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Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 209969, tabled on 10 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate she has made of the proportion of the UK cat population classed as (a) owned and (b) stray in each of the last five years.

Answered on

17 October 2014

The Government does not keep estimated numbers of cats nor any breakdown of the type requested. However, according to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association’s Pet Population report of 2014 there are an estimated 8 million domestic cats in this country. The corresponding reports for the four previous years gave the following estimates: 2013 – 8.5 million; 2012 – 8 million; 2011 – 8 million; 2010 – 8 million.