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  • Choose the right diet for your pet based on their size, age/lifestage as well as lifestyle.
  • To encourage a healthy bodyweight, measure out your pet’s dry food allocation at the start of the day and place in a jar.  Then use this food for any rewards you offer your pet throughout the day, as well as their main meals (this avoids over feeding).
  • Make any dietary changes gradual, ideally over a period of 7 days.  This helps the pet accept the new diet and reduces the change of digestive upset.


  • Mixed feeding (the feeding of both wet and dry food together) provides taste, aroma and texture variety to your pet’s meal.
  • To mix feed wet and dry food, simply halve the recommended quantities of each product and let your pet enjoy the benefits of both formats.
  • Adding wet food to your pet’s meal encourages a healthy body condition and supports lower urinary tract health.
  • It’s true!  Cats can become bored if fed the same meal every day – so add variety using wet food.


  • Treats are great as training rewards, but energy intake from treats should not exceed 10% of daily calories to avoid over-feeding.
  • When leaving your pet home alone, stuff a food puzzle toy with dry kibble or treats to keep them occupied.


  • Measure out your pet’s food rations – don’t just estimate them – to help ensure a healthy body condition.
  • Dogs and especially cats don’t like food served straight from the fridge – let food come to room temperature and then feed.
  • Did you know?  It’s normal for cats to eat some food and walk away – they prefer to graze and it doesn’t mean they don’t like their food.


Here’s a checklist of the essential items:

  • Name (choose before your puppy’s arrival and then start using as soon as you bring your puppy home!)
  • Food and water bowls
  • Puppy food (stick with what your puppy is used to being fed to help avoid digestive upset – you can always transition to a new diet later)
  • Bedding
  • Crate
  • Toys – for example, chew toys, balls and rope toys
  • Collar and leash
  • A brush suitable for your puppy’s coat (get them used to being groomed early on by pairing grooming with treats to make this a positive experience)


Here’s a checklist of the essential items:

  • Name (choose before your kitten’s arrival and then start using as soon as you bring your kitten home!)
  • Food and water bowls
  • Kitten food (stick with what your kitten is used to being fed to help avoid digestive upset – you can always transition to a new diet later)
  • Bedding
  • Litter box (the general rule is to have one more litter box than the number of cats in your home – this ensures adequate resources for all cats)
  • Toys
  • Collar
  • Scratching post
  • If your kitten has long hair – a brush suitable for your kitten’s coat (get them used to being groomed early on by pairing grooming with treats to make this a positive experience)


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The OPTIMUM range of products have been developed with nutritionists and vets from Waltham – a leading authority on pet care and nutrition – ensuring that dogs receive all the essential nutrition they need no matter what their stage or lifestyle.

Like us, dogs need a complete and balanced diet to stay in peak condition. The OPTIMUM range delivers balanced nutrition and taste variety that your dog will love with a selection of wet and dry products tailored to every life stage.

Cats go mad for the irresistible cat treats. Deliciously crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside; cats simply can’t resist the great taste of Temptations treats.

So go on, give the bag a shake and watch your cat come running.

The perfect for guilt free treating and cats who are watching their weight, each treat is less than 2 calories and is complete and balanced to ensure your cat is getting all the nutrition they need.


Dogs are their mouth for everything, so having healthy teeth and gums is absolutely essential for them to be the best version of themselves. Yet 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 3 suffer from gum disease, which can slow them down as well as lead to vet’s treatment.

Withe help of vets and nutritionists at Waltham Centre for pets nutrition, PEDIGREE has developed a range of tasty dog chews that reduce plaque and tartar build-up, helping to lower the risk of gum disease.

PEDIGREE DENTASTIX are uniquely X-shaped dental sticks that are scientifically proven to help reduce tartar build-up bu up to 80%, when fed daily. PEDIGREE DENTASTIX are designed to be chewed for long enough to be effective, with a gently abrasive texture and active ingredients that help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar.

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Switching cat litter brands can be hard — we get it, cats can be very picky! So when introducing a new litter, we recommend making the switch gradually to minimise your cat rejecting the change,

Here’s some helpful hints to get you started

  • START WITH A CLEAN OR NEW LITTER BOX,and mix one-third of your new litter, we recommend Breeders Choice Cat Litter and two-thirds your current litter.
  • WHEN YOUR CAT IS COMFORTABLE,change the proportion to two-thirds Breeders Choice and one third of your current litter
  • ONCE YOUR CAT IS FAMILIAR WITH THE NEW LITTER, make the full transition to your litter tray

Helpful hint!

