Kittens in pet shops

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cavykind

I was talking to my friend who runs a local rescue and she mentioned that a pet shop close to me sells kittens now. So, yesterday I wandered in and sure enough there is now a cage with kittens inside :'(
There was a time when I would have ranted and raved and I may do so at some point knowing me ::)

But at the moment I want to try and keep my options open with this place as I want them to display my posters...Contact me if they have a guinea prob etc.
It makes me so mad though and I feel so very sorry for these little babies.

Barbara
 

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There's a petshop in Glasgow that has been there for alot of years and they sell kittens, puppies, fish, guinea pigs and rabbits. I was there a few weeks ago and one of the kittens nails had got caught on the mesh :(
 
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cavykind

Thankfully we don't have a local pet shop sellling puppies and until recently non selling kittens. Guess it was just too good to last. Horrible...

Barbara
 
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I haven't seen a pet shop selling kittens for years, in fact i was pretty sure it didn't happen anymore. Last one i went in had a sihn on the front of the cage telling you not to put your fingers in the cage as they had not had any injections yet :( Poor babies were not properly socialised and were in one of those metal cages that you transport dogs about in in the back of your car.
 
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carrot_tit said:
I haven't seen a pet shop selling kittens for years, in fact i was pretty sure it didn't happen anymore. Last one i went in had a sihn on the front of the cage telling you not to put your fingers in the cage as they had not had any injections yet :( Poor babies were not properly socialised and were in one of those metal cages that you transport dogs about in in the back of your car.
If people only realised that if they adopted via a decent rescue the kittens would be vaccinated, wormed, micro chipped, front lined and help given towards neutering if needed. what do you get when you buy from a pet shop...probably an il kitten :-\
Poor little mites, stressed out and too tiny to cope.

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Beaney

Thats awful. I remember when I was in Paris, all the pet shops there sold puppies and kittens and I had to walk out. Broke my heart to see them caged up like that.

The problem with them being in a pet shop is there is potential for an impulse buy. All kittens are cute but they are a huge commitment and buying one on a whim because you have seen it in a shop is not the way to do it. At least people who actively search out rescues and breeders have 'hopefully' really thought about it and know what they are taking on.

This is my main reason for wanting rabbits and guinea pigs out of pet shops - it's not just the conditions that some are kept in (because for example, my local pet shop is very good in that respect), it is more that people can walk in and walk out with an animal they have no idea how to look after....
 
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Pet shops have to have a special licence in order to sell kittens or puppies, so if you are concerned that they may not have this, contact your local council (or the RSPCA) and they will find out for you.

If they dont have a licence they can be reported, and may be prosecuted, and at the very least prevented from selling any more kittens.
 
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lolseh said:
There's a petshop in Glasgow that has been there for alot of years and they sell kittens, puppies, fish, guinea pigs and rabbits. I was there a few weeks ago and one of the kittens nails had got caught on the mesh :(
Oh I know what shop you mean is it the one that sits on a corner ... think its called Thomas Hays.. Have you ever looked in the gerbil tanks against the wall.. they are filthy ! This store has been selling kittens for years and they charge £75 for them >:( I wouldnt buy any animal from them
 

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what is the point of having a law that can be broken so easily I doubt the dirty shop has a licence, and needs reporting, how on earth are we ever going to get a law that prohibits the sale of small animals like GPs if the law is broken with cats and dogs, I am delighted to say there is NO shops on the island that sells cats or dogs, I hate people who profit from an animals suffering, >:(
 
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maxthepig said:
Hello :)

Pet shops have to have a special licence in order to sell kittens or puppies, so if you are concerned that they may not have this, contact your local council (or the RSPCA) and they will find out for you.

If they dont have a licence they can be reported, and may be prosecuted, and at the very least prevented from selling any more kittens.
Thank's I'll mention that to my friend who does a huge amount on a practical level for local cat rescue. I knew that pet shops needed a lisence to sell animals but didn't know it was a specific one for puppies and kittens.

Cheers,
Barbara
 

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My local pet shop sells kittens too. :'( It's sooo sad when you go in there and they're sat their crying, or trying frantically to get out. They also charge over £100 for these, they say you get a 'starter pack' free, I assume that's probably a tin of cat food and a little 50p toy or something. All of the other animals are pretty well looked after, but the kittens are so sad.
 
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Jane said:
My local pet shop sells kittens too. :'( It's sooo sad when you go in there and they're sat their crying, or trying frantically to get out. They also charge over £100 for these, they say you get a 'starter pack' free, I assume that's probably a tin of cat food and a little 50p toy or something. All of the other animals are pretty well looked after, but the kittens are so sad.
Yes Jane, kittens like puppies need to be a home environment where they get socialisation and love. These poor babies will be stressed to bits, all the strange noise, smells and peoples ugly mugs peering in at them :'(
I expect they are locked in their alone at night for what...16 hours or so?

But as long as there is a demand...

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Yeah, Patch (our kitten - not from a pet shop though!) gets scared just when a couple of my friends come in, and he takes a while to warm up to them, so it must be terrifying having upto hundreds of people walking past them, staring in, poking their fingers in etc. I know Patch hates it when we go out for just 30 minutes (my mum goes shopping everyday so she's out for about 30 minutes, but apart from that he's never left alone), so I can only imagine how stressed these poor kitties are.
 
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One of my cats Charlie was from a pet shop. We've had him for four years and in my defence I didn't spend the time on the internet and hence spend time reading advice from animal lovers as I do now. I already had two 2 year old sister moggies and I went in the pet shop and there in the kitten pen was a little kitten, pure black with big green eyes looking at me, I can still picture him now. The assistant said that a woman had brought him in saying that she couldn't litter train him, although he'd been fine since being in the shop. I brought him home and I don't think he has ever had an accident yet, he's the cleanest of my cats. I have no idea what he had been subjected to before coming home wth me, he was only 8 weeks ols but had had his tail broken at some point and it had healed like it, it is still bent to this day about 2 inches from his body.

He is the most loving cat (and was as a kitten too despite what he had been through). He's a real character, we live on a smallholding now and he loves it, he follows my father-in-law round like a dog while he does his farm jobs and is always running around like a loon!

A happy ending for Charlie fortunately but I realise nowadays that buying from a pet shop isn't necessarily the right thing to do.

Gemma x
 
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Amsy1991

You can get some large pet shops that will sell them.And there isn't anything much wrong with that as long as they are well cared for.But if it is a small family shop there is something wrong maybe... :-\ ::)
 
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