Feline fans rejoice: every day can be #Caturday if you live in one of the following 25 most cat-friendly cities for 2019, ranked based on data from Redfin, the tech-powered real estate brokerage, and Trupanion, a leader in high-quality medical insurance for pets.
Corvallis, OR; Spokane, WA; and Orlando, FL claimed the top three
spots in a study looking at 250 cities nationwide.
To determine the ranking, Trupanion analyzed its data on access to cat-specific services such as clinics, shelters, and hospitals, as well as environmental hazards like sago palm, a tropical plant that is poisonous to cats. Redfin calculated the percentage of homes for sale with cat-friendly features such as high ceilings for room to climb, an extra bathroom for additional litter-box options, and patios for those who’d like to utilize them as “catios.” Yes, that’s a patio for cats. More on that in a bit.
“When choosing a home and neighborhood, homebuyers tend to consider the needs and wants of everyone who will be living in the home, and of course that includes pets,” said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. “Certain homes are better suited to cats, with spaces for the furry family member to lounge and play, and nearby facilities to maintain your cat’s health. Whether you have a cat or not, get to know your neighborhood and look for a home that you, your family, and your pets will be happy in for years to come.”
“With nearly 20 years of claims data on the health of pets, we understand the importance that environment, along with the care of veterinary professionals, can play in providing cats a safe and welcoming home,” said TJ Houk, chief member experience officer at Trupanion. “For this study we looked at pet owners’ access to cat-only veterinary practices, and the presence of cat rescues and shelters in a region, which added positively to a city’s ranking, while a high prevalence of locally-growing environmental dangers like sago palm detracted from the city’s ranking.”
Corvallis demonstrated great access to veterinary care, favorable housing features, and a lower risk of outdoor environmental dangers, making it the most cat-friendly city overall.
Read on for Redfin and Trupanion’s definitive
ranking for the most cat-friendly cities of 2019, and then find out how to
curate your purr-fect cat oasis.
and Trupanion’s Most Cat-Friendly Cities of 2019
Percentage of Homes for Sale with Cat-Friendly Housing
While cats might be lower maintenance than
many pup pals in terms of autonomy and living space needed, they still require
loving care, attention, and the opportunity to stretch and exercise. If you
live in one of the above cities, take advantage of your homes’ feline-friendly
features, which can be a blank canvas for creating the perfect cat-friendly
“Most cats spend their time indoors. So, you need to find different ways to enrich their lives and stimulate them mentally and physically,” said Trupanion Assistant Team Manager Camille Barrios. “It’s good to align a cat-friendly house design with natural instincts like scratching, climbing and chasing.”
Your cat is unique and it is your fun challenge to figure out what they like to do best. There are so many fun ways to give your cat the independence that it wants, while making sure they are entertained and happy and healthy. Consider building your cat their own oasis, and who knows maybe your city will top the list next time.
This guest blog post is attributed and first appeared on the Redfin blog.
Emily Hochberg is Redfin’s Lifestyle Editor, covering topics related to culture, trends, personal finance, decor, style and more. Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer’s favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country’s #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry’s lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in commissions. Redfin serves more than 85 major metro areas across the U.S. and Canada. The company has closed more than $85 billion in home sales.