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Pet store REALLY annoy me

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Well, I was at the pet store.....for some reason it's like it waits for me to walk in and just see something wrong....but anyways, I always walk over by the rat cages and talk to them. And this itty bitty little rat came out of the wooden house they had in there for them and it looked waaaaaaaay to small to be weaned fully. So, me having the soft spot for rats that I have and me being VERY upset at the pet store. I bought him, (they made me pay 17.99 ) and he is here and is on a formula diet right now. If anyone could give me an estimate of his age I would be very happy.


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:D Thanks, I just couldn't leave him there and still have a clear concious
Ugh, the way pet stores treat rats are horrible, ESPECIALLY when they're in tanks and have nothing to do.
I remember seeing too large rats TOGETHER in a tank that was literally no bigger than they were. It be a tank for like, a small lizard or something, if that.
Sorry I just like hijacked your thread LLOL.

But yeah, whenever I walk in a pet store i'm bound to see something I don't like >_>
These rats were in a tank, which to me even if its big enough, rats should not be in. I agree petstores really should have tighter regulations put on them. That's HORRIBLE poor ratties :(
Thanks guys, keeping my fingers crossed :)
Thanks for the advice! I have been feeding him solids along with the KMR, he has been really bright and alert so I don't think any lasting harm was done. The pet store I go to (not normally to get animals just supplies) is always doing stupid stuff like this. Even going so far as to sell alligators (which someone turned them in for and they got fined) but still its amazing just how much people will sell for money its sick.
He's doing great! Very active and has to be near me at all times lol
Well they've learned an important lesson -- an unweaned sad rat is an easy sell!
Well, if they were any kind of human beings they wouldn't repeat it.
If they charged you 18 dollars, they were laughing all the way to the bank. Why is it the most unscrupulous people are the ones who open pet stores? This is why I refuse to go into crap pet stores anymore. All I end up doing is supporting them.

We've got a horrible place here in town called Ed's Pet World. A more vile example of animal trafficking I've never seen.
I probably wouldn't even go there if it wasn't for the fact I live so far away from everything and its the only petstore within 40 miles of me. And I don't even think there's a feed store near me.
Well, I mean, you already said they "constantly" do stupid stuff like this, including selling alligators, so I'm not sure why this should be the exception. It's apparently bringing in business -- people are buying their sick animals, they make money, and they don't have to pay for vet care!
Well, I atleast saved one animal from dying a horrible death. That's the best I can do.
the thing is, to help these animals you are actually better to not give them any money or buy their pets. Because they make money from it, and they'll just order as many new rats as they sold from the exact same place and continue buisness.
I "saved" my rat from being snake food (she was a whoping 4.99 canadian dollars because she was in the feeder bin, because at that pet store black or black and white rats are feeders....) so I totally get you. I would have done the same thing, because it's too hard when you have a heart to leave them there... but the real way to make them take better care of them or stop selling them is to not give them any buisness and ESPECIALLY not buy their products, pet stores make the most profit off of the items in the store and not the animals which is why in general they don't take good care of them: it makes them lose time and money to take care of them properly.
the pet store I was at we were 2, max 3 workers to take care of about 30 fish tanks, over a dozen reptiles, 4 bunnies, over 30 birds, 5-10 puppies, 10-15 cats and over 30 rodents. There is no way 2 people serving all the clients as well and re-stocking shelves can give proper care to all those animals.
I totally get that and I would buy my products elsewhere but there isn't any other place sadly :( I would happily pay more money for things if it meant the place I was going took good care of their animals i am just so isolated where I am
I dont have a credit card. Do you know any sites that take check?
Is pay pal like a pre-paid card? Like I just put money on it and then I can use it? Cause if I don't have to go there again I would be very happy
Thanks for all the info on everything guys, you have been really helpful. The boys say hello! And I found a name for the baby! Blaise :D
dont get me started on pet stores. It tickes me off when I see a siamese or himme in the feeder bins and I cant leave them there. thanks for takeing him though he looks like he is only 3.
I cant belive they made you pay that much for him. around here rats for feeders 4.99 small. 5.99 med. and 6.99 large or pets are 6.99 as well and 15 or 10 of on sale for hairless. but wow 17 something. wow that is a lot fo at lest around here unless its a rare rat or one that is from a ratery or a show like rodent fest or something like that. But even our local pet co who was new here which is stupid to have 2 pet stores in the same twon to me but the new one is starting to get crappy and the people there when I 1st started going there i would ask them questions and to see if they atually knew anyhting and they were corect or found some one but know they are horible and dont know the answers and half the ones that I knew worked there dont. they should have stricker rules for pet shops.
I love the new name
I know, but all the rats here are around that price for feeders and they are all feeders whether they are rare or not :( poor babies. Yes they need very strict regulations on pet stores. It's not THAT hard to properly take care of animals, it's not like people need super college degrees to make sure something has food water and clean houses and proper setup. All they would have to do if they didn't know was look on any reputable animal site it really rubs me the wrong way.
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