Pawsome stuff to know for loving pet owners
Chinese New Year is almost upon us, which means that a new zodiac animal is going to have a whole year to itself – in 2020, we’re going to be celebrating the year of the rat. But how much do we actually know about these clever and resourceful creatures?
Happy new year fellow animal lovers! 2020 sees not only the start of a new year, but also a new decade, and at this time of year - usually while feeling slightly worse for wear after over-indulging during the Christmas period - many of us make solemn vows that we would never dream of breaking.
Cats sometimes get a bad rap. While dogs are the affable happy-go-lucky pets who are willing to learn new tricks just to keep their owners happy, cats are often seen as aloof or even uncaring – unwilling to budge! As many of us actually know, that really isn’t the case.
The cold weather’s here, which of course means that it might start getting a bit tricky to take your pet pooch out in the sleet, snow and ice. Regardless of how the weather turns in this season, there are always going to be a few great things you can do to keep your furry friends happy when they’re unable to get out so much. We’ve already talked about keeping your pets safe in the cold recently, however, this time, we’ll be looking at things you can do to keep your dogs from getting bored in the cold snap.
We all feel a little glum sometimes - that feeling of chagrin, a deep craving of comfort food and a warm blanket is familiar to many people. It’s especially the case around this time of year, when the days are chilly, far shorter, and darker than usual. It may not surprise you that cats feel the same. According to PetMD, it is perfectly possible for your cat to get depressed.
It’s safe to say that we’ve all seen a robin or two in our time! They’re on almost every greetings card this time of year, and a garden visit from one of these British icons pretty much guarantees feelings of festive cheer no matter what the time of year. Their gorgeous bright red throats are instantly recognisable and their sweet song is so beautiful, they are frequently mistaken for nightingales.
We all know that owning a dog is a one of life’s great pleasures – however, it’s also a great responsibility. One of our main duties to our pets is to make sure they have plenty of exercise. This can be tricky when we don’t necessarily find time to hit the gym ourselves. It happens! Maybe you’ve had a change in work hours, or perhaps you’ve been unwell and simply can’t get out. Either way, your canine pal will still be desperately in need of walkies, even more-so if you live in a home without a garden.
Throughout the country, we are already seeing the undeniable signs that winter is upon us! Though many of us relish the crisp, frozen mornings, the drop in temperature can present a couple of hurdles for our beloved furry sidekicks.
It’s November, it’s after Bonfire Night, it’s official - Christmas is here! The ads are invading our airwaves and stores are swapping their typical pop filled playlists in favour of seasonal songs on loop.
If your pets are anything like ours, they love the great outdoors! Every mud puddle must be swum in and each tree must be tested for scent, scratch-ability, and a bird-watching/hunting vantage point! It’s only natural they encounter non-domesticated critters along the way.
The most festive time of the year is on the approach! With three major holidays on our doorstep – Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas - everyone starts to make party plans, and what party can be considered truly festive without seasonal and themed food?
Any seasoned cat owner can easily recognise the gut-wrenching sound of little nails being dragged across a beloved piece of furniture. It’s one of the very few downsides to co-habiting with a feline. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent your pet from shredding your soft furnishings. One method which has been highlighted for its controversy in the press recently is declawing.
As pet owners, it's safe to say we would all like to know how animals feel. It can be extra tricky to spot behaviour patterns with unfamiliar animals. When you have a dog who just has to be best friends with every other canine in the park, things can get a bit worrisome.
Your cat’s teeth are extremely important to them. As carnivores, they’re going to need those sharp-and-pointies on a daily basis! However, did you know that cats can suffer from similar dental problems as humans do? With that in mind, we should be paying more attention to how we look after our pets’ dental hygiene, and what we can do to protect them moving forwards.
It’s probably pretty easy to assume that all dogs need is a little physical exercise and active stimulation once in a while. However, our beloved pooches need much more than the odd walk or fussing from day to day! As you likely already know, dogs are extremely perceptive and actually have the ability to learn very quickly. Did you know that some dogs can actually learn numbers, as well as words? It really is fascinating that we can train dogs at all, if you think about it!
Anyone who owns a cat will tell you that they are endlessly curious. Cats and curiosity, naturally, come hand in paw – and that’s why plenty of pets find themselves getting caught into many a scrape! Keeping a cat means keeping an eye out for all of their crazy adventures. That means making sure you don’t have anything valuable on mantelpieces that they can weave through, and ensuring you don’t have anything too shiny or interesting for them to bat around.
As we roll into autumn, the nights are starting to draw in sooner, and with that, plenty of people will be purchasing fireworks for the celebrations and festivities ahead. However, while this may be great fun for people, our dogs can often get very scared or anxious due to the loud, frequent noise. While some dogs can cope well with the rolling noise of fireworks, others can show signs of high anxiety.
All cat owners know too well that litter trays can be a bit of a nuisance! However, setting up a convenient toilet space for your cat is always going to be preferential to you finding mess on the carpet. Once you’ve got the hang of filling up and disposing of litter, there’s really nothing to it. But what if there was a more convenient option?