Panic-buying for pandemic puppies is just part of the reason for petfood shortage
An Freshpet refrigerator sits empty in a New Jersey retailer.

Lately, the cat hasn’t been dragging in much of anything. Pet food has become the latest pandemic item to fall prey to supply shortages and panic-buying. Companies like Nestle Purina and FreshPet are experiencing major production obstacles that have left some pet food shelves and fridges empty across the country. The causes are manifold. Manufacturers are juggling extreme winter weather, a meteoric rise in pet ownership, COVID-19 cases that can cause delays on the factory floor and overzealous shoppers stocking up on pet food just like they did toilet paper in March. “Honestly, we’re just havi...