According to a survey which was conducted in 2011-2012 by Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health, half of cats started their pet life with "were found and picked up" or "came by themselves and settled" in Tokyo.
Table 1: How the owner got a cat (number of sample = 317)
|Born at home||5.0|
|Found and brought||33.8|
|Cats came by themselves and settled||15.1|
|From public pet adoption organization||0.3|
|From private pet adoption organization||5.4|
In terms of gender, number of female cats is slightly greater than the number of male cats.
Two third of cats are under 10 years old.
Source is Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health.