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Kittens in petshop???????????

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by crofty, Jul 14, 2009.


  1. crofty

    crofty PetForums VIP

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    Yes you read right, i saw a litter of kittens up for sale in a petshop today, i thought this didnt happen anymore????? Im really shocked :(
     
  2. mypets

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    OMG... iv never seen that....maybe they were the owners/shop keepers...but still i think that is so wrong...
     
  3. Kay73

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    i saw a litten in a shop in lowestoft a month ago, poor thing all cramped up in a cage, sleeping in a dirty litter tray.
    the ginuea pigs and rabbits had no water, told the shop worker and he didn't care,
    need less to say i wont take my business there!
     
  4. crofty

    crofty PetForums VIP

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    No I asked, they also sold puppie up until a couple of years ago, siad they always sell kittens. They had bunnies in little cages with guinea pigs in, the buns were pushing the poor little piggie around :(
     
  5. sullivan

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    Kittens can be sold in pet shops but they need to apply for a specail licence to do so. But i dont like to see it my self its not a normal surrounding for a kitten to be kept shut up in pens for days on end i feel its cruel.
     
  6. Emma_Williams

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    The petshop on the Huddersfield ring road sells kittens. They always look well, are never there long, area is clean and they have toys/scratching post and everything else they need. I agree I don't like the idea of them being in there without much human contact but seen as they seem to be sold really quickly they can only be alone for a little time. I'd prefer to rescue a kitten or buy from a breeder though.
     
  7. SeaThreePeeO

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    Let me tell you a tale of a petshop kitten.

    4 years ago my rather niave self fuelled by pregnancy brain and raging hormones (I need to mother something) came across two kittens for sale in a pet shop. One silver tabby and one black moggy. It was there and then that I convinced my husband that the little black kitten was possibly the best impluse buy we could ever make.

    That little black kitten is Thomas, he was poorly socialised (think evil with a captial E, although I know he wasn't evil you couldn't touch him) riddled with fleas and worms. He refused to play with anything. My pregnancy fogged delusions of having a little kitty to love, cuddle and have sit on my lap were not realised. In fact Thomas made it his personal mission to attempt to detach my limbs from my body and to draw blood at every opportunity. Some days even now I cannot simply walk past him without being savaged.

    We got Charlie from a lady who loves her cats. She's not a breeder as such, but her cat had had kittens. Charlie was well socialised, happy and affectonate as well as playful.

    I now firmly believe that pet shops are not the place for kittens or puppies. The petshop we got Thomas from has now closed.
     
  8. ellie8024

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    i saw some kittens in the pet shop the other week too and its horrible to see as the kittens just wanted attention however one of the shop workers went over opened the cage and started cuddling and petting them which i thought was good, i also found out that a lot of people who's cats have kittens just give the kittens to the pet shops
     
  9. rachael

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    Well where else do you expect them to go? We have 150 cats needing homes at the shelter I work at.. We give some to a local pet shop.. Those ones always get adopted within a few weeks..


    Sure they're unhappy in small cages, but otherwise they'd be out on the streets.. And these are no ferals.. Most are surrendered cats or cats whose owners passed away.

    I'm just saying.. Some of the full grown cats we have at our shelter were born there.. A lot of the time putting them in a pet shop is the best option.

    And in regards to socializing.. We go out of our way to work with cats that have behavioral problems. Even if they are extremely friendly we socialize them.
     
  10. ellie8024

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    where i am though there are not that many cats in the catteries and if someone is unable to take the time and effort to rehome a kitten then i believe it should be passed on to either a foster home to assist rehoming or to the local cattery. I went a few weeks ago and there were NO kittens available and only 2 cats available for rehoming all the others had been booked or rehomed, also the cats are in much larger cages with toys and they get put in a large play area each day with numerous cat trees and toys that and the cats all get played with etc by the staff after the centre is closed (i knew someone that worked there)
     
  11. rachael

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    Oh well then I guess the difference is here we have way toO many homeless cats... And probably around 20-30 kittens
     
  12. crofty

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    Oh so putting them in a petshop encouraging impulse buying and with no homecheck is the way to go is it????? :confused:

    I really do despair sometimes.
     
