Originally Posted by Miyas_mom
In Japan, kittens and puppies do not receive the best treatment in pet stores. They are locked in cages about 1 ft. all around--the litter pan takes about 1/3 of this space. They are lucky if they get a toy to play with. Kids are constantly banging on the glass. The kittens and puppies just look depressed. I saw that their litter box had not been changed, even when it was pretty clear it needed it. For dogs, it's worse. About six years ago, in a pet store in Kyoto, I saw a puppy eating something he shouldn't have.
Last week, I came within moments of buying one of the cats I had seen in the same store a month ago. The only reason why I couldn't take it is because I have to go back to the US permanently in a month and the quarantine procedure for exporting animals without microchips is about 4 months. Additionally, I have decided that if I get another cat, I will bring Miya to the shelter or store so that she also gets a say as to who her new playmate will be.
All the cats are pedigree, and a lot of Japanese have this attitude that if the cat isn't pedigree or if it came from a shelter, then they aren't worth owning. While this is going on, the pound comes around during the spring and rounds up all the homeless cats and kittens and exterminates them. This is the same with dogs, as well.
Because of this, I have a strong prejudice against pet stores keeping animals. If someone wants a pure-bred cat or dog, they should go to a certified breeder who takes good care of the animals. I feel the practice of having pets in a pet store should be banned because it's inhumane. I am not sure what it's like in the US, as I have only been in a pet store maybe twice in my life there.
Wow. I would have a real problem with that. The animals in pet stores here are all so spoilt, for the most part, people aren't allowed to handle them or be too noisy, unless they are seriously thinking of buying. Customers are pretty thoroughly quizzed by the pet store staff (in my experience, anyway), and the animals are all taken out of their pens and either taken home or put in a quiet sleeping area each night. Their pens are spacious with fresh newspaper or straw, food and water, toys and wherever possible playmates for them. They are usually all glass so are quite sound proof and people can't poke their fingers in or tease the animals. The stores themselves are very well-equipped with information, products, food and other pet-related stuff. On the whole they're very good, here. The only time I've ever been upset was at how one store was keeping Siamese Fighting fish - in the tiniest little tanks imaginable, the poor things looked miserable. I know they don't need a lot of space, I used to keep them, but this was ridiculous.
But puppies and kittens have a pretty good life at the pet stores here.
There's also a couple of specialist pet places/warehouses that don't sell animals, just pet products, but have a cat or two, usually at least two dogs etc that belong to the staff and just hang out at the store all day. They're really cool.