Kathryn and her family

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Kathryn's animal hoarding is hurting her daughter, Margie, and affecting her relationship with her fiancé, Ron. Margie has lived with the cats all of her life, but says Ron knows it's not normal. Although he met Kathryn after the hoarding began, he "just thought this would be an issue that we would have to work on," he says.

Margie: I don't really have a lot of friends over because I am embarrassed to have 81 cats and six dogs.

Ron: Having so many animals has put a hold on us getting married. I know it's going to hurt her to give a lot of them up. They have been her babies. But it's time for a change.

Kathryn: The reality is I don't want to live like this anymore. I'm hoping that I'll be able to part with them. I don't know how I got here. What the heck was I thinking? Jeez.
FROM: Inside the Secret Lives of Hoarders
Published on May 06, 2005