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‘Our’ Pets Around The UK

We had the pleasure to travel the UK for half a year and made friends with a lot of dogs, a few cats, a rabbit and chickens during our house sits. We give all of them space on our pet sitting gallery of the UK. A colourful bouquet of characterful animals.  Continue reading ‘Our’ Pets Around The UK

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5 Ways to Keep Your Cat’s Teeth Clean

Your cat is great a keeping itself clean. It seems like it spends half of its waking hours licking each and every inch of its furry little body. Unfortunately, there is one place that it can’t clean: its teeth. Here are 10 tips you can follow to keep your cat’s teeth clean and healthy. Continue reading 5 Ways to Keep Your Cat’s Teeth Clean

Can It Be Too Hot For My Cat?

Your cat enjoys being able to spend time outside, and you want to make sure she gets the opportunity to do this. However, it can be difficult for her to understand what to do when extreme temperatures hit. This is where you come in to make sure she is well cared for and able to stay cool. Continue reading Can It Be Too Hot For My Cat?

Does your Cat drink enough water?

Cats in the wild obtain most of the water they need from the animals they hunt and therefore cats have very little inherent motivation to drink as a separate behaviour.

They also naturally tend to avoid water sources that may have a certain smell or that are not clearly visible.

In our homes cats often eat food low in moisture content and even though owners provide them with water bowls, it is not uncommon for a cat to be in a constant state of mild dehydration. Due to their nature, they sometimes just don’t drink enough and this can be a serious risk factor to develop conditions such as feline cystitis. This is why it’s a good idea to encourage your cat to drink more!

Here are a few tips that might help:

  • Make sure there is fresh water available every day;
  • If possible feed them wet food;
  • Offer multiple drinking stations with different options and see which ones are preferred: some cats prefer to drink tap water while others prefer bottled water; some cats enjoy drinking from puddles or from bowls while others may prefer flowing water;
  • Location might also be a factor so it’s a good idea to provide water in different spots to find the cat’s preference;
  • Many cats prefer ceramic and metal bowls because these do not retain odors (unlike plastic) and the shape of the water bowl may also important. Usually cats prefer wide, shallow containers because they don’t like to get their whiskers wet when they drink.

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Learning How To Get Your Pet’s Vital Signs


Knowing how to get your pet’s vital signs is very important. It will come in handy during emergency situations that may involve your pet; oftentimes, it can spell the difference between the life and death of a pet.

The vital signs of an animal include its temperature, pulse or heart rate, and respiratory rate. To get the heartbeat, lay your dog or cat down on his right side and place your finger at the point where your pet’s elbow touches his chest. Gently lift your pet’s upper hind leg away from his lower leg so you can feel his pulse on his inner thigh.

The normal temperature of cats is between 37.7 and 39.1ºC (100 – 102.5ºF); normal heart rate is 160-220 beats per minute; and the normal respiratory rate is 20-30 breaths per minute. Dogs have a normal temperature of 38.3 – 39.2ºC (101 – 102.5ºF), a normal respiratory rate at rest of 10 – 35 breaths per minute and 60 – 130 heart beats.

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Common misconception: giving milk to a cat or hedgehog

Maybe you’re lucky to live in an area where there are hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are lovely and it is only natural if you want to help them a little. Their life is hard enough because of humans, such as cars and building roads everywhere, which can shred their area. And of course they also have a lot of trouble with all the poison we throw in our gardens. But I would like to write a different blogpost about making your garden (if you have one) hedgehog friendly.
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A lot of people give a hedgehog a platter with milk, when they see one. This is very saddening, because you try to help the hedgehog, which is a good thing. But by doing this, you’re making it worse. You should never give a hedgehog milk. They aren’t tolerant for the lactose in it and it will give them diarrhea and other indigestion problems. This is very dangerous and could lead to their death, for example due to dehydration.

If you see a hedgehog, you can give him some water, this can really help them with their journey and life. If you want to give him some food, you could give some cat or dog food or some cooked eggs or scrambled eggs without milk. Neder give pieces of bread (again lactose) or herbs.
Hedgehogs like humid foods. Hedgehogs are omnivores and a big percentage of their diet exists of worms, snails, wood louses etc. This is one of the reasons why  having hedgehogs in your garden can be great. Giving them water regularly, can make them come back to your place.

