adore people and like to be touched. I don’t keep them all, most of them I only keep for one or two litters, until about two years old, when they go on to their forever home. I’ve probably bred about 200 cats, but I stand by each one through the whole of their lives.”
As for the unnamed ultimatum-setting hubby, Cruse feels his departure was for the best.
“The children still see him regularly, but we’re much happier as a family now,” Cruse said.
What are your thoughts? Would you ever ditch your significant other for your felines?