an inequality between dog and cat


Although identification is obligatory for both species, cats are in fact much less obligatory than dogs. The same observation is observed regarding their rate of medicalization, which is lower in cats.


In France, the identification of domestic carnivores is regulated by law and is obligatory in two situations: prior to their transfer, whether free or for a fee, and is the responsibility of the transferor; and, apart from any transfer, the obligation is also obligatory for dogs aged over 4 months and for cats aged over 7 months born. The law against animal abuse of December 1, 2021 removed the conditionality linked to dates of birth which was in force until now.

Not systematic

Despite this obligatory nature, identification is unfortunately not yet systematic and does not concern all dogs and cats. The proportion of the feline population that has not yet been identified is estimated at 60%, compared to around 10% of dogs. Good news however, feline identification has increased by more than 63.16% over the last five years (versus + 9.73% for dogs). Enough to hope for a catch-up…

Another area in which cats are worse off than dogs: veterinary care.

Lower rate of medicalization

Their rate of medicalization is lower. Thus, 86% of dog owners took their animal to the veterinarian at least once during the year, compared to 62% of cat owners (source: Facco/Kantar 2018 survey). Cat owners claim 1.1 visits per year for their animal and a health budget of 166 euros compared to 1.9 visits and 211 euros for dogs.

However, there is also good news in this area: the proportion of medically treated cats is increasing.

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