The Growing Domestication of Pets and its Consequences
Analogous to the exploding world population, the number of domestic animals is also steadily increasing.
In 2018, the total number of cats and dogs in the EU alone was around 141 million animals, and globally even 900 million.
It is predicted that an additional billion dogs and cats will have to be fed in the next 30 years whilst countries like China follow Western trends.
The misconception that dogs and cats primarily need meat is related to the fact that they are often equated with smaller editions of wolves and wild cats, which are constantly moving 24/7 because of their hunting instinct and are likewise undergoing periods of hunger depending on climate and season.
However, our pets are not 1: 1 copies of their large relatives. Rather, they were domesticated through coexistence with humans and have changed significantly compared to their ancestors.
The evolution from life in the wild to urban living conditions also has a significant impact on metabolism.
This implies that the permanent feeding of raw meat (BARF) or meat-containing products can lead to an oversupply of certain substances and thus to obesity, digestive problems, metabolic diseases, sensitivities, allergies and a wide variety of diseases up to a shortened life span.
The trend in pet food is therefore clearly in the direction of higher quality nutrition that is adapted to the living conditions of today’s urban pets.