A Purrfect Match
San Antonio is a purr-fect place for our feline friends to live, according to a new ranking. Produced by real estate brokerage Redfin and pet health insurance provider Trupanion, the list places San Antonio in the No. 10 spot among the most cat-friendly cities in the U.S.
In all, Redfin and Trupanion analyzed 250 cities to determine their cat-friendly status. Trupanion looked at data on access to cat-specific services, such as clinics, shelters, and hospitals, as well as data on environmental hazards. Meanwhile, Redfin calculated the percentage of homes for sale with cat-friendly features such as high ceilings for room to climb, extra bathrooms for storing litter boxes, and patios for setting up safe outdoor spaces for kitties (otherwise known as “catios.”)
“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,” Daryl Fairweather, chief economist at Redfin, says in a release. “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.”
No other Texas city wound up in the top 25. Topping the list was Corvallis, Oregon, followed by Spokane, Washington; Orlando, Florida; Bellingham, Washington; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In 2015, San Antonio popped up on a list of cat-friendly cities published by cat-centric website Kittentoob.
“There are so many cats here that it might as well be the cat capital of the state,” Kittentoob said of San Antonio. “This is where you’ll find your favorite crazy cat people, and there is nothing wrong with that. People love their cats here, and they love that raising cats here is so affordable and so wonderful.”
Interestingly, San Antonio failed to appear in a ranking released earlier this year of the 20 most dog-friendly cities in the U.S. Redfin teamed up with Rover, a network of dog sitters and walkers, to compile the ranking. Houston ranked 12th, Austin ranked 13th, and Dallas ranked 17th.