Cat Food Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Cat Food Market is Segmented by Product (Dry Cat Food, Wet Cat Food, Veterinary Diet, Treat/Snack, Liquid Food, Organic Products), Ingredient Type ( Animal-derived, Plant-derived, Cereal and Cereal Derivatives, Other Ingredient Types), Distribution Channel (Specialized Pet Shop, Internet Sales, Hypermarket/Supermarket, Other Distribution Channels), Pricing Type (Economy Segment, Premium Segment, Super-premium Segment), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East & Africa).

Market Snapshot

global-cat-food-market-industry_Market Summary
Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:

2020

Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

Europe

CAGR:

4.3 %

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Market Overview

The cat food market is projected to register a CAGR of 4.3% during the forecast period (2021-2026). The imposition of lockdown restriction affected the production facilities of several players around the world. The storage capacity of cat food for a specified period of time acted as a shield from the destruction of existing stocks in the companies. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) recently published the second phase of its ongoing report, “COVID-19 Pulse Study of Pet Ownership During the Pandemic,” mentioning little to no changes in purchasing behavior and economic sentiments among pet owners in the United States.

In addition to that, pet ownership and purchasing behavior have been largely unchanged from May to June of 2020. As per the APPA report, there was no significant change in pet owners being financially cautious about their pet product spending, with a majority (64.0%) spending the same amount from May to June.

There has been an increase in pet adoption in the midst of COVID-19, and this increase has occurred across pet types, especially cats. Therefore, with the surge in the cat population, the demand for pet food products for cats are anticipated to increase in the market.

The cats are the second-largest consumers of pet food. They are considered obligate carnivores and require high-quality proteins and meat-predominant amino acids. Though carbohydrates are not mandatory in their diet, they can be utilized, if properly cooked. Most of the dietary carbohydrates come from grains and, to a limited degree, tubers. Cats have an elevated requirement for sulfuric amino acids, like methionine, and a dietary requirement for the amino sulfone, taurine. Thus, the specific requirements of cats has enabled specialization in the industry by the companies through increased investments.

Scope of the Report

Cat Food Market is Segmented by Product (Dry Cat Food, Wet Cat Food, Veterinary Diet, Treat/Snack, Liquid Food, Organic Products), Ingredient Type ( Animal-derived, Plant-derived, Cereal and Cereal Derivatives, Other Ingredient Types), Distribution Channel (Specialized Pet Shop, Internet Sales, Hypermarket/Supermarket, Other Distribution Channels), Pricing Type (Economy Segment, Premium Segment, Super-premium Segment), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, Middle East & Africa).

Product Type
Dry Cat Food
Wet Cat Food
Veterinary Diets
Treats/Snacks
Organic Products
Ingredient Type
Animal-derived
Plant-derived
Cereals and Cereal By-products
Other Ingredient Types
Sales Channel
Specialized Pet Shops
Internet Sales
Hypermarkets/Supermarkets
Other Sales Channels
Pricing Type
Economy Segment
Premium Segment
Super-premium Segment
Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Mexico
Rest of North America
Europe
Germany
United Kingdom
France
Spain
Italy
Russia
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
Australia
Rest of Asia-Pacific
South America
Brazil
Argentina
Rest of South America
Middle East & Africa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Increasing Emphasis on Balancing Dry and Wet Cat Food

The disparity between the sales of wet and dry cat food is less noticeable, compared to dog food. As cats consume very less water, veterinarians and other cat experts recommend that wet food should be served at least once a day to provide hydration and prevent urinary infections. On the other hand, dry cat food is purchased, as it is comparatively cheaper and provides greater convenience. It is also good for cats' dental health. Hence, cat owners are recommended to purchase both dry and wet cat food and provide them at an optimum balance. One of the key trends driving the cat food market is increased concern over the health and hygiene of the cats. The young generation, especially the millennials, have become very cautious when it comes to selecting food for cats. As millennials tend to prefer online purchases, it becomes easier to compare amongst different products. Similarly, this trend of making hygiene a central factor for the selection of a particular product, has encouraged pet owners to prefer limited ingredient diets, which have proven to be vital to keep allergies at bay.

