LONDON, 9 Mar – RIA Novosti, Natalia Kopylova. Large UK supermarket chains are experiencing pet food shortages due to rising demand for cats and dogs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to store data.
Deficiencies in some types of cat and dog food have been reported by chains such as Sainsbury's, Tesco and Morrisons, noting that food shortages can last for months.
Supermarkets estimate that the shortage is due to high demand for pets during the three UK quarantines. With the growing number of four-legged pet owners, the demand for various types of pet food has grown. In particular, there is a shortage of feed from the producers Sheba, Whiskas, Felix, Cesar and Pedigree.
Many customers who ordered food from the online store received letters from Sainsbury's about the shortage, which is “likely to last throughout the year.” “Due to the shortage of dog and cat food bags across the country, we are sorry if you cannot find your regular product at Sainsbury's,” reads one of the letters.