A new survey shows that while the number of cats being taken to emergency shelters is on the decline, a surprising number are being kept in cat shelters.
The latest national survey, conducted by a leading consumer advocacy group, found that about 5.6 million of the approximately 8.4 million pets being cared for at shelter facilities in the U.S. are kept in animal shelters, a number that is still up from 2015, when the last time the group surveyed shelter facilities was in 2016.
This number is still very high, but the number is dropping fast, with the number declining by more than 90% in just the past year, the group said.
That’s a big drop, and it suggests that cats are becoming more socially isolated, it said.
In the survey, nearly a quarter of the pets that were taken to shelters in 2017 were found to be sick or severely malnourished.
That means that just 1.9% of the animals that were housed in animal facilities were in poor or moderate condition.
That’s down from 5.7% of all animals in shelters in 2016, according to the data.
This comes as many states and cities are trying to deal with the crisis in the city shelters and the high numbers of cats in them, with some cities like Boston and New York City introducing stricter policies to keep the pets in their city shelters.
Meanwhile, a new survey published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that nearly half of U.K. cats have suffered serious injuries, including fractures and lacerations, which can result in life-threatening infections.
A report from the British Veterinary Association in 2016 found that one-third of cats with serious injuries had been euthanized.