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Monday, May 4, 2009

Meow, Wow: San Francisco Named a Top-10 Place to Own a Cat

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 8:59 AM

click to enlarge Locals are overjoyed at San Francisco being named one of the nation's cat-friendliest cities
  • Locals are overjoyed at San Francisco being named one of the nation's cat-friendliest cities
Whenever San Francisco cracks another Top-10 list, locals ought to have two reactions:

1. "That's great! I knew there was a reason I'm paying so much rent," and;
2. "Who's putting this list out?"

So when our city was named one of the 10 Cat-Friendliest late last week -- well, super! As far as explaining who the hell the CATalyst Council is to make such a designation, that's a whole other ball of yarn.

According to the nonprofit's Web page, it's comprised of folks representing "Veterinary Medicine, Shelter/Animal Welfare, and related Industry entities such as Foundations and Cat Fanciers, the Media, and commercial companies." It trumps the "virtue of the open and inclusive structure of [its] board" -- but doesn't include any names.  

Fair enough. A group of unnamed people connected to the cat "industry" say San Francisco is great. Again, super. But what, exactly, does it take to crack this Top-10 list? Thankfully they're far more open about that. 

Cities were judged on 13 criteria (wouldn't nine have been more apropos?) including:

  • Number of cats;
  • Number of cats microchipped;
  • Number of certified vets and animal behaviorists in the city;
  • Number of subscribers to Cat Fancy (hmmmmm);
  • Does the mayor own a cat? (no, but he married a movie star)
  • City ordinances mention cats.
And there you have it. The other nine cities, by the way, are Tampa, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Denver, Boston, Seattle, San Diego, Atlanta, and Minneapolis (hope that's an indoor cat in Minny).

And, while we're on the subject, read about our adventures trapping feral cats for the SPCA here
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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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