For the last seven years, we have seen a steady increase in the amount of cat food sold in our store. In 2012, our ratio of food sales was 40% cat food and 60% dog food. In 2018, for the very first time, cat food sales (51%) outpaced dog food sales (49%).
Why the shift?
Dudes – Men are more comfortable owning cats. With gender lines disappearing when it comes to cat adoption, it’s nice to know that there must be “crazy cat men” giving “crazy cat ladies” a run for the kitty litter.
Social Media – Visit any social media platform and you’ll see a growing number of cat photos, videos, memes and more! Seeing those adorable, talented, and genius kitties is inspiring folks to adopt felines. #catsaretrending
The Challenge – Caring for cats can be infinitely more challenging than dogs, but people love to share their war stories and revel in their ability to overcome the challenge. Hear the word, “finicky,” and the Grumpy Cat probably comes to mind. We’ve heard countless tales of cats that cannot have the same flavor of food two days in a row…. or cats needing exact proportions of dry and wet food, otherwise, they refuse to eat…. or cats that happily eating a brand and flavor of food for months and then suddenly refusing it. The Cinnamon Challenge and American Ninja Warrior have nothing on The Cat Challenge!
No Walking Needed – Sure you can leash-train your kitty, but you don’t need to. Cats get plenty of exercise while exploring, climbing, scratching, rolling, hiding, chasing, running, mousing, and tearing inside your home.
Vacay Yay! – Planning a vacation is a cinch with a cat! For the most part, no boarding is necessary! Just pack your bags, put out food and water, have someone check in periodically and you are good to go! No walks or playtime needed! They don’t even need to go outside when nature calls! Brilliant!
Thankfully, these engineers came along and broke the catnip ceiling so that men may more comfortably venture forth into feline friendships.
But in all seriousness, we share all of this to explain why we’ve rearranged our Pet department to accommodate more space for the growing demand for cat food and products!
The next time you stop in to shop, you will find our cat food and products in our Lawn & Garden Annex next to our bird and chicken feed. We stock the very best food, toys, and accessories for your cat.
We have the best selection of healthy cat food in town! 36 brands and hundreds of flavor options. We also carry a wide assortment of cat litter, accessories, toys, beds, scratching posts, and more!
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our Pet Expo taking place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10am to 4pm!
P.S. In case you were wondering, we do not sell food for the cat pictured below. We do, however, sell food for the food of this particular cat.