Idle question, crazy cat/dog ladies
An idle question this morning. Maybe it is not so idle.
You know all those crazy cat ladies that we've all heard about? They usually live alone; they are hermits with few, if any, human friends. They may have kin, but they are usually estranged from them. They accumulate cats, dogs, strays until the house is bursting. They don't seem to notice that their house is filthy and dilapidated.
Every once in a while you read in the newspaper how the animal shelter would discover a house full of neglected and diseased and malnourished animals. At the center of it all would be a hermit, which seems the endpoint of the aforementioned "crazy cat lady" in the absence of earlier intervention.
Here are my questions. Do you think dementia is a likely driver for these crazy cat ladies? Or do you think most are just psychiatric cases? What usually happens to these crazy cat ladies once they are arrested for animal abuse? Does anyone have any insight, personal knowledge, or statistics? How does one intervene positively before they progress into the severe "cat lady" stage?