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The Best Cities for Cat Lovers in 2021

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Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared on LawnStarter.

They spill your coffee, ruin your emails, and keep you awake all night long with their zoomies.

But when your feline friend gives you a coveted forehead bump or makes a fresh batch of “biscuits” on your belly, all the annoying parts of cat ownership melt away.

Not every city loves your cat as much as you do, though. So, where can you find the purrfect den for you and your beloved kitty?

LawnStarter ranked 2021’s best cities for cat lovers based on 11 factors, such as access to vet offices, the cost of cat sitting, and feline-friendliness of local rental properties.

Check out our top ranking of the 200 largest U.S. cities next, along with our methodology.

Our cats may not be kings of the jungle, but they’re definitely the kings of our hearts. People in the best cat cities know that better than anyone.

1. Orlando, FL

Orlando, Florida
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Overall Score: 57.22

Access and Community Rank: 8

Supplies and Care Rank: 14

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 1

2. Lakewood, CO

Lakewood, Colorado
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Overall Score: 55.92

Access and Community Rank: 6

Supplies and Care Rank: 2

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 78

3. Cary, NC

Cary North Carolina
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Overall Score: 55.48

Access and Community Rank: 9

Supplies and Care Rank: 9

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 14

4. Tempe, AZ

Tempe Arizona
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Overall Score: 55.41

Access and Community Rank: 7

Supplies and Care Rank: 6

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 30

5. Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins,
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Overall Score: 55.34

Access and Community Rank: 42

Supplies and Care Rank: 7

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 5

6. Irvine, CA

Irvine, California
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Overall Score: 53.34

Access and Community Rank: 40

Supplies and Care Rank: 1

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 89

7. Bellevue, WA

Bellevue, Washington
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Overall Score: 52.51

Access and Community Rank: 34

Supplies and Care Rank: 13

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 8

8. Corona, CA

Corona, California
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Overall Score: 51.05

Access and Community Rank: 74

Supplies and Care Rank: 3

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 24

9. Naperville, IL

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Overall Score: 49.75

Access and Community Rank: 17

Supplies and Care Rank: 21

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 12

10. Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Rancho Cucamonga California
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Overall Score: 49.54

Access and Community Rank: 3

Supplies and Care Rank: 17

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 64

11. Huntington Beach, CA

Huntington Beach California
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Overall Score: 48.84

Access and Community Rank: 11

Supplies and Care Rank: 5

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 152

12. Olathe, KS

Olathe, Kansas
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Overall Score: 48.82

Access and Community Rank: 29

Supplies and Care Rank: 27

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 6

13. Escondido, CA

Escondido, California
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Overall Score: 48.70

Access and Community Rank: 18

Supplies and Care Rank: 11

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 116

14. Richmond, VA (tie)

Richmond, Virginia
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Overall Score: 46.83

Access and Community Rank: 44

Supplies and Care Rank: 18

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 36

14. Springfield, MO (tie)

Springfield, Missouri
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Overall Score: 46.83

Access and Community Rank: 131

Supplies and Care Rank: 22

Housing and Accommodations Rank: 2

Methodology

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We ranked the 200 largest U.S. cities from best (No. 1) to worst (No. 200) based on their overall scores (out of 100 possible points), averaged across the weighted metrics below.

  • Animal Shelters per 100,000 Residents
  • Cat Cafes per 100,000 Residents
  • Pet Stores per 100,000 Residents
  • Veterinarians per 100,000 Residents
  • Animal Hospitals per 100,000 Residents
  • Cat Sitters per 100,000 Residents
  • Median Per-Visit Cat Sitter Rate
  • Average Home Square Footage
  • Share of Cat-Friendly Rental Homes
  • Pet-Friendly Hotels per 100,000 Residents
  • Cat Boarding Establishments per 100,000 Residents

Sources: CatTipper.com, Cat Wisdom 101, Hauspanther, Homes.com, PetSitter.com, Rent.com, Sittercity, TripAdvisor, VCA Animal Hospital, and Yelp.

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