numbers are bases on animals registered with the I.S.I.S.
This excludes animals in the wild, and those in pet homes, road side
zoos or pseudo sanctuaries.
As listed by The International
Species Information Service
African Golden - 19
Asian Leopard - 218
Black Footed Cats - 81
Bornean Bay Cats - 44
Canadian Lynx - 70
Caracal - 169
Cheetah - 680
Clouded leopard - 230
Cougar - 334
Fishing Cats - 256
Flat Headed - 2
Geoffroy Cats - 54
Jaguar - 292
Jungle Cats - 64
Leopard - 459
Lion - 69
Marbled Cats - 3
Margay Cats - 64
Ocelot - 217
Oncilla or Tigrina - 15
Pallas - 117
Pampas - 4
Rusty Spotted - 36
Sand - 116
Serval Cats - 292
Siberian Lynx - 224
Snow Leopard - 476
Tiger - 1,098
Wild Cats - 180
1,813 Cats were used in experimental
procedures in the UK in 2000
There are around 15,000 lions in the wild today. Ten
years ago that number was nearer 50,000.
India holds the largest wild population of tigers.
Statistics released in 2004 state there are 1,576 tigers left on 27
wildlife reserves in 11 states in India.
The Iberian Lynx is the onlycat listed as
Category 1, with less than 1,200 animals remaining in the wild. Of that
1200, only 300-350 are believed to be breeding females.
Perhaps the most popular pet of all
time, there are more than 100 million domestic cats in existence worldwide.
In America alone people spend more than $1.5 billion dollars per year on
cat food, and more than $200 million per year on cat litter!
15,118 cats are involved in accidents in the UK per
There are an estimated 60 million feral cats living on
the streets in the USA today.
The first cat show took place in Winchester England, in the year 1598. It took the form
of a side-show at the St Giles Fair. Prizes
were given for the best ratter and
Cats sleep for an average of sixteen hours a day. This means that two thirds of its
life are spent in the land of nod.
Probably the oldest representation of a pet cat is that of a figurine showing a woman
cuddling a cat. This was found at Hacilar, a Neolithic site in Turkey. It is dated from
more than 7,000 years ago.
The largest litter was produced by Tarawood Antigone, a brown Burmese cat owned by
Mrs. Valerie Gane of Church Westcote, Kingham, Oxfordshire, England. It consisted of one female, fourteen males and
four stillborn. They were delivered by Caesarean
section on 7th August 1970. The mother
was four years old, and the father was half-Siamese.
A cat has a poor sense of taste. We have 9,000 taste buds, while a cat has only 473. A
cats eating experience relies upon smell
just as much, if not more, than taste. Its sense
of smell is thirty Siam, was the first Siamese Cat to reach
the United States of America. The cat was a gift from the American Consul in Bangkok
the wife of the American President, Rutherford B. Hayes, in 1878.
Himmy was the world's heaviest domestic cat.
He was atabby belonging to Thomas Vyse of
Redlynch, Cairns, Queensland,
Australia. The Guinness Book of Records documents him as
weighing 46lb, 15.25 oz. He died in 1986, aged ten years.
smallest recorded cat is only 19 cm long. Tinker Toy is a blue point
Himalayan-Persian, and is owned by Katrina and Scott Forbes of the USA.
In 1976 a mystery cat in Hong Kong killed more than 20 dogs. According to local
people it was about 4 feet long, and black or
grey in colour. It was never caught.
Dusty of Bonham in Texas is reputed to be the most prolific female cat in the world, by
1952 Dusty had produced 420 kittens.
The record-holder for the longest fall in feline history is held by, "Andy."
Owned by Florida Senator Ken Myer in the 1970's, he
fell from the 16th floor of an
apartment building and survived.
Nedjem (meaning "Sweet" or "Pleasant") is the first cat to be given
a name. It dates from the reign of Thutmose lll (1479 BC -
The oldest cat lived from 1903 to 1939, a staggering 36 years. He was a tabby cat called,
A cat named Hamlet escaped
from his cage on a flight across the Atlantic and became trapped behind
a panel in the aircraft. The cat remained there for seven weeks
undiscovered, and had travelled a staggering 600,000 miles. Hamlet lived
to the age of 16 following this.
84% of owned cats
in the USA are spayed or neutered.
The first serious book on cats was written by Francois-Augustin Paradis de Moncrif
"Whiskey", at 33years is oldest living cat.
Although not verified by Guinness as yet his owner, Jean Stone from
Essex hopes to do so soon. Guinness
at present records the oldest living cat as Kataleena Lady, a
27-year-old Burmese born on March 11, 1977, in Australia
The estimated world population of the Cheetah in 1900 was 1000,000. Today
that figure stands at between 9,000 and 12,000.