Pandemic puppies power pet care business boom – Times of India

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It can rain cats and dogs. Indian House. Quite literally. This would explain India’s rapid growth. Animal care Industry after pandemic. According to industry players, the lockdown has led to isolation – a factor exacerbated by the pandemic Raising pets In nuclear families
“Before the pandemic, we didn’t even think about getting a dog. Then, Covid happened, like Pepper, an eight-week-old Shih Tzu,” said Vidhi Aggarwal from Kolkata. Another pet parent from Mumbai, who adopted a cat during the pandemic, trusts and buys only one particular brand of pet food.

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These pet parents are also ready to meet the needs of their furry friends. Ashok Jaipuria, chairman and MD of pet care brand Zigli, said that affluent households spend an average of Rs 4,500-5,000 per month on a pet, while others spend at least Rs 1,000-1,500.
“The rise in pet adoption, coupled with easy access to information online, has revolutionized the shopping behavior of Indian households,” said Shashank Sinha, CEO of pet food brand Drools.
The pet population in India is currently estimated at over 38 million, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.2% between 2022 and 2027, said a study by market research provider Euromonitor International.
Pet adoption Not only metros but also Tier-2 and -3 cities have grown. “In Tier-2 cities, in particular, rising disposable incomes, changing lifestyles in favor of small pets due to smaller living spaces, and increased awareness of the benefits of pet ownership and humanization has further fueled the pet adoption trend,” notes Sinha’s Drools. “Another positive growth factor is the growing number of Gen Z. and millennial pet owners. These demographics are known to be early adopters of new pet-related products and services, further driving demand for innovative and high-quality pet care solutions,” he added.
“We are seeing a sudden growth spurt… it has a growth potential of 25-30% (CAGR),” said Zigli’s Jaypuria. Zigli has expanded into tier-2 and 3 cities with pilot centers in Lucknow, Noida and Indore.
Food constitutes the largest segment of the industry. “The growth of the pet food industry is driven by a combination of factors, one of which is the shift from home-made to commercial pet feeding practices,” said Sinha.
A Nestlé India spokesperson said, “Increasing awareness about pet nutritional needs and lifestyle choices is positively impacting the pet food segment. For example, cats as compared to dogs are relatively picky eaters and often prefer to stick to their favorite foods. Essential amino acids such as taurine, which cats cannot produce themselves, need to be part of a balanced diet. Such needs This can be easily accomplished through pet food, thus making it very helpful for pet parents.”

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