The cat is the favorite domestic animal of the French. More than a third of them live with a tomcat, according to data from the European Pet Food Federation (FEDIAF). The miniature feline is also popular on the Old Continent. In Europe, a quarter of human beings have one or more whiskered companions, bringing their number now to 110 million – compared to 90 million dogs*.
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International Cat Day will be celebrated on August 8
A popularity such that, for 20 years already, the cat has the right to its own International Day, celebrated on August 8. The event, far from being confined to the sharing of “lolcats” and other particularly cute cats, has above all an educational aim.
Initiated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), it promotes the adoption of tomcats in shelters, and reaffirms the absolute need to protect and respect them. A far from incidental reminder: in France, 60,000 animals are abandoned each year on the road to summer vacation**.
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Simba and Nala, the names of cats and cats to avoid if you aim for originality
Taking in a cat rather than buying it gives it a second chance! Provided you have obtained the precious certificate of commitment and knowledge, now necessary for its adoption. But once the tomcat has arrived in its new home, how do you find an original name for it?
As International Cat Day approaches, pet food company Ultra Premium Direct has shared the ranking of the most common names among the 74,000 animals referenced on its site. A very useful track record for those who want to get off the beaten track. Verdict? On the male side, they will have to avoid Simba, Rio and Tigrou. On the female side, Nala, Plume and Maya are to be avoided.
The 5 most common male cat names in France in 2022
The 5 most common female cat names in France in 2022
* FEDIAF data from June 2022.
** Figures provided by the SPA.