The global cat food market reached a value of US$ 32.2 Billion in 2020. Cats are one of the most popular companion pets around the world as they are small, independent by nature, and can keep themselves groomed. Traditionally, owners fed their cats with milk and home-made food, which included leftovers and scraps from family meals. However, the demand for commercially prepared cat food has gradually increased worldwide as it offers vital nutrients for maintaining the weight and energy requirements of cats. It also aids in combating skin allergies and infections as well as improving the overall health and life expectancy of cats.
On account of the increasing pet humanization and the growing trend of nuclear families, the adoption rate of cats is increasing, especially among the young population. These factors have impelled the demand for cat food across the globe. Moreover, the growing awareness among cat owners about nutritional diversification is positively influencing them to opt for customized treats and food products. Besides this, with the rising demand for cat food that is prepared using locally produced ingredients and offers digestive benefits, manufacturers are launching a wide variety of premium pet food items, such as organic, natural and gluten-free variants, to expand their product portfolio. They are also utilizing innovative packaging solutions to differentiate their products from other competitors operating in the industry. Furthermore, the introduction of cat food in convenient stand-up pouches, re-closable bags, and single-serve pouches and bags is also impelling the market growth worldwide. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the global cat food market to exhibit steady growth during the next five years.
Breakup by Product Type:
Dry cat food currently represents the most preferred product around the world as it is cheaper, easy to store and can be left out for the cat to nibble.
Breakup by Pricing Type:
At present, mass products exhibit a clear dominance in the market on account of their affordable prices.
Breakup by Ingredient Type:
Animal-derived cat food accounts for the majority of the total market share as these ingredients offer high nutritional value.
Breakup by Distribution Channel:
Supermarkets and hypermarkets hold the largest share as they offer pet owners different product varieties and brands of pet food to choose from.
On the geographical front, North America enjoys the leading position in the market on account of the increasing pet ownership in the region. Apart from this, the emergence of private label brands is also strengthening the growth of the market.
The competitive landscape of the market has been analyzed in the report, along with the detailed profiles of the major players operating in the industry. Some of these players are:
Key Questions Answered in This Report
The global cat food market size was valued at US$ 32.2 Billion in 2020.
The rising pet humanization rate, growing trend of nuclear families, and increasing preferences for cats, especially among the millennial population, are some of the key drivers for the global cat food market.
Leading cat food manufacturers are Mars, Incorporated, J.M. Smucker Company (Big Heart Pet Brands), Colgate-Palmolive (Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc.), Nestle Purina PetCare, Blue Buffalo Co., Ltd. and CANIDAE Pet Foods.
At present, North America enjoys the leading position in the market, on account of the high pet adoption rate in the region.
On the basis of the product type, the market has been bifurcated into dry cat food, cat treats and wet cat food. Currently, dry cat food holds the majority of the total market share.
According to the estimates by IMARC Group, the global cat food market is expected to witness steady growth from 2021 to 2026.
On the basis of the pricing type, the market has been divided into mass products and premium products. Among these, mass products represent the largest market segment.
The introduction of a wide variety of premium pet food items, including organic, natural, and gluten-free variants, represents a key trend in the global cat food market.
Sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had led to the implementation of stringent lockdown regulations across several nations resulting in the consumer shift from brick-and-mortar distribution channels towards e-commerce platforms for the sales of cat food.
On the basis of the ingredient type, the market has been classified into animal derivatives and plant derivatives. Among these, animal derivatives hold the largest market share.
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