Cat Food Market Revenue Share by Type

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Asia-Pacific is the Fastest Growing Market

Increasing pet humanization and cat ownership, emerging private label store brands, and growing urbanization are some of the major forces propelling the growth of the Asia-Pacific cat food market. The cat population is increasing at a fast pace, as an increasing number of people are adopting pets, considering them for companionship and security. In urban regions, it is also seen as a status symbol. The space constraints in countries like Japan, China, coupled with the fast-paced lifestyle of pet owners has increased the adoption of cats. The rising population of millenieals in the region with high disposable income has also prompted the adoption of cats owing to the low maintanence required for cats as compared to dogs. The low occurence of diseases among cats has also attracted several pet owners with limited income as well. Companies are investing heavily in product innovation and other strategic partnerships to expand in the region due to the higher rate of adoption of cats. Pet owners are also concenrating on provision of specific cat food to consumers to reduce the risk of diseases among pets. Thus, in Asia- Pacific, there is a rise in the adoption of cats, which is making it the fastest-growing market. 

Cat Food Market Growth Rate by Region

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Competitive Landscape

The cat food market is consolidated, with major global players occupying large market shares and competing fiercely with local players and private labels. The market consists of prominent players, like Mars Inc., Hills Pet Nutrition, Nestle Purina Petcare, and Blue Buffalo. Consisting heavily of large multinational players, the market also houses many private label players. Apart from the presence of a loyal customer base, the major players in the market benefit from substantial marketing and innovation capacities. Product innovation is one of the major strategy adopted by companies and are launching new innovative pet food products that cater to the needs of the wide range of pet owners in the market.

Recent Developments

  • In February 2020, Nestle Purina expanded its Clinton, Iowa factory. The USD 140 million (CHF 138 million) investment will allow Purina to meet growing demand from pet owners for nutritious, science-based dog and cat foods using high-quality and trusted ingredients.
  • In May 2018, JM Smucker Company acquired Ainsworth Pet Nutrition LLC, which is a marketer and distributor of pet snacks for USD 747 million. The acquisition has strengthened the Company's position in the dog and cat snacks segment with the presence of brand Rachel Ray Nutrish in fast-growth segments, including natural meats and long-lasting chews.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 Product Type

      1. 5.1.1 Dry Cat Food

      2. 5.1.2 Wet Cat Food

      3. 5.1.3 Veterinary Diets

      4. 5.1.4 Treats/Snacks

      5. 5.1.5 Organic Products

    2. 5.2 Ingredient Type

      1. 5.2.1 Animal-derived

      2. 5.2.2 Plant-derived

      3. 5.2.3 Cereals and Cereal By-products

      4. 5.2.4 Other Ingredient Types

    3. 5.3 Sales Channel

      1. 5.3.1 Specialized Pet Shops

      2. 5.3.2 Internet Sales

      3. 5.3.3 Hypermarkets/Supermarkets

      4. 5.3.4 Other Sales Channels

    4. 5.4 Pricing Type

      1. 5.4.1 Economy Segment

      2. 5.4.2 Premium Segment

      3. 5.4.3 Super-premium Segment

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 North America

        1. 5.5.1.1 United States

        2. 5.5.1.2 Canada

        3. 5.5.1.3 Mexico

        4. 5.5.1.4 Rest of North America

      2. 5.5.2 Europe

        1. 5.5.2.1 Germany

        2. 5.5.2.2 United Kingdom

        3. 5.5.2.3 France

        4. 5.5.2.4 Spain

        5. 5.5.2.5 Italy

        6. 5.5.2.6 Russia

        7. 5.5.2.7 Rest of Europe

      3. 5.5.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.5.3.1 China

        2. 5.5.3.2 India

        3. 5.5.3.3 Japan

        4. 5.5.3.4 Australia

        5. 5.5.3.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.5.4 South America

        1. 5.5.4.1 Brazil

        2. 5.5.4.2 Argentina

        3. 5.5.4.3 Rest of South America

      5. 5.5.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. 5.5.5.1 Saudi Arabia

        2. 5.5.5.2 South Africa

        3. 5.5.5.3 Rest of Middle East & Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Mars Inc.

      2. 6.3.2 Nestle Purina PetCare Company

      3. 6.3.3 Hill's Pet Nutrition

      4. 6.3.4 Blue Buffalo Company

      5. 6.3.5 Canidae Natural Pet Food Company

      6. 6.3.6 The J.M. Smucker Company

      7. 6.3.7 Nutro

      8. 6.3.8 Beaphar

      9. 6.3.9 Diamond Pet Foods

      10. 6.3.10 PetGuard

      11. 6.3.11 Harringtons

      12. 6.3.12 Royal Canin

      13. 6.3.13 Nutriara Alimentos Ltda

  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

  8. 8. AN ASSESSMENT OF IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE MARKET

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Cat Food Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Cat Food Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.3% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

Europe holds highest share in 2020.

  • Mars Petcare
  • Nestle Purina PetCare Company
  • Hill's Pet Nutrition
  • Blue Buffalo Company
  • Canidae Natural Pet Food Company

Are the major companies operating in Cat Food Market.

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