The Massive Number Of Pets Martha Stewart Owns

If her friendship with Snoop Dog doesn't work out, and "Martha Knows Best" hits the dust, and her upcoming 99th cookbook (via Fox News) doesn't sell, perhaps Martha Stewart could apply to be the next Dr. Doolittle? Stewart, herself, once wrote that she had her own mini "ark." She copped to having owned, throughout her life, "at least 20 cats, 25 dogs, 10 chinchillas ... scores of canaries and parakeets ... two ponies, three donkeys, 10 horses, many sheep and goats ... hundreds of chickens, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, quail, peacocks, and homing pigeons." 

Her first pet wasn't mind-blowingly exotic but nonetheless had a surprising skill. As a newlywed Stewart adopted a cat, Chigi-Toto, who was capable of answering phones. There was a time when Stewart owned nine cats, simultaneously. These days, she has a manageable three (via Today). On her 153-acre farm in New York, which Stewart built, per The New York Times, to rival George Washington's Mount Vernon, the millionaire has enough space to house Noah's Arc many times over. She also can (clearly) afford to gift her dogs with diamond collars (via Insider). To date, Stewart has four canines: two Chow Chows and two French bulldogs.  

Does Martha Stewart need 21 peacocks?

Even Martha Stewart can't keep track of exactly how many pets she has. In 2019, the queen of the kitchen told Today she had "hundreds and hundreds," including six horses, 45 red canaries, and 13 peacocks. Thanks to Stewart's recent tweet (which admonished The New York Post for spreading misinformation), we also know she has 23 peacocks. Per Stewart, the peacocks "do not smell. They are so clean! Their voices are loud but such fun to hear."

We don't know how much Stewart paid for her ostentation. Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports that the most expensive varieties can cost 1,000 Australian Dollars each, although that's hardly likely to have held a proud customer of diamond dog collars back. As to whether or not she needs them? Per The Guardian, as of 2020, emotional support peacocks were officially banned from the passenger pits of U.S. planes (all animals except dogs were). This means that Martha Stewart's peacocks, who herald from India and Sri Lanka according to Refinery 29, won't be visiting their home countries anytime soon. That's about the only downside we can come up with.

Anyways, we'll leave the final tally of Martha Stewart's pets at "hundreds and hundreds," including according to her blog, a Mute Swan and five "fun-loving" donkeys (via Martha: Up Close & Personal).