The UAE cat food market grew at a CAGR of 6.8% during 2014-2019. As a result of the increasing number of nuclear families and growing expatriate population, the pet adoption rates in the UAE have escalated in recent years. Since cats are considered pious and cleaner according to Islam, they have emerged as the most popular pet species in the country. Moreover, in order to uplift their social status and image, the affluent Emiratis are opting for expensive and exotic cat breeds. A consequent rise in the consciousness regarding the health management of the pets has increased the demand for high-quality cat food which contains all the essential minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins. In line with this, manufacturers are introducing premium products for different cat species and age groups. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the UAE cat food market to continue its moderate growth during the next five years.
UAE Cat Food Market Drivers/Constraints:
One of the major cat food market trends is the emergence of one-person households which has prompted individuals to seek low-maintenance pets, such as cats. Additionally, the high disposable incomes of consumers have also enabled them to afford premium cat food products. These products can be easily digested by cats and have a higher nutritional value as compared to mass products. Apart from this, various restaurants, residential buildings and other public spaces have started allowing the entry of cats with their owners. Moreover, regular offers by cat food retailers coupled with the growing trend of online retail formats has further provided impetus to the market growth.
Breakup by Product Type:
Dry food is currently the most popular type of cat food in the UAE
Breakup by Ingredient Type:
Animal derivates currently represent the most popular ingredient type
Breakup by Distribution Channel:
Supermarkets and hypermarkets currently represent the most popular distribution channel
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