Stats on Cats

Some quick facts on feline friends!

>> Approximately 93.6 million American households have a pet cat.
 
>> 70 percent of cat owners have a female cat, versus 65 percent who have a male cat.
 
>> On average, cat owners have two cats.
 
>> Statistically speaking, pet owners are less likely to be at risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and risk of stroke than those who don’t have pets.
 
>> Researchers at the University of Bristol in England found that cat owners are more likely than dog owners to have a university degree. Now that’s smart!
 
>> The most popular cat breeds are domestic shorthair, American shorthair, domestic medium hair, domestic longhair, Siamese, and Main Coon.
 
>> The American shorthair cat typically lives the longest of all breeds of cats. The Himalayan is prone to kidney failure and therefore tends to live a much shorter life.
 
>> The life expectancy of domestic, pet cats is between 12-16 years.
 
>> The longest known living cat was Creme Puff, who passed away in 2005 at the age of 38!
 
>> Cats with calico and tortoiseshell colored coats are exclusively female, with the exception of sterile males.
 
>> Neutering or spay ing your cat can increase his or her lifespan for several reasons. Un-neutered male cats are prone to fighting with other cats if he’s let out of the house to roam. This fighting can lead to feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Un-spayed females are also at the same risk.
 
>> Cats have a difficult time digesting plants, so purchase (or make) food for them that is meat based.