Cat population in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2018

The UK cat population reached a steady 8 million in 2018, which marks the highest after 2013 when the number of pet cats in the UK peaked at 8.5 million. As it is, across the UK the share of households owning at least one cat is going strong, if a little behind those who choose the company of canines.  

Cats make people happy

  Dogs may reign supreme in the nation, but cats are still a popular choice for pets in the UK, and for the sweetest reasons too. It is safe to say that UK cat owners have strong emotional ties with their furry friends, with majority of people viewing cats not just as pets but as reliable sources for love, affection and happiness.   

EU loves cats more than UK

  When compared with the rest of the EU, United Kingdom fares relatively behind in pet ownership. In 2017, the share of UK households with at least one pet cat placed the country in the lower ranks. In contrast, Centreal European countries such as Romania, Hungary and Slovenia had the highest share of households with cats.

Number of pet cats in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010/11 to 2017/18

Number of cats in millions
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
--
Exclusive Premium statistic

You need a Premium Account for unlimited access.

  • Full access to 1m statistics

  • Incl. source references

  • Available to download in PNG, PDF, XLS format

Premium Account

only $59 / month *
*Duration: 12 months, billed annually, single license

Access to this and all other statistics on 80,000 topics from

$708 / Year

Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Sources

Release date

April 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010/11 to 2017/18

Number of respondents

8,000*

Age group

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Figures based on estimates from a survey, showing rolling totals over each respective two year period.
* Sample sizes vary as follows:
n (2017/18) = 8,000; n (2015/16) = 8000; n (2014/15) = 8353; n (2013/14) = 6,192; n (2012/13) = 4,223; n (2011/12) = 4,205; n (2010/11) = 4,156.
Exact publication date unknown.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.
This statistic is not included in your account!

Premium Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references

$59 / Month *

Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract.
   Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "Pet ownership in the United Kingdom (UK)"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $708 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.