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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

  • 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...
  • As a general rule of thumb, switching up your cat's diet to satisfy their cravings isn't really necessary. If your kitty continues to give you the seal of approval with a "meow" at mealtimes, and they're thriving on the nutritious nosh you're serving up, then there's no need to change. If it ain't broke, don't fix it! However, if you sense that your once purr-fect cat doesn't appear as happy and as healthy as they once were, then it might be a good idea to try alternating their food to ensure...
  • Cats are the kings — or queens — of the castle when it comes to good grooming etiquette. Our pristine little pets have perfected the art of pampering, which is why they're always able to keep themselves looking prim and proper. But our compulsive clean-freaks won't only take pride in their own appearance, they'll often lend a paw, or a tongue, to ensure their cat companions are also looking spick and span. Mutual grooming between feline friends — or allogrooming — usually occurs...
  • The way to a cat's heart is through their stomach. Our famished felines love their food and they love their pet parents for providing it. And if what's on the menu at mealtimes is packed with protein then their affection will grow even stronger — just like their bodies will. Protein-enriched recipes are a vital dietary requirement for our furry friends to ensure that they are happy and healthy throughout their lifetime. Whether they get it from dry food, wet food or a mixture of...
  • Most kitties go crazy for catnip. And who can blame them? Its stimulating qualities can make your feline feel like they're on top of the world! The leafy green member of the mint family — also known as Nepeta cataria — carries an essential oil called Nepetalactone, which has the power to turn the most passive pets into fired-up little fur balls. The ritual normally opens with the inhalation of the perennial herb before our four-legged friends begin to rub their heads and faces on it....
  • Spring cleaning with pets

    Fighting the fur As dog and cat lovers, we know we couldn’t live without them. The fun, the friendship, the loyalty. But there is one aspect of owning a pet we could do without. The ongoing battle to keep our houses beautiful whilst our friends flagrantly shed their fur like it’s going out of fashion. And. It. Gets. Everywhere. Sofas, curtains, kitchen floors, you name it, if you’re not on your game, they’ll soon be swamped. So, how do you stay on top in the fight against fur this...
  • Pet Heroes “Toby Knows”

    It’s pretty incredible that pets can be specially trained to recognise the signs of specific medical conditions in people. What’s more amazing still, is when a pet takes on the mantel themselves. It shows they not only have the ability to “sniff out” health problems, but the emotional intelligence to want to protect their human family members. Toby the cat is one such gifted and compassionate pet. The two-year-old lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire with his owner Annette and...
  • Cats are pretty independent as pets go, they tend to spend a lot of their time doing their own thing. But as cat-lovers know, they’re around when you need them most. To play around, have a cuddle, or in some cases do something truly remarkable – like save your life. In the early hours of the 5th of January, Sharon Kane, a nursing support worker from Belfast was tucked up in bed in her flat. And, having taken some strong medication for a chest infection she was in a particularly deep...

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