She started fostering cats in 1992 after a divorce and acquired 96 by the end of the year – successfully rehoming all of them.

In 1993 she became a veterinary technician to help keep the animals’ medical costs down and the number of cats continued to grow.

Lynea Lattanzio in her kitchen at the Cat House on the Kings. More than 1,000 cats currently stay with her.

Lynea Lattanzio in her kitchen at the Cat House on the Kings.

The cats are allowed to roam free throughout the five-bedroom home.

Lynea, who was banned by her mother from keeping a cat as a child, said: ‘I’m at the top of the list of eccentric cat ladies – I don’t think there has been anyone who has lived with 28,000 cats in 24 years. That’s probably a record.

‘Back then I was single, had no kids and bought this 4,200 square foot home and thought what am I thinking.

TEAM WORK

One of the cats currently taken in at the Cat House on the Kings sanctuary.

The team starts feedings at the shelter at 4am and they also give medical attention to critically ill cats.

‘We have an ICU and a vet that comes once a week to check our animals.’

And as much as Lynea loves the cats her aim is to find them new homes, not to keep them for herself.

‘I love cats because they’re independent, they’re beautiful and graceful.