UK Cat Population Statistics

How many cats are there in the UK?

Every year the PFMA commissions the well respected Pet Population report, which looks in detail at pet ownership trends.  The pet population estimates were made over two years, with face to face interviews conducted by TNS using a total sample of over 8,000 (more detail on survey mechanics below). In 2017 it is estimated that 12m (44% of) households have pets.  The all pets population stands at around 54 million. There are around 60 breeds of cats recognised by the International Cat Care (formally Feline Advisory Bureau). For the top 5 cat breeds in the UK see below.
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Generally the following are the main reasons people keep cats as pets are for:

  • Companionship: 27%
  • Love: 31%
  • Easy maintenance: 7%
  • Gets on with other species: 3%

Top 5 Cat Breeds in the UK in 2017

  1. Bengal (0.1M)
  2. British Short Hair (0.1M)
  3. Burmese (0.1M)
  4. Manx (0.1M)
  5. Siamese (0.1M)

PET OWNING HOUSEHOLDS 2017

In the UK, almost 1 in 2 households own a pet with around a total 21 million pets owned (excluding indoor and outdoor fish).

“With the demands of modern life and the pull of digital companions, we are pleased more children will benefit from the social, emotional and physical benefits of pet interaction.”

The percentage of households owning a cat or dog as a pet in the UK were broken down as follows:

2014201520162017
Dogs25%24%24%24%
Cats18%17%17%17%

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*The above statistical information was provided by kind permission of PFMA/TNS – Pet Population Report