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Uploaded on Apr 25, 2009

Get ready for fuzzy cuteness and exotic creatures .... Me Sam and MisterNES swing by a pet shop in Japan and its almost as good as going to the zoo. Some good info on pet stores and pets in Japan here aside from the You Tuber antics at first.

I wonder... were some of the animals for pets or for food???? Hmmmmmm.

If you want a serious pet here get ready for some creative financing. All the pets range from the basic rodents to very exotic and rare reptiles and mammals.

The range of services catering to pets has grown dramatically in recent years. Clothes for animals have been around for quite some time, but did you know that dogs can now relieve their stress with pet aromatherapy or a session in an oxygen capsule? Nowadays if you cannot bear the thought of leaving your pets at home when you are away, you can check them into a pet hotel; you can also take out a pet insurance policy in the unfortunate event that he/she falls ill. No doubt this trend is due to the increase in pet owners who consider their furry loved ones members of the family.

The Pet Food Manufacturers Association of Japan reports that as of 2006 there were 12.09 million dogs and 12.46 million cats kept as pets in Japan, amounting to a total of 24.55 million critters. Seeing as how 10 years ago there were only 10.02 million dogs and 7.85 million cats, this represents a considerable rise. The reasons for this jump include increases in the numbers of married couples whose children have flown the nest, childless families, and people who live alone. There are also more apartment buildings that allow pets nowadays.

Meanwhile, pet insurance policies are becoming more and more common as pet owners seek to cover expenses when their animals become sick or injured. There are several insurance companies to choose from, and a pet premium typically costs a few thousand yen per month.

Now understand that I am sure not all pet stores are perfect and treat their animals as well as the ones in this video... but the point here is to show the good side of pet stores and the pet culture in Japan.

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