Admittedly, Dante hasn't been to the Petsmart in a couple of years, but I did take him from the time he was about one year old until he was around 7 years old, on a regular basis (i.e., at least once a month). He always drew a crowd and I would end up answering the same questions over and over: How old is he? How much does he weigh? What kind of cat is that, I thought it was a dog? Etc.
Dante would always howl in the car on the way to the petstore, but amazingly, was completely quiet on the way home. Dante knows what the word "home" means. In fact, if we said we were going home, Dante would jump into the back seat of the car all by himself -- completely without prompting from us. Of course, we always had him on a leash, but he was happy to get in the car knowing where it was headed.
I would routinely take Dante on a tour of the store, stopping at the bird cages, the mouse cages and, of course, the fish tanks. Most of the time he was content to sit in the child seat of the shopping cart on his own purrsonal pillow, but sometimes he wanted to get out. He enjoyed standing on the checkout counter while all the catfood was being scanned into the computer.
Dante was also a very good sport, because he would allow people to pick him up. If the person looked trustworthy and they were sufficiently piqued by Dante's uniqueness, I would give them purrmission to hold him for a minute. I credit these visits to the petstore with socializing Dante so he is not afraid of people he doesn't know, and he even grew to love little dogs from coming face-to-face with them in these situations.
Speaking of that, here's an example of Dante's comfort level with little dogs.
He's made himself totally vulnerable to the woofie, and even lets him sniff his nether regions.
Dante truly is a Gentle Giant!
But I digress. Let's go shopping with Dante ...
Looking at all those birdies!
Lounging in a cat tree! Dante is very good adFURtising.
Snoozing on a shelf! Can you get any more relaxed?
Playing Go Fish!
Being carted around!
Petsmart Lady giving hugs!
Then another Petsmart Lady wanted her turn, too!
One of the customers wanted a turn, too!
Notice customer smiling, Dante not.
Staring at all the kitties in cages! What the?????
Dante likes to go to the Petsmart so he can stare at all the people, too. It's even better than a zoo!
"I is reddy fur mai CATSCAN now, lady!"
Trying to smooch the pooch!
All done! We're going HOME now!!! Yay!
Dante has STORED up enough shopping experience to last him a lifetime. How do you like that, Admiral?