Welcome to CATS – the most comprehensive survey of cat owners in the UK. Packed with cat statistics, this year’s survey saw many owners continue to feel the effects of the rising cost of living.
Our report provides insight into how cats and their owners have fared during this period.
Here’s a summary of what we found. You can read a number of cat statistics in our full report as well as reports from the devolved nations.Read the full report Read the reports from the devolved nations
With owners facing significant changes and challenges over the past few years, the CATS Report allows us a unique insight into cat ownership within the UK. Using this information, we can work to provide the right support and advice to those who need it.
An increase in the overall number of cats does present some challenges. An increased demand for veterinary services puts pressure on veterinary practices, and many of the owners surveyed have started to feel the pinch of the rising cost of living.
As the UK’s largest cat welfare charity Cats Protection is well placed to deliver the support that’s needed. We continue to invest in our neutering programme, have successfully campaigned for compulsory pet cat microchipping and are delivering targeted support to owners.
One of the consistent findings of the CATS Report is that more cats are being purchased and fewer cats being adopted. These market changes may also be fuelling issues that have a detrimental impact on cat welfare such as kitten smuggling and poor breeding practices. Our work to speak up for cats and ensure they are provided adequate protections in regulation will continue to be critical.
Cats Protection’s vision is a society where every cat has their best possible life because they are protected, cared for and understood by everyone. The findings of the CATS Report and other research conducted by Cats Protection enables an improved understanding, so that we can make our vision a reality.Read the full report