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Some useful facts and figures about Cats Protection, the UK's leading cat welfare charity, founded in 1927.

To find out about our current campaigns, or to discuss the statistics in more detail, please contact our Media Office at media.office@cats.org.uk

Facts and figures about Cats Protection

  1. We have thousands of cats and kittens in our care at any one time
  2. We rehomed 41,000 cats in 2019
  3. We also helped reunite 2,500 cats with their owners in 2019
  4. We help neuter around 150,000 cats and kittens per year
  5. We have 37 centres across the UK
  6. We have around 230 branches run by volunteers nationwide
  7. We have over 11,000 active volunteers

More cat statistics

  • Cats are prolific breeders – one unneutered female cat can produce 18 kittens a year
  • The average life expectancy for a cat is estimated to be 12 to 14 years, though many cats survive to their late teens and early 20s in remarkably good health, depending on how well they are looked after

CATS (Cats and their Stats) report summary

In our first annual CATS report in 2020, we gained insight into the lives of cats across the UK. Here are our cat statistics at a glance.

  • We spoke to over 10,000 people for the CATS 2020 survey
  • The survey was carried out between 28 February 2020 and 5 April 2020

 

Read the full CATS report

Cat population

  • There are 10.2m owned cats in the UK – one for almost every six people
  • 5.3 million cats are female and 4.9 million cats are male
  • 70% of owners told us their cats are moggies and 24% said they have pedigree breeds (6% don’t know)
  • Around one in four UK households (23%) own a cat
  • Each cat-owning household has an average of 1.6 cats

Neutering and microchipping

  • 88% of all owned cats are neutered but 16% of the neutered females had a litter before being neutered
  • Cats Protection recommends that cats should be neutered from four months of age, but for many cats (60%), neutering occurred at five months of age or later
  • An estimated 2.6 million cats in the UK are not microchipped while 7.3 million owned cats are microchipped. Owners for the remainder were unsure if their cat was microchipped
  • 92% of owners of microchipped cats told us the details registered on the chip were up-to-date

Accidents, injuries and cruelty

  • One in four cats have sustained significant injuries due to fights with cats or other animals or being involved in road traffic accidents
  • Over 175,000 households (2.8%) report that their cat had been shot by an airgun or poisoned

Rental issues and households

  • It is estimated that 1 million households across the UK would like to have a cat, but can’t because they are in a rental property
  • Based on the average number of cats per household, this means there are 1.6m cats that could be given homes if all landlords allowed pets

Loneliness and wellbeing

  • 87% agreed that cats can bring joy
  • 59% of respondents agreed that cats can relieve stress or loneliness, this rose to 62% for those aged between 18 and 34
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