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2nd September 2014
All too often a cat owner might well tell their four-legged friends off because they think they've been naughty. However, punishing a kitten or young cat the wrong way can do more harm than good. Cats are incredibly sensitive little creatures and especially so when they are young. Shouting or raised voices can stress them out as ca....Read Full Article

2nd September 2014
It’s absolutely vital that you know what foods are ok for your rat to eat, and what foods are not ok. You do not want your rat to become sick from eating foods that are not easily digestible, or worse still, foods that they are allergic too. Pet stores stock plenty of food mixes and treats for rats, but sometimes it’s nice ....Read Full Article

2nd September 2014
Dogs are considered to be mature when they reach eight years old (or seven for some giant breeds) and understandably, this onset of middle age segueing into old age will bring about changes in your dog, just as elderly people tend to change both physically and mentally as they grow old. While ten years might be approaching th....Read Full Article

2nd September 2014
The Miniature Pinscher or “Mini Pin” is a small dog breed that hails from Germany, and has mixed origins including input from breeds such as the Itali....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
This is part of an ongoing series on cat genetics. If you have not yet read parts one to four, it is strongly recommended that you do so before progressing. It is important that you understand how DNA, genes, inheritance and colour work before continuing. As well as coming in many colours, cats also possess a plethora of coat....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
This is part of an ongoing series on cat genetics. If you have not yet read part one and part two, it is strongly recommended that you do so befo....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
This is part of an ongoing series on cat genetics. If you have not yet read part one and part two, it is strongly recommended that you do so befo....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
This is part of an ongoing series on cat genetics. If you have not yet read part one, it is strongly recommended that you do so before progressing. It is important that you understand how DNA and genes work before continuing. So, h....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
Many cat owners seem to long to know more about their cat. What were her parents like? How did they get their colour? I wonder if they have any pedigree in them? Would I get pretty kittens if I bred her? In order to answer these questions, it is essential that you understand genetics and how they work. This guide will also be....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
If you have decided that you want a really large dog as your next pet but one that it tall rather than wide, you have likely already looked into both the Great Dane and the ....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
Dogs that fall under the mastiff grouping share a lot of core traits, including a large size, muscular strength and heavy bones. They also generally have a strong, thick neck, drooping ears and short muzzles, and there are around 20 breeds worldwide that fa....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
It would be fair to say that most dog owners realise the importance of having puppies vaccinated against canine parvovirus because it is such a potentially fatal canine disease. However, older dogs if not vaccinated as puppies can become infected with the virus even if they come into contact microscopic particles of the virus. The bad ....Read Full Article

1st September 2014
Appropriate nutrition is very important for a fertile bitch or stud dog, and essential for healthy foetal development. Individual Requirements  Different dogs thrive on different ingredients. Some fare best on a chicken-based feed, whilst ....Read Full Article

31st August 2014
One of the brightest and most vibrant amphibians Poison Dart Frogs range in size from about 1 cm to 7cm in body length. There are over 100 species of Poison Dart Frogs and their behaviours and ecological niches are as varied as their colours. Of these only 3 are dangerous to humans, with the Golden Poison Arrow frog (Phyllobates te....Read Full Article

31st August 2014
Anyone who owns a dog knows that on the odd occasion their pets can get quite jealous. This sort of canine behaviour typically occurs when their owners pay a little too much attention to someone else's dog. Some of our canine companions even get possessive and jealous when there's food or toys around and do their hardest not to....Read Full Article

30th August 2014
There doesn’t seem to be a day when the media isn’t reporting that some snake, turtle, lizard, or generally reptilian pet that some people are terrified of, escaping or being captured. But sadly all is not as it initially seems. Why there are pets on the loose Whilst there is no doubt that some animals....Read Full Article

30th August 2014
Chelonia (that’s turtles, terrapins and tortoises to you and I) tend to be divided as to where they live. For those that don’t ke....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
Getting a new puppy is hugely exciting, and of course, when you see a litter of adorable, cuddly little puppies, the chances are that you will want to take them all home, and have a hard job choosing between them! However, even when you have narrowed down the breed and type of puppy that you want and selected the breeder that has a lit....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
The Cane Corso is a large Italian dog from the mastiff/Molosser grouping, and is also one of the ancestral breeds of the Neapolitan mastiff, a breed that is often confused with the Cane Corso! While like all mastiffs, the Cane Corso is large and muscular,....Read Full Article

29th August 2014
The painted turtle is one of the most popular pet turtles kept in the UK, but also one that is often misunderstood and runs the risk of being incorrectly cared for. One of the main problems that arises for inexperienced owners is buying a juvenile of the species without realising how large it may potentially grow, and not allowing for ....Read Full Article



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