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Category: Cats

Should I Microchip My Pet?

Microchipping is arguably the best way to get your pet back should they go missing, but what are microchips, and are they safe?

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Tips For Keeping Pets Cool In Hot Weather

It’s been so hot recently, but our pets usually don’t cope well with the heat. Here are some tips to keep them cooler during the warm weather.

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Do I Really Need Pet Insurance?

Whilst there are no laws to say you have to have pet insurance, lots of people decide to get it. But do you really need pet insurance?

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Preventing Fleas and Worms In Dogs And Cats

We love our pets. They live in our homes, share our bed, cuddle with us on the sofa, but fleas and worms love your pet too! It’s so important to keep on top of flea and worming to keep your pet as healthy as possible, and to prevent an infestation.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Adopt An Older Animal

Older animals find themselves in rescue too but are normally overlooked. Here are 10 reasons why you should adopt an older animal. Continue reading

Moving House With Your Pets? Here’s How To Keep Them Happy During The Move!

Moving is a really stressful time for everyone, including pets. The home where they feel happy and comfortable in is changing and this can be overwhelming for them. Here are some tips to help your pets settle in as quickly as possible and stay safe during the process. Continue reading

Why Purchasing A Pet As An Impulse Buy Is A Bad Idea

Working in rescue, we hear lots of horror stories about people getting pets and then not being able to keep properly, leading to the animal becoming neglected. Pet shops sell cute baby animals and social media has opened up a whole new realm to pets being given away, leading to people getting pets on an impulse. It is so important to research and plan before you take on a pet.

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What To Do If Your Pet Goes Missing

Losing your pet can be a very worrying time. Although your natural instinct is to panic, try to keep calm and think logically as this will give you the best chance of getting your pet home. Here’s what to do if your pet goes missing.

Where did they go missing?

Did your dog run off on a walk or escape from the garden? Did your cat not come home at dinner time? It’s important to think about where your pet went missing so you can plan the best course of action. If your dog ran off on his walk, take the route you usually would as some dogs will use the familiar setting to get their bearings and some may go home on their own. Talk to people on your search and give them your number incase they spot your dog. The more people you talk to, the more eyes there are looking for your pet so make sure you tell everyone. If your dog escaped from the garden, it’s also a good idea to follow a route you would use when walking with him, however he may have gone a different way so if you can, get friends and family to help look in all directions.

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Meet Catrick Stewart And Mr Whiskers

Two years ago, we were alerted to a post on social media that caused some concern. Someone had a litter of one day old kittens, and was giving them away for free for people to hand rear. We were very worried for the kittens safety, so contacted the advertiser. He told us that his cat had a few litters in the past, and all the kittens had died because she abandoned them. We offered to help, on the understanding we would take the mother cat so she could rear her kittens. Whilst I am able to hand rear baby animals, it’s much better for mum to do this where possible.

We collected the cats and I fostered them. I set up a crate for Missy (the mother cat) to raise her babies, and I was a little nervous as I knew she had abandoned litters before. There is also an increased risk of mother’s abandoning litters when they are moved. Luckily, she took excellent care of the kittens and fed them as soon as she was settled.

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Why I Love Old Animals

I love all animals, but whereas most people go gooey over puppies and kittens, I cannot resist an old animal (although I do love puppies and kittens too!). Taking on elderly animals isn’t easy as most of them have spent their whole life with one person, and now find themselves in an unfamiliar place and they do find it harder to adjust than the younger animals. It makes things more difficult when they have medical conditions, and most will have some degree of senility which can be difficult enough to deal with when you have had the animal for a long time and it develops, but it’s even harder when that animal is out of their comfort zone.

I have taken in many old animals over the years. In fact, my very first dog was middle aged and helping them is just something I am drawn to.  My first ‘failed foster dog’ was a little elderly Jack Russell called Sally. She was found straying and ended up in a pound, and the first photo I saw of her in the pound still breaks my heart to this day. I didn’t intend to keep her when I took her in, but she wiggled into my heart and even though I only had her just short of a year, I loved that dog so much that I decided to open my heart and my home as a retirement home for any elderly animals who could not be rehomed.

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