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5 tips to protect your cat in spring
Spring can pose a few problems for our feline friends. At this time of year there's an increase in pollen and pests and, with many of us spring cleaning the house or out weeding the garden, there's also an increase in the presence of chemicals.
Adopting A Cat
Is a cat right for you? People with cats are known to have better general health, improved self-esteem and greater connection to their community. Whether you are a retiree, young professional or
Adoption - 5 tips for welcoming a newly adopted pet into your home
Visiting a shelter, rescue home or a veterinarian to adopt a new pet is an exciting time for any new pet owner. There are so many things to think about when welcoming your new pet into your family, so we have picked five of the most important things to consider.
Are your houseplants pet friendly?
Our pets are naturally inquisitive and use their mouths to sense and feel. Dogs are especially good at having a chew – and cats are too! It will come as no surprise then, that this can be a serious problem if you've got poisonous plants at home.
Boarding your pet and vaccinations
If you’re going away on holidays and thinking of boarding your pet, you may need to start planning early. Kennels and catteries are often full over the festive season, public holidays and school
Can you catch a disease from your pet?
Healthy pets mean healthy people – when your dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig and turtle are well, they’ll enhance your life and not pose a health risk.
Fireworks and anxiety in pets
There’s nothing more spectacular than a fireworks display to bring in the New Year. We know it’s a joyful experience, but for our sensitive-eared pets it’s a bit like the end of the world. Explosions
Five ways that your cat says I love you
Cats are known for their dismissive behaviour when it comes to showing affection. Your cat may actually love you a lot more than you think. Here are five signs that your kitty loves you.
How to get your cat more active
Getting your cat off your lap is easier said than done. The good news is they never lose their instinct to chase, pounce and catch prey, so it’s easy to encourage them to be more active.
How to keep your indoor cat happy
Cats are one of the most popular pets kept as companions in Australia and NZ. They are beautiful, graceful, affectionate, but above all, highly complicated!
Is your garden pet friendly?
Your pet spends a lot of time playing outside, so it’s important to know whether your garden is pet friendly. If you have a dog, it’s easy to fence off sections of your garden, but it’s a different story with an outdoor cat.
It’s time to visit the Vet
We have all been in that position before. Keeping a watchful eye on that one spot that our furry friend keeps itching. Then the internal fight begins on whether you should take them straight to the vet or are you just overthinking this?
Keeping away the Winter Blues in Pets
Hibernation season is upon us! As the temperature outside is dropping, all we can think about is getting cosy with our favourite winter blanket, a nice cup of tea and staying as close to the heater as possible.
Kissing your cat
Many a parent has been known to say “If you kiss the cat, you’ll wake up with whiskers!” While this common falsehood might prevent small children from getting too close, the question remains what are
Kong recipes for your pet
KONGs are a fun, innovative way to feed your cat or dog. They are a tool that helps us engage in play with our pets, can help in the management of behavioural issues...
Let's learn about nutrition
The world of pet food is as confusing as ever. From different brands to new and interesting treats, it is difficult and stressful to make the decision on what the best food is for our fur child.
Moving house - settling your cat into a new house
So you are about to move house and concerned about settling your pets into their new environment. Here's some handy tips on making the transition stress free and as safe as possible for your pet.
New Year’s Resolutions for you and your pet
With January upon us, New Year’s resolutions are a hot topic of conversation. In 2010 when we asked our readers what they’d most like to change in the New Year, losing weight, regular exercise and
Pet Holidays over Easter
Are you wanting to go on a holiday but aren’t sure what to do with your furry friend? It is important to choose the right option for your pet when going away for a period of time – whether this is taking them with you, using a pet boarding service or leaving them with a friend.
It's a pet owner's worst nightmare, your best friend has suddenly taken ill, or been involved in an accident and you are facing a bill you hadn't budgeted for. Fortunately more pet owners are realising the advantages of pet insurance.
Pet selection - Choosing the right pet for your family
Should we get a dog or a cat? Costs and benefits of pet ownership. Where is the best place to get a new pet? What to look for. You have made a decision what do you do next? Taking your new pet home
Photos - tips for taking pet photos
As a pet owner, it is not a hard task to find a fantastic photo opportunity. Capturing the moment on camera is often a little more difficult. Here's some hints and tips on taking great pet photographs.
Pregnancy, Pets and Bringing Home Your Baby
Cleaning puppy poo off the bed or having the cat stand on your face at 5am can be a bit of a sneak peek into the joys of parenthood!
A selection of our favourite pet related books which we can recommend.
Take your pet on a pet friendly holiday
Would you love to be able to take your pet away on holiday with you? Well it is possible - you just need to find the places that are welcoming to both you and your four legged friend. With careful preparation pets make wonderful travel companions.
The benefits of exercise for your pet
Dogs and cats are full of energy and that energy needs to go somewhere, otherwise problem behaviours may start and your pet will become more prone to health issues.
The benefits of preventative care for your pet’s health
Your vet can give you advice on how to look after your pet, but as a pet owner the responsibility is with you to make sure your pets are fit and healthy.
The Joys of Owning a Cat
Australians love cats. According to the Australian Veterinary Associate, almost a quarter of Australian households have a cat – more than 2.5 million in total. Whether you’re a young family, a
The perfect pets for retirees
Retired and looking for a furry companion? An extra special sidekick to spend your days with? It’s the time you’ve waited for when bumper-to-bumper in peak hour traffic, packed like a sardine on your
Toxic Foods for your Pet over Easter
Easter is often a time for relaxation, celebration, family (all members) and eating. As a pet parent, there are a few extra things that need to be considered to ensure your pet has a healthy and happy Easter.
Travel - Air and plane travel safety for your pet
Transporting your pet requires planning and organisation well in advance of your intended departure date. This information is intended to assist you in planning for a safe and stress free trip including information on travel crates, anxious pets and more.
Travel - Leaving your pet with a friend or carer during your holiday
Follow these steps and enjoy a well earned, hassle free holiday while someone cares for your pet. Your pet's current health status Book your pet in for a full veterinary health check, including a
Travel - Taking your pet with you on holiday
Some important tips and reminders for taking your pet with you on your well earned holiday. Your pet's current health status A pre-departure holiday health check is recommended for all your pets
Treats to keep your pets cool this summer
As the mercury has well and truly risen, we are constantly looking for new and inventive ways to keep our pet’s cool and entertained. Here are some cool icy treats for your pet.
Urine stains and soiling - cleaning up
Your cat has unexpectedly soiled your carpet, or your dog has chosen your favourite sofa as a pee place and you want to know the best way to clean up the mess and to stop your pet from doing the same thing again. Read our hints and tips on cleaning pet stains here.
Weight - Body Condition Score
Is your pet a healthy weight? Use the visual indicators to select a Body Condition Score for your pet.