Now, I already avoid this place because they sell animals in their stores, but now I have another gripe.
I've been looking at cat dishes on Amazon for a couple days, since I want to add a few to my collection (in addition to feeding my cats I find cat dishes are the perfect size for holding different ingredients while cooking... hey I washed 'em!) but I was having trouble deciding. I wanted to feel them and see what they looked like in person before buying.
So since the bowls I was looking at were pretty recognizable brands and I live about three blocks from a Petland, I decided to pay them a visit and check out the cat bowls in-store.
So I get there, and about half the sales floor is dedicated to live animals and half to supplies. I head to the supplies and look... and look... and look...
It turns out, about 85% of the supplies are for dogs. There's two small aisles for small animal, bird, and reptile supplies. And in the back, literally against the back wall, is about a 20-foot long area of shelving for cat supplies. Really?! Not even an aisle for cats!
Now, I'm not knocking dogs, but come on! Last I heard, there were more pet cats in the US than dogs since cat owners tend to own multiple cats while many dog owners have just one dog.
There was an entire aisle (both sides of the aisle) dedicated to just dog collars, harnesses, and leashes. For cats? One metal display hook with about 6 collars. There were large pallets of dog food dominating the sales floor in addition to one entire side of the store stocked top to bottom with dozens of brands of dog food. Cats? One display of canned, with 5 flavors of one brand. For dry, there were about 8 flavors of 3 different brands. Litter boxes? One type of one brand that was marked at $33 while next door Walmart has the exact same one for $12 (I know because I own a couple of those boxes and I got them from Walmart). Cat trees? Nope. Interactive cat toys (wands, "fishing poles", balls tracks, etc)? Nope.
And for my cat bowls? The entire reason I went there? They had 2. Not 2 brands or 2 colors... just 2 ugly bowls jumbled on a shelf with a few miscellaneous catnip mice. UGH!
Petland already repulses those of us who know how poorly their animals are treated, now it seems they also don't care if they alienate an enormous population of cat owners that want a decent selection of food, toys, and supplies for their pets.
I don't care if dogs get more attention than cats, or if dogs get the majority of the sales floor, but that pathetic cat supply display tells me that Petland doesn't give a crap about cats.
Truthfully, I should have know. Right near the front door was a cage packed with about 8 "purebred" kittens, all of which were lying around listlessly while kids poked at them.