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And also what to do with the lack of familiar feed, it is worth to turn to domestic products or “natural” and foreign producers will permanently leave the market of Voronezh?

In the last month in Russia, it seems, almost everything has risen in price. And feed prices have, in some cases, soared. Some items now cost twice as much, others can not be found in pet stores. In late February – early March, pet owners tried to replenish stocks for the future, but sooner or later these stocks will be depleted. People are ringing the alarm bell: what to do then?

The correspondents of the portal spoke with employees of pet stores Voronezh, veterinarian and pet owners to find out how serious the situation is and what role the advertising campaign plays here.

“Some producers will leave, others will come”

On Friday night, the pet store in the popular mall is unusually empty. There are usually queues at the checkout, you can not reach the advisors. Today, rare customers just wander between the rows of pet treats and sigh heavily.

“Once it became clear that in the near future there could be problems with the supply of foreign feed, many who had the opportunity tried to supply themselves for the future,” explains the lack of buyers, the Larissa store consultant. – In my feelings, the biggest excitement was in the first days of March: they tried to get dry food in large packages, they got whole cans, they also bought medicines for the treatment of parasites / fleas, so that it would last for several months.

Employees say prices have risen for almost the entire range of the pet store. Except, perhaps (for now), some “sweets” carefully offered at the box office, and toys.

Feed produced by domestic producers is now about 20-30% more expensive, the cost of foreign producers has increased by 40% or more. There are several reasons: from the excessive demand, due to which the stores did not have time to renew their stocks, to the supply problems and, of course, the exchange rate fluctuations.

Someone was conditionally lucky and the price of food has only increased by 50-100 rubles, somewhere we are talking about 300-400 rubles, and in some cases the prices have doubled, and maybe even higher. For example, instead of 1,650 rubles for 24 jars, the Italian canned VitaPro for cats costs more than 4,000 rubles at Ozone and can be found a little cheaper in pet stores – around 3,900 per pack. 400 grams of Belgian Grandorf dry food for cats instead of 600-700 rubles will now cost 1285 rubles. Although the same Belgian Mealfeel costs 650 rubles – the price has risen, but by no means so critical, Hill’s (Netherlands) for cats with liver problems costs 927 rubles, the Lithuanian HIQ sells for less than 500 rubles.

“In general, we do not expect a shortage of foreign feed,” said an employee of another pet store in Voronezh. – There were some difficulties with the supply of the Belgian Grandorf, the delivery of the Italian Monge and a couple of French marks was delayed, but now everything is quite stable, we are waiting for the next shipments on schedule. The big manufacturers, as far as I know, do not intend to leave the Russian market. However, animal feed is a socially important product. I think that if they refuse to work in Russia, then only very small brands, which will be hit hard by logistics problems. They will be replaced by others, as is usually the case. I understand all this excitement and fear of March to be left out of the ordinary, but I would say that the potential danger has already passed.

“I’d rather save myself than move the cat to cheaper food”

Ponytail owners admit that they prefer to start saving for themselves rather than for fluffy pets:

“The cat has been living in our family for more than seven years,” says Irina, a resident of the city. – With great difficulty they collected food that would not be allergic. For the last two years we have been keeping the animal in foreign holistic (premium food). Initially, about 500-600 rubles were given for a package of 400 grams, in January there was a slight increase in price – the cost increased to 700 rubles. One package is enough for three weeks – three and a half, on average. At the same time, we give pate – there a jar was also not cheap, about 50-80 rubles, depending on the manufacturer. Now there is a spread from 80 to 160 rubles. I do not know what to do next, to be honest. I tend to think that I would rather save money on myself than feed on cheaper Russian feed.

By the way, consultants in Voronezh stores are not so negative towards domestic producers.

– We have many brands of domestic feed of quite high quality in our variety. I would recommend you take a closer look at the Blitz brand – they have a separate line of holistic with very good composition. I can also recommend Mr. Buffalo – the production is located in the Moscow region. Here in the first place is dehydrated meat, there are all the necessary cereals, vitamins, there is no flour in the composition. “They are not represented in our store, but I know from colleagues that the experts have a good attitude towards the feed produced under the Miratorg brand”, says the consultant Elena. – The cost of animal feed and other goods, of course, will not be the same. But the ruble is strengthening now, so we expect at least a slight reversal. Prices have already changed. Therefore, at this time, I would not advise you to type for the future. There is a feeling that we have already reached the top.

Extra-premium, dietetic and pharmaceutical foods are available in most shops in the city. There are almost no high-quality Russian analogues of the latter. Having walked to many pet stores in different parts of Voronezh, we did not notice empty shelves anywhere.

“If the animal is allergic or has other health problems, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian when transferring it to another food,” says consultant Elena. – If everything is more or less normal with health, then the new food should be gradually introduced into the diet: first 25% of the new, 75% of the usual, then 50/50, and so bring it to 100%. For the first few days, you need to carefully monitor your pet’s condition: how the gastrointestinal tract works, if the pet is lethargic, if there is itching on the skin – all of which may indicate that the food is not suitable for your pet. But, I repeat, if the food suits you and there is a financial opportunity to buy it further, then you should not experiment because of the possible exit of companies from the market. This is an incredible scenario.

Special food or food from the table?

In the context of the conversation, the question arises: why not transfer the animal to the “natural”? After all, before there were no special foods, and cats and dogs ate about the same as a human. Many people still eat like that. Experts disagree:

“In the past, there were not really that many problems with animals,” admits Maria, a doctor at one of Voronezh’s veterinary clinics. – Even from my own experience, I can say that five years ago there were far fewer applications. Now there are many cats and dogs with various diseases, with allergies, intolerance to something. Sometimes finding food for an animal can be extremely difficult. Any error can affect. If people have the opportunity, I recommend buying high quality food. They have a fairly acceptable composition, including the micronutrients and vitamins necessary for the animal. To be honest, I do not recommend feeding pets “from your table”. Especially if the animal is not accustomed to it, if most of its life was kept in special food.

Choosing a natural diet for a fluffy pet is quite difficult.

– I do not unreservedly advise you to “caress” the ponytails with sausages, cheeses or sweets. We can only talk about milk if it is rustic and you are 100% responsible for the composition. In cheap store milk or, for example, sour cream, a little natural, let’s be honest. If resources are available, it is possible to organize the appropriate biological nutrition for the animal. But this will require, first, knowledge (composition, proportions, cooking technique, vitamins, probiotics, etc.) and second time. The diet should be helped by a specialist.

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