A lot of questions im a new owner

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bingbongthechameleon, Jul 8, 2018.

  1. Goose502

    Goose502 Avid Member

    The big box stores suck. Only way to help the problem is to avoid shopping there...ever. Support locally owned pet stores (if they’re good), and breeders (reptiles and insects) that actually care about their products, and their customers. I’m sure they are a few box store employees that are good keepers, but as a general rule, ignore and avoid them. My stance can not be changed on this subject.
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  2. sbernhoft

    sbernhoft Member

    Sorry, when I said "One purchase isn't really going to impact the way they stock their cages," I didn't mean to suggest that collective action wasn't important or that we should use that fact as a way to justify shopping at Petco. I meant it in the context of the OP talking about returning his animal (I don't think he should, I don't think you do either).

    I agree with you that Petco isn't immune to market forces, but I was also trying to illustrate that discouraging hobbyists from shopping at Petco isn't enough to change their practices. People underestimate the amount big box stores are willing to bleed out just to be able to offer live animals. For Petco, live animals are window-dressing that helps them sell more dog/cat food than wearhouse style stores that offer fewer categories.

    Keep discouraging hobbyists from shopping there, but also discourage your friends/family members who only have a dog or a cat from shopping there.
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  3. jamest0o0

    jamest0o0 Chameleon Enthusiast

    @sbernhoft I completely agree with that. Didnt mean that to argue with you. I know what you were getting across just didn't want it to be taken the wrong way.
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  4. All gravey im probably just defensive if very upsetting buyinf a sick a
    Do you know any breeders? By chance we want a second addition to our reptile room
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  5. jamest0o0

    jamest0o0 Chameleon Enthusiast

    Individual stores don't matter if they're all part of the same negative corporation. They hustle animals... Good on you for doing right at your store, but it won't change much. You should post pictures...

    Another problem with these stores is that they throw out false information. I mean, even selling those chameleon kits with coil uvb bulbs is bull. Which I'm sure every Petco on the planet probably does... No one is saying take it back(unless it dies...), just that in the future it's best not to support them.

    Lastly, dude I like to swear around an appropriate crowd, even in small amounts on here. But tone it down a little. There's a lot of different people here.
    #45 jamest0o0, Jul 9, 2018
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  6. Withthebrees

    Withthebrees Member

    I apologize for any intensity, after reading through it again i realize that though they certainly seemed to be suggesting it. Though im not sure what you mean by there being a lot of different people on here. If i cared about any sort of judgement i wouldnt say something like that at all if thats what you're getting at. Either way berating her for rescuing a sick animal and suggesting that was a bad choice before suggesting she report them is a bit dramatic and imo illogical.
    Im not saying i disagree with the distaste for the corporation themselves either. My main point is that things can be done, and they can be different. It will take decades to convince the general public to stop shopping at Petco and Petsmart especially if they cant be offered these items for as cheap and as convenient, vs reporting the location that she witnessed animal abuse in(like was just done in texas, and around 18 reptiles were rescued and several policies changed as a result) and say, doing something like working in these places where you can change a bit about how these animals are kept, provide correct information to the employees and public(lowering the frequency with which your average person ends up with something like a chameleon kit vs the things that are in petsmart and petco that are appropriate for a juvenile-and fiy i have the right to refuse sale of a live animal if they happen to prefer the price tag of a chameleon kit) and can put yourself in a position to appeal to the shirts that run the business. Things are already changing because people are becoming more willing to speak out against it, i know i work there and i see it.
    You're right that the corporations are doing nearly everything wrong but you're wrong that it wont change anything. Of course its not ideal at my location, I'm not saying it is and im sure you'll find many things wrong with it but already due to associate complaints one of our managers is budgeting in a replacement of habitats to better accommodate proper and individual lighting and heat sources as well as drainage systems for tropicals. But sure, lol, i can take a few pictures of our display the next time I'm in as long as i can ensure it wont threaten my job at all. Nevertheless berating someone for rescuing a sick animal is silly. These corporations do not want to go out business and they probably wont unless theres a collective change in mindset just like everything else that is wrong with societies inner workings. I guarantee there are better ways to change things than to condemn sick animals in improper environments.
  7. Goose502

    Goose502 Avid Member

    I doubt their profit margin on reptiles and reptile supplies is more than 5% of their overall profits. If people would stop impulse buying reptiles and amphibians there, I’m sure they will stop offering live reptiles and amphibians. Over the years I’ve seen their display area shrink considerably, so they obviously aren’t making much money in that particular dept. I’d rather see it all go away, I’m sure they can expand their display of Martha Steward and Ellen branded dog supply section. At least in California they aren’t allowed to sell puppies. That’s a whole other conversation.
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  8. ToxiccKiwii

    ToxiccKiwii Member

    Chiming in on the petco/petsmart convo, they definitely do what seems to be the bare minimum for their reptiles, mainly because they set everything up in a way to show off the animal, and not really so much to make it comfortable. I've seen baby Leopard Geckos with a hide facing the front of the tank, which completely defeats the purpose of a hide, they only offer overhead heat/uvb and no belly heat, and they cover the bottom in sand which could possibly run the risk of impacting the babies if they eat it. It just makes me sad. :( As much as I want to see them away from that awful place, they're also reason why I only buy from official breeders.

    But, moving on to your adorable Cham! If you copy and paste this list and fill it out, everyone should be able to better help / understand your and your Cham's situation, and make pointers or suggestions on how to help the little guy/gal. :) I'm a new owner myself, and filling it out even on day one, everyone was super helpful.

    <3 Good luck with him!

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    • Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
    • Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?
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    • Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
    • Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?
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