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What country likes cats the most? — 5 Comments

  1. Sorry but I think your link is a very tenuous one at best. You don’t appear to have factored in the numbers of animals euthanised for lack of homes or numbers of animal abuse cases taken before the courts, including neglect. I’m shocked to hear you believe America likes cats the most. A country where an estimated 30% of pet cats are legally declawed by willing vets and the hostile attitude of many towards feral and stray cats!!

    Having lived in several countries and visited many more, I can assure you that comparing human/cat populations alone, is not a strong argument for how well they’re liked.

  2. The conclusion that the ratio between cat and human populations is a measure of how well cats are appreciated by humans per country is a fallacious concept. The only true measure is how cats are actually treated in the respective countries not on how many cats there are. That is false logic. You can say that lions are more appreciated in Africa than any other country because most lions live in Africa. The numbers depend on many other factors. The ratio of cats to humans in Turkey and Cyprus is extremely high but they are extremely appreciated. I know people here who do their best to feed 30-120 cats. That high ratio does not mean they don’t appreciate them..

    • Hi Harvey. Thanks for commenting and I hope you and yours are well. I agree that the method is not 100% accurate but it is more accurate than simply counting up the number of domestic cats in the country and then taking their country as one where cattle are most popular. This is what most sites have done.

      I believe that the method does provide an indication that cats are more popular in the selected country because there must be more domestic cats in homes in countries where the ratio is lower.

      This does not mean of course that the cats are treated well in those countries but all things being equal it is likely that they are treated reasonably in those countries. And I don’t think cat welfare is strictly relevant to the question in the title. It is about liking cats not standards of welfare. If treatment is adequate then treatment can be ignored in the formula.

      In addition, America came out on top which does match up with my general gut feelings about this matter.

      To be honest, I think your lion analogy is badly formulated because we are talking about domestic animals which are adopted by choice. Lions are wild animals which are just there living side-by-side with people. If domestic cat adoptions are higher in one country than another then I think that it is fair to argue that people in that country like cats more than in the other country. Although as mentioned in is not an exact formula. But when animals are just there as lions are this method becomes irrelevant.

  3. Wow! I am surprised. I thought that the UK, but more specifically the British, are the most enamored cat lovers.

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