When you switch litters, your cat may scratch or even taste the new litter. This is normal! Choosing a natural litter with no nasties, like Breeders Choice Cat Litter minimises the risk of eating something that isn’t ok for your cat.

You finally adopted that kitten or cat you’ve been dreaming about and given them their forever home. Now you find yourself in the litter aisle amidst a myriad of bags choose from.

So, how do you know which cat litter is the right one for you? How do you know which litter will give your cat the best possible litter tray experience?

Luckily for you and your cat, we’ve created the following breakdown highlighting the many different types of cat litter available:

Different types of Cat Litter

There are quite a few types of cat litter, some natural and some synthetic. Knowing the pros and cons of each type can help you narrow down your options.

  • Paper
    Paper litters are typically made with recycled newspaper formed into pellets, Paper litters are often recommended by veterinarians for cats to use after surgery, as it won’t contaminate the surgical site. Breeders Choice Cat Litter is the leading brand in this space, using 99% recycled paper with no nasties like chemicals or additives. With natural odour control and highly absorbent pellets, it’s the preferred choice of many catteries and shelters and loved by cats and their owners alike. Breeders Choice is also proudly made in Australia unlike other brands in the category.
  • Walnut
    A finer textured litter, walnut litter is made from ground shells that would otherwise be discarded by the food industry. Due to the finer texture, consumers leave mixed reviews on dust and tracking, however, some formulas are available in coarser textures that tend to receive better reviews.
  • Corn
    The first commercially successful alternative to clay cat litter was litter made from whole-kernel corn. Back in the 1990s a team of scientists from World’s Best Cat Litter™ created compact granules of corn that were naturally highly absorbent, quick clumping and great at trapping in odour.
  • Clay
    Most traditional cat litters are made from clay and have been ever since cat owners switched from using sand and sawdust. Clay litter is created by strip mining for the mineral seam underneath soil that contains clay. Bentonite is also mined, as it is used in clay litters to make them clump. Clay can be harmful if ingested by either cats or humans and can aggravate allergies. Clay must be returned as landfill after animal use.
  • Crystal
    Crystal litter, made from Silica is highly absorbent and low on dust, but still tracks like most other litters and can be toxic if ingested in high enough amounts – as can happen when cats repeatedly clean their feet after using the litter tray. Silica litter does not clump and should be stirred twice daily to encourage absorption and then scooped for solids.
Believe it or not, deciding where to place your litter tray is one of the most important aspects of owning a cat. The wrong location can cause your cat to develop an aversion to your litter tray – and no one wants that!

Cats are extremely picky. This means that something as insignificant as a draft or an unpleasant scent could cause them not to use their litter tray. The following are all factors to take into consideration when choosing the location of your litter box:

  • Temperature: Choose an area that’s not subject to fluctuations in temperature.
  • Noise: The best place is a quiet place. Sounds can trigger fearful responses in cats, and you don’t want them associating fear with their litter box.
  • Traffic: Cats like to do their business in quiet and secluded areas, so you should place your cat’s litter box away from any areas with high foot traffic.
  • Smell: You’re not the only one who cares whether the litter tray starts to smell. Your cat will notice too and get turned off if the scent is too unappealing. This can become an issue in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas, so try placing your litter tray in an area with access to open air.


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The pets who travel best are those who have been trained to ride in a car. If you would like to include your cat in your travel plans, accustom it to riding in the car. Ideally this training begins in kittenhood and it should be a happy experience for the kitten. Don’t make the kitten’s first trip to the veterinarian. Begin by allowing the kitten to sit in the car to become familiar with the surroundings. Then take it for a short drive each day, even if it is only around the block.

If your cat seems unable to adjust to travel, you may decide that you and your cat will be happier if it stays home. Search out a responsible sitter or a boarding facility. If you choose to board your cat, make reservations well in advance of the trip, particularly during summer months and around major holidays.

Do not feed your cat for at least three hours before leaving on a trip. Feed it shortly after arriving at your destination unless the trip is a long one. In that case, provide a snack and water during the trip. If the cat’s usual diet is not available at your destination, take a supply with you so no digestive upsets will be caused by a sudden diet change.

