Cat Behavior Survey

morefocus recently asked people questions to see how well they know their cats. Over 4000 people sounded off, reporting on their cats” behaviors, personalities, and preferences. Seventy-six percent of respondents have extremely social cats that would tell their owners to feed, pet and play with them!

Oddly, most people”s cats tend to act in either one of two opposite ways when their owners have company: 34 percent said their cats greet everyone while 33 percent said their cats find a place to hide. Although most people reported having social cats, cats” initial reactions to new people seem to vary distinctly. Supporting this fact, 38 percent of people said their cats love anyone”s company and 28 percent indicated that their cats prefer their owner”s company.

Most people keep a close eye on their cats. Eighty-nine percent said that at most they let their cat outside sometimes. Similarly, 74 percent take their cats in for regular shots and check-ups. However, although their cats” well being is important to most people, 90 percent don”t have health insurance for their cats. One possibility is that people may not know that they can buy insurance for their cats or that the cost of insurance may be too high.

Although most people”s cats are social cats, they might take a little while to warm up to strangers. Regardless, this survey found that the majority of owners watch over their cats diligently by keeping them indoors and taking them in for regular vet visits.

How Well Do You Know Your Cat?
Question/Answer Responses Percentage
If your cat could talk, what would he/she say? (Select one) 3417
Feed me! 827 24.20%
Pet me! 1092 31.96%
Shhh, Im trying to sleep! 263 7.70%
I want out 272 7.96%
Play with me! 706 20.66%
Go away 140 4.10%
Can I shred that for you? 121 3.54%
How does your cat behave when you have company? (Select one) 3335
Finds a hiding spot 1126 33.76%
Jumps in everyones lap 1111 33.31%
Begs for food 120 3.60%
Ignores everyone 628 18.83%
My cat IS my company! 350 10.49%
Does your cat like riding in the car? 3330
Yes 651 19.55%
No 2679 80.45%
Whose company does your cat prefer? (Select one) 3306
Women 616 18.63%
Men 302 9.13%
Children 69 2.09%
Other cats 88 2.66%
Other animals 24 0.73%
Anyone 1248 37.75%
Just me! 960 29.04%
How often do you visit the vet? 3287
Frequently (my cat is always ill or in fights!) 85 2.59%
Just for shots and check-ups 2437 74.14%
Only in an emergency 620 18.86%
Never 145 4.41%
Do you have health insurance for your cat? 3277
Yes 314 9.58%
No 2963 90.42%
Why dont you have health insurance for your cat? 1717
Never thought about it 770 44.85%
I think it”s a stupid idea 0 0
I dont think I could afford it 947 55.15%
I dont think it”s necessary 0 0
Does your cat live indoors? 3161
All the time (never allowed out) 1991 62.99%
Most of the time 820 25.94%
Some of the time 263 8.32%
Never (not allowed indoors) 87 2.75%
What is your cat”s gender? 3221
Male 1591 49.39%
Female 1630 50.61%
Approximately how old is your cat? 3228
1 year or younger 553 17.13%
1-6 years 1500 46.47%
6-10 years 682 21.13%
11-16 years 383 11.86%
16 years or older 110 3.41%
What is your gender? 3099
Male 506 16.33%
Female 2593 83.67%
What is your age? 3084
17 years or under 347 11.25%
18-24 years 447 14.49%
25-44 years 1318 42.74%
45-64 years 886 28.73%
65 years or older 86 2.79%