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Old 01-13-2008, 11:24 PM
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Now, I know how the majority feel about buying dogs/cats from a pet store... but, to you, does the same apply to small animals, such as rats and mice, snakes and birds, etc. etc..?

Our very first pets were rats and we were not at all knowledgeable about pet store animals and we had been looking a local pet store. I had asked them if the male and female rats were housed together and they said yes which led me to ask if they could guarantee that the females could not be pregnant and they could not... so I ran our of there.. and FAST. It was appalling to me. (This store also had dogs and bunnies and occasionally cats, but the cats were from local rescues).

Anyways... we ended up adopting two male rats from a woman who had bought her children two rats from a store- and one ended up being pregnant. So she found homes for all of the babies... she didn't charge, but she made sure that everyone had appropriate set-ups, etc..

I try to NOT support any pet store that sells any type of animals... whether it be cats, dogs, birds, snakes, lizards, mice, rates, etc..etc. There are responsible breeders of these animals as well. When I have to buy from Petsmart, I do so grudgingly.

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Old 01-13-2008, 11:31 PM
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The only animal I've ever bought from a pet store was my rabbit, Toby when I was 13 years old. I don't regret it because I love her to pieces but all the other furkids are adopted- my rats too!

But if I were to ever buy a small animal from a pet store it would be from Petsmart. Well the Petsmart where I live anyway since they only have females and they take very good care of them.
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Old 01-13-2008, 11:33 PM
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I think that a lot of it depends on the individual store.

A local feed store occasionally sells bunnies, rats, chicks, mice, and hamsters. They also have one of the nicest aquarium sections in the area. But the animals are well cared for, and come from local breeders.

I think the biggest difference is that it takes a LOT more work and effort to care for a dog than it does a hamster. I would never buy a pet from a pet store, period... and I would never support a pet store that sells puppies or kittens. But I have no problem with the feed store I mentioned. They take reallyyy good care of their animals, I know, because one of my friends works there. They do it more to help out local breeders who have overflow than to make any profit. They do not keep males and females together, of breeding age.

One of my friends once bought 2 mice from Petsmart - in the "male" section. A couple weeks later, she woke up to find several baby mice drowned in the water bowl! She was very traumatized. I would not trust pet stores to give me credible advice, about anything - including fish!
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Old 01-13-2008, 11:46 PM
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the only things buy besides food and toys for my pets at petstores is NOTHING. every pet i have has been either FREE from friends and neighbors or off of ksl. i do not support pets at the local pet stores they are under feed, sick, or not cared for very well. IMO, buying them from pet stores is supporting mills of any sort. i would look in the local paper or under breeders for your pets of any kind. or try your local humane society and adopt them.
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Old 01-13-2008, 11:47 PM
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Our very first pets were rats and we were not at all knowledgeable about pet store animals and we had been looking a local pet store. I had asked them if the male and female rats were housed together and they said yes which led me to ask if they could guarantee that the females could not be pregnant and they could not... so I ran our of there.. and FAST. It was appalling to me
I had this exact same experience once. I actually was in a small mall petshop in town and noticed a male rat in with the females, so went to the employee (who I think was either the manager or owner) to let her know. She replied with "Yes, I know, we don't bother seperating them so that we can keep our stock up." I asked the same thing about selling pregnant animals, and she replied with "Well we'll take back all the babies"... what so you can put them in the same tank as all their siblings/relatives so they can inbreed and make more pregnant rats to be sold?!

I refuse to support any pet store that sells ANY animals, and feel very priveleged to work at one of the loveliest shops in town (IMHO) which does not sell or promote the sale of animals as merchandise.
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I have made purchases from Petsmart in the past, but honestly that was before I discovered WAY better places to shop.

Now I know my son's new little friend (the snake) came from a pet store called D & D in Michigan City. I have been in there once, they didn't have what I needed and I was unimpressed with the place so I have never been back.

99% of my dog supplies come from Brandts (also michigan city) and they do have birds and snakes.

I am going to be completely honest here and probably get flamed.........but I just don't view mice, rats, birds, snakes (tiny pets) in the same way I view dogs/cats.

They live in a cage for most of their existence whether it's a mill, byb, or great breeder...........even after they have a good home, that's just how they are kept. So to me, cruelty issues just aren't the same caliber.

I could be wrong in my thinking..........been wrong lots of times and changed my mind, I am a woman after all
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:40 AM
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No animals from petstores. Ever. If I want a caged pet it's off to the SPCA.
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:50 AM
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Hmm.. yes, they live in cages, but I think it would be harmful for them to be out and about, especially in a home with other animals. When we had our rats they were out of their cages constantly... sitting on my shoulder... we'd put towels down on the table and let them romp around... we'd even let them on the ground (and clean up rat poop ). I'm the type of person that when I have an animal, I give them my all. I wonder if being in a cage in a good home with proper nutrition and supplies is better than being abandoned in a pet store or out on the street.

And coincidently, when our rattie boys died, I cried like a baby! It hit me just as hard as losing any other animal I've had.
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:24 AM
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I think I see what Coop is trying to say though, that dogs and cats need more human interaction than most cage pets. A caged pet is usually content with some gentle love every day, good food and water, and a clean cage. Some are happier without the handling.

I consider ferrets very high maintainance "little pets", but even they are easier to keep happy than my dogs and cat. Giving my dogs and cat the amount of attention that kept my brother's ferrets content would be nothing short of neglect to the dogs, and my cat wouldn't be too happy either.

So in a way I'm ok with private pet stores selling fish, small mammals, birds and reptiles. I won't boycott a store because they sell these animals, but if the animals are in poor condition and nobody is doing anything about it, I will.
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:33 AM
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My hamsters, gerbils, mice, and rats were from pet stores. I was young, didn't know any better, and always felt sorry for them. Having worked at Petco, I still feel so sorry for those animals, but I know better than to further support them. I do understand what Coop is saying, but to see all the ones that don't make it to display is awful.

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IMO, buying them from pet stores is supporting mills of any sort. i would look in the local paper or under breeders for your pets of any kind.
Don't those two sentences kind of contradict each other? Pet store or newspaper, you're still tossing your money to the same people.
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