Since we’re talking about milk being bad for a hedgehog, even though a lot of people don’t know this, I also want to connect this to a similar case: cats. You shouldn’t give cats milk either, again because of the lactose. Adult cats can’t digest it, so you shouldn’t give it to them, even though they often do like milk.
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You shouldn’t give kittens cowmilk either. They don’t contain the necessary nutrients. There is special catmilk, in case you have a kitten who can’t get milk from it’s mother. You can also find special powder to make it yourself at the vet.

In a lot of pet stores, you can find catmilk. This is a treat for your cat and you shouldn’t give it to them regularly, even though it’s specifically for cats. Catmilk contains a lot of calories and doesn’t contain necessary nutrients. It’s best to always give water.

Please remember that it’s best to give water. Water is necessary for them and it’s very helpful if you give it to them. It’s not ‘boring’ for them or ‘sad’ that they always drink water. Also keep in mind that these animals often do like milk, so they will still drink it, even though it’s bad for them. So that’s not a good indicator of whether it’s bad for them or not.

If you encounter a situation in which someone wants to give milk, please tell them they (the animals) can’t have it. There’s nothing wrong with not knowing it or being wrong, but it’s so much better for the animals if we inform each other.

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House Sit in Thun – Switzerland

On the way from Switzerland to France we made a little detour to be able to house sit for a weekend in Thun. The family – father a Swiss, mother Scottish and two kids – went off skiing with friends to Leukerbad in the Swiss Alps. We, meanwhile, cared for the dogs, Diléas and Tequila, and the cat, Specky. Continue reading House Sit in Thun – Switzerland

Important Signs Your Cat May Be Suffering From A Urinary Tract Infection

Cats are known for being able to hide signs of pain as a result of illness or injury. But when pet owners spend regular time interacting and bonding with their furballs, they will be quick to spot signs when there is something wrong with their pet. A cat that is feeling under the weather may prefer to hide away in a place where it’s comfortable, warm, and quiet. In the wild, hiding when they are in pain protects them from any predators; this instinct is still very much strong in pet cats when they are sick.

One of the common problems that cats can suffer from is a urinary tract infection. The problem can become serious in cats and should be brought to your veterinarian’s attention as soon as possible. Some important signs to watch out for include straining when they urinate, unsuccessful attempts to urinate, and painful urination. The cat may also become noticeably irritable and often avoid using the litter box, preferring to do their business somewhere else.

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Pimples and Acne In Cats

Cats can have pimples and acne, too. Many cat parents don’t realize that the small growths and bumps they find around their furball’s face and chin are actually skin breakouts that can persist and worsen over time. Pimples and acne can get infected without proper veterinary attention and treatment.

One of the most common causes of acne and pimples in cats is poor hygiene and sanitation. Pores of the skin can get clogged with dirt and dust, eventually paving the way for skin breakouts. Sometimes, they can get itchy and the cat may scratch them, making the situation worse. It can irritate and introduce pathogenic bacteria which can lead to infection. When pimples and acne are infected, there is usually redness, swelling, and pus may also be present. Bring your pet to your veterinary clinic for proper attention and treatment.

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Little Known Facts About Cats

Cats have been domesticated for a very long time but there are still interesting facts about them that many people are unaware of.

  • At night, cats see about 6 times better than humans do.
  • Tiny barbs on the surface of a cat’s tongue scoops the liquid up backwards
  • The domestication of cats go back to 3000 BC were ancient Egyptians used them to control pests and vermin
  • Healthy adult cats spend about 65% of their day sleeping; they are in light sleep at least half of the time
  • Six-toed kittens are considered an established mutation by experts. They occur in large numbers in Boston and surrounding areas.
  • Being meat-eaters, a cat’s jaw is only able to move back to front, and not side to side.
  • Early spaying and neutering is important if you don’t want your female kitten to become pregnant. They can go into heat and become pregnant as young as 4 months old (…)

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