Pet Retailing - The Unique Retail Experience

Written by John Stanley

The pet retailer is becomingrepparttar retail destination. It used to be that garden centres considered putting a pet shop adjacent to a garden centre as an extra means of attraction. I recently worked with a company in South Africa whererepparttar 150165 draw card isrepparttar 150166 pets;repparttar 150167 added attraction isrepparttar 150168 garden centre.

So what makesrepparttar 150169 pet retail sector so unique? Well, in generational marketing terms, it’s one ofrepparttar 150170 few retail sectors that appeals to each generation. Spoodles (0 – 4 yrs old), Juveniles (the Pester Power group, 5 – 14 yrs old), Generation Y (15 – 24 years old), Generation X (25 – 34 years old) , The Jones’ Generation (35 – 44 years old) , Baby Boomers (45 – 59 years old) and Greying Tigers (60 years and older) are all fascinated by pets.

That causes a retail challenge asrepparttar 150171 pet retailer has to design their store in easily managed categories but also to appeal to each generation.

Declawing Your Cat

Written by Brad Knell

Declawing Your Cat

This is a very controversial topic which has a lot of emotion behind but it needs to be looked at. As a cat owner who has experienced difficulty dealing withrepparttar cat scratching issue in my home it is difficult not to be biased but let's giverepparttar 150077 issue of declawing its due and see what exactlyrepparttar 150078 pros and cons are.

There are 2 types of surgical procedures which are commonly done to eradicate this problem. One involves cuttingrepparttar 150079 tendon that attachesrepparttar 150080 claw torepparttar 150081 bone in a cats foot. The claw stays intact butrepparttar 150082 cat can't use it at all because it is no longer attached torepparttar 150083 tendon that works it.

The second procedure employsrepparttar 150084 use of a laser for cutting. This procedure removesrepparttar 150085 lateral attachment. The claw is then removed.

Proponents of both these procedures claim there is minimal blood loss and discomfort. They also state that most cats are up running around in no time afterrepparttar 150086 surgery. Great!

However, what they fail to mention is that both procedures are invasive (any surgical procedure is), both require general anethestic, and both can result in complications especially for older cats. The second procedure is quite plainly amputation. They also fail to mention what many people have stated - that post-surgery their cat developed a biting problem that was not prevelant prior torepparttar 150087 surgery. What I have read also doesn't account forrepparttar 150088 many reports of people's cats undergoing drastic behavior changes afterwards.

One such advocate I read about stated that "there will be medical reasons and other circumstances where this procedure will be necessary." But it fails to cite any of those reasons.

For me at least, it all comes back torepparttar 150089 question - "How would you like to have part ofrepparttar 150090 anatomy God gave you amputated?" For me, there is only one "pro" After declawing, no matter what procedure you opt to have done, your cat will no longer be able to claw your furniture and carpets. The "cons" however, are still stacked against this and they are many!

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