Domestic Cat Population Statistics 2013 (by country)

I have listed, on this page, cat population statistics by country, using any reliable source that I can find. It is difficult to find current figures but I have provided any available figures and commented where appropriate (1 comment!). For each figure, I have referenced the source. The top 15 countries for domestic cat numbers are listed, based on Euromonitor International (2002), together with some samples from other countries, which are selected for interest and comparison.

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The countries are listed alphabetically except for the top two.

United States

  • 74,059,000 – AVMA quoting 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook
  • 86,400,000 – American Pet Products Association
  • 83,884,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007
  • 79,727,000 – Pet Food Institute (PSI) in America 2011
  • 81,000,000 – Pet Food Institute (PFI) (2012?)
  • 93,600,000 – American Pet Products Association
  • 93,600,000 – Human Society of the United States (as presented on Wikipedia 2013)
  • 88,300,000 – American Pet Products Manufacturers Association’s (APPMA) – 2007
  • 76,430,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)

United Kingdom

  • 8,000,000 – Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association
  • 7,700,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 9,887,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007
  • 9,000,000 – BBC News

Afghanistan

  • 85,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007

Australia

  • 2,430,000 – Australian Veterinary Association
  • 2,700,000 – Wildlife Extra

Brazil

  • 12,466,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 14,770,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007
  • 11,000,000 – ExportAmerica

Canada

  • 6,811,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 8,300,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007
  • 7,900,000 – 8,500,000 – 2007 Ipsos-Reid survey cited in BC Nature and Nova Scotia SPCA. The higher number may include feral cats so is unreliable)

China

  • 53,100,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 10,700,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007 – note the startling difference.
  • 58,000,000 – U.S. Department of Agriculture “Pet Food Update” (2007)

France

  • 9,600,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 10,085,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007
  • 10,000,000 – IFAH

Germany

  • 7,000,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 7,800,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007
  • 8,000,000 – IFAH

India

  • 3,900,000 – Wikipedia – extrapolated figure (reliable?)

Indonesia

  • 15,000,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007

Italy

  • 9,400,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 7,390,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007
  • 7,500,000 – Dundon et al. (2010) in a study about dogs.

Japan

  • 7,300,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 9,788,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007
  • 10,000,000 – Japan Pet Food Association, 2009 (cited in JapanVisitor)

Kuwait

  • 15,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007

Netherlands

3,000,000 – B.B. Chomel (2010)

Poland

  • 5,465,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 5,500,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007
  • 6,000,000 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Pet Food Update (2007)

Russia

  • 12,700,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 17,850,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007
  • 17,800,000 – U.S. Department of Agriculture “Consumer Trends: Pet Food in Russia” (2009)

Spain

  • 3,191,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 4,130,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007

Switzerland

  • 1,395,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007

Ukraine

  • 7,350,000 – Euromonitor International (2002)
  • 8,520,000 – World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007
  • 7,400,000 – Maps of the World (outdated?)

Associated: Comparing number of cats to number of people per country.

Screenshot below by World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPCA) 2007

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4 thoughts on “Domestic Cat Population Statistics 2013 (by country)”

  1. Ruth aka Kattaddorra

    Very intersting figures Michael.
    Also Shohom67 your comment about the US census, do they really ask about the number of pets in the household?
    I wish the UK one did that, it would be fascinating to see how many pets our ancestors owned.

  2. Who to believe? I would be most likely to trust the Humane Society. They are in the trenches. They would be able to estimate a number better than some of the other source. I think it would depend on the way they went about gathering the info… Doesn’t the US Census ask about the number of pets in the home? Maybe they should break it down to number by type.

    1. Exactly, who to believe. These are estimates (quite well done etc. but estimates nonetheless), all of them, and they tend to be a little out of date too. There is not really a great deal of good solid research on the domestic cat in general with respect to ownership etc.. This reflects the low priority of the subject in my opinion.

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