Where to get food for exotic pets in Montreal

Exotic pets, from birds to reptiles and smaller furry friends, can be tricky to shop for when not every retailer has what you need. We’ve rounded up some of the best places to pick up food for your beloved parrot, hamster or iguana.[image credit: iStockphoto]

Global Pet Foods

10412, rue Lajeunesse, Montréal, QC H3L 2E5

The largest Canadian-owned pet supplies store, Global Pet Foods has three locations in Montreal and an additional three off-island. The chain boasts about being “picky about our pet food,” offering choices not typically found in the grocery store – including synthetic-free dry dog food, organic and grain-free cat and dog foods. Global Pet Foods has products for cats, dogs, birds, fish and small animals like hamsters and ferrets.

Animal Vert L'Epicerie Pour Animaux

5227, av du parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4G9

Animal Vert has two locations, one in the Mile End and the other in the Plateau, and has an environmentally friendly ethos. The store offers “ecological” products to help reduce pets’ environmental impacts, and also sells locally sourced products. Animal Vert carries a selection of natural food, baked treats and products for dogs, cats, birds, fish and rodents.

Mon Ami Nourriture Et Accessoires

100 Rue Du Barry, Kirkland, QC H9H 4P8

Located in Kirkland on St. Charles Road, two blocks north of Highway 40, Mon Ami has food, bedding and toys for dogs, cats and other small animals like rabbits, birds and rodents. The store also carries raw food to cater to a trend in pet food that is supposed to improve issues like allergies, itchy skin, arthritis and obesity in pets.

Montreal Critters

218-2000, rue Notre-Dame E, Montréal, QC H2K 2N3

This online shop doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar storefront, but caters to owners of exotic pets. They carry food, bedding, grooming products and other accessories for rabbits, hedgehogs, and other furry friends like guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, gerbils, mice and rats.

Pattes et Griffes

919, rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H2S 1T2

On Beaubien near the St. Hubert Plaza, Nutranimo sells food and accessories for dogs and cats, rodents, ferrets, hedgehogs and birds, including vegetarian options. The Rosemont store is praised for its friendly staff and its canine ambassador Milo, whose customer service skills are impeccable.

Centre D'Animaux Nature

1500, av Atwater, Montréal, QC H3Z 1X5

In operation for more than 30 years, Centre d’Animaux Nature is the first pet store chain in Quebec to stop selling puppies and kittens and instead giving clients the option to adopt a rescued dog or cat. The chain, which has seven stores on the island, sells food and other products for dogs and cats as well as birds, fish, reptiles and other small animals.

When it comes to pet food, there’s more out there than just the generic bags of kibble you can get at the grocery store. These pet stores go above and beyond to make sure your cats and dogs get nutritious food that keeps them healthy and thriving. [image credit: Istockphoto]
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