With our neutering offer on at the easipetcare main centres during Christmas Eve and New Year Eve, you might also want to know what the benefits are to neutering your cat:
Control of nuisance: Un-neutered male cats are likely to stray over a large area, will mark their territory with a very pungent spray and are much more likely to fight – with attendant noise nuisance.
Health issues: Fighting males are much more likely to spread diseases such as FIV and FeLV to other cats. They are also likely to suffer from fight injuries such as abscesses. Because they wander over a large area they are also at greater risk of suffering road traffic accidents.
Pet issues: Un-neutered male cats will wander from home and may not return. They may also spray inside the home and may be aggressive to their owners. Therefore it is desirable to neuter kittens early enough to ensure that the above problems are prevented. Most people do not want to live with an unneutered male cat.
Population control: Obviously male cats do not have kittens themselves and it only takes one male in an area to make lots of female cats pregnant, so neutering a female cat makes a great deal more difference to limiting numbers, but it all helps!
At easipetcare we love Christmas; decorating the tree, buying presents, planning our festive menus and travelling to see friends and family.
We’re here to help you look after your pet all year, but at Christmas time it’s important that your precious pet is included in your festive planning so here’s some tips to ensure that Fido and Fluffy will have a very merry time too.
Tree’s are a dogs best friend!
While our doggies love nothing better than a tree when out on their walk, a decorated Christmas Tree can be dangerous for pets. The decorations may look like a toy to your pet but if they break or are swallowed, it won’t be a very happy Christmas
• Choose decorations that aren’t made of glass and don’t hang them on the lower branches where your pets could reach them
• Some real trees carry moulds that can cause allergic reactions in dogs, so keep an eye out for any respiratory problems as this could be the cause
• Some dogs will try and drink the water in the base of a real tree which could make them ill so best to keep it covered up
• The same applies to tinsel, garlands and lights which are attractive to dogs so please keep them out of reach. The extra wires you’ll have for the Christmas lights need to be safely covered too as an inquisitive dog could give them a nibble
• Festive plants such as holly, poinsettias and mistletoe are toxic to pets too
Should you find your pet has any unexplained symptoms then please do call a vet for advice.
Celebrate with a cuddle..and present!
Having lots of family and friends means your pets will be getting extra cuddles but to make them feel really special buying them a gift will ensure they can join in the excitement on Christmas morning.
There are so many presents to choose from and our friends at The Pet Hut have some fabulous festive gifts at affordable prices. You’ll find The Pet Hut stores throughout the UK and you canclick here to find your nearest one.
Look out for Part 2 of our Christmas Tips for your pets.
Dog lover, German photographer Julia Christie, has put together a collection of her favourite canine furry friends captured mid-air for project called Freestyle. After being asked to shoot for an animal pharmaceutical product the images feature more than 100 dogs posing mid -air for the camera before landing safely on a mattress. See some of their best ‘vogue’ mid-air poses here.
A recent study by Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) suggests a substantial increase in number of overweight animals in the last five years.
Although pet owners’ awareness of pet obesity has increased by 30% since 2009, this is not leading to actions to prevent prevent pet obesity. Most vets believe that pet obesity is still on the rise and they estimate that up to 45% of all pets they treat are overweight or obese*
Obese or over-weight pets can suffer from numerous related health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and respiratory diseases.
Fireworks season is under way with Bonfire Night round the corner, and as a responsible pet owner it is important to make sure that your pet doesn’t get unsettled by the loud bangs and whistles associated with fireworks.
There are positive ways to help limit the distress to your pets and to protect and reassure them.
What can you do?
• Create a safe, comfortable and quiet den/indoor retreat and move hutches inside. Also leave food, water and a litter tray nearby.
• Close curtains, shut doors and windows and put on the TV or radio (not too loud) to mask the noise of the fireworks.
• Leave your pet to settle and don’t fuss over them. Holding or stroking them when they are anxious may cause them to make sudden movements.
• Be vigilant of closing front and back doors. Some pets might run away to escape the noise so please ensure they are wearing an ID collar and microchipped in case this happens. Remember at easipetcare microchipping costs are from £10.
You can also buy calming plug-in diffusers like Adaptil for dogs or Feliway for cats which release natural scents to relax and calm your pet - just give your nearest easipetcare Main Centre call and one of our friendly staff will be able to help.
Keep your pet safe and sound this firework season!
Halloween can be a fun, festive time for families and their pets. However it is important to remember to keep your pet safe during this time of the year. Here are some tips to get your cuddly four legged friend out of harm’s way:
• Keep treats off the floor and out of reach of your pet. At this time of the year chocolate is a popular treat and you must ensure your pet isn’t eating any as it can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid breathing and seizures. If you notice any of these symptoms please take them to your local vets immediately.
• Pumpkins add to the spirit of Halloween but please ensure your pet, particularly if you have a cat, isn’t close to any candles to swipe them off or knock over any lanterns.
• Even the friendliest dogs can become distresses from the constant knocking at the door at trick or treat peak hours. Provide a safe, quiet place to avoid them getting stressed by the constant noise.
• Halloween isn’t the ideal time for your pet to wander unattended. Make sure your pet is microchipped – should they escape or not return for any reason. Easipetcare offer great prices on their microchipping so please visit the website.
Now that you and your pet are safely prepared for Halloween, here are some costume ideas should you decide to dress up your pet this year.
The biggest cat show, was this weekend and played host to around 1,600 various species of cats from all over the world. The World Cat Show took place in Prague and here are some amazing pictures of some of the feline visitors.