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No vacation, few shopping opportunities, but a lot of home office – during the corona pandemic, many people in Germany discovered their love for animals. And to the delight of the industry, they are spending more money on it.
Within a year, the number of dogs, cats, budgies and other animal roommates in German households rose by almost one million. The industry association for pet supplies and the central association of zoological companies in Germany have determined. Almost 35 million pets now live in Germany.
The industry also notices this in sales of feed and accessories. For cat food alone, consumers in Germany spent almost 1.7 billion euros, an increase of more than five percent compared to the previous year. In addition, there was just under 1.6 billion euros for dog food. The biggest growth driver was « snacks » with which dog and cat owners like to reward their darlings.
The most popular pet in Germany in 2020 was again the cat – around 17.5 million cats live in German households. There were also 10.7 million dogs, 5 million small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs or mice and 3.5 million ornamental birds.
Further articles on the coronavirus
We have created a news blog. In view of the large amount of information, this provides an overview of the most important current developments.
+ Covid-19: Current figures on the coronavirus in Germany (as of March 23)
+ Holidays: How holidays abroad are possible (as of March 14th)
Test and protection
+ Protection: The vaccination ordinance: who will be vaccinated first, who will be vaccinated later? (As of March 4th)
+ Vaccination appointment: how can I get vaccinated when and where? (As of March 4th)
+ Vaccinations: What is known about the side effects of vaccines (as of March 19)
+ Sick people: New findings in the search for drugs (as of March 8th)
Treatment: How does an antibody drug work and when does it make sense? (As of February 26th)
Contagion and Transmission
+ Virus variants: how dangerous are the new coronavirus mutations? (Status: 13.03.)
+ Opponents of infection protection measures: What AfD and lateral thinkers have to do with the spread of the coronavirus in Germany (as of 02/09)
+ Transfer: What role aerosols play (as of January 22)
+ Excess mortality: how deadly is the coronavirus really? (Status: 13.03.)
+ Travel warning: The current list of risk areas (as of March 20)
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This message was broadcast on March 23rd, 2021 on Deutschlandfunk.