“Dear Dr. Kim”

“Dear Dr. Kim,
“I recently started dating a nice girl, and things were going well for a while. Then she invited me over to her place for the first time (for Saturday brunch), and I noticed that she had four cats. I’m not allergic to cats, and in fact I quite like them. But isn’t four cats a little excessive?”
—Worried, Scranton

Dear Worried,
Run, do not walk, to the Relationship Exit. Any single woman who owns more than one cat has issues so profound and so dangerous (for a relationship) that I dare not speak of them in polite company. But don’t take my word for it: ask any of your male friends for a second opinion. If anything, their advice will be stronger than mine.
—Dr. Kim


  1. I think you’re being too strict, Kim. My rule is a 2 cat limit if you ever want to get laid again.

    1. Hmmm… two cats to get laid? Pass.

      And that’s DOCTOR Kim to you, Miss Cat Person.

      1. DOCTOR Kim, I refer to the definition of “cat lady” as 2+. I’ve always been careful never to exceed to legal limit.

        In cats, anyway.

  2. I would also go with a two cat max for a single, with a better mix being one cat and one dog. Total cat number for a house is probably three, though my folks are usually happier with only two.

    However, as a single, I once found myself with 12 cats a few years ago. I was housesitting for a friend, who had an awesome house with a rifle range on property. It so happened that his two cats were rather round around the waist, and the next thing you know, tons if kittens. Outside kitties the lot. It is kind of fun and relaxing to have a ton of kittens to cuddle and play with, but even more relaxing to haul the mommies to the vet to level out the numbers.

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