07/20/2011 at 05:00 PM EDT
nearly ended an interview
with Good Morning America
reporter Dan Harris after being questioned about her relevance, but more interesting details (for us at PEOPLE Pets, anyway) emerged from the segment. Like, for instance, how many animals does the heiress really have?
The answer: 17. Hilton – whose menagerie includes a miniature pig, miniature pony, cats, dogs and bunnies – has long expressed her love for other creatures, much of the time by bringing them home
. But we've never known exactly how many pets she has, until now.
Harris and Hilton sat down together in her Los Angeles home, but the interview had some disruptions at first. "Things started on a playful note, with no fewer than three interruptions from one or another of her 17 house pets," Harris said. Hilton asked, "Could we maybe put the cat away?"
The cats made several more cameo appearances in the background, and at the end of the segment, Hilton showed off her elaborate doghouse
. "It's basically a replica of my house," she explained. "Inside is moldings and furniture and a chandelier and lighting and heat and air-conditioning."
Nothing but the best for a Hilton – even the furry kind!