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These Three Beloved Pet Food Brands Are About to Skyrocket in Price

Plus, foods for your furry friend may even see a shortage soon—here's what it means for you.
FACT CHECKED BY Faye Brennan

Despite economic struggles this past year, the majority of Americans say we'd pay whatever it takes to care for our pets! Today, new reports are suggesting that with national shortages on essentials as basic as ketchup (yes, really), the cost of pet food could soon increase—and the prices may not be the worst problem for some fur-loving families.

In February, a small grocery store in Pennsylvania stated that its canned cat food supply was 80% bare. The trend persisted into March, with some pet food industry insiders blaming tough winter weather and supply chain issues on shortages of ingredients like grain. Now this week, Pet Product News is reporting popular pet food brands may experience a price hike.

The list of pet food brands that could soon get more expensive include Milk-Bone, 9Lives, and Kibbles 'n Bits.

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And that could mean bad news for your wallet if you have a furry friend. The U.S. Department of Agriculture stated early this year that many consumer items could see a 3% cost increase. That might shake out to around a 30-cent increase on a small bag of 9Lives, which is $8.99 today, or pushing nearly a one-dollar increase on a 50-pound bag of Kibbles 'n Bits, which is currently priced at $22.98 on Chewy.com.

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Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related to nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more