Hey, hello! I'm mulling over an idea for a brick and mortar pet supply shop - VERY long term thing - but I have what I think is a good idea but may not be practical. I would love everyone's opinions. Say you're going to Petco to shop for things for your kittehs. (Just picking Petco at random because everyone is familiar with them and they have a nationwide, consistent shop layout.) As you walk in, you notice that there is now a large open area near the dog products where customers and their pups are playing with the products. The point of the open area is to let the customers demonstrate, play with and ultimately decide whether or not they like the product enough to buy it. It's a fun and exciting area and people tend to spend some time there with their dogs. As you walk by in that moment, you notice that the customers in that area have four dogs in total, two of which are barking excitedly and there's lots of activity there. Okay, questions: 1. First of all, do you bring your kitties out of the house and into public places like pet stores? 2. Would you like to see a play/demo area for cats in the store, similar to the one for dogs? 3. Would it be a problem to walk your cat past the dog area to get to the cat product area? Or problems walking your cat near any dogs at any time (like for instance the doorways)? Problems walking your cat past the bird area? 4. If you answered yes to question 3, would you prefer to see a protected entrance to the cat play/demo area so that you didn't have to walk your cat past the dogs and birds? 5. If the store went all the way with separate entrances for each species group (dogs, cats, birds, small pets) would that just be really too confusing so you'd avoid the store altogether? Or would it be better because you'd feel more comfortable bringing your pet to shop with you? (Assuming the entrances were well-signed, so you didn't accidentally walk in the wrong one! Eek!) Any other thoughts are welcome also.