research before getting fish?

@911Ricki (13602)
Canada
August 18, 2012 7:25pm CST
I work at a pet store now, more based on food than animals (we dont sell animals). A lady had called in, all in a panic. She bought the fish that day, and the water was cloudy. Before I get an animal I always research them, then when I explained it could be multiple things, she says how much work they are and she didnt know they would cost so much.
8 responses
@shm1975 (38)
2 Oct 12
Yes people buying pets without knowing the proper maintenance costing of pets.I have 2 birds ,for then i have a regular expenses ,which cost very high ,like medicine ,vet ,shampoo etc
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
2 Oct 12
I agree, most animals have these costs. Many don;t consider them, which is why our shelters are full to the max right now.
@Fishmomma (11503)
• United States
25 Aug 12
I use to rescue fish and you can't believe what people do to their pets. Its sad to see the condition they are in when they have arrived and some just looked like they weren't fed. Parents shouldn't buy fish for their children, if nobody is going to end up caring for them. I would never buy a fish until research was done by me to determine, if the fish would be alright in one of my ponds or fish tanks. Many fish need lots of room and I have small ponds and fish tanks.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
25 Aug 12
I agree, I had fish when I was younger but I bought everything for them. But I know so many come into my work and ask all these questions that should of been asked before they got the fish. But not just fish other animals as well, its just sading.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
21 Aug 12
I think that there are a lot of people that will buy a new pet on impulse and they don't even think about the fact that there are needs that each and every kind of pet has. This, I tend to believe is one of the reasons that there are so many pets that are in shelters throughout the world. People don't think about the fact that pets need companionship and company, toys and space and they will give up on their pets and surrender them to the humane society. This is something that I think is very sad.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
2 Oct 12
I agree completely, our shelters here are packed right now to full caacity. I work at a pet food store, and its incrediable the number of irresponsible pet owners, or those who refuse to pay the costs. I put so much away each month for them, and their needs also for their vet visits.
@simonelee (2718)
• China
21 Aug 12
Before deciding what to buy i asked petshop owners, whom i know or anyone who's involve in raising fish. Usually i asked questions about maintenance,feeds, character and etc. that would help me maintain the fish. many people thought raising fish is a lot easier than other pet.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
21 Aug 12
Yes, that shows you are a responsible owner. I had fish when I was younger and they are a lot of work just like other pets.
@koopharper (6307)
• Canada
19 Aug 12
Pets are always a responsibility and too many people never figure that out. Some people should get a pet rock because that might well be all they can actually handle.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
19 Aug 12
People think that fish are a lot easier work then they really are. I've thought about getting a fish but I know that it would be a great deal of work and you can't just put any fish with another fish. She should find another owner for the fish as they aren't cheap. You have to keep up with their tank, give them the right food, etc.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
19 Aug 12
I'm chuckling to myself about her complaining about the monet. Fish are so cheap! Most people just buy pets without thinking. It's really sad We just took one of our 3 birds to the vet today ($66 for a check up that didn't include tests!) and the vet commented how happy she was to find out how knowledgeable we are. Really makes me wonder what she sees. Birds are not easy pets at all.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
19 Aug 12
yes it certainly happens