The current number of households with a pet in the UK stands at 41%, so already it’s easy to see why the market for pet accessories is thriving. It may be less than half the population, but factors to consider are the number of pets in the home (I for example currently have six cats in my residence, only two of which are my own) and the uses for the accessories available. The main reasons for the booming market are:
Animals need food; food will probably be served in their own bowls to avoid mixing pet food with human food; therefore there is a range of options for food bowls on the market. As well as this, most owners equip their pets with collars, either for the means of attaching an ID tag in case the animal gets lost, or bells to avoid cats hunting birds if they go outside. Dogs especially come in a range of sizes to fit the various dog breeds out there and often start from puppy-friendly collars. Accessories such as carriers are also important too, when it’s time for me to take my cats to the vet for a check-up, it’s essential that I choose a good cat carrier for each of them. Too small and they become unhappy and cramped, a soft carrier means that they feel less secure, so my go-to is a sturdy box with handles so I can easily carry them to and from the places they need to be. However, every pet is different, and the range of options on the market is to ensure that pets feel safe and secure in whichever carrier their owner chooses.
I’ve already mentioned food bowls, however, the options for them can range from standard versions to models designed to help with health. For example, raised feeders for pets with stomach or digestion issues. In the same vein, flea collars are easily found too, which help deter fleas and ticks from biting an animal. Pet toothbrushes are also available on the market. As humans, it’s important to look after your pet’s oral health and often products such as Dentistix or other dental-based treats don’t suffice. Paired with toothbrushes is toothpaste, designed to be pet-friendly and flavored so that animals will more easily allow tooth brushing.
Due to the many shapes and sizes, pets can come in, there are many different types of beds to keep your pet happy, such as igloos that they can hide inside, or thermal beds that warm-up using their body heat. Other things that fall under comfort include coats, some short hair breeds of dogs will feel the winter chill more than a thicker coated dog, so keeping them warm on their walks is important to keep them happy. Even during the summer, when the pavements and roads are too hot for a dog’s paws, many owners buy special shoes for their dogs so that they don’t injure themselves in the heat.
Finally, the need to make pets even cuter by dressing them up in various outfits and accessories. Who doesn’t want to see a dog running around in a stegosaurus costume? Or a cat looking sharp in a little bow tie? The fact is to a lot of people; their pets are their babies, they want them to look cute and show them off to friends and family, so outfits and the like are amazingly easy to find in shops and online. While my family has patiently waited until the holidays to dress our dogs up as vampires or witches or little elves with a Santa Claus, some households dress up their pets year-round, with adorable results.
With so many people currently owning pets, it seems unlikely that the market will suffer anytime in the near future, which is good news for us pet owners as it means the products on offer will continue to grow and evolve. The thing that matters most is keeping our pets happy, healthy, and loved, even if that means I occasionally subject my cats to dressing up in little hats.