Cat litter boxes are a basic necessity for a majority of cat owners since domestic cats often prefer to stay indoors due to the safety and security their homes offer. Cat owners too usually prefer cats staying indoors since cats may face a variety of threats in external environments.
Cat litter boxes are sometimes also called sandboxes, cat litter trays or cat litter pans. Their essential function is to simulate the natural environment where a cat would excrete and later cover-up the odour by the use of cat litter. Cat litter may be made up of clay, silica or natural materials.
The cat litter boxes market can be divided into types of boxes used such as open litter boxes, hooded litter boxes and top-entry litter boxes.
All of these types offer both cats and cat owners certain advantages and disadvantages in terms of accessibility, odour-masking, cost, cleanliness and hygiene.In recent years, self-cleaning litter boxes have taken the cat litter boxes market by storm.
These boxes use technology to automate the litter cleaning process. The degree of automation in self-cleaning boxes varies from easy to remove trays to complete automation in litter disposal by use of infrared sensors and electronic combing mechanisms.
The cat litter boxes market has shown incremental growth over the past decade as overall cat ownership has increased. Meanwhile, the self-cleaning litter boxes segment has seen phenomenal growth. However, the impact of Covid-19 is likely to be felt in the cat litter boxes market in the next decade.
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Cat Litter Boxes Market: Rising Pet Ownership Creating Opportunities
Besides growing cat ownership, the increasing adoption of cats by working professionals and the youth has led to a demand for cat litter boxes from which litter is convenient to dispose.
This has been a driver for increased automation and modernisation in the cat litter boxes market and self-cleaning litter boxes are expected to render their predecessors obsolete in the future.
Weather patterns have traditionally driven the cat litter boxes market and sales of litter boxes see a substantial jump during seasons where inclement or unpredictable weather is likely. This is since cats are environment sensitive and are compelled to stay indoors during such weather.
Impact of Covid-19 on the Cat Litter Boxes Market
The Covid-19 pandemic will increase health and hygiene concerns among cat owners; consumers are likely to prioritize purchase of litter boxes that address these concerns. The impact of this will be felt on the cat litter boxes market as well as cat litter in general.
The economic ramifications of the crisis will also result in a decrease in disposable incomes of consumers and they will thus look to optimise their investments in litter boxes in terms of hygiene requirements and affordability.
The self-cleaning cat litter boxes market is likely to benefit from this scenario as consumers will look to reduce their handling of cat litter as much as possible. The challenge for manufacturers will thus be to increase the affordability of cat litter boxes.
Manufacturers are hence expected to increase their investment in R&D with a special focus on automation will the ultimate aim of further easing the litter disposal process as well as bring down product costs.
North America has been the consolidated leader in the cat litter boxes market across segments based on type in the past decade, while Europe has been the other large market. Collectively, the North American and European markets account for a lion’s share of the cat litter boxes market.
The Asia-Pacific regional segment has been the fastest going cat litter boxes market in recent years. The Asia-Pacific region is also likely to be the most affected market by the Covid-19 pandemic and automated self-cleaning litter boxes are likely to find the most traction in this region.
The rest of the world accounts for a much smaller market share in comparison, though Australia, Latin America and Turkey are countries that present good market opportunities.
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The cat litter boxes market is fragmented with several major players in the fray. It can be classified further on the basis on manufacturers who make self-cleaning cat litter boxes only. Prominent players in the market include
- Kitty’s WonderBox
- Omega Paw
- Automated Pet Care Products
- Cats Desire
- Cosmic Pet
- Nature’s Miracle
- Radio Systems
- Spectrum Brands Holdings
- Easyology Pet.
Regions and Countries Analyzed in the Report
- North America (U.S., Canada)
- Latin America (Mexico, Brazil, Rest of LATAM)
- Europe (Germany, U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, Rest of Europe)
- East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea)
- South Asia (India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia)
- Oceania (Australia, New Zealand)
- Middle East & Africa (GCC Countries, Turkey, Northern Africa, South Africa)
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