The 20 Most Cat Friendly Cities in the United States

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According to petinsurance.com, cats are more prevalent in the United States than dogs as household pets by a staggering 10 million. Perhaps it’s because people have learned that science has proven cat owners are more intelligent than dog owners, or perhaps it’s just that Americans want a pet at home but haven’t the time or ability to commit to a much needier dog; so an independent and self-sufficient cat it is. Either way, Americans seem to love their feline friends, so it only makes sense that there are so many around the country. But that doesn’t mean everywhere is great for cat owners. In fact, there are 20 cities in the country that are far superior in terms of owning a cat. Want to find out where it’s best to raise a cat in the US? Keep reading.

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Tampa

Tampa

According to petinsurance.com, this Florida city is the number one city in the country for cats. The reasons vary, but it seems that the cost of cat ownership, veterinary care and cat-friendly laws are the best here in comparison to other cities across the country. What we know is that the weather is beautiful and cats might love to live in this area with so much water to look at and not touch.

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San Francisco

Another great city for raising a cat in San Francisco. The city is so diverse and eclectic, but it’s also not too expensive when it comes to cat care and ownership. And since that is of the utmost importance to so many cat owners, it does make sense that more people here would own a cat than anywhere else in the country. It’s a friendly place for feline friends, and people here know it.

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Minneapolis

Cats are by far indoor animals. They prefer to be outside hunting a trolling in some areas, but not here. When they’re here, they want to be indoors because it’s cold. And that works out just fine for the people in the city who have cats that prefer to stay warm and snug in bed, or on the couch or on the window ledge watching as the world passes by. No one seems to have a problem raising cats here, especially since it’s affordable and convenient.

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Seattle

Another cold city that makes for a great cat location is Seattle. The people who live here with their cats find that the city is quite friendly in terms of raising animals. They seem to believe that cat ownership here is far and wide a simple aspect, and that’s probably because cats don’t have to be walked in the middle of rainy or cold or otherwise inclement weather. It’s not a bad concept, right?

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Denver

Cats must love cold weather. Or maybe it’s cat owners that don’t love cold weather but want a pet that doesn’t require bundling up several times a day and heading outside into weather that makes you want nothing more than to go back inside with a cup of hot coffee and a good book – and warm, fuzzy blanket. We don’t know, though, so don’t ask us. All we know is that the cost and affordability of raising a cat around here is low.

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Phoenix

The people of Arizona enjoy some beautiful weather and a very active outdoor lifestyle, but they can also enjoy cats at home without worrying too much that they cannot take care of their feline friends. It turns out that the cost of owning a cat in Phoenix is relatively inexpensive, which means that many people are quite happy to get one of their own. There are many rescue groups in the area, too, so that’s something that makes life much simpler, as well.

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Portland

Oregon is a lovely state, but it’s not the place in which you want to head out for a nice long walk with a dog in the middle of February, you know? Add that to the fact that the cost of raising a cat in Portland is so inexpensive and you have a great place to get a cat and raise it for the next two decades – give or take. It’s a nice area for cats with the number of vets in the area and the cost of veterinary services, as well.

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Atlanta

Atlanta

Low cat care and maintenance costs make Atlanta a lovely southern city in which to raise a cat. Many of the people who live here do enjoy cats, especially those who reside in smaller apartments in the heart of the city. Even those in the ‘burbs enjoy their cats and their lifestyle, and it’s just so affordable here that it makes no sense not to indulge the family in a sweet pet that everyone will enjoy thoroughly.

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San Diego

Why not have a cat in San Deigo? There is so much in terms of beautiful views that your darling creature will love the idea of being able to sit in the window, on the porch or on the balcony and check out the gorgeous weather and all that’s going on the neighborhood. It’s also a great place to raise a dog, and a great place to get animals together for play dates. It’s warm and lovely, and people here are very active and in love with their pets.

