Cat overpopulation is growing every year and all the statistics show a high number of homeless cats on the streets. Cats become part of many communities and many cities are known as City Of Cats because of the number of stray cats outside.
Homeless cat statistics show there are 5 homeless animals on every homeless human in the United States. Do you know how many of them survive on the street?
Every community cat has at least one litter per year. The biggest problem with overpopulation is the percentage of neutered and spayed cats. Do you know how many of them are spayed or neutered?
So you can find out the answers to those and many other questions, keep on reading and check our top cat homeless statistics for this year.
8 Interesting Homeless Cat Statistics
- Statistics show that the number of stray animals in the U.S. reached 70 million
- Statistics show there are over 73 million unowned cats
- Istanbul has more than 125,000 stray cats
- Surveys show that around 10% of Americans feed homeless cats
- There were more than 19,000 abandoned cats in 2018. in the UK
- Only 2% of homeless cats are neutered or spayed
- From 2015 to 2018. only 27% of street cats were adopted
- According to statistics, 81% of people don’t stop after they kill a cat on the road
18 Newest Homeless Cat Statistics
1. Statistics show that the number of stray animals in the U.S. reached 70 million
General cat statistics show there are more than 400 million cats in the world, and many of them are freely walking on the streets of the biggest cities.
In the United States, abandoned animal statistics show that a number of stray animals, including cats, reached more than 70 million. From this number, about 6 to 8 million cats and dogs will enter one of 3500 animal shelters every year, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Even if pet adoption increases every year, because of accident litters and lack of neutering and spayed cats, the number of stray cats is increasing every year.
2. There are 5 homeless animals for every homeless person in the United States
One of the interesting reports from do.something.org shows that the number of homeless animals, mostly including cats and dogs, can be compared to homeless statistics.
There are about five stray animals for every homeless person in the country, which represents said statistics in today’s world.
3. Istanbul has more than 125,000 stray cats
One of the world-known City Of Cats s definitely Istanbul, which is one at the top of the list of cities with the highest number of stray cats.
The exact number of homeless and free-roaming cats is a mystery, but according to some statistics, there are over 125,000 cats in the city. Citizens of Istanbul feed stray cats and you can find bowls with water and food on every corner.
4. Statistics show there are over 73 million unowned cats
According to cat shelter statistics and surveys, it is impossible to calculate how many homeless cats, which including feral ones, are in the country.
Feral cats can’t be owned and have minimal contact with humans, so they aren’t likely to once become pets, even there are many cases. Statistics show there are over 73 million cats on the street, including feral ones.
5. Around 25% of community kittens will survive
Even if there is no exact number of newborn community and homeless kittens every year, there are some statistics that’s been collected thru the years so results can be summarized.
Statistics show that the average number of litters by the community can it 1.4 a year, and the average number of kittens is 3 kittens per litter.
Other statistics show that only 25% of all kittens that have up to 6 months will survive. Comparing the estimated annual survivorship of adult cats that live on the street, it is much higher and represents around 70%.
6. Surveys show that around 10% of Americans feed homeless cats
Cat statistics show how United States citizens really love animals which shows the number of adopted pets every year. There are many domestic cats on the streets and according to surveys, around 10% of citizens feed them on a daily basis.
The newest results from the American Pet Products Association’s 2019–2020 show how 14% of households in the country left food and water for stray cats and all of them are pet owners.
7. There are around 250,000 stray cats in the UK
In the UK there is 1 million owned cat, which represents one in four households that owns a pet. According to more than 3,000 different surveys and 800 residents’ reports from the five biggest areas – results show there are around 250,000 stray cats across the UK. Some research shows that in areas there are 57 unowned cats per square kilometer.
The size of stray cats in the countryside is unknown, mostly because of accidental litter and abandoned cats. During the pandemic, the tray population increased, especially due to a lack of neutering and spaying.
8. Many stray cats are lost pets without identification
Cats are known to easily escape especially if they’re kept as outdoor pets. They love to hunt and climb everywhere which and some cases can easily get lost.
According to lost pet statistics, a high percentage of cats don’t have any identification like an address on the collar, microchip, or other needed information that will help to find the owner
9. Statistics show that 6 cats are abandoned on the streets of the UK every week
Many pet owners, in some parts of their life, decide they can’t deal with cats anywhere. Reasons to dump a cat on the street are different, like family issues, allergy problems, and much more. According to statistics, every day 6 cats are left on the street.
