I went into the nearby pet store today to get some Carefresh and food (not
the one I bought Hammy & all his supplies at, b/c I got him before I moved
apartments) and went to go see the hams, as I always do when going into a
pet store. I was dismayed to see a dwarf hamster in the mouse cage, with
about 15-20 white mice. It was quite obvious that he was in there, b/c his
dark fur stood out. The animals are housed in aquariums so the only way for
him to have gotten in there is for someone to have put him in. I said to my
bf "There's a hamster in the mouse cage!" b/c I was so shocked. A store
employee somewhere (I didn't see the person, only heard this disembodied
voice) said "It's alright, he was being bad." or something very close to
that. I wish I could have been as bold as many of you in this group and
spoken my mind to the store employees. However, I am kicking myself now b/c
instead I just turned to bf and said "Let's go, I'm not buying anything from
a store that would do that."
I went pretty far out of my way to go to Petco & bought a bunch of supplies
there instead. I can only speak about the Petco I went into, but this one
had all the hamsters housed appropriately (instead of multiples per cage)
with Carefresh bedding, so I felt much happier buying my supplies there.
The hamster in the mouse cage did not appear to be harmed in any way - it
was just sleeping with some of the mice snuggled up to it. However, it
still makes me unhappy when I think about it b/c this can't be right.
Hopefully they will take him out of that cage before the hamster and/or the
mice are harmed.
Just venting to all of you b/c I am feeling quite ineffective, not having
done anything to help these little creatures.
and Hammy "who loves my mommy anyway, even though she was not brave enough
to help the hammy and mice"