Now well into the midst of spring, we can finally say that BBQ season is right around the corner – and it’s about time, too! Who can resist some freshly barbequed burgers, a fresh potato salad and some cold drinks with friends, families and loved one? Unfortunately, in this case, we don’t mean our pets when it comes to loved ones! Not only is the food far too rich for them, but there will be plenty of dangers around for them, too.
Whether you have had pets your whole life or are looking to get your first, it is important to know how to care for your cat or dog should they ever fall ill. While cats and dogs have similar organs to their humans, the way their bodies work are entirely different. For example, a cat doesn’t associate drinking with eating, which is why it is suggested that you keep their water bowl separate from their food.
You’ve finally got the kitten you’ve wanted for ages and you’re absolutely ecstatic. You’re going to love her, groom her, play with her, buy her a pretty cat ID tag and… wait, hold up! Reality suddenly dawns on you; what if she gets ill? How do you take her out? How will she find her way back home? What will she eat? What if she doesn’t like what she’s given?
Sometimes, people enter into a relationship with a pet without really thinking it through, and much like in Turner and Hooch, the reality can be somewhat different to expectations, which can be tough. Much the same as you would teach a child to be well behaved and respectful, the same love, care and time need to be invested in your pet dog. Continue reading
Training your puppy or dog is an important bonding process between the two of you, as well as being a great way of getting your dog to behave in an appropriate manner. Knowing how to train your dog for sporting activities as well as keeping behaviour under control can be both rewarding and beneficial to both parties. Continue reading
One of the quickest ways to a happy home is to have happy children and happy pets. Now, we can’t help with keeping the kids happy, but we can certainly point you in the right direction when it comes to your furry, feline, friends! Cats are very interesting and complex creatures; they’re social and love being around humans, but will often sit and face the wall instead of sitting on your lap. While we can’t make them love you back (sorry!), we can help you change up a few things that will have them purring their gratitude to you.
We love our cats, but they can be demanding. They want personalised name tags, something to scratch, toys to play with and sometimes a nice perch to sit on. So we have decided to look at some of the ways you can make your cat’s life, and to a degree your own life, a little more interesting with your own DIY skills. We’ve covered projects aimed at the more experienced DIY person along with some for those who are perhaps a little less confident in their skills. There’s tips for how to make a simple, and easy to clean, litter box for your feline friend. You can discover how to make a cool to look at scratching post and a cat tree that will be lots of fun for your cat. We also know that some cats just like to sit and observe the outside world from the comfort of their own home. With that in mind we put together a guide on how to make a cat perch to give them a view of what’s going on outside their window. Finally there is a very easy to make enrichment toy, to give your cat’s brain a little workout as they play. Each project includes a list of what you need, a guide to what to do and a difficulty level rating to give you an idea of how hard a project is. Happy Building!
It’s Bonfire Night tonight and this can be a stressful time for pets with loud noises and the potential for injuries.
As usual, vets are expecting an influx of patients as pets are frightened or, tragically, injured by stray or irresponsibly used fireworks. Dogs should never be taken to fireworks displays. Not only will the noises cause fear and stress, sparklers may burn hotter than cooking oil and rockets can reach speeds of 150mph.
Here are some tips to keep your pets safe:
Keeping doors, windows and cat flaps shut and covered can reduce fear and prevent nervous pets trying to escape when the bangs and flashes begin.
Small animals’ houses and cages should be brought inside to reduce the level of noise.
All animals should be allowed to retreat to the safety of a den, hideaway or familiar spot.
Small animals may want to burrow down so add some extra bedding.
Don’t leave cats and dogs shut in a room alone as this can increase anxiety.
Encourage pets to act in a normal manner – paying excessive attention to the noise will convince pets something is wrong.
Be patient with your pets and understand that the unusual circumstances can cause pets to act out of character and cause mess or damage.
Consider high quality herbal natural products and diffusers which can help to calm pets.
Make sure your pets have their collar and pet tag on, just in case for some reason they manage to escape.
Try specialist firework CDs which gradually help to desensitize pets to noises in the run up to New Year.
Hope you all have a fun, safe and calm Bonfire Night!