In 2016 there were 510 abandoned cats on the street of Cheshire and the year after the number decreased to 388. In 2018 there is also a slight fall and statistics show there were 344 abandoned cats, according to RSPCA.
Abandoned cats are usually left in bags, cardboard boxes, in many cases near the driveway or in the wood.
10. There were more than 19,000 abandoned cats in 2018. in the UK
All over the UK, there were more the 19,000 abandoned cats in 2018. Statistics show the precise number of 19,233 cats. This number shows there are still many pet owners who don’t respect and adopt them only for fun.
11. Homeless cats in Germany make damage to trees and flowers for around €500,00
Germany has a high percentage of owned cats, which is more than 7 million, but also a stray cat population soared to high levels. There are currently millions of homeless cats in the country and they’re causing huge losses to property, just like stray cats worldwide.
According to data from 2014. stray cats were responsible for €500,00 in damages to flowers and trees.
12. Italy has members of the group of women that take care of homeless cats
In Italy, cats are allowed to roam in the streets and it is the country with a large number of no-kill shelters for feral as well stray cat populations. One of the most interesting facts is about Le Gattares, which are members of the group of women in many cities and towns across the country.
Women take care of stray cats as well as feral, and respect the localities. They’re responsible for daily feeding and care for different felines. Italy has around 9.5 million domestic cats.
13. Before 2008. Olympics in China, a large number of homeless cats were eliminated
China, as one of the biggest countries in the world, is home to more than 93 million cats. There are many stray cats on the streets and only in Beijing, according to cat statistics, are thousands of homeless cats. Many pet owners left cats outdoor for various reasons.
Stray cats are a big issue in the country especially because of pollution, traffic accidents, and pollution. Before Olympics in 2008, a large number of homeless cats were eliminated from the streets.
14. Only 2% of homeless cats are neutered or spayed
Each year, thousands of new kittens was born on the streets and many o them will end up in animal shelters or stay with other stray cats. The biggest problem is the low percentage of neutering or spaying cats.
According to statistics, only 2% of cats are spayed or neutered and each year around 80% of newborn kittens came from stray or community cats. The stray overpopulation in many cities presents a big problem for the traffic, pollution and spreading diseases.
15. From 2015 to 2018. only 27% of street cats were adopted
The adoption rate increases every year, and most of the adopted cats are from animal shelters. According to statistics, from 2015. to 2018. people took 27% of homeless cats to their new homes.
Even if this percentage is lower, comparing it to stray dogs, only 6% of them find their new home. Comparing it to the year after between 2019- 2020, around 21% of stray cats were taken from the streets, as well as 5 % of dogs.
16. Stray cats killed billions of animals globally
One of the main problems with homeless cat overpopulation is the extinction and reduction of some species like mammals and birds. Cats are born hunters and according to cat-killing bird statistics, more than 3.7 billion birds was killed annually.
Also, cats including stray cats, have been linked to death for up to 22.3 mammals including rabbits, squires, mice, etc.
17. The latest statistics show that around 80% of people believe that leaving cats outdoor is preferable than euthanized animal
Many people don’t prefer caught cats and left them in animal shelters because it is a higher possibility they will be euthanized. According to cat euthanasia statistics, animal shelters are overcrowded and many healthy cats will be euthanized if they don’t find their forever home in a short time.
Around 81% of people think that leaving a cat outdoor is a better option than catching him or her and euthanizing.
18. According to statistics, 81% of people don’t stop after they kill a cat on the road
Cats are all over the place, and traffic accidents with fatal ends are not rare. Cats are not afraid to cross the street anywhere they want and most of them, unfortunately, don’t survive when getting hit by a car, exactly 97%. According to data from National Traffic Safety Administration, more than 5,4 million cats get hit by cars in the United States.
One of the shocking results shows that 81% of people who notice they hit a cat or kitten won’t stop to check if she’s alive. The main reason is because of the traffic. Around 61% of people that used their cell phone while driving didn’t notice they run over a cat.
To Sum Up
Outdoor statistics show there are more than 73 million cats which include feral cats as well. Only 10% of American citizens take care of community cats and feed them on a daily basis. Only 25% of homeless cats were taken by people to their new homes, and many of them are still on the streets. About 2% of homeless cats are neutered or spayed which represents the biggest problem of overpopulation in the country.