There are approximately eight million cats kept in the UK. They all vary in size, body shape and temperament. The majority of cats owned in the UK are non-pedigrees.
Typically, cats live for fourteen years, but many live for much longer.
They can detect higher frequencies of sound than dogs or humans and communicate visually using different body postures, facial expressions, ear and tail positions, as well as visual markers such as scratch marks or the deposition of faeces.
Cats are meat eaters and cannot survive without the nutrients found in animal-derived materials.