that is not too many animals at all! I am being called the Mad Cat Lady at the moment as my husband and I have currently got 8 rescue cats, some of which are now our own but some are being fostered. At one point we had 13, as we had 8 kittens who were being fostered, v small and had been abandoned - 2 different litters. Sadly 4 died, all with the same symptoms, but we still tried to help. Some people have cats who don't care where their human companions are in the house and are happy to be independent. I wish! Our 8 have to be wherever we are!! we lock them out of the bedroom at night so we can get a decent night's sleep but when we open the door in the morning they race in to say hello and try hard to trip us up in the process! Hey ho - some of my friends don't get it and that's fine - they make 'jokes' and say 'funny' things but I don't see them rescuing animals who need a home... I hope you continue to enjoy your animals and your home in just the way you want - after all, how many times a year does your family stay with you?