Pet stores

By Sophia Gravatt
On October 25, 2019

Sophia Gravatt, staff writer

I love going to pet stores. Looking at all of the animals makes me so happy, however, I will never buy a pet from a pet store again.

It’s pretty obvious that most big-name pet stores are just trying to make a sale. They don’t really care about the health of the animals at all.

First of all, the ani­mals come from pet mills. This means the pets came from over-crowded facto­ries where they were kept in too-small enclosures and put through miserable condi­tions.

Their life at the store isn’t much better. They’re crammed into tiny tanks with two or three other cage mates with basically nothing to keep them entertained. While this may be a tempo­rary environment for them, it could still cause issues such as boredom, fighting with their cage mates, sickness and even death.

This brings me to my second point. The majori­ty of cages, accessories and sometimes even food op­tions found in typical pet stores are usually unsuit­able and even unsafe for the animals. These products should not be sold at all.

I have two guinea pigs and when I first got them, I bought a cage that was four square feet, which is way too small, but that’s what was recommended to me and I didn’t know any better. After doing my research, I realized my mistake and immediately bought a larger cage. How­ever, I couldn’t help but feel guilty for all of my past pets and their unsuitable living conditions that I put them in.

So, why are these stores selling supplies that could be a threat to your pet’s health? Again, it’s because they just want to make a sale.

Next time you want to buy a pet, make sure you do two things: try to find a place you can adopt from instead of supporting pet stores, and re­search everything about that animal so you can buy the correct supplies to offer them a safe, healthy and happy life.

Your pet will appreciate it.

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