When it comes to hoarding there are actually several categories we have across in the many years we have helped people with this disorder.
1. Gross Filth Hoarders: These hoarders typically have rotting food, used food containers, trash, human or pet waste, insects throughout their home. Cobwebs, mold or cock roach feces are present and the home is generally in an overall unhealthy situation.
2. Pet Hoarders: This hoarder may have several to hundreds of cats or dogs living in the home. The cats and dogs have taken over and there is normally animal feces and urine throughout the home. While the hoarder may have a love for animals and feels they are providing for these animals, it is an unhealthy environment for both the hoarder and the animals themselves.
3. The Neat or Clean Hoarder or Shopping Addict: This type of hoarder is very organized and neat with “collections” of contents throughout the home. This home may be dusty with cobwebs but is overall clean compared to the gross filth or pet hoarders. There are organized pathways in the home but the home is still very crowded and somewhat of a health hazard because there are trip hazards due to clutter and also can make it difficult for emergency personnel such as ambulance or fire responders to enter the home.