Cat and dog owning households in Norway 2010-2019

From 2010 to 2019, the share of cats in Norwegian households was just over 30 percent. By comparison, over this period, around 20 percent for households owned at least one dog. Cats seemed to be a very popular pet in Norway; the number increased in recent years and peaked in 2019 at 770 thousand animals.  

 Pet cats in Sweden

In Norway’s neighboring country Sweden, the situation was similar. Since 2012, the share of households owning at least one cat remained stable at 17 percent, while 13 percent of Swedish households owned a dog. In 2019, it increased to 17 percent of dog owners and 31 percent of cat owners. In this country too, cats were more common to have as a pet than dogs. As of 2019, there were around1.5 million pet cats registered in Sweden.

Pet cats in Denmark

The population of pet cats in Denmark in 2019 was measured at a number of 670 thousand animals. As in Norway and Sweden, more households had cats than dogs as a pet in this year. It is striking that the situation was different before. From 2010 to 2014, the share of households owning at least one dog remained stable at 21 percent, while it was 18 percent for pet cats.          

Share of households owning at least one cat or dog in Norway in selected years from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Special properties

Refers to pet animals, excl. strays

Supplementary notes

Some figures have been taken from previous publications.

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