There are more than 130 million pets in the world: dogs. cats, birds, fishes and some kinds of exotic animals. A survey made by IBGE (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística) in partnership with Abinpet (Associação Brasileira da Indústria de Produtos para Animais de Estimação) shows that Brazil is the second biggest pets population in the world, with 22.1 million felines and 52,2 million dogs.
The more interesting point is about cat’s population that increases in greater proportion and must predominate in less than ten years. Brazil is one of few countries in the world where dogs still are the chosen company but, according to Abinpet, the verticalization of big centers and people changing lifestyle influences Brazilian to choose pets more independent and with easy adaptation to smaller places.
To vet Marcello Machado, the increase of felines makes the owner to value castration and care after surgery. “Castration is very important, mostly to avoid the number of stray cats on the streets. But, as this feline is an animal with good adaptation to flats and small places, he can become more lazy after surgery, what can make him fat. So, its good to give food for castrated animals, with L-carnitine and reduzed callories to help weight control,” he explains. To vet Érika Miklos, food is another problem: “As pets stay in closed places, its important a balanced food, rich in proteins, of good digestion and ingredients that help the decrease odour in feces,” she says.
So, following the market tendencies and the change of habits at homes, food industry is always investing in cats products. “There are options to every time in life and all nutricional necessities, for example: digestion sensibility, prevention of fur balls anf foods that help to treat diseases,” says Érika.