Just for the fun of it I'm trying to build the Crazy Cat Lady as a character. I'm looking for a way to get more pets, preferably full time or at least as encounter powers.
Note that I definitely prefer sticking to the concept over making the character viable.
What I have so far:
Ranger can be Beastmaster for free. Hybrid Ranger can get it for a feat. Multiclass Ranger currently cannot be Beastmaster.
Druid gets Wild Shape for free, as do both Hybrid and Multiclass Druid. This REALLY fits with the concept.
Druid also gets lots of Summoning. However it's all Daily.
Any arcane class can have a Familiar for a feat.
Wizards get a touch of summoning. So do a few other classes.
Summoning via a multiclass is expensive. Not that this is a problem per se, because the concept is so narrow that there are plenty of times nothing directly relevant will be available, but I think it can only provide one Summon spell - and Summons daily.
Shaman, full or Hybrid or Multiclass, gets Spirit Companion.
I'm willing to refluff ANYTHING to be a cat. (An angel? Well, the Egyptians had cat-headed gods.)
Except I'm not enthusiastic about the thought of an Artificer with mechanical cats. It would technically qualify but doesn't feel right.
I also looked at Bard for multiple multiclassing, but only pure Bards get that. Not hybrids or multiclass. Bards have no Summon, and I'd give up any shot at the Ranger's Beast Companion - the only truly full-time, non-magical pet available.
So at this point I think I want Druid/Ranger hybrid plus multiclass Shaman. That gets the CCL a beast companion, Wild Shape and at least one daily Summon, and the spirit of her first cat.
But still, that's only four cats at low levels. Is there a way to do better?