Are We a Nation of Mad-Catters?

Let us just throw some facts and figures at you.

On average, 1 in 8 of us in the UK own a cat. 1 in 7 of us own a dog. Our total pet population is over 56 MILLION, and we spend some £6,000,000,000 (billion) a year on our pet industry. That is the equivalent of every single person in the UK spending £90 a year on pet produce, even if they don’t own a pet.

If we deserted London and allowed for our feline population to take over, the population change wouldn’t significantly alter. There are some 7.5 million cats living among us, enough to fill 94% of London’s human population. The obsession doesn’t just stop with owning cats, though. Take the 5 most famous cats on social media: Hamilton, Venus, Grumpy, Pudge & Nala. They have a total following on Instagram of 7.9 million. That is more that the populations of Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Singapore, New Zealand, Paraguay, Bulgaria… The list goes on.

It won’t come as a surprise that our cities are choked full of cats. In London’s southwest region, there is an average of 803 cats per square mile. North London has an equally massive 734 cats per square mile. Despite this absurd density, it is in fact Birmingham that has the highest population of cats, with some 72,000 packed into the Black Country’s capital. British Shorthairs, Bengals and Siamese are our most-loved pedigree cats, with those three breeds numbering over 120,000 strong. Perhaps oddly, Guernsey and Jersey are the UK most popular cat havens, with the highest cat-to-human ratios recorded on those isles. If you are lost and have somehow found yourself on this cat blog, don’t fear, Northern Ireland is where you will find sanctuary. With just 1 cat for every 252 people, we wonder how the Northern Irish get by.

With all these mind-blogging numbers in mind, the UK is (for the most-part) a nation of mad-catters. We are not alone though. Just across the pond, the US and Canada are equally cat-mad, boasting a staggering 98 million cats between them. It’s no wonder we have such a special relationship.

Our Core Values

Why Catipilla? Every product and idea we have is built around these core values.

Cat health and well-being.
Cats deserve the best. They deserve to be active, to be entertained, to stretch, to climb and to rest. To play out all of their natural instincts where they feel safest – at home. Our range has been designed to cater for these instincts and provide the most enjoyment possible.

High-quality, space-saving additions to your home.
Every unit we design is built to last. We want you to have the confidence that our products will stand the test of time. We also want to ensure that cats feel secure on our units and have the freedom to roam wherever they please.

Sustainable products that last a lifetime.
All of our Catipilla products are made from 85% recycled material and we actively work to reduce our energy footprint by sourcing materials close to home.