It all began with one cat in December of 2010 – abandoned, sad, wet, and cold, waiting for help in the center of the road. This cat was taken in by Michelle, and was named Yuki.
Over time, Michelle recognized that Yuki needed a little company. When she came across two cats, she simply could not pick one. Two more cats came home – Momo and Shou. Poor Momo was a sickly little cat, and Shou was very badly matted. Michelle knew she could save them and allow them to thrive under her care.
Then, well, nine kittens came along!
Animal lover Michelle lives in Japan and is a mother to 12 Persian Chinchilla cats. She runs an Instagram account called “12 Cats Lady”, where she posts all about her big cat family.
The twelve cats are Yuki, Shou, Momo, Blackie, Bruce, Kaya, Karu, Yuri, Ai, James, Tiger, and Goodie.
The Instagram page now has over 230,000 followers. Everyone loves to see this big family of fluffy kitties!
Michelle feeds her cats well, with tuna and boiled chicken. She estimates that she spends around $90 a week feeding all of the cats.
All in all, Michelle says the cats get along with each other. Just like in any family, there are a few little fights, but it is quickly solved.