Is Petsmart a safe place to buy a hamster?

I have been looking into buying a hamster and I am almost ready to do so, but the only petstore I have found with easy access to in my area that sells hamsters is Petsmart. I've heard people say bad things about Petsmart, but I don't necessarily subsribe to PETA propaganda. Has anyone had any problems with Petsmart? Will my purchase be safe?

Asked By: Nick - 2/13/2008
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Maybe I can help. I worked at PetSmart AND Petco and I hated them, but I also hate PETA... More
Answered By: Rebecca - 2/13/2008
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Thats where I got mine a long time ago. I had no problems.
Answered By: C M - 2/13/2008
It truly all depends on the people who work there some petsmarts dont have a clue how to take care of animals and others however do. What you should really do and it would be saving an animals life is go to Http:// and find a hampster at an SPCA in your area to get a heathy vet checked hampster!
Answered By: Mike - 2/13/2008
I've heard people say the same thing about every pet store on earth. Most of the problems are with the owners, but not always. I know many people who have killed their hamsters by giving them garlic by accident, using cedar chips, or by stressing out the hamster. However sometimes stores really don't know what they'... More
Answered By: Buddy_Lee_Hombre_de_accion - 2/13/2008
it would be safe but if u know a safe breeder it would be better.
Answered By: NYX - 2/13/2008
I really hate petsmart. But thats just coming from the one near me, they sell inbred animals near me, and they dump dead animals behind my house. We have police reports going with them. why not try a rescue or a smaller, independent pet shop with knowledgeable personnel?
Answered By: krystin c - 2/13/2008
yes petsmart is a safe place to buy them from but the only problem i have heard of it people have bought a hamster/gerbbil ect from pet stores and they have been pregnant as they keep the males and females together in stores like that so there could be a chance it could be pregnant when you get it.
Answered By: natalie p - 2/13/2008
It really depends on the area. Some places have great PetSmarts and bad PetCo's other places are the other way around. As long as their animals look healthy and well taken care of you should be fine. If their cages look dirty and they all look like they could be sick or if one of them is injured or has wet tail I... More
Answered By: Miss S - 2/14/2008
I used to work at Petsmart! If a hamster is sick, we wont sell it. There's also a return policy. Check the little fellow out before you buy him anyway... More
Answered By: D-chan - 2/14/2008
Pet stores are NEVER a good place to get a pet. However, it's convenient because they have pets readily available... More
Answered By: liveyourlife` - 2/14/2008
Your purchase will be safe. I have gotten all sorts of things from there and they were safe. I have never gotten a hamster there but they look nice and healthy. I did get a guinea pig there once she lived for like 4 years.
Answered By: Woggie - 2/14/2008
petco is better but petsmart is not bad either, don't worry. but my advise would be not to get a hamster because they don't live long and they also need a lot of extra care because they get sick too often, you are better off with a rat pet they are great, smart and very healthy, they can live up to 8 years! good luck!
Answered By: mariasilvana26 - 2/14/2008
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