If you are traveling by car, a carrier is a must. It should be strong, well-ventilated and one the cat cannot escape from. Before traveling, place the carrier where the cat can become acquainted with it. Placing a favorite toy or blanket in the carrier may help accustom the cat to the carrier. Take the cat for several rides around town in the carrier before attempting a longer trip.


Be certain your dog’s vaccinations are up-to-date well in advance of the trip so your dog has time to develop his immunity levels. Carry the dog’s health and vaccination certificates with you. They may be needed if you fly; and may be required by a kennel if you should have to board your dog during the trip. To ensure protection for your dog, ask your veterinarian if there are any watch outs for the area you will be visiting (high tick area). Take heartworm and/or other necessary medicine your dog may require on the trip.

Always be certain your dog is wearing an identification tag giving his name, your name, your home address and telephone number including the area code; and, if possible, your vacation address and telephone number. Take colour pictures of your dog and write a description of his height, weight, colour and distinguishing marks to carry with you. If your dog should become lost, these identification aids could make the difference in locating him.

Before leaving, take your dog for a walk. You will still have to stop along the way, but he will be more comfortable as the trip gets underway. During your stops, provide water for your dog to drink. You may also reward him for being a good traveler by offering a dog snack. Do not feed your dog for at least three hours before leaving on a trip. Feed him shortly after arriving at your destination or when you have stopped for the day.

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Hairballs in cats occurs when hair gathers in their stomach or small intestine and forms a dense ball which is likely to be vomited up by cats

Hairballs are the most common reason that cat’s vomit, due to hairballs which often occurs after lengthy time spent by cats grooming themselves each day

While hairballs are common in cats, a big build up can cause major health problems

Purina ONE Hairball Cat formula with Chicken helps with hairball reduction with its natural fibre blend and promotes healthy skin and coat with Omega 3 & 6.

Try Purina ONE Wet & Dry Hair Ball Range Today and notice a visible difference to your cat’s health in 3 weeks

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When the weather warms up – so do fleas!

It’s important however to treat your pet for fleas all year round to prevent fleas.

Your pet may have fleas even though you can’t see them!

A heavy flea burden in puppies and kittens can cause heavy blood loss and anemia. More commonly flea bites are uncomfortable and can result in hair loss and inflammation on the lower back line and base of the tail where fleas love to congregate!

Total Care Flea and Tick Control is to be used for the treatment and prevention of flea and ticks and come in small, medium and large variations to treat your furry friend.

Flea Control for cats and kittens also treats and prevents fleas on your feline friend.

These medications should be treated monthly to keep your pet happy and healthy all year long.

Dr Harry explains why pets get worms.

I often have people ask, ‘I have an inside only pet. Do I still need to give them worming treatments? Aren’t they only for outside pets?’

Unfortunately, even if your pet never goes outside, they can still suffer from worms.

Top tips for protecting your pet from worms:

  • Commit to a regular worming schedule. Purina has a great range of TOTALCARE products for you to choose from.
  • Remember to clean up after your pet. This includes walks and trips to the park. Other pet owners will thank you!
  • Always wash your hands after touching your pet and before eating to reduce the risk of contamination.

– Dr Harry

Flea & Worming

Looking for an all-in-one treatment that will protect your pet against worms and fleas?

Why not try the TOTAL CARE Heartwormer, Allwormer and Flea Control Chew.

One easy application, protects your pet for a month.

Product is proudly endorsed by veterinarian Dr Harry Cooper



Caring for your pet’s teeth will not only prevent bad breath but it can also help to reduce the risk of dental disease which can lead to other problems

Purina® DentaLife® is designed to clean your dog’s teeth whilst they chew on it with no extra effort! It’s unique shape with 8 distinct ridges help to clean right down to the gum line!

Don’t forget – your pet needs to brush their teeth every day too so feeding one Dentalife stick a day is a great way to ensure their teeth are healthy.

Purina® DentaLife® also includes no artificial flavourings or colorants

Purina® DentaLife®is now also available for cats – the only Dental health product available for cats in Australia!

