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Thinking like a cat - 5 easy ways to enrich your cat’s home life
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12th February 2016
Cats are significantly more self-sufficient than the vast majority of other domestic pets, particularly their main competition in the popularity stakes, the noble dog! They tend to come and go as they please, are capable of feeding themselves if they have to (or if they get the taste for live prey!) and are happy snoozing away for hour....Read Full Article

Is feeding fish to your cat a good idea?
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12th February 2016
When it comes to treats, scraps and food ingredients that you might consider feeding to your cat, fish might seem like one of the options that is automatically safe and probably even healthy for them, and of course, lots of different cat food flavours have a fish theme. However, actual fish itself in all of its various forms is not nec....Read Full Article

5 common houseplants and flowers that are most toxic to cats
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11th February 2016
While cats are not as likely to eat everything that they come across without thinking twice as some dogs will, there are several common and popular plants and flowers that many people keep in their homes that are toxic to cats, and that can potentially pose a health risk to your cat if they are ingested. Cats won’t usua....Read Full Article

Have you heard of Tom and Jerry syndrome in cats?
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11th February 2016
With a name like “Tom and Jerry syndrome,” you might think that this relatively recent discovery of a very specific type of health problem that can affect older cats is something of a joke, but this rather oddly named condition can be potentially serious for affected cats, as well as concerning for their owners. T....Read Full Article

When Does a Kitten's Eyes Change Colour?
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10th February 2016
If your cat has just given birth to kittens, you'll notice that when they first open their eyes they are a gorgeous blue in colour. However, as time goes by this changes although a lot does depend on the melanin found in a kitten's iris that will determine the final colour. So why are kittens born with blue eyes only to have th....Read Full Article

What Drinks can Dogs Have Apart from Water?
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10th February 2016
It's important for dogs to have free access to fresh, clean and cool water at all times because they need to stay hydrated. However, many dog owners share their coffee, tea, milk and even beer with their pets and wonder if it is safe to do so. Which begs the question, what is safe for our canine friends to drink? Dogs Ch....Read Full Article

Cat Breeds that Really Think More Like Dogs
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9th February 2016
There are some amazing cat breeds around these days and some of them are pretty new to the scene. Others have been around for decades becoming popular family pets all over the world. It would be fair to say that many people think of cats and dogs as being arch ene....Read Full Article

The top 5 dog breeds that will make you smile
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8th February 2016
Anyone who owns a dog or spends a reasonable amount of time around dogs will know that they can really boost your mood, make you smile, and cheer you up if you’re feeling a little bit down. There is a very good reason that dogs are commonly used to assist people with disabilities, and it is not just down to the fact that they can....Read Full Article

What to look for when choosing a vet for your cat
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8th February 2016
Owners of dogs and cats are fairly lucky compared to other pet owners when it comes to being able to access local veterinary care for their pets-virtually all clinics in the UK large or small are experienced in caring for our most popular pets, and wherever you live, you probably won’t be far from a vet that can register you!....Read Full Article

Are you a well-trained dog owner?
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6th February 2016
When it comes to training and managing your dog, there are a virtually limitless number of different schools of thought, training manuals and different techniques available, and everyone thinks that the one that they subscribe to is the right one or the best one, regardless of what it is! However, while everyone agrees that d....Read Full Article

What you need to know about ferrets and coat shedding
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6th February 2016
Just like most other furry pets such as cats and dogs, ferrets too shed their coats over time, shedding a small amount of fur over the course of the year and going through larger and more prolific seasonal sheds as well.  A certain degree of coat shedding, particularly in spring and autumn, is totally natural for your pet, but los....Read Full Article

Does Feeding Dry Food to My Dog Help Keep their Teeth in Good Condition?
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4th February 2016
It's important to keep an eye on the condition of your dog's teeth especially as they get older. It's also essential to teach puppies that having their teeth cleaned is not a bad experience, but one that ends with a tasty, albeit healthy reward. If a dog lets you clean their teeth on a regular basis, you'll find they ar....Read Full Article

6 important life skills that mother cats teach their kittens
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4th February 2016
It used to be a common assumption that when a mother cat had successfully weaned her kittens onto solid food, the kittens could be removed from the mother and sent off to their new homes, as they didn’t need anything else from their mum. However, separating the kittens from the mother at six or eight weeks old as used to be the n....Read Full Article

What is Carpal Hyperextension in Dogs?
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1st February 2016
When a dog walks, they do so on the tip of the tips of their toes which is a lot different to how we walk. However, when things go wrong the way a dog walks can often lead to them developing a condition known as hyperextension which sees a collapse in a dog's normal upright stance and it's a problem that needs veterinary attent....Read Full Article

Tips on Keeping Cat Hair Under Control Around the House
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1st February 2016
Sharing a home with a cat is wonderful because they keep you amused for hours with their funny antics when they are not sleeping that is. The trouble is that with all the positives of having a feline friend keep you company there are a few negatives too. One of which is the hair that inevitably gets left around the house, on the furnit....Read Full Article

Why does my Cat Groom themselves so Much?
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1st February 2016
Cats love to be clean and will spend hours grooming themselves. Recent studies of farm cats established that grooming is just as important to them and that they will spend a good percentage of their day making sure their coats are sparkling clean. So it stands to reason that cats living indoors would probably spend longer making sure t....Read Full Article

6 simple ways to save cash when caring for your dog
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31st January 2016
Owning a dog can be an expensive proposition, and when you factor in the lifelong costs including all of the vaccinations, veterinary care and even the bedding and accessories that dogs need, owning a dog and caring for it properly is not something that can really be done on the cheap! That being said, the actual cost of dog ownership ....Read Full Article

Physical changes in male cats after castration
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31st January 2016
If you own a male cat or kitten that you do not intend to breed from, it is important to have them castrated when they are old enough. Castration helps to prevent unwanted sexual behaviours, avoid unwanted litters and remove some potential health and safety risks too, such as testicular cancer in later life, or injuries that can be cau....Read Full Article

How cats use scent to communicate with you and with each other
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29th January 2016
While we usually think of dogs as the animals with the most acute sense of smell, cats too communicate via scent a lot more than we usually think they do, and scent and smell is very important to cats, who like to ensure that everything around them is just so, and smells of them, ideally! In this article we will look at six o....Read Full Article

Can you really retrain an aggressive dog?
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29th January 2016
It is every dog owner’s worst nightmare-their dog inexplicably attacks another dog, bites a person or otherwise displays an unacceptable level of aggression that could potentially be dangerous. Knowing how to cope with this problem and of course, ensure that other dogs and people are protected is something that most dog owners ar....Read Full Article



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