There is no doubt in the fact that veterinary medicine is more sophisticated today than it was ever before. From farmers acting as midwives for horses to high tech equiline hospitals, animal care has come a long way. Let’s look at the finer details of pet care and how various environmental factors affect the upbringing and general welfare of pets.
Cats shed fur. If you own a cat - or several - then you are constantly reminded of this every day as you wade through the abundance of fur your beloved fluffy companion has shed. You love your fluffy kitty, but even the most dedicated and loving owner may start losing their cool upon finding their favourite sweater (or their entire collection of sweaters) covered in cat fur. Luckily, there are several effective courses of action to take in order to minimise the extent of this problem.
As adorable and innocent-looking as kittens are, they require a lot of patience and nurturing to ensure they don't bite or scratch you while playing. This is inevitable because many pet owners must still learn their cat's temperament and when they have had enough play. They will also be teething, which can become irritating and putting something in their mouth is the only way to scratch that itch. Training a cat to stop these behaviours is important at an early age, and with the following tips you can ensure your kitten grows up to be a good-natured cat:
For any person who has owned a pet there is a time when you fear you may have lost them. You call and call them to come from their intricate hiding place in the yard/street/house... unfortunately they do not seem to appear! You freak out even more and start scouring the neighbourhood for your treasured pet. You may be lucky and your pet pops up again a few hours later unscatched. Or they are located by a friendly neighbour/vet in the area who contact you to say they have your missing pet. Other times... something more sinister may have occurred.. such as your pet has indeed fled the coop or been kidnapped (it happens). To help keep a watchful eye on your pet, RSPCA has developed a Pet GPS Tracking system called the TrakaPet! You'll now be able to locate your pet anywhere at anytime.
We focus on the charming, passionate and fiercely loyal Scottish Terrier for our pet profile this week!
You are going away for a long weekend break but you can't bear to leave your beloved pet behind. So... you have decided to take him/her on the plane with you! We all wish airplanes had cabins inbuilt to transport your pets like the photo above, but the reality is quite different. Some airlines allow you to travel with pets in the cabin with you while others prefer you have them stowed in the hold along with other checked baggage. This article is intended to help people who are transporting their pet via an in-flight airplane cabins.
A CSIRO led study has discovered that feral cats, not climate change, is the main reason for the heavily declining native animal population in Australia. According to the study, there are approximately 15 million feral cats that kill on average 5 animals a night. Furthermore, mammal extinctions are actually 40% higher than previously estimated! Environmental Minister, Greg Hunt, claims that the government is taking these latest statistics extremely seriously and has called on the development of a virus to subdue, or potentially even eradicate feral cat populations.
No one can escape the fact that an increasing proportion of people in western countries are becoming overweight or obese. Most of us are well aware of the health problems stemming from obesity and we make allowances to keep our weight in check. What we do not seem to realise is that, according to recent research, our faithful household pets seem to be also packing on the pounds!
Have you been strolling around one day and found a dog/cat that you would love to adopt? Maybe this particular animal resembles your cherished childhood pet? You wonder where you could find a dog/cat that looks just like this exquisite one! Well you can locate a pet to adopt that appears similar to this one through PetMatch.
You have just washed your precious pet dog and she looks beautiful with her shiny coat smelling of roses... Next minute what does she end up doing? Yep... you guessed it... tossing and turning in some foul smelling poo/dirt/left over banana skin. She is perfectly happy making a complete mess of herself once again. After she has performed her 'ritual', along she comes bounding towards you to plop a nice big lick smelling of grossness onto your face. The smell is so strong that it is enough to bring up yesterday's lunch. Actually we hope that this post didn't cause you to puke. Now we ask ourselves... why o why do dogs revel rolling around in disgusting stuff and is there a way to prevent it?