Total Care & Disney Toys

Play is vital to the well-being of your dog. Toys provide exercise and stimulation to help keep your dog’s body and mind active, and give you pet an outlet for natural instincts such as chewing and digging, without damaging your home or the local fauna. It is also a great opportunity to bond with your beloved pet.

To maintain interest, it is important that your pet has a variety of toys for you to alternate for them. It is important when selecting a toy that you understand how your dog plays and select according to their need to be occupied, entertained or require comfort.


  • Consider the size of your dog and it’s breed when choosing a toy
  • Although tough, toys are not indestructible. Regularly check your dog’s toys for wear and tear and if damaged, please disregard and repair.
  • Pets should be supervised with toys and are not suitable for children under the age of 3

Try the TOTAL CARE Oinker (which grunts like a pig) for hours of fun!       ———>

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Did you know you should never use a human shampoo on a pet? Their skin is thinner and has a different pH balance.

If you dog suffers from flea and dry irritated skin, why not try TOTAL CARE Flea Control Shampoo. Not only will it kill fleas and control paralysis ticks, but controls Eczema whilst cleaning and conditioning your dog’s coat.

Essential Fatty Acids in Pet Food

  • Essential Fatty acids include both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • They must be provided in the pet’s diet as they cannot be produced in the body
  • You can find these across our wet and dry cat and dry dog pet food range at Purina

Fats in Pet Food

  • Fats are an important nutrient for pets!
  • Dietary fats can come from animal or vegetable sources and are effective in solid or liquid form

Gluten in Pet Food

  • Gluten-free diets are increasingly popular in human nutrition and can therefore influence pet food decisions/.
  • Gluten is a great protein source for pets and this protein is slightly different to that in human diet and does not cause the same allergic reaction some humans are faced with.
  • Whether or not pets belong on a gluten-free diet is still under debate as it provides great protein to animals.

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  • There are many different types of bird feeders available. They can be as simple as a tray, a raised bird table or more elaborate terracotta or metal feeders on a stand. Whatever type you choose, make sure it can be easily cleaned and placed where different groups of birds frequent.
  • Some birds are quite shy so be patient – they will eventually come down to feed!
  • The more “natural” the environment feels, the more comfortable birds will be in your backyard. Leaf litter can provide a good food source and big old trees provide great natural nesting sites.
  • While most birds enjoy a range of fresh foods, there are some that are toxic to them and should not be offered. These include avocado, rhubarb leaves, raw fish and raw meat.


  • Choose your bird seed based on the species of bird that you have, to ensure their nutritional needs are met.
  • Shell grit is a valuable source of calcium, essential for the development of strong bones and healthy muscles.
  • Ideally pet parents should buy the biggest cage available to them – they should also remember that two birds will need more space than just one.
  • Cages should be kept in a cool, well-ventilated environment away from draughts, direct sunlight and ideally, on a stand about four feet above the floor.
  • Ideally, cages should be kept in the corner of the room, so the bird feels more secure with only two sides to watch.
  • Once the cage has been positioned, birds will be happier if it’s kept in the same place.
  • Birds are happiest in a consistent and familiar environment.
  • Different birds take different lengths of time to settle into an unfamiliar environment.

In the wild, birds spend approximately 80% of their day searching for and consuming food.  The rest of the day is spent socialising, grooming and sleeping. In captivity, this is the opposite so create an enrichment plan for your bird:

  • Foraging enrichment – to encourage searching for and finding food.  This can be done by scattering food over the floor of the cage or aviary, placing food in small cardboard boxes or paper parcels that have to be chewed through to access, multiple food dishes around the cage some with and without food.
  • Physical enrichment – including objects placed in the environment and the environment as a whole to engage in flying, running etc.  Adding toys including swings, ladders, mirrors etc are important, there should be multiple items especially for multiple birds in a cage.
  • Sensory enrichment – Utilising the bird’s senses such as sight, hearing, smell and touch by providing a room with videos, toys and background noise.  This should be done with caution and dependent on the breed as they may become stressed.  They must also be able to get away from it all.
  • Social enrichment – This is for social interactions between birds, and birds and people that can be direct through cage mate pairing or social rooms with multiple birds interacting. This needs to be carefully chaperoned until they can safely intermingle.
  • Occupational enrichment – this can include problem solving, learning and choosing and controlling a feature in the environment including use of puzzle foraging toys that require problem solving.
    Safe free flight in the outside is another recommendation.