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16 Interesting Things About USA Cats & Their Owners

Are you a proud cat parent? You’re not alone! According to recent surveys, an estimated 35 million homes in the USA are now home to at least one furry feline friend. That's a whole lot of cute cuddles and purrs- it also means there are some interesting insights into what life is like when you live with cats. Read on for some fascinating facts about US cat owners- prepare to be impressed (or amused) by their pawsome quirks! 
  1. Many cat owners consider their feline friends to be part of the family and treat them as such, often buying them gifts and special treats.
  2. Some cat owners even throw birthday parties for their cats, complete with cake and decorations.
  3. Many cat owners refer to themselves as "cat parents" or "cat moms/dads," showing the deep attachment they feel towards their feline companions.
  4. Some cat owners have been known to go to great lengths to make their cats happy, such as building elaborate cat playgrounds and catios or even creating custom cat outfits.
  5. In some cases, cat owners may become so attached to their feline friends that they develop what is known as "crazy cat lady" syndrome, where they become obsessed with their cats and may even prioritize their cats' needs over their own.
  6. In the United States, there are approximately 86 million pet cats and 78 million pet dogs. While the number of households that own at least one dog is higher, cat households generally have multiple cats.
  7. It is estimated that anywhere between 30 million and 40 million feral cats roam American streets.
  8. According to the APPA, stray and feral cats are more likely to be adopted than stray dogs.
  9. The majority of cat owners in the United States are women. In fact, about 60% of cat owners are women, while only 40% are men.
  10. The average age of a cat owner in the United States is 44 years old.
  11. Cats are most popular among households with children under the age of 18. In fact, about 47% of households with children under the age of 18 have at least one cat.
  12. The average lifespan of a domestic cat in the United States is about 15 years.
  13. In the United States, the most popular names for cats are Bella, Max, and Charlie.
  14. The majority of cat owners in the United States feed their cats dry food. In fact, about 75% of cat owners feed their cats dry food, while only 25% feed them wet food.
  15. In the United States, the most popular cat breeds are the Domestic Shorthair, American Shorthair, American Longhair, Siamese, and Maine Coon.
  16. In the United States, the average cost of owning a cat is about $700 per year, including food, toys, treats, litter, and veterinary care.
In the United States, we love our cats! Do you have a cat? What’s their name, age, and favorite activity? Tell us a little about your cat in the comments below!
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