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Cat Population by Country 2024

Cats are one of the most beloved and widespread pets globally, with their population exceeding 1 billion. This vast number includes around 100 million wild cats, such as cougars, lions, and tigers. A significant portion, approximately 480 million, comprises stray cats, while over 350 million cats live comfortably in homes with their human companions.

In the United States, there are about 74,059,000 cats, a mix of pets, strays, and ferals. Interestingly, places like Disney World employ around two hundred feral cats to control the rodent population. Cat ownership is also popular in China, where there are 53,100,000 cats. Cats are valued in Chinese culture as symbols of fortune, which likely contributes to their popularity. They are favored for being low maintenance, quiet, and affordable pets.

Brazil's cat population stands at around 22.1 million, with the Brazilian Shorthair cat, known for its agility, being the most popular breed. The United Kingdom has approximately 12,000,000 cats, with 63% being moggies, a term for non-pedigree cats. India, with around 5.5 million domestic cats and millions more strays, typically has street cats characterized by a round head, pointed ears, and a short, shiny coat.

In Russia, cats are more popular than dogs, with around 23 million cats compared to 17 million dogs. Japan, where cats are preferred over dogs for pet ownership, has an estimated 8.8 million cats. The Philippines, too, has a significant feline population, with about 8 million cats and 42% of households owning at least one.

Germany is home to 15.2 million cats, with the German Rex, known for being playful and loyal, being the most popular breed. Spain, with a notable street cat population, has approximately 5.8 million cats owned as pets, many of which are rescued from the streets. The country is known for the care and feeding provided to its street cats by the locals.

- Populations include currently homed pet domestic cats and exclude feral or stray/unhomed cats.

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Country
Cat Population
United States74,059,000
China53,100,000
Russia23,150,000
Germany15,200,000
France14,900,000
United Kingdom12,000,000
Italy10,228,000
Ukraine7,630,000
Japan7,300,000
Poland7,125,000
Spain5,859,000
Turkey4,660,000
Romania4,371,000
Argentina3,000,000
Belgium2,536,000
Hungary2,388,000
Australia2,200,000
South Africa2,000,000
Netherlands1,900,000
Portugal1,795,000
Switzerland1,793,000
Sweden1,703,000
Czech Republic1,364,000
Finland982,000
Bulgaria815,000
Norway783,000
Denmark669,000
Greece608,000
Lithuania605,000
Slovakia540,000
Slovenia455,000
Latvia410,000
Ireland355,000
Estonia290,000
World266,773,000
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Which country has the most cats?

The United States tops the list when it comes to cat and dog ownership, with about 70 million domestic dogs and 74 million domestic cats.

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