Small Pet Supplies: Supplies for pet mice and rats
A San Diego jury found that Petco Pet Supplies had adequately warned customers that pet rats could carry bacteria that is harmful to humans.
Squeeky: Every single rat in pet stores deserves a good, loving home. That is why I can't go into pet stores ... it hurts too much.
But I refuse to buy anything from pet stores because I do not want to support the cruelty of rat mills, etc. Buying anything at pet stores supports what they are doing and they make much of their money from selling pet supplies. Which is why I get my pet supplies at stores that do not sell animals or pet supply internet sites.
Some of my favorite ratties came from a pet store. I admire those of you who can go into pet stores and complain and try to improve things.
I just think you should know that when you purchase anything at a pet store, the store staff feel you are supporting all of their practices ... including the purchase of mill animals and possible sale of feeders.
--- Quote from: Kimmiekins on December 15, 2007, 07:30:48 PM ---So while they may treat the animals well - and yes, many do - you are supporting rat mills. That's what keeps me from buying any more pet store rats (well, and that whole rescue thing - I've got plenty at any given time!). I can't support bad breeding of bad genetics. The only way the "breeders" can make money is by over-breeding their stock, and never checking for genetic problems.
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No offense, but it bugs me when people make assumptions about things. Sorry if I come off as a little rude, but I really don't understand it, and I apologize in advance if I set off a huge flaming argument.
Why is it that just because they are sold and bred in a small, friendly store (where the people you get your rat from make most of their money doing other things, such as selling pet supplies) instead of a small, friendly home, (where the people you get your rat from make most of their money doing other things, such as having a full-time job) they are automatically bad breeders?
Why can't a pet store have just as good knowledge of genetics and breeding as a so-called 'regular' breeder does. The pet shop I spoke of has never had more than three or four rats at their shop at one time, so why couldn't they have come from the good litter of a responsible breeder, and the pet store simply has a deal with perhaps five or six breeders so they will pretty well always have rats available? A rat litter is often something between six and twelve rats, right? Assuming 50% are males...
I'm just saying, I don't see what makes a pet store that breeds responsibly any different than another breeder.
I'm not in any way endorsing rat mills and places like Petco, Petsmart, and Petcetera, and I buy my rats supplies at a place called Bosley's, (which sells no pets) but some pet stores are horrid.
Personally, my next rats I get will likely be rescue rats, but I would feel just as comfortable buying a rat from a good local pet store (supporting local businesses, too) than from an home breeder in another city.
Small Pet Supplies: Mouse/Rat Treats - Drs. Foster and Smith
Small Pet Supplies: Mouse/Rat Diets - Drs. Foster and Smith
Kimmiekins: zoocrew26 - I agree that all pet stores aren't evil and treat their rats bad. However, the rats at Petsmarts do come from rat mills.
I've gotten 4 rats at Petsmart... The only 4 pet store rats I've had. 3 died painful deaths, all due to what appeared to be genetics diseases, all at or before 1 year old. The last boy has Cardiomyopathy. So while they may treat the animals well - and yes, many do - you are supporting rat mills. That's what keeps me from buying any more pet store rats (well, and that whole rescue thing - I've got plenty at any given time!). I can't support bad breeding of bad genetics. The only way the "breeders" can make money is by over-breeding their stock, and never checking for genetic problems. :
I will never fault anyone for buying pet store rats, but I DO think if you're going to support pet stores by shopping there and buying their animals, you do realize what you're supporting. No matter how well any pet store treats their animals, they are still stock. Stock that they need to make money off of to continue carrying. It's all business. Same with the "breeders" that supply pet stores. If you're okay with that - and who am I to judge - then that's fine. I don't judge. But I also hope anyone respects my opinion. :) Aidan Pankey died of an ailment known as rat bite fever in June 2013, about two weeks after he and his grandmother went the pet supply store in Carmel Mountain Ranch and picked out a male rodent the boy named Alex.