Small-animal bedding and litter are staple products that provide retailers with strong repeat-sales opportunities, with paper-based bedding options emerging as top sellers.
Despite inflation pressures and out-of-stocks, retailers report growth in the small-mammal pet food segment.
Ownership of small animals has been on the rise, and customers need staple products, such as bedding and litter, to care for them.
Live-animal sales are strong, and consumers are increasingly favoring small pets, driving interest in habitats and accessories.
Independent pet retailers are facing some challenges, but the exotics category continues to flourish even as prices head higher.
Small-animal treats, chews and toys are getting big interest from shoppers.
Despite persistent issues with livestock availability and shipping, demand for these pets and the products needed to care for them has been strong.
An increase in pet ownership and the latest trends in small-animal husbandry are heating up sales in the bedding and litter category—but supply challenges persist.
Small-animal owners want foods that meet the nutritional needs of their pets, and they’re educating themselves to make sure they find what they need.
Pet owners want containment systems and accessories that fully meet their pets’ needs, from rabbits to chinchillas.
Pet owners increasingly desire economical pets that fit in with their lifestyle and living space, and the demand for herps, small mammals and birds is growing as a result.
Bedding and litter products for small animals are following natural trends, with customers favoring sustainable and nontoxic offerings.
Small-animal sales continue to shine, and every new customer is likely to become a repeat customer after adding a pet to their home.
Today's small-animal habitats are geared toward specific species.
Concerns over livestock availability and competition are causing retailers to get creative and adjust their business models as they relate to pet birds, small animals and herps.
Customers are focused on enrichment and engagement with their small animals, and treats, toys and chews facilitate their interests.
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The small mammal, herp and avian segments are under pressure, but growing nonetheless.
Experts weigh in on how pet specialty retailers can make the most of the small-animal food category.
Manufacturers in the small-animal and companion bird categories weigh in on what to expect in these segments this year.
Manufacturers are designing small animal habitats to suit a wider range of species and emerging pet owner demands.
Pet owners are on the hunt for nutritious, entertaining and innovative treats, chews and toys for their small animals.
Fresh bedding options for small mammals keep customers coming back to the pet store.
As competition increases in the category, many pet specialty retailers are finding success offering enclosure variety and livestock sales.
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Customers are increasingly attached to their small critters, and want variety and healthful options to keep their pets nourished and well fed.
Both categories have dedicated fan bases and are seeing growth, with pet owners focusing on enrichment and healthful diets.
Small mammal enclosures are being upscaled and upsized as market pressures create niche space for independent retailers.
Litter and bedding for cats and small animals have evolved to a more natural state as consumers look to improve the health of their pets.
Owner demand, manufacturer innovation and retailer merchandising combine to propel sales of small-animal toys, treats and chews.
Industry insiders report that small-animal owners want safe, additive-free bedding that effectively absorbs odors.
This year's Editors' Choice Awards submissions seemed to have something for every pet and owner.
Customers value how well natural litter and bedding work above all other qualities.
Small mammal foods, treats and supplements follow human health trends and focus on natural, complete and balanced offerings that don't skimp on the fun.
There's plenty of money to be made in small animal products at the end of the year.
Knowing the market for small mammal add-ons can make the difference for sales success.
Fulfill small animal owners' desires for tidbits that offer nutrition, palatability and bonding time.
New products in the sector combine health and fun to attract both critters and kids.