Animals: Keeping Tabs on Tabby

Nobody knows exactly what the cat population of the U.S. is. Of an estimated 21 million, half are house cats living in a world of Kleen Kitty and catnip mice; the rest are loners—feline bums who range the nation's alleys, waterfronts and backyards, scrounging, mousing, and yowling for handouts. Dogs (around 26 million) still lead in pet popularity, but cats are creeping up. Canned cat food is a multimillion-dollar industry, and this year sales are up 15% (1960 supermarket sales: $42,150,000). Veterinarians find that it pays to become a cat specialist, and...

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