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My Research

Welcome to my research portion of the blog where I will present my findings on which cats get adopted the most based off of sex, age, color, coat pattern, and coat length.

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*This data is taken from 05.30.2023 to 08.07.2023*

*Brook and Dori were returned*

*Data may be interpreted differently by other people*

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Results: 20/45 (44.44%) Male, 25/45 (55.56%) Female

In a study done in 2016 that evaluated the population of 79,918 cats, the percentage of male and females cats were similar to the percentages seen in the cat’s adopted at CATsNAP, thus indicating that there is not necessarily a preference for adopting female cats compared to male cats, but rather, more female cats are being adopted because the overall population of female cats in the world is higher than male cats (Carvelli et al. 2016). Not to mention, because the number of cats adopted at CATsNAP during this period was only 45, the data for which sex of cat gets adopted more can not accurately be determined.

Results: 21/45 (46.67%) Kittens, 23/45 (51.11%) Young Adults, 1/45 (2.22%) Adult, 0/45 (0%) Elderly 

The median age for cats found in a population of 79,918 ranges around 4.5 years of age (Carvelli et al. 2016). Because that age is considered to be a young adult cat, it makes sense that it's more common to adopt a cat of that age. From my experience at volunteering at CATsNAP, it is more common to see kittens and young adults than older cats in the shelter, thus indicating there is most likely not a preference on what age of cat people adopt.



Results: 6/45 (13.33%) Orange, 6/45 (13.33%) Black, 4/45 (8.89%) Gray, 11/45 (24.44%) Brown, 18/45 (40.00%) Multicolored

These results are odd because black cats are the most common cat color; however it is not common to find a completely black cat, meaning some of the multicolored cats may have had black in their fur (10 Things to Know About Black Cats 2022). There is not enough information out there to determine the rankings on how common the colors of cats are. According to the data collected at CATsNAP, multicolored cats are most popular among adopters, but because there isn’t information on how common multicolored cats are, it is hard to say if they were adopted the most out of preference or for how common they are. These results seem inconclusive.

Results: 12/45 (26.67%) Solid, 15/45 (33.33%) Tabby, 14/45 (31.11%) Bi-Color, 4/45 (8.89%) Tri-Color

These results are also odd since solid patterned cats are not very common. In fact, tabby patterned cats are the most common coat pattern (“The Ultimate Guide to Cat Fur Patterns Colors and Markings” 2021). This may indicate that there may be a preference on the coat pattern in cats when it comes to adoption, but as said before, because there is only data from 45 cats, there is not enough data to say for sure.

Coat Pattern

Coat Length

Results: 33/45 (73.33%) DSH, 4/45 (8.89%) DMH, 8/45 (17.78%) DLH

Nearly 95% of cats in the United States are domestic shorthairs, so it makes sense that the most adopted type of coat length would be for domestic shorthairs (“Cats Lovers guide to the Domestic Short Hair” 2022). Furthermore, domestic medium haired cats are the least common of coat length in cats (Selvaggio 2023). These sources support my theory that there is not a preference to coat length when adopting a cat, but rather, domestic short haired cats are the most commonly adopted because they are the most common coat length, and domestic medium hairs are the least adopted because they are the least common.

Overall Thoughts

I do not believe the gender, age, or appearance of a cat affects adopters choice in a cat based on the data I’ve gathered. I suspect adopters are more concerned about the personality of a cat rather than looks. As said before, however, because there is only data on 45 cats that were adopted, there is not enough data to positively say what adopters look for in their furry companion. With data collected from a longer time frame, there would be a better possibility of knowing what adopters look for in their feline friend.


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Carvelli, Andrea et al. (2016, August 17). A Cross-Sectional Survey to Estimate the Cat Population and Ownership Profiles in a Semirural Area of Central Italy. National Library of Medicine.,4.3%20years%20(SD%203.8). 

Catsnet. (2022, October 3). Cats Lovers guide to the Domestic Short Hair.

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Howe, Stephanie. (2022, September 14). 10 Things to Know About Black Cats. PetMD.

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