The Cat’s Out of the Bag on Pet Popularity

Pur-fect time to stock up on pet essentials

Cats are Ireland’s second most popular pet, according to a survey1 conducted by Waterford pet store, Petmania earlier in 2022. 40 per cent of the 437 respondents owned a cat. The pet store discovered that 51 per cent have a mature cat whilst just 6 per cent have a kitten.


This may be about to change, as we enter ‘kitten season’. Kitten season starts in the spring, peaking in the early summer months and ends in Autumn. Although Kittens can be born year-round, the vast majority are born during this time.


Petmania is celebrating all feline friends with its Cat Event throughout April with up to 30 per cent discount on popular cat essentials like bedding, toys and well-known nutrition brands like Felix, Purina One and Go Cat. Petmania is encouraging cat lovers to sign-up to its cat database to be in with the chance of winning one of 16 hampers of cat goodies, including a three-month supply of food from Felix, worth almost €300.


Most cat owners (64 per cent) got their pets from animal welfare shelters according to Petmania’s Pet Lifestyle Survey 20212, with the majority (68 per cent) choosing the keep indoor cats. “Companionship and joy” were the overwhelming themes of the respondents describing the impact their cat has had on their life.


Emily Miller of Petmania Waterford has this advice for those thinking of getting a pet kitten.


“As with any new pet, it is important to consider what will be involved in caring for a new cat in terms of their food, health and vaccine needs, exercise, access to stimulation and time with its owners. That being said, their mysterious personalities and adorable looks make them an extremely popular pet.” 


Tips are available on everything cat owners will encounter over a cat’s potential 20-year lifespan on Petmania’s free cat resource. From birth, throughout its first year and beyond, advice is available on milestones, nutrition, behaviour, exercise and health via www.petmania.ie/pet-care-advice-centre


Petmania is celebrating its Cat Event throughout April with up to 30 per cent discount on popular cat items. For more see www.petmania.ie