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Report: Spokane ranks second in the nation for most cat-friendly city

UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Spokane was ranked second in the nation as the most cat-friendly city in a recent report by Redfin and Trupanion. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane was ranked second in the nation as the most cat-friendly city in a recent report by Redfin and Trupanion. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

If you’re a cat owner living in Spokane, you’re apparently in luck.

Online real estate brokerage Redfin and Seattle-based pet insurance provider Trupanion ranked the Lilac City second in the nation among favorable cities for cat owners.

In their report, the two companies examined 250 cities and analyzed access to veterinary clinics, available shelters and environmental hazards, such as poisonous plants. Redfin also calculated the percentage of homes for sale with “cat-friendly” features like high ceilings, an extra bathroom to accommodate litter boxes and patios that can be converted to “catios.”

“When choosing a home and neighborhood, homebuyers tend to consider the needs and wants of everyone who will be living in the home, and of course that includes pets,” Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather said in a news release. “Certain homes are better suited to cats with spaces for the furry family member to lounge and play, and nearby facilities to maintain your cat’s health.”

Corvallis, Oregon, topped the cat-friendly rankings because it demonstrated great access to veterinary care, favorable housing features and the lowest risk of outdoor environmental dangers, according to the report.

Redfin also partnered with pet care company Rover to find the top 20 dog-friendly cities, and while Spokane wasn’t on the list, Seattle ranked first.

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