In the first 11 months of last year, the cost of having a
four-legged friend was around €1,000, that is, around €90 per month. Already in
the same period this year - from January to November - the expense was 1205
euros, which is equivalent to almost 110 euros per month.
According to Dinheiro Vivo, among all the expenses
associated with having a pet, the increased cost of food is what is weighing
most on budgets. The price of pet food has increased in the last year,
according to Jaime Piçarra, secretary general of the Portuguese Association of
Compound Food for Animals (IACA). And he details: "For food for cats the
increase stood at 25% and for dogs 30%".
This has led to a drop in feed sales of around 5%, due to a
reduction in demand. At the same time, consumers are buying cheaper ranges,
rather than premium options, reveals Dinheiro Vivo.
Jaime Piçarra predicts that "without concrete measures
in 2023, and given that we are going to have high inflation, uncertainty, and
volatility, the prospects are pessimistic for next year". This, and
because, according to the indications that the IACA receives from the
companies, they are not reflecting in the sales price the entire increase in
the price of raw materials.
"In general, these costs are being incorporated, but
the others, such as energy, fuel, transport or financial charges are being
incorporated by around 75%, with margins clearly decreasing", says Jaime
Piçarra. Allied to all these constraints is the strike by workers in port
administrations, which started on the 22nd.
This raises criticism from the IACA secretary general:
"In an inconceivable way, minimum services for unloading food bulk have
not been defined, which will lead to delays in the unloading of ships and
increased supply costs."