Cat Ownership Statistics That You Must Know

Cats are amazing creatures that do the most ridiculous yet cutest things! Whether you’re planning to get a cat in your household or you’re curious about some cat ownership statistics, we’ve got you covered!

In the following article, we’ll walk you some of the stats, figures, and numbers that are released by authoritative and trusted organizations regarding owning a pet cat. So without further ado, let’s dive in!

Cats Are the Second Most Popular Pet in the United States

About 67% of the U.S. households, which is about 85 million families, have at least one pet in their house. 

This means that there’s a huge rise in the number of households that have pets since 1988, where the percentage was about 56%.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) conducted a survey on households that owns pets. 

They’ve been conducting these surveys since 1988, so they’re a highly authoritative and reliable source of information when it comes to the following findings.

According to the 2019 – 2020 survey findings, there are 42.7 million households in the United States that own cats. This is a little less than households that own dogs, which stands at 63.4 million households.

Based on these numbers, cats are among the most common and popular pets in the US, coming only second to dogs.

There Are More Domestic Cats Than Dogs in the United States

As per Statista and the National Pet Owners Survey, in 2017, there were 95.6 million cats that live in the American houses versus 89.7 million dogs

While this means that there are more cats than dogs in American households. However, this doesn’t mean that cats are the most popular pets in the U.S.

However, based on the difference between both numbers, it’s safe to assume that households with cats are more likely to have more than one when compared to those who own dogs.

This all boils down to the fact that cats are highly independent creatures that are able to take better care of themselves, so why not have more of them!

Cats Are Most Popular in the Midwest and Least Popular in the Western States

According to the Washington Post, cats are highly popular in the northeast and upper midwest states of the U.S. where Massachusetts has almost two cats (1.87) for every dog in a household.

Although cats have a pretty consistent preference ratio across most other regions of the U.S., they’re noticeably less popular in the Western regions.

Cats Are the Most Popular Pets in Many Countries

According to the Washington Post, Euromonitor found that cats are the most popular pets and outnumber dogs in many countries. 

For instance, cats can go as far as 3 cats for every dog in many European countries, including Switzerland, Turkey, and Austria.

However, there are also some counties where cats are much less popular, such as India, where there are up to 10 dogs for every cat. Similarly, in China, there are 2.5 dogs on average for every pet cat.

The Domestic Shorthaired Cat is the Most Common Breed in American Households

According to the TV Show Cats 101 on Animal Planet, the Domestic Shorthaired cat is the most common cat breed that you’re going to find in the U.S., accounting for about 90 to 95% of all cat breeds in American households.

However, being the most common doesn’t mean that the Domestic shorthaired cat is also the most popular one.

Surprisingly, according to a report by the Veterinarian Money Digest, Persian cats are the most talked-about breed in the U.S., topping 31 states. Maine Coons and Siamese come in second and third places respectively in the same report.

Cats Are Slightly More Popular Among Male Millennials

While a lot of people might think that cats have a special bond with middle-aged women, data shows a surprising finding that may debunk this myth!

Based on a 2017 survey by Statista, it was found that millennials males in the U.S. are more likely to own cats and dogs than females.

According to numbers, it was found that 48% of male millennial respondents to the survey claimed to have a cat while only 35% of female millennials claimed to be cat owners!

Cat Insurance Costs Less Than Cats

Here’s a quick fact that might be a reason why cat ownership on the rise! According to Value Penguin, the average cost of a monthly insurance plan for cats is almost less than half of what dog insurance might set you back!

Cat insurance is 60% less expensive than dogs because they’re less prone to injuries and some illness. 

The costs of a monthly insurance plan may vary greatly according to the age and health state of your cat. 

However, you should expect to pay an average of about $29.54 for an insurance plan that covers accidents as well as illness.

Accident only insurance plans are less expensive and can cost cat owners an average of about $11.74. 

Value Penguin also revealed the pricing of some cats’ monthly premium plans. These premiums can go as low as $9.94 and all the way up to $40.69 with a common average of about $20.99.

Cat Ownership Can Reduce the Stress Levels and Allergies in Households with Children

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), the ownership of domestic pets, especially cats, can actually help in decreasing the sensitivity reaction to allergens in children.

Moreover, having cats in your household can cut the risk of having a stroke by 33%, as mentioned in The Telegraph based on scientific reports and research. 

This ratio is based on the stress-relieving and anxiolytic effect of having your beloved fur ball around you. 

Similar findings were proven in research by the University of Minnesota, where they stated that the presence of pets like cats soothes stress, which helps in reducing cardiovascular diseases in the long run.

Wrap Up

There you have it. Some quick and evidence-based cat ownership statistics that show you everything from cat popularity to how much taking care of your cat might cost you.