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When is my cat ‘old’? – Middle age for cats starts at around 7 years of age. Cats are considered to be ‘senior’ between the ages of 11-14, and once they reach 15 they are ‘geriatric’. Take a look at the International cat care’s advice on how to work out your pet’s age in ‘human years’! Age is just a number, right? Cats rarely go grey in old age, so it can be hard to appreci ...

If you have read our articles on ageing in cats you’ll remember that we mentioned that there are simple things that you can do around the home to make it easier for your elderly cat to enjoy life. 1. Floor surfaces – Older cats may find it harder to keep their balance on shiny or smooth surfaces e.g laminate, wood or tile surfaces. They may also struggle on loop pile carpets ...

The vet says my dog is Atopic….what does this mean?   Atopy (or Atopic dermatitis) is the second most common skin problem in dogs. It is a type of allergic skin disease, which is triggered by one or more substances found in your pets environment. These substances, or allergens, cause the dog’s immune system to react against them. This leads to your pet showing signs of itchy ...

As well as people did you know that dogs and more rarely cats can get epilepsy too?    Epilepsy is a chronic condition whereby the patient suffers from seizures (or fits) that are recurrent. A seizure occurs due to a functional abnormality within the brain. Often there is a chemical imbalance which means that the normal pathways which would stop a seizure happening are overr ...

  Did you ever wonder what you cat would say about getting old?  Would they tell you that their joints ache, or that they are feeling a bit more sleepy or just that they want to spend less time outside? The good news is that we don't know either - but we do know that as cats get older, their habits change and their humans will worry about them.  So to help you, here are our t ...

As the festive season approaches like a steam train going down a steep hill, it is worth considering how our food can affect our pets.  So here are ten foods your pets should avoid this Christmas. 1. Chocolate-contains a chemical called Theobromine, which makes it toxic to dogs. The amount of this substance varies depending on the type of chocolate, with dark chocolate being t ...

Food glorious food! Christmas is a time for feasting , and with all the lovely treats and nibbles on tap it’s really hard not to let our pets indulge too. However, there are lots of foods that can be very harmful to your pet, and some can even kill them. Things to avoid include; chocolate, onions, raisins, Christmas cake, mince pies, turkey bones and gravy. And of course a lot ...

This year, like every other year, a puppy, kitten or other cute and fluffy creature will be top of the Christmas list for lots of children. Getting a new pet is a big decision to make. Not only do you have to decide which species of animal you like, you have to take into account how they will fit into your family life and budget. As pet owners ourselves, we know how much of a ...

Indoor cats can spend a lot of time chilling out and snoozing, more so than cats that are able to go outside. If this is the case with your cat, you may need to encourage them to be a bit more active and get some exercise through playing. 1. Toys- Trying to chose a toy for your cat can be quite a daunting task. Pet stores are crammed full of all sorts, from the basic ball an ...

In older cats activity levels may decrease a lot. If they were outdoor cats with a territory they may spend less time patrolling it. If they used to hunt, they may not do so as much or even at all as they get older. They may no longer be able to climb, chase or jump as well as they used to. If left to their own devices, they may spend a lot of their time sleeping during the day ...