Consumer spending may be on the decline but a new survey finds that there’s one place many of them refuse to cut back: pet pampering.
An online poll by Petfinder.com found that 79% of people are cutting back on personal expenditures such as food and entertainment at the moment. But the vast majority (87%) refuse to change their pet’s food to a less expensive brand.
Some might think that’s because Fido is already eating rendered meat parts but, as we wrote in a cover story last year, many pet owners are moving up the scale in offering their animals everything from organic meat to country-style recipes.
That said, Associated Press reports that animal welfare agencies and food banks are noticing an upswing in demand for free pet food. When the economy takes a big enough bite, it seems, everyone in the family will suffer.
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