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    I think the strict home checking poilcy is proving to be the downfall of many charitys and rescues,i heard yesterday that the ukkrc the ragdoll charity is folding,their home checking policys are somewhat odd! strict regulations on children,gardens,homing in pairs and driving cats all over the country and back again!! etc,they are too picky!!
     
  14. ellie8024

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    i understand why these charities have some of their policies but you are right they are far too stringent, as i said in another post, i was able to get a kitten from a breeder but not from several charities because i already had a cat (only 1 other one at that time) and 2 chilkdren but still think there has to be some other way other than a pet shop
     
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    Someone I know bought a kitten from there two years ago, they sold it as a male and it was a female and the present owner has let the poor little thing have 3 litters of kittens so far, they asked her no questions about being able to look after the kitten etc and the poor thing has never been wormed or de-flead. The kittens in the shop look so desperately unhappy and bored, especially when they are down to the last one left on its own.
     
  16. ebonymooncats

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    A good friend of mine owns a pet shop which sells puppies and kittens. Although I dont agree with it at all, she gets the kittens from local people whos cats had kittens (not sure where the pups come from). While they are there they are loved and cared for with no expense or time spared. I see alot of people in there who have tried to get a kitten from a rescue but have been turned down for silly reasons, I feel that some rescues are actually adding to the problem rathing than helping to solve it. My friend doesnt see a problem with people breeding there cats an this is obviously because she is making a living from it.
     
  17. Shelley Cat Lover

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    I have a pet shop which is local to me and sell both puppies and kittens. Whilst I have reservations about this practice I am happy with the conditions there and they're quite fussy (rightly so) about who they sell to.

    The kittens sold are often bred by the owner and aren't stored there overnight, it's also a small hobby breeder which doesnt produce many litters. I've often been past and seen that they have the kittens and pups out of the pens and are playing with them - I also visited the breeders house when I purchased one of my cats from her and those kittens have the life of royalty :)

    I guess there are good and bad places, I'm just lucky that the one closest to me seems fine.

    I only ever bought a cat privately as the hassle of getting a shelter cat was enormous! I wanted an older cat some years ago (at the age of 22) and they were pushing me to take a kitten, rather patronisingly saying that I'd get tired of the older cat 'as I was young'. They were also insistent that I lived too close to main road. Considering I was actually showing interest in a deaf cat and another with FIV who shouldn't have gone out I found that a little daft - I left there with no cat.
     
  18. bichonsrus

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    there are two pet shops that are near me both sell cats and dogs. One nearest me sells bichon pups now. No there is no way i would go sell them my pups, not that they are not clean cos they are and all that but a bichon in a cage all day, no way ...........i just couldnt do that to a bichon pupppy!!
     
  19. crofty

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    I agree that rescues need to rethink on parts of there policies with rehoming but that doesnt mean you do away with homechecks all together :confused: whats the point in rescuing a cat to then send it to a home where you dont know how it will be cared for or conditions it will live in or the fact it may be bred from again increasing the huge problem will already have. At least rescues spay and neuter offer the correct advice and know these cats go to appropriate responsible homes.

    ALL petshops should not sell any livestock in my opinion its them that cause most of the problems and ive lost count of how many times people have received horrendously bad advice on animal care. It encourages impulse buying you have no idea where the animal is going and to what kind of life, alot end up in the rescues that devote all there time and money in sorting these poor animals out. Im fed up of being told by people they were supposed to have 2 female buns and they had a doe and buck and now have kits they dont know what to do with, or that they have had an animal for a year and are bored or got a animal they prefer so dump there other animal on their local rescue. They are toys to be bought and disposed off.
     
  20. Kori

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    I do think that some rescue centres are too strict. I tried to get some guinea pigs from RSPCA and they insisted that the guinea pigs would have to be kept outside. However, when I phoned a different rescue home, they told me that they had 2 guinea pigs that had never been outside before and it was better to keep them inside so we got those ones instead.
     
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