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The 25 most cat-friendly cities of 2019

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SEATTLE (PRNewswire) —The best cities for cat lovers in 2019 are Corvallis, Oregon; Spokane, Washington; and Orlando, Florida, are according to a new ranking from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the technology powered real estate brokerage, and Trupanion (www.trupanion.com), a leader in high-quality medical insurance for pets.

To determine the ranking, which looked at 250 cities nationwide, Trupanion analyzed data on access to cat-specific services such as clinics, shelters and hospitals, as well as environmental hazards.

“With nearly 20 years of claims data on the health of pets, we understand the importance that environment, along with the care of veterinary professionals, can play in providing cats a safe and welcoming home,” said TJ Houk, chief member experience officer at Trupanion. “For this study we looked at pet owners’ access to cat-only veterinary practices, and the presence of cat rescues and shelters in a region, which added positively to a city’s ranking, while a high prevalence of locally-growing environmental dangers, like sago palm, detracted from the city’s ranking.”

Redfin calculated the percentage of homes for sale with cat-friendly features, such as high ceilings for room to climb, an extra bathroom for storing litter boxes, and patios for those who’d like to create safe outdoor spaces for their cat.

“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,” said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather. “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.”

Corvallis demonstrated great access to veterinary care, favorable housing features, and a lower risk of outdoor environmental dangers, making it the most cat-friendly city overall.

Here is Redfin and Trupanion’s definitive ranking for the most cat-friendly cities of 2019:

Rank

City

State

Percentage of Homes
for Sale with Cat-
Friendly Housing
Features

1

Corvallis

OR

16%

2

Spokane

WA

15%

3

Orlando

FL

21%

5

Bellingham

WA

17%

5

Tulsa

OK

16%

6

Raleigh

NC

15%

7

New York

NY

16%

8

Dayton

OH

15%

9

Clarksville

TN

7%

10

San Antonio

TX

30%

11

Albuquerque

NM

30%

12

Eugene

OR

15%

13

Boston

MA

17%

14

Allentown

PA

17%

15

Dover

DE

15%

16

Columbus

OH

23%

17

Boise

ID

32%

18

Louisville

KY

25%

19

Tacoma

WA

19%

20

Lincoln

NE

22%

21

Portland

OR

17%

22

Minneapolis

MN

16%

23

Knoxville

TN

13%

24

Santa Rosa

CA

15%

25

Oakland

CA

25%

To read the full report, including expert tips on how to transform your home into the perfect cat oasis, please visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/most-cat-friendly-cities.

About Redfin
Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer’s favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country’s #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry’s lowest published error rate for listed homes.

For more information or to contact a local Redfin real estate agent, visit www.redfin.com.

About Trupanion 
Trupanion is a leader in medical insurance for cats and dogs throughout the United States and Canada. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Seattle. Trupanion policies are issued in the United States by its wholly-owned insurance entity American Pet Insurance Company and, in Canada, by Omega General Insurance Company. For more information, please visit trupanion.com

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