For many first time cat owners a major thinking point is whether to let their cat go outside once it is ready to. Whilst some owners can’t bring themselves to allow their beloved friend out of their sight and support having indoor cats, others will let their friend be an outdoor cat. (more…)
Animal lovers; brace yourself for some awful news…15 kittens have been found abandoned in a suitcase outside the PDSA in Southampton, whilst in a Watford scrapyard a German Shepherd cross pup was found locked in a windowless van with a note on her collar saying: ‘My name is Valarie and I’m six months old, take me too’. Unfortunately, it seems that heartbreaking stories such as these are becoming more commonplace in today’s society, so what drives people to abandon their pets?
Of course, we can start by talking about the unbelievable lack of compassion shown by those who simply leave their vulnerable pets to fend for themselves. But what makes them even think about abandoning them in the first place? (more…)
Continuing on with ‘Cat Month’, this week we’ll be taking a look at some things to consider as your cat grows from a kitten to an adult. If you have a female cat and haven’t had her spayed then there’s a chance that she may become pregnant. Let’s take a look at some of the telltale signs of feline pregnancy.
Recognise the Symptoms of Being in Heat
Cats that are pregnant or in heat will have enlarged nipples and be affectionate towards other living creatures. However, only a pregnant cat will be highly vocal whilst rolling around on the floor. Cats that are in heat tend to walk differently, usually with their backsides pointed up into the air and their tails slightly off to the side. (more…)
Continuing on with our ‘Cat Month’ we thought we’d take a look at some of the more common cat myths and set the record straight.
1.) Cats Always Land on Their Feet
This is perhaps one of the most well-known myths of them all and most of the time it’s actually true. However, from time to time cats can land on their chins and if their fall is from a great height then they can injure their pelvis even if they do land on their feet. (more…)
Whenever and wherever you go online now it seems highly likely – if not impossible – that you won’t spy a funny feline video or a cute cat picture. According to Google, the term ‘cats’ gets searched 30 million times a month; to put that into context ‘Kim Kardashian’ is searched 11 million times a month. Cats have become the rulers of the digital waves that we all so regularly ‘surf’. So how and why have internet cats such as ‘Grumpy Cat’ become such a hit on the internet?
To tackle this question we have to look at where the majority of the furry action comes from; social media. (more…)
Help to Make Your Home Safe for Kittens
Bringing home a kitten for the first time is very exciting and as your new friend starts to settle in you’ll need to be ready to keep them safe and happy. To help with this we have brought together some essential tips on how to kitten-proof your home so that you can ease any worries when your mischievous kitten goes exploring. Read on for in-depth tips. (more…)
This month we’re going to be placing our focus on the wonderful and majestic animal that is the cat. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at the life cycle of a cat, from kitten, to adulthood and then old age. Using this structure we’ll aim to cover a wide range of subjects including specific care for each stage of the cycle, common health issues, changes in behaviour and ownership. (more…)
When thinking about fun things to do with your dog during the summer why not consider taking them to the beach. Being creatures that are led by their keen sense of smell and hearing, the beach can provide dogs with an amazing day out full of interesting sights and sounds that they’ll absolutely love. Thousands of owners and their dogs flock to the beach every year and with this in mind we thought we’d take a look at some things to consider if you’re going to be taking your dog to the beach. (more…)
Summer is a wonderful time for nature with everything coming to life. This is perhaps the most exciting time of the year for cats and dogs as there are so many things for them to explore and enjoy. Senior pets are no different to younger pets in this regard and they’ll enjoy the sights and smells just as much as when they were younger. However, it is important to remember that older pets are at more risk during the hotter months and with that in mind we’ve pulled together a few tips to help keep your senior pets safe this summer. (more…)
Now that July is upon us we’re going to be focusing on the topic of ‘Pets in Summer’, taking a look at a range of subjects and issues that affect pets and owners during one of the hottest months of the calendar year. An important part of this is pets and travel.
Something that we must discuss from the very off is dogs and cars. (more…)