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They both get their rats from awful places, but Petsmart treats theirs better.
On another note, the Petsmart workers seemed to actually be knowledgeable about rats, while the Petco worker we interacted with while getting Katniss and Rue seemed very ignorant, wore gloves because "they'll bite you if you aren't careful", and seemed incredulous that we were getting 3 rats.
When we needed to get friends for Clover after Sprite died, we discovered that Petsmart "no longer carries rats." We couldn't find any rat breeders in the immediate area and nobody wanted to drive to the nearest breeder in South Dakota. (We live in Minnesota.) We got Katniss and Rue from Petco, because the
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As for your Mum, if you let her know how you feel about this little ratty, and if PetSmart still has her, you can go get her back. Just make sure you quarantine her from the others for a while.Every petsmart I've ever been too both here and in Michigan have excellent care for their rodents. The people always seem very knowledgeable and helpful. They have pamphlets with accurate information as far as I can tell and they asked if I had a buddy for Peanut Butter when I got her. My girls are the sweetest little things and they just love attention and were very easy to "tame"Actually, this is quite untrue. A very good friend of mine worked for petsmart and became a manager. They call in a vet, who assesses and treats the animal. I brought a hairless back a few years ago when I was a fledgling rat owner, for a scratched eye. They treated her, I took home a different rat, and then when she was well again, they put her back into the tank to sell again. I bought her back and took her home. They treat the animals when it's treatable.I'd also like to add that petsmart is not my first choice to get my rats from. I would much rather adopt from a rescue or a breeder but as far as I know there aren't any here in VegasFrom what I understand this is policy across all stores. Not all petsmarts sell rats either. I also know that petsmarts that do sell them are single gender stores. The one in my old town only sells females, and the one in my current only sells males. The petco near me sells only males, and the one on the other side of town sells only females. This policy was put into place because too many accidental litters were happening. I would never, EVER buy a rat as a pet from petco. EVER. I always stop by and see the rats when I'm picking up food, and I was concerned when I looked over and saw one frozen with her head titled and "star gazing". Then I noticed the giant tumor on the front of her throat. The guy admitted to me that their breeders breed for quantity, and not quality. I flipped out and demanded she be taken care of. I also called corporate and bitched. I call every day to check on her progress, and they have a vet appointment. They promised me I could adopt her for free once she's better. The other petco near me, I flipped out on, because one of their males has diarrhea. I demanded they take all the rats out of that cage and have them treated and to check ALL their rats. I was also informed by an employee that most of their rats are sold for snake food, whereas petsmart will not sell them to you if you want them for live food, but they do sell frozen ones.That being said.. in my area.. Petsmart is ten times better. The Petco had overcrowded rats, for feeders.. A couple of them had very runny eyes and did not look well at all. They also had at least 10 ferrets in one tank that was CLEARLY not large enough. As well as parrotlets overcrowded in cages that were too small for them. My Petsmart has two rats to a tank (unfortunate, but they do have ventilation systems that work well), no more than that. And I don't really know what Petco's vet policies are, but we take them to the vet for evvverything. I don't know if that's just because I have a good manager or if all Petsmarts work that way. There are certainly some things I don't like.. such as their policies about not socializing while the store is open (which I do anyway ;P), but I think Petsmart often gets a bad reputation. Whenever an animal is sick, we have to take them to the vet and fill out medical charts detailing what's wrong and what their progress has been. As far as animal-selling stores go, I think Petsmart is one of the best. Naturally I think that it would be better they didn't sell animals.. but I just don't see that happening anytime soon. :[