For thousands of years cats have lived with people. The Ancient Egyptians worshipped as gods. There have been periods of history when cats were persecuted, for example, in the 13th century women who owned a cat were declared witches and burned.
In Vietnam cats are highly valued as ‘mousers’ on the farm and in the homes. Many homes homes in Vietnam have cats, maybe more than dogs. No one knows the exact statistics but cats are becoming very popular to own in Vietnam.
And we all hope that cat will become respected not just for their practical reasons but also to provide companionship to family members. The cat has never been so popular.
Over the past 5 years in Vietnam we believe the numbers of cat ownership is expanding very quickly.
Changes in lifestyle and the amount of disposable income in Vietnam have helped the cat increase in popularity. The cat’s independent nature has proved advantageous. More and more of us live in homes where both partners work. We live in more urban environments. When space and free time are at a premium, the cat comes into its own.
Simple surveys of the cat population in Vietnam have found that a few types of western breed are present in Vietnam: Somali, American Curl, French Chartreux, Arabian, Chinchilla, Persian, British Short Hair and Russian Blue cats. While breeds are rare these cats not really pedigree cats.
Moggies rule! The large majority of cats in Vietnam are non-pedigree or non purebreed cats, or random-bred cats, affectionaley called ‘moggies’, or mongrel cats, or mutt-cats. Probably over 90 per cent of all cats in Vietnam are nonpedigree: the ginger style cat, the black and white, and the tabby being the most commonly occurring colours.
Is there more breeds of cats in Vietnam? Send us an email and let us know!