PET BEHAVIOUR

Exercise is essential for pets


Exercise may seem like something pets do naturally but the truth is, like us, even dogs and cats can become inactive and lazy if not encouraged to get up and move. Coupled with high calorie snacking, this makes them susceptible to a range of series diseases like diabetes and joint ailments. About half of the pets […]



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How to videos for pet owners


How To videos are invaluable to pet owners. If you have a cat or dog that you need help with, a video can be an excellent source of advice. However, thanks to the internet there are thousands of sources of pet  information out there but not all can be trusted. It is always best to […]



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Why do some dogs bark more than others?


Why do some dogs bark more than others is a question that plagues most dog owners, or neighbours of dog owners. Your dog is fine when you’re at home but the moment you go out, he barks non-stop. You know because your angry neighbour has told you. Or maybe your dog barks when there is […]



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Why old dogs and cats need new tricks


As medical science extends the lifespan of pets, age-related cognitive decline in cats and dogs is on the rise. Clinical signs associated with cognitive dysfunction include  disorientation, social interactions, sleep-wake cycle disturbances, house soiling, activity changes (apathy or aimless wandering) and increased anxiety. These are reported in almost half of dogs over the age of 10 […]



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Making friends with the cat carrier


Making friends with the cat carrier will make your cat’s visits to the vet a lot easier for her – and for you.  Use this step-by-step guide to help your cat adjust to a cat carrier for her trip to the doctor. Make friends with the cat carrier Step 1: Cat, meet carrier Place the […]



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Pigs as pets: think carefully before you adopt


Pigs as pets may seem like the best idea in the world when you’re confronted with a tiny pink bundle of snout and hooves just a few days old. But pigs are not the easiest animals to handle, says our veterinarian Dr Adri Rossouw, so consider very carefully the implications of pig ownership before adopting […]



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Why cats wee on your stuff


When cats wee on your furniture, bed or in the bath, there’s a very good reason. They’re trying to tell you something. Punishment won’t stop their behaviour; it’ll only make it worse. But understanding why cats wee in inappropriate places can help you change this unpleasant habit. One of the first things to figure out […]



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Cat flap training tips for cats who won’t budge


Cat flaps are brilliant for flat dwellers and people who don’t like to leave windows open for security reasons. But not all cats can get the hang of how to use them. American animal behaviourist Dr Sophia Yin has these training tips. Remember, that to train any pet to use a cat flap, patience and […]



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Why your dog licks your face


If your dog licks your face you might think it’s terribly cute; but others might hate the idea. Why do dogs do this, and is there anything you can do to stop it? Dog licks: it’s in their genes Blame evolution! Dog face licking has evolved from the wolf puppy behaviour of licking the mouths […]



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How to soothe an anxious dog


An anxious dog can be difficult to live with but there are things you can do to help calm him/her down. Before you try them though remember you’ll need to be patient, and that punishment never works to alleviate anxiety. In fact, it only makes it worse. Work patiently and kindly and you’ll be amazed […]



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