Pheromones are released from various glands of an animal's body to communicate with members of the same species throughout the animal kingdom. Synthetic pheromones are now being used as a non-invasive solution to manage stress-related problems in pets.
Desexing both male and female cats will help prevent urine marking, territorial behaviour, fighting, roaming, injuries and unwanted kittens.
Rat and mouse numbers tend to rise as cooler weather forces them to search for food closer to our homes, sheds and garages. Be aware that rat baits might be out on neighbouring properties and contact your vet if your pet appears off-colour.
While chocolate is a much-loved treat for humans, it contains a substance that is poisonous to animals. Toxicity is most common in dogs because of their habit of rapid consumption, but it can also affect cats and other pets.
Cats going on their own holiday to the kennel or cattery are likely to be in contact with many new cats and possibly other animals. If you can ensure that they are up-to-date with any vaccinations ahead of time, maximum protection can be established in time for your travel dates.
Australians love their cats, and more households are getting cats each year. But research suggests that compared to dogs, cats still aren’t getting the veterinary care they need and deserve.
There are several options for your cat if you are planning a holiday. You can get a house-sitter, or ask someone to visit your cat regularly, or you can board your cat at a cattery.
The type of litter you use, the type of litter tray, where it is located and how you clean it all have an influence on your cat's toileting habits.
Before you travel, ask yourself: will my cat or dog be comfortable and happy? Some animals simply prefer to stay at home, so pet sitting or boarding may be the best option. If you do decide to take your pet along, you must take as much care with the preparation of your pet’s trip as your own.
Holiday plans can be more complicated when you have pets. Will you take your pets with you or leave them behind? How will you travel? Where will they stay? You should get organised well before it's time to go on your break.
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