A few statistics regarding cat ownership, s/n, shelter reliquishment, and feral cat populations

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Proud mother of- the Fab Four!
Purred: Tue Dec 28, '10 5:21pm PST 
For months, I've been looking for some hard statistical facts regarding the cat overpopulation problem, and the situation of cats in the U.S. in general. These figures come from http://purebredcatbreedrescue.org/purebred.htm

--Total U.S. owned cat population: 73 million (1)
--Of the 73 million, 87% are already neutered or spayed by their caring owners (2)
--Total unowned/feral cat population: est. 10-40 million (3)
--Number of cats *and dogs* entering shelters annually: 8.3 million (4)
--More than half of cats entering shelters are relinquished by their owners for reasons such as: a) moving b) landlord won't allow pet; c) too many animals in household; d) cost of pet maintenance; e) owner's personal problems; etc. (5)
--Approximately half of the cats entering shelters are unadoptable because they are too old, sick, have serious behavior problems, or are unweaned litters of unowned feral cats. (6)
--Less than 1% of cats entering shelters are purebred (7)

1. 2000 American Pet Products Manufactuering Association's National Pet Owners Survey.
2. Five studies:
85% San Diego 1994 NPA Report
87% Santa Clara Cty, CA NPA 1993
83% Las Vegas, NV 1981; R. Nassar; Am J Vet Res 1984;45
91% Tufts Univ. 4 Mass Towns 1991; A. Rowen; Anthrozoos 1992, vol 5,3
94% (Dorr Research for MSPCA - reported to MA Animal Coalition in Jan, 2008)
3. National Pet Alliance studies of "back door fed cats".
4. Study by Phil Arkow, referenced in _Companion Animal Demographics for Communities and Shelters_, 1997, Rowan and Patronek, editors
5. National Council on Pet Population and Policy study, 1999
6. Reports of shelter personnel & NPA study on Euthanasia
7. American Humane Association Shelter Reporting Study and various purebred cat rescue organizations

kaya skye

not fighting my- demons-we joined- forces
Purred: Fri Jan 7, '11 11:06pm PST 
Just taking a stab...if half of these 8 million animals are cats, and half of those are adoptable...that's 2 million adoptable through shelters a year. That's not such a huge number, for a country the size of the US. And there are 73 million owned cats, 87% of whom are spayed or neutered.
So if you see a cat just running around, it's probably one of the 10-40 million ferals?