People think I'm *gasp* 'normal' when it comes to animals because I only have two cats and a parrot right now.
For years we had four or five cats, two parrots three tanks full of fish and several lizzards. But our family has shrunk as the fish and lizzards found new homes due to a move, kitties aged and one parrot got stupid and got into a fight with a cat. I would looooooove to have more critters, but my asthma is not so great the past couple of years and I need to cool it on the critter level.
One good thing to help motivate you on your weight loss - you'll have more room on your lap for your critters!
(who has a very, very sleepy kitty curled up on her lap right now)