The cat is a small carnivorous mammal and a house cat or a feral cat, which are pets, which range freely and avoid human contact. They’re unique creatures that surprise us every day with their personality and varied abilities. Their wild aspects and idiosyncratic characters can cause certain doubts in their human beings. As of 2017, the domestic cat, with 95 million cats, was the second most popular pet in the United States after the dog. As of 2019, around 7.3 million cats have lived in more than 4.8 million homes in the United Kingdom.

Whatever the reason, cats are fantastic, and these statistics prove it!

The Cat Stats Owners Should Know?

  • The average cat sleeps 16 to 18 hours a day.
  • A house cat can run at 30 mph. They beat the world record champion Usain Bolt in the 100-meter dash.
  • Every year, 1.6 million cats get adopted.
  • Domesticated cats first came to America in the 1600s.
  • Cats can jump 5–6 times their height.
  • 43% of owners got their cat from a shelter or rescue.

  • 42.7 million US households have at least one cat.
  • More kittens are adopted than older cats, cat statistics show.
  • Approximately 10% of Americans feed community cats.
  • The CFA recognizes 44 pedigree cat breeds.
  • More than 500 million domestic cats all around the world.
  • Germany has the most cats in the European Union.
  • The average lifespan of an indoor cat is 15 years.
  • In Istanbul, there are over 125,000 free-roaming cats.
  • The Abyssinian is the best breed of cat for households with dogs.
  • Feral cats have a shorter lifespan than house cats. It can live up to 10 years.
  • In 2020, pet owners spent an average of $230 on cat food and $60 on treats.
  • According to the ASPCA report, cats are the second most common victims of animal abuse after dogs.
  • The oldest cat lived for 38 years and 3 days.
  • Approximately 860,000 cats are euthanized every year.
The number of U.S. households that own a pet (millions)
Pet Number
Dog 63.4
Cat 42.7
Freshwater Fish 11.5
Bird 5.7
Small Animal 5.4
Reptile 4.5
Horse 1.6
Saltwater Fish 1.6
The total number of pets owned In the U.S. (millions)
Pet Number
Freshwater fish 139.3
Cat 94.2
Dog 89.7
Bird 20.3
Saltwater Fish 18.8
Small Animal 14.0
Reptile 9.4
Horse 7.6
Basic annual expenses for cats and dogs 
Expense Cat Dog
Surgical Vet $214 $426
Routine Visit 160 212
Food 228 259
Food Treats 58 76
Kennel Boarding 120 229
54 58
Grooming 43 73
Toys 31 48


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