Cats in the USA

Have you ever asked yourself how many cats live in your country? I decided to investigate a bit deeper to get to know how many fluffy creatures live together with people as pets. The example country was the USA. You will be surprised to know that there were more than 95 mil cats adopted as well owned during 17 years, from 2000 till 2017.

According to cats took the second place after the freshwater fish. Well, there is a logical reason behind it. Try to imagine that Americans have more than 139 mil of freshwater fishes.

Among all of that feline who have a home and are treated in a proper way, only 20-30% were taken from the shelters. The rest was bought or given by someone else. Therefore, the situation with the adoption looks like a tragedy. Based on research, approximately 70% of all of the homeless cats are still being euthanized in the USA.

ASPCA ( The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) says “It’s estimated that 78 million dogs and 85.8 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 44% of all households in the United States have a dog, and 35% have a cat.”

What does make the person to put their lovely pet to the shelter? Well, there are several reasons why pet owners want to rehome them. Among the most common are problematic behaviors, aggressive behaviors, grew larger than expected, or health problems owner couldn’t handle.

More likely, you remember our previous article about the topic of adoption, it says that sometimes people are confused with the age and size of the cat. What I mean is when they look at the kitten who is cute and harmless, they do not expect this beautiful feline to grow and become an adult independent cat with its own character and behavior.

There are different organizations in the USA which are responsible for monitoring the situation with the pets and taking action against cruelty to animals. One of those is The Humane Society of the United States which provides help and support to shelters, more over give useful information on the website about the pet care. For example, how to care for the blind pet, or what to do in case if the dog became aggressive.

One more organization which you as a cat owner might be interested in is the International Cat Association which “is the world’s largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats, and the world’s largest registry of household pets.” (

No matter what is the difference between the number of cats or dogs owned by humans, we always need to keep in mind that every animal needs care and love.