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i cant wait until i turn 18 so i can finally get a job at the petco by my house
like i wanna work there so badly bc my mom and i go there so often that we've become friends with the manager and some of the employees and they're all so nice and funny and i love them and i wanna wORK THERE BUT IM TOO SMALL

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EItanin Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
i work at a petsmart, working at petstores is super fun if you've got the hang of it / have nice employees / have a genuine interest towards pets!
it's possible that your petco stopped selling rats since they're generally sold as feeders? not sure if petco is trying to get off of that, seeing as it's the only big difference between petco and petsmart.
could possibly be a thing with the popularity, but from what i've seen they're generally no less popular than other small rodents. :0c
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spiderliings Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
it seems really fun!! i have fun when i go there as a customer even lmao ;;v;;
and yeah maybe?? idk i feel like i remember it being something related to illness or something?? which really sucks because rats already have such a bad rep ;;
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EItanin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016
there was this kid who bought a petco rat and died of rat bite fever, i think petco might've been sued on it cause the particular employee didn't go through the proper procedures while adopting out the rat (eg, warning of transmutable illness) though it's possible that the rats in that breeder facility are just unhealthy, the good news is that the people who want rats will have to go through more work to get them, like ordering them from actual rat breeders etc. maybe the practice of live feeding animals rats will go down because of it. 
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spiderliings Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ah yeah that sounds like it could've done it :'^( but i agree that ultimately it brings some good by encouraging people to adopt from breeders or shelters :> and the live feeding thing too,, i've heard of way too many snakes and things getting beat up by rats aaa
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CaliforniaSparrow Featured By Owner Edited Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please make sure you actually have correct information unlike some other petco employees ive met..
I want to work there too, but im too young.
When i am able to work there id get a bunch of information about all the animals there
Also, do you know if they sell rats at your petco? Ive seen like 5 petcos and petsmarts without rats and im wondering if theyre just going to stop selling rats at the stores due to some popularity reason?
Ahh sorry this is kinda long! I like talking :p
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spiderliings Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah of course!! I have quite a few pets of my own and I've worked with and done research on many different species so I'm prepared >:^) I also absolutely hate it when people are not properly informed before buying an animal so I work to prevent that ;;v;;
my petco used to sell rats but they stopped a while ago, I don't remember why?? it might've been a popularity thing :0 which sucks because rats are so lovely </3
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CaliforniaSparrow Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to hear! Petco and Petsmarts reputations are just horrible and its nice to see people taking initiative to make sure they have the right info!
Yea i bought my rats at petsmart about a year ago. Shortly after buying them, they stopped selling rats?
Its a shame, ive met a lot of people who love rats, but unfortunately there are more people who dont like rats probably because they associate them with being dirty, unclean, etc. Ill have to look it up.
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spiderliings Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah definitely!! :^)
ah gosh ikr?? i wanted to get rats a while ago but my parents assume they're dirty vermin so they wouldn't let me get any u_u they're so lovely though aaaa <3
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CaliforniaSparrow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I looked up why they stopped selling rats, and found out its because the rats have aggression problems but its probably because they're being mishandled...
One rat i bought from petco had problems, like she was scared of everything and bit anyone.
Im not sure if its petcos fault or mine but im probably not going to buy rats from petco or petsmart again...
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spiderliings Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah,, that's so unfortunate. although it's kinda good in the long run because it encourages people looking to adopt rats to go to breeders or shelters to get them instead :'^)
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