The Dutch are cat-loving people. In 2018, the total cat population in the country amounted to over 2.6 million. At its peak in 2014, nearly 3.6 million pet cats lived in households in the Netherlands. By comparison: according to the most recent figures, there were just over 1.5 million pet dogs in the Netherlands.
The most popular furry friend
Cats are the most frequently kept pets in the Netherlands. In 2017, nearly one quarter of Dutch households owned a pet cat. This was slightly higher than the share of households owning a dog (19 percent), another beloved four-legged friend. Popular cats include the European Shorthair as well as various mixed breeds.
Cats in Europe
The number of pet cats amounted to over 100 million in Europe in 2018. Germany had a cat population of roughly 14.5 million that year, or over five times as large as the Netherlands. Other cat-loving nations included France and the United Kingdom (13.5 and 7.5 million cats respectively). The share of households owning a cat was highest in Romania and Poland though, where nearly half of all households owned at least one furry friend. In Hungary and Slovenia too at least three out of ten households were cat owners. On the other hand, in Spain just 11 percent of households were ruled by one or more cats.