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When we got to the Petsmart the rats were in a cage that was 4 times bigger than the one the rats were in at Petco
Also, from what I understand (from talking to many people who have or do work at Petsmarts both online and off), that not all stores follow what they're supposed to, as far as corporate rules. :? I know that some have great employees/managers, some don't. The one near us care for the animals well (at least, on-par with Petsmart rules, but that of course includes feeding Kaytee blocks, and those tiny cages, but they DO give fresh veggies, have clean cages and provide at least an igloo), but then pick up the rats by the tails (as they did with the 2 we got). Yet, someone I know that works at a store elsewhere says they're told never to do that, so I don't know. Some Petsmarts don't actually seek vet care for sick rats, and some DO dispose of them it not nice ways. :x It really does seem to be a case-by-case basis, and I don't know if PM doesn't check all the stores enough, or what. Employees also don't always know what they're talking about, and give pretty awful advice on the average, as many new-owners who followed the advice of the employees often find out and have to purchace all new items (to the benefit of the store, of course!). Sigh!
Petsmart's cages for the rats do seem to be bigger. Also rats actually leave from there. I go to both Petco and Petsmart a lot for cat rescue and I always sneak a peak at the ratties. I have watched those poor PEWs grow up in the store and now they are so huge and their cage is so small. Petsmart rats seem to never get the chance to grow up in the store. This could be because Petsmart has colored rats while Petco has only PEWs, but I have gotten rats from both places and I have noticed that Petsmart employees are just nicer and know more than Petco employees.
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After a couple weeks, I realized that while my rats had adapted to the cage, they didn't seem truly happy, so I opted to spend the money and get a three level rat cage from Petsmart. It was their $100 starter rat cage.I agree. I don't think the debate is about cleanliness and/or how they care for their animals. Considering Petsmart is a chain, I'd imagine that they have pretty high standards as far as cage cleanliness goes. The problem with places like Petsmart is where they get the animals from and how they're bred. I got two rats from Petsmart and they both developed pituitary tumors within months of each other. My first rat died a little over a month ago and my second rat is about to pass any day now. They weren't even a year and half before they started developing these tumors. My vet said it would be rare for two rats to develop the same thing at the same time, but since they were from the same litter he said it was likely a breeding issue.Petco is't as good a Petsmart in my area. The rats are still healthy, but not as friendly. They tend to over crowd the cages and sometimes they mix sexes in the cages. They try to keep them separate, but sometimes they still end up mixed. If you're looking for a younger rat, then Petco has them. Petsmart, in my area, only gets in rats that are 3 months or older. Petco will get in rats that are as young as 5 weeks. I've never seen dirty cages at Petco. I've only seen over crowded cages.I am brand new to rats, just did an introduction post. I am very excited to have a pet rat/rats. I am a little nervous, but excited. Petsmart has this cage on sale. I noticed another poster stated this cage too, but his dimensions are wrong. This is the All Living Things Luxury Rat Pet Home. 28.5L X17.5W X31.5H. It is on sale for $79.99. All the people who left comments say it is a good cage. I need your advice, is this good enough? I am going to purchace it tomorrow.