Advantages Everything for your pet under one roof
Disadvantages Can be expensive if you don't buy in bulk.
While I do not own any larger pets, such as dogs or cats, I do have a reasonably large number of smaller pets, who I love dearly and need to provide food and bedding for. My guinea pigs are hungry little whatsits and along with the hamster they go through an incredible amount of wood shavings in a week. Then I have the budgies to provide for, they really enjoy their seed, and hopefully, very soon there'll be a new addition to the family in the form of a cockatiel. What with all these supplies to get, and preparing for the new arrival, I've been spending quite a lot of time in Pets at Home. Some aspects of the shop have impressed me, while others have upset me a little, perhaps I should go into a little more detail….---The Shop Itself---
Pets At Home is a supermarket for pets, with (almost) everything you need to keep your pets housed, well-fed and entertained. Along with pet supplies they sell a number small animals, birds and fish. The store prides itself on being pet-friendly and pooches are welcome in-store (as long as they are on a leash), being terrified of dogs I'm not sure if I'm actually keen on this idea.The store I visit is very large, spacious and clean, with wide aisles, electronic doors and very little in the way of clutter. The different departments are logically set out and well labelled, it's very easy to find what I'm looking for. One thing Pets At Home does seem to lack is the "pet shop smell", I love the smell of the smaller independent pet shop and the aroma in Pets at Home just doesn't match up.
There seem to be just about the right number of staff working in the store and I can't say I've ever had any difficulty finding some to help me make my decisions. The staff are also friendly and seem to have a reasonable amount of knowledge about the goods they sell. In fact one member of staff was so helpful that she even offered to give us a lift home with our jumbo sized bale of wood shavings when she realised we didn't have a car. And talking about cars, due to the location of the store I visit (in Pitsea) there is a very large carpark that rarely gets full.All major forms of credit card appear to be accepted along with cheques and, of course, cash. Receipts are well organised, and it's easy to check if you've been charged correctly. All animals carry a guarantee, as do the own brand goods, in fact I say some return some goods on my latest visit, and they were dealt with quickly with no questions asked. In all honestly I cannot fault the shop's actual layout or staff, they really do make shopping there a pleasant experience.
---The Animals---Pets At Home sells a limited range of small animals, birds and fish. Included in the range of small animals are rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters and chipmunks. All of the tanks, cages and enclosures appear to be clean with plenty of food and water. I was, however, disappointed to see that guinea pigs and rabbits are housed together. Being totally devoted to my pair of piggies, I've spent quite a lot of time researching their care, and have discovered it's really not advisable to house them with rabbits for various reasons.
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