PET CARE TIPS & ADVICE

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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

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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!

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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.

Reccommendations

  • 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

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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PET CARE, NUTRITION & TREATS

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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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LITTER TIPS & TRICKS

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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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