The CATalyst Council, a coalition of the veterinary community, academia, nonprofits, industry and animal welfare organizations, has named the following metro areas the Top 10 Cat Friendly Cities for 2009:
| San Francisco
What makes a city cat friendly according to CATalyst? How its communities measure up in such areas as:
- Cat ownership per capita
- Level of feline veterinary care
- Microchipping of cats
- Cat friendly local ordinances
The CATalyst Council was formed in 2008 in response to a disturbing national trend showing declining numbers of cat visits to veterinarians, and an increase in the amount of cats turned over to shelters. Cat surrenders to shelters have soared in response to the economic downturn and home foreclosure rate.