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Here you’ll find our latest blog posts on all things cats and dogs. Feel free to have a look around and share with your friends and family

  • Are you one of those pet parents that is both 'Team Cat' and 'Team Dog'? A beautifully blended household that provides you with the best of both worlds. Bedtime is met with a "bark" while a "meow" becomes the sound of your morning alarm. It can be a quite brilliant dynamic — canine and feline living harmoniously — but it can also come with its complications. Sometimes our four-legged friends commit unexplainable and inexplicable acts in and around the house. One of those...
  • Does it ever feel as though you've been cast as an audience member while your cat meows the playlist for their own musical? It doesn't quite strike the high-level production values of Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End and Broadway blockbuster – but it's a far more personalised performance. Our four-legged felines are vibrantly vocal throughout their lifetimes, and their rousing renditions serve various purposes. Cats will 'meow' from being kittens, informing their mother that they're...
  • It can be quite distressing to witness fighting fur-balls go at each other hell for leather without any intention of backing down. The hissing, screeching, growling and guttural meowing can often send shudders down the spine. And this behaviour – which is often a territorial dispute – is an irrefutable sign that their interaction is no longer a conversation, it's a full on kitty conflict. Felines are fond of their own space, they're possessive creatures and often very...
  • Cats are renowned for being the kings and queens of cleanliness. They are the demigods of grace, decorum and good grooming within the animal kingdom. They'll spend most of their day pampering themselves so that they continue to look prim and proper. So when imperfections appear, and our kitties don't seem capable of controlling their demise, then it might be time for an intervention. Any sign of dandruff (dry, flaky skin), especially a large amount, is usually a sign that your...
  • Our fabulous feline friends are wonderfully intriguing creatures. Most pet parents will have studied their cat's comical and curious behavioural traits from time to time. Kneading, or "making biscuits" as it is commonly known in the animal world, is a prime example of their weird and wonderful habits. Our tippy-toed kitty-cats will tap-dance on a multitude of soft surfaces, but they'll normally knead on your knee or a blanket. It's a soothing, serene and seemingly hypnotic...
  • Oh, to be young again! No troubles, responsibilities or expectations, and all you had to worry about was feeding, going to the toilet and sleeping. Kittens can spend up to 90% of their days in dreamland. Yes, that's right, they're literally living the dream. The bulk of their daily routine consists of closing their eyes and drifting off into the land of nod, where they can spend almost 22 hours of their time. Incredible! They're cute enough as it is, so why they'd need so much...
  • Our cats don't half go through the mire during and after pregnancy. Carrying and then caring for a litter of kittens is an incredibly arduous and exhausting responsibility. Their bodies take plenty of punishment while those little lodgers are waiting to come into the world. They experience a lot of change physically, emotionally and mentally while providing a safe and sustainable environment for their unborn kitties to grow. And the challenge of pampering and protecting their...
  • Cats can come across as quite cantankerous creatures at the best of times. If you were to base your perceptions on facial expressions and demeanour alone, you could be forgiven for thinking that your flinty-faced felines held a perpetual grudge. Cats tend to appreciate their own company and they'll break their self-inflicted isolation if and when they're ready for a little bit of attention and affection. Imposing yourself on their alone time and invading their personal space — by...
  • Tomcats are notoriously territorial and occasionally troublesome — even in the company of their own offspring. The malicious behaviour of some hot-headed male cats is the complete antithesis of female felines, who project naturally protective and maternal instincts. This aggression is deep-rooted in the character of male cats and was drilled into them during their primitive years in their fight for dominance and survival. Kittens up to the age of four weeks are susceptible to these...
  • When your cat has kidney problems, it's absolutely essential to get their dietary needs in order. Internal ailments can be deeply dispiriting for our cuddly companions, but a change in nutrition can soothe their suffering. Specially formulated meal plans are the best way to make the disease less debilitating for our fabulously fluffy family members. Food really is the best medicine for our cats and prescribing the right sustenance can help our precious pets get back on track. Here at...
  • Variety is the spice of life, even for our cats. While their palates might not be as advanced or as sophisticated as that of their pet parents, you can bet your bottom dollar that our furry four-legged felines would prefer a more rounded and well-balanced diet. Wet food isn't necessarily a daily requirement for a purr-fect diet, but there are definitely health benefits to regularly providing your kitty with a moister and more manageable alternative for their main course. Taking your cat...
  • Cats are generally stereotyped as cute, cunning and crafty little creatures, but they're also exceptionally good at masking their emotions. Unfortunately, that can make it incredibly difficult as pet parents to gauge whether your feline is actually feeling fine or whether they're suffering in silence. Understanding your kitty's state of mind, and their overall health and wellbeing, can often feel like a game of charades, as we're reliant on particular actions and behaviours to evaluate...

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