According to the most recent estimates provided by Euromonitor and the Washington Post respectively, domestic cats in the world seem to amount to 650 million, even higher than the total number of dogs, (530 million).
In the count of these felines, the stray ones registered and those who are in the catteries are also included. To favor these large numbers is certainly their reproductive capacity but even more the relationship that has been established between humans and cats. Adopting a cat is less demanding than a dog, at the same time they are able to stay at homes of families and singles, all over the world.
The 10 countries with the most cats in the world
Among the various countries with the most cats in the world, Japan could not miss, which with its 7.25 million felines has also dedicated a sanctuary, the famous Neko-jinja, where cats are adored with the hope that they will trigger good luck. Another feline area in Japan is the island of Aoshima, in Shikoku, where the relationship between cat and man is almost 100: 15. The importance of the relationship with cats has also led to the birth of Neko bars, or places where those who do not have a domestic cat, due to the very few spaces available in large cities, can spend time in their company.
Another country of great cat lovers is Ukraine with 7.5 million cats, unfortunately many of them are stray and before the conflict of recent months there were no specific laws for regulating this situation. A different situation is in Germany, with 7.75 million cats and laws that have allowed the free movement of cats in the country.
The United Kingdom has an estimated population of 7.75 million cats with 85% of unscheduled pregnancies but some of the most advanced protection laws in the world. A real boom has occurred in Italy, where the population of 9.5 million felines overpass dogs, both domestic and stray. In France, there is a population similar to the Italian one, but an important step forward has been made with the obligation of an identification microchip.
Moving to South America, certain estimates reveal a population of 12.5 million cats in Brazil, a figure that is probably underestimated which is combined with the growth of the pet food sector which, according to the latest updated estimates, has a turnover of 869 million. dollars. Between Europe and Asia, Russia remains one of the countries most fond of cats, where most of the 12.5 million cats live in close contact with the population. Russia can boast one of the most popular breeds, the Blue Russian. To understand Russians' love for cats, just learn the surprising news of a stray cat named Marsha saving an abandoned baby from his death amid sub-zero temperatures in Obninsk, Russia. The cat kept the baby warm and alerted the residents of the apartment in which he resided about the baby's presence. Soon, Marsha became a national hero.
At the top of the list could not miss China (53 million) and the USA (76.5 million), where by now one in 3 families has an average of 2.2 cats. Other neighboring countries are experiencing rates of increase in the feline population and in general, in all areas of the world we are moving towards a process of Pet Humanisation. In general, where urbanization increases, the feline population increases.
The reason why cat has become the ideal companion animal
One of the most evident effects of Pet Humanisation, according to the study carried out by differences in purchasing behavior and the sales channels use.derives from the services born in recent years, starting from food (even beer for dogs and cats exists) to weddings between them, to photo shoots, to social networks dedicated to pet-friendly design. Among the luckiest domestic cats in the world, they seem to be those present in Romania, a country that has recently overtaken New Zealand in being the leading country in terms of cat ownership (excluding strays).
Urbanization is forcing people to live in smaller spaces where large dogs are not easy to keep. The hours away from home, for example for the millions of people are many and it is easier to manage cats than dogs that need more time available for their care. Furthermore, the aging of the population makes it easier for small pets than for large ones because they are much easier to handle. It’ s the same for singles whose lives are often filled with caring for pets that allow them to express a form of parenting.
An opportunity that the major world distributors have intercepted but which have to deal with the search for attractive as well as functional productsgiven that the cat tends to be more difficult to please.