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Pet Food Shortage From Lockdown?

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Some of you may have noticed that there has been a pet food shortage now that we are finally (hopefully) getting to the end of the lockdown in the UK. Most of the food shortage is in the cat and dog department, but why? Well, the answer seems simple; people have been buying pets in lockdown, presumably for additional company. In fact, the PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturers Association) suggests that 3.2 million more households in the UK now own a pet, taking the total number to 17 million. But, is the increase really big enough to cause food shortages, or is there something else going on?

Obviously, no one knows for certain if this is going to be the last lockdown, or if everything is going to return to normal. We believe that is the driving factor to the food shortage. If anyone remembers the “great toilet roll shortage” of April 2020, and this pet food shortage seems very similar. People are going out bulk buying pet food, for whatever reason, and that is causing the industry to be unable to keep up. So, please, only buy what you need, when you need it. Otherwise, we are all going to be struggling to feed our pets, which is only going to be bad for them.

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