Halloween: The Scary Reality For Dogs October 27 2016
Halloween could be more scary than fun this year if your pet gets their paws on the your hard earned treats. Other than Easter, Halloween is another month there is a spike in vet visits due to toxicity from lollies and chocolate.
As most of us know, chocolate can be deadly for dogs depending on the portion and type of chocolate ingested. The ingredient in chocolate that is toxic to dogs is ‘theobromine’. Humans easily metabolise theobromine, but dogs process it much slower, allowing it to build up to toxic levels in their system.
Chocolate toxicity can result in vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid breathing and increased heart rate which can lead to weakness, coma and cardiac failure. Call your vet straight away if you have noticed your dog has eaten any amount of chocolate.
Lollies are another hidden Halloween danger for dogs. Large amounts of sugar can cause diarrhoea and vomiting and not to mention a very hyperactive dog. Don’t forget about the packaging, let’s face it, eating plastic isn’t good for anyone.
We suggest you keep your pets away from your Halloween spoils, however if you don’t want them to miss out on all the fun, come into Kellyville Pets to get them a dog-friendly, Halloween themed Puppy Cake to enjoy!
National Bird Week October 17-23 October 04 2016
Get Involved In The Aussie Backyard Bird Count
To get involved all you need is 20 minutes, your favourite outdoor space, and some keen eyesight.
Simply record the birds you see on the Aussie Bird Count app or Submit a Count through the Aussie Bird Count website. You'll instantly see live statistics counted in your neighbourhood and the whole of Australia.
Not only will you get to know your feathered neighbours, you'll also be contributing to a vital pool of information from across the nation that will help us see how Australian birds are faring.
For more information have a chat with our passionate Birdroom staff or visit www.aussiebirdcount.org.au
Dog treats: Decorate a pupcake for the dog in your life August 19 2016
The team at Kellyville Pets are hard at work baking pupcakes. The doggy cupcakes are made from all natural ingredients that are safe (and very tasty) for dogs. Members of the public are invited to bring their families to decorate the pupcakes with the Kellyville Pets selection of dog-friendly icing and decorations on Saturday 27 August from 10am to 4pm.
A $5 donation buys you a ready-to-decorate pupcake and access to the Kellyville Pets icing and decorative items. All proceeds will go to the Animal Welfare League of New South Wales. Why not come by and spoil your best friend.
How to choose a Japanese Ranchu Goldfish August 17 2016
Japanese Ranchu goldfish are growing in popularity. As a result they are increasingly being offered for sale online. Here are a few tips to help you select a good specimen.
A good Ranchu will have a rounded back with no dorsal fin or even remnants of a dorsal fin. The tail should be at a 45 degree downward angle. The head should be round and broad. Bubbling on the head should be heavy but not cover the eye. The body must be round or egg-shaped. A good Ranchu goldfish will have a short stumpy tail. The tail should splay out to the sides and become almost horizontal.
The Ranchu’s colour, whether orange, red, white, red-and-