I looked into formulae for this and found 11 for owned cats and 3 for feral cats. Most are based on the number of households, some on the number of people, and two on shelter intake. The resulting range for the US is 44,200,498 to 95,796,618 (maximum is over twice the minimum) for owned cats, 21,075,256 to 57,613,401 (maximum is almost 3 times the minimum) for feral cats.
In “Methods used to estimate the size of the owned cat and dog population: a systematic review” by Martin J Downes, Rachel S Dean, Jenny H Stavisky, Vicki J Adams, Douglas JC Grindlay and Marnie L Brennan (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1746-6148/9/121) the values from two different AVMA studies are given as 59,100,000 and 74,059,000.
This paper also include the results of a phone survey done for two Indiana Counties: Marion = 94,998 (74,348 to…
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The number of feral cats is frightening. Several years ago, we adopted a pregnant feral cat that came to our home to have her kittens. She had three. Two were adopted by a family we knew, and we kept the third. We managed to domesticate the feral lady, who became a treasured member of the family for thirteen years until her death by cancer. I heartily support our “no kill” and “rescue” establishment nearby and applaud your efforts to demolish animal farming. I am also a Sherlock Holmes fan. Don’t forget Jeremy Brett who was a fine Sherlock as well.
Always a pleasure to meet another Sherlock Holmes fan. Yes, Brett was a great Sherlock.
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