I've been employed at PetSmart for over a year as a "pet care associate" (i.e.

I've been employed at PetSmart for over a year as a "pet care associate" (i.e. everything that isn't dogs or cats, though in practice I do a lot of other stuff around the store like cashier/stocking/recovery). Ask me anything pertaining to my job as long as it pertains to the animals.

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  1. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    How many people ask for a refund because they didn't care for the animal properly and it died.

  2. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Have you been impacted by any recent legislation, negatively or positively?

  3. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why don't you guys understand basic parrot care and try to convert them to pellets?

  4. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    Wrong stereotype that's the Chinese.

    Are the gerbils all inbred cancer having moron b***hes like the rats???

    No, the gerbils are mostly alright. Hamsters are the problem usually.

    Are the gerbils all inbred cancer having moron b***hes like the rats???

  5. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    Are the gerbils all inbred cancer having moron b***hes like the rats???

  6. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    The store did a cash only animal sale like it was a drug deal. Was that an employee pocketing the money or does that happen for a reason? Never had happened before.

    • 12 months ago
      Anonymous

      give us some more deets, sounds interesting lol
      maybe they were selling something live to sell as reptile food, i knew a guy at my aforementioned pet store who would take in unwanted rabbits and stuff to feed his python

  7. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    How often do you change the water in the betta cups and how long does the average betta sit on the shelf before either getting bought or keeling over?

  8. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    What's your death attrition rate amongst small animals, like rodents and reptiles? How often do you find an animal dead on its back?

  9. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    How can I get good deals on bird seed. shits getting expensive.

    • 12 months ago
      Anonymous

      *wild bird seed specifically

    • 12 months ago
      Anonymous

      I dunno. Try price matching.

      What's your death attrition rate amongst small animals, like rodents and reptiles? How often do you find an animal dead on its back?

      Varies a lot from animal to animal. It's very high for fish but fairly low for most reptiles (except beardies, which get shipped while they're way too young and are often disease-prone). Chameleons are frail and we've had a couple of them die; I don't think PetSmart should be selling them at all.

      >That TikTok shit is literally fake news,
      it's not tiktok memery, it's real stories from melanated neighborhoods.

      Most of my coworkers are black. Those stories are fricking fake.

      How often do you change the water in the betta cups and how long does the average betta sit on the shelf before either getting bought or keeling over?

      Once right when they come in and once a week after that. I'd estimate that most individual bettas are here for a few weeks at a time.

      The store did a cash only animal sale like it was a drug deal. Was that an employee pocketing the money or does that happen for a reason? Never had happened before.

      No idea.

      give us some more deets, sounds interesting lol
      maybe they were selling something live to sell as reptile food, i knew a guy at my aforementioned pet store who would take in unwanted rabbits and stuff to feed his python

      By store policy we're allowed to refuse animal sales for several reasons, including if we think the buyer is going to use them as live food. There was a guy who went around asking every employee if he could get a fancy rat a while back and it was obvious he wanted to feed his snake. Eventually he gave up.

  10. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    I heard PetSmart is actually one of the better chains, they don’t kill off animals and they don’t sell pinkies.

    • 12 months ago
      Anonymous

      >they don’t kill off animals
      True, but there's a lot more animal mortality than I'm comfortable with. Most of it is the fault of breeders that are encouraged to pump out as many animals and ship them out as young as possible (this problem is worse with bearded dragoms) and because it's not dogs or cats no one really cares.
      >don't sell pinkies.
      Well, we do sell frozen mice.

      • 12 months ago
        Anonymous

        I meant the live ones, pet store near me does and I get that it’s the circle of life and all that kinda jazz for snakes but it still feels a bit messed up to me after owning and taking care of rats (some of the sweetest animals on the earth)

      • 12 months ago
        Anonymous

        I noticed every pet store I go to has tons of bearded dragons stacked up on each other, makes me feel bad since they’re not supposed to be together and will just compete and sap heat from each other. I get that there’s not much the employees can do about it though. At least they get sold fast.
        I got a bearded dragon and I love him but I didn’t realize how many “normies” have them until after I did research.

    • 12 months ago
      Anonymous

      petco is better where I live while petsmart is literal garbage

      • 12 months ago
        Anonymous

        that’s funny cause here in the midwest petco is the ghetto one. I guess it just depends on where the most minorities are located, the petco is past downtown while the petsmart is on the nicer “whiter” side of town lol

  11. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have a cat. What is the quickest and most efficient method of destroying the american government?

    • 12 months ago
      Anonymous

      Nuking DC during a congressional hearing while the president is in the white house.

    • 12 months ago
      Anonymous

      >What is the quickest and most efficient method of destroying the american government?
      Another cat.

  12. 12 months ago
    Anonymous

    approximately how many live animals do you throw in the dumpster a month

    • 12 months ago
      Anonymous

      Zero, except maybe a few feeder crickets caught up with the dead ones that we sweep out of the bin. That TikTok shit is literally fake news, and there's no limit on how long an animal can theoretically stay here before it eventually either gets purchased or dies. We had two crested geckos that were here for almost a year.

      • 12 months ago
        Anonymous

        >That TikTok shit is literally fake news,
        it's not tiktok memery, it's real stories from melanated neighborhoods.

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