Aug 9, 2021 - Economy

The best places to be a cat

A cat in the window of a cat cafe, surrounded by a statue that says "meow."

A resident of Meow Parlour in New York City, where people can pay to pet the cats and decide if they want to adopt them. Photo: Jennifer A. Kingson/Axios

In honor of International Cat Day, which was Sunday, here's a list of the best U.S. cities for cats.

  • The list is "based on 11 factors, such as access to vet offices, the cost of cat sitting, and feline-friendliness of local rental properties," according to LawnStarter, a company that will help you find lawn care services (yet, incongruously, also seems to do research on cats.)

Details: Curiously, Orlando, Florida, came out on top, followed by Lakewood, Colorado; Cary, North Carolina; Tempe, Arizona; and Fort Collins, Colorado.

  • Orlando was the city with the most cat cafés per 100,000 residents, followed by Oakland, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Miami.

Fun fact: According to International Cat Care, the custodians of International Cat Day, at least half of cat owners have trouble getting their cats into the carrier.

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