them so they get the exact same thing we’ve been feeding, and we’re selling way more
PPN: Howhaveequipmentandsuppliesfor eachcategoryevolvedrecently?
ALLEN: I know several bird owners that have multiple cages for their pet birds, where
one may be a retreat or a sleep cage. It’s something I implement with my birds. It’s where
they go to bed. Their daytime cage is larger; it has a lot more activity opportunities such
as toys and enrichment food.
JANCZAK: Small mammal cages are not selling as well as they did a few years back, and
I’m not sure if maybe people are buying online. Or maybe they’re getting cages from
their family and friends. But the category still sells overall.
LUBERSKI: Cage standards for birds have definitely gone up
a lot. The saying “bigger is better” is definitely true with bird
caging. Sun lights, or UVB lighting, are definitely growing in
PARSONS: Customers are definitely using large enclosures for
small mammals. People are pretty good about wanting a good-sized cage. They kind of understand what their needs are and
are getting much better cages than they had in the past.
ALLEN: There are a lot of pending regulations and regulations
that are already in place. One regulation that is very much a
threat—and it scares me—is the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
We have 25 states that also adopt ESA-listed birds as illegal to
own, unless you have federal permits for them, which are usually only given to those who are working towards conservation.
It’s getting sticky. There are 25 states in the United States
where it’s illegal to have certain species of birds. That causes a
little bit of a challenge. That has an impact not just on pet ownership, but on the pet product manufacturers who make cages,
seeds and toys. It’s a domino effect.
JANCZAK: Rabbits have suddenly become somewhat controversial, which is just a regional thing in the Chicago area. There is a
group of people who are pushing for laws to prevent the sale of
not just dogs and cats, but rabbits too. That’s sad, because I am
one of the stores that offers rescue rabbits, but if that legislation
goes through, I fear I will no longer be able to do that.
I do wish they would give the pet industry the benefit of the doubt. You don’t choose
this as a profession if you hate animals.
LUBERSKI: There’s a lot of stuff with birds being ESA-listed where they can’t be shipped
over state lines. In New Jersey, we’re impacted a little bit more, because we’re not allowed to breed, sell or own ring necks or Quaker parrots. A lot of people who own
companion birds are now stepping up and letting their voice be heard to make sure
those birds are able to be kept in states where they’re not allowed. The bird community
has definitely grown in strength.
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