Don’t feed cats milk just cause it’s a cute cliché.
They can’t digest it.
I don’t know how many times I used to get customers who would bring me a kitten and say “Why does it have diarrhea? I don’t know what I did wrong.”
After first clarifying to them that…
That’s so sad. I have a ton of respect for those pet store employees that actually care. I once watched a man in the aquarium department at PetSmart refuse a young family fish because they wanted to put goldfish in a 1 gallon bowl. He said that he would not sell them goldfish unless they bought a 20 gallon. They then went down the line of nearly all the fish in the store while he refused each one, explaining that the fish would grow and need a filtered tank with plenty of space. They stormed out and I walked over and thanked him.
Ugh yes, it’s really irritating working with people who want fish. You can usually get people to understand the reasoning behind a cat’s needs or a dog’s needs, but something about fish lends itself to this huge disconnect in people’s minds. It’s like they can’t understand that fish need the same level of consideration put into their care.
To be fair, the marketing surrounding fish products is not helpful. Manufacturers market these very small tanks because, in my mind’s eye, they are 1) easy and cheap to mass produce 2) easy to sell because they are small; people can fit 1 gallon onto their nightstand or dresser; a 50 gallon tank commands too much space and consideration in comparison 3) small things can be sold to children easier than large things 4) if you put a picture of a fish in the bowl on the box, it must be okay!
On top of that, they mark up the price ridiculously. A half gallon tank should not cost $20; it’s ludicrous! They’re not worth that much, for what they’re made out of.
There is no real regulation in selling aquarium products. But there should be.
With all small animals, there should definitely be more consideration. People clip birds wings and stuff them into tiny cages like decorations. They buy reptiles and put them into those tiny plastic carriers because that’s what they are in in the store. These things need to be regulated, but the pet industry would lose too much money that way. It’s just sad.