The value of a cat can be estimated at around $100 or £100. We can’t value a cat very precisely. However we know that shelter adoption fees in America and Europe hover around $100. They vary widely and can be higher or lower but I believe that in 2017, about $100 is the value of a random bred cat. Sometimes cats are free but the cat still has a value. Also we know that purebred cats cost around $500-$2000 normally. But I will take purebred cats out of the equation because by far the majority of cats are random bred.
The value of a human has been set at about £7 million by Professor Thomas at the University of Bristol, UK. This is based on insurance markets and other economic data.
Other methods based on the cost of preventing a human death value humans at £1.83 million but this is thought to be a gross undervalue.
A value of between £16 – £22 million per human has also been suggested based on a VPF (value of preventing fatality).
For this article I will stick at the £7 million mark (around $8.76 million USD).
When we compare the value of a family cat with that of a human the difference is astonishing. I believe that the majority of people would disagree with it.
The human is more than 87,000 times more valuable than a cat. Or to put it another way, the cat is worth 0.0011 percent of the human.
This is how humans value the cat and it is why there are so any unwanted cats many of whom are euthanised.