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Boston

Believe it or not, when it comes to the number of people that own cats and the cost of veterinary care in the area, it’s really affordable. There are plenty of vets to go around, services for cats are competitive with the lower rates across the country, and people here just love their pets. Perhaps is the apartment dwellers and those that haven’t the time to care for a dog in the midst of their hectic schedules, but the people here are really cat people as a whole.

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Miami

If you want to have a cat, you might want to live in Miami. The cost of having a cat here is quite low, and the weather is just beautiful in general so even if you don’t have a cat, you might want to live here. In all honestly, it would seem that this is a city filled with dogs if you look at all the people out and about with theirs, but it’s a great city for cats as far as location, weather, cost and vet ability, and that’s what people love about it.

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Chicago

Chicago

There is really something to be said about raising cats in the biggest, coldest cities in the country. It’s not that people don’t love dogs here, but the cost of raising a cat in the area is much lower than the cost of raising a dog, and it’s also easier to have a cat in a city filled with smaller apartments and places without yards. It’s also more convenient for those who work long hours and those who have no interest in going outside to walk an animal.

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Philadelphia

It’s the city of brotherly love, and the city has seen a lot of downfall in the past few years. Many of the people that live here are currently living at or below the line of poverty and the cost of living is high while the number of jobs available is low. It seems that the people who live here are in the mood to raise cats, however, and it’s probably because feeding and caring for them is much less expensive than caring for a dog.

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Orlando

It would make complete sense to get a cat in a city filled with mice, right? And we mean the good kind; like the ones that live at Disney – not the kind that torture you at home. Living with a cat in Orlando is a great idea, at least according to the number of people that live here with their own cats. The city is lovely, the weather beautiful and the cost of raising a cat is so affordable that it seems everyone does it.

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San Antonio

Texas is the state in which they say everything is bigger, and it’s probably true. That includes the cat population in San Antonio, too. There are so many cats here that it might as well be the cat capital of the state. This is where you’ll find your favorite crazy cat people, and there is nothing wrong with that. People love their cats here, and they love that raising cats here is so affordable and so wonderful. So go ahead and make sure you get one of your own in this great city.

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New York

It’s one of the worst cities for dogs in terms of veterinary care and location, but it’s one of the best cities in the country for cats. Perhaps it’s because cats don’t need big yards or big houses in which they can get comfortable. Perhaps it’s because so many people have cats here because they cannot fit anything bigger in their homes that vets moved to the area for no other reason than to take care of all the cats, and that enables them to keep their prices low.

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Los Angeles

The city of Angels is a lovely place to raise a cat. The cat-friendly laws here make it easier for people to enjoy their animals, and there are a number of organizations and rescues that work really hard to place cats in loving ‘furr’ever homes, and that’s one of the many reasons so many people in the area have pets such as cats. Additionally, there are a number of areas with homes that sport large properties where cats can run and play and enjoy their lives, and that makes life all the more fun.

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Houston

Known for being a beautiful Texas city, Houston is the kind of place in which animals are just happy to live. The cost of veterinary care in the area is quite affordable, which makes it a wonderful location for those who want to raise pets of any kind. Houses are big, yards are big and people are able to have all kinds of animals without so many deed restrictions and laws in place. Animal-friendly laws also make this a wonderful city in which to own a pet of any kind, including a cat.

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

I bet you’d love to live in Vegas; get it, bet? And if you have a cat, you’d love it even more. When living in the city that people visit and subsequently do not talk about when they get home, having a cat is a great idea. It’s not expensive to care for a cat whether you’re talking food, care or equipment, and there are plenty of pet stores to keep your cat in stock of all things needed to make life good. In fact, Las Vegas is a great place for cats for many reasons, and we highly recommend the area for anyone looking to raise an animal such as this.

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Jacksonville

Florida is a great location for any cat, but be warned that just because you can afford to have a cat here thanks to the low cost of medical care for pets and the number of cat-friendly laws, you should be very careful with your pets outside. If you let your cat outside, you should make sure it always has food and water and a safe, shady place in which to sleep and rest. It can get hot here, and you do not want your cat to overheat or become ill because of the weather.

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