Lynea Lattanzio, founder and owner of The Cat House on the Kings, has become one of the stars of Channel 5’s “Pussies Galore: Love Me, Love My Cats.” The honor elevates Lattanzio to the upper echelons of cat lady fame, a well-deserved level of respect for the woman who shares her California abode with 1,100 cats.
The Cat House on the Kings’ beginnings evolved when Lattanzio entered a new phase in her life. The former beauty queen had funds, a Ferarri and a private jet. But although Lattanzio found herself surrounded by great stuff and a husband, she discovered that the material goods and the man weren’t making her happy.
Opting to flip her life upside down, Lattanzio got a divorce and used her divorce settlement to buy a five-bedroom home in Fresno County, Ca., on the banks of Kings River. Her new roomies? Four felines.
“I have found that I can get along a lot better with cats than I do with most people,” Lattanzio told The Guardian. “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.”
Lattanzio has received media attention in the past for her charitable efforts, including a spot on Animal Planet’s “Must Love Cats.”
Once on her own, however, Lattanzio began amassing a large crew of kitties and, before she knew it, they had taken over every room of the house, from her bedrooms to the dining area where she once hosted twice-weekly dinner parties. Finding cat vomit in her ear was the final straw, sending Lattanzio packing to a bungalow next door. Ultimately, the cycle began again: taking in a cat or two, which turned into two more, and two more.
Today, Lattanzio’s property has completely gone to the cats. Her swimming pool has been filled; an area called “Tent City” stands as a recreational spot for cats; a hospice for terminally ill cats has been crafted; and there’s even a feline Holiday Inn complete with heaters and ceiling fans for any temps imaginable.
Take a peek at Lattanzio’s life with her 1,100 seriously loved-up locally adopted strays on Channel 5’s “Pussies Galore: Love Me, Love My Cats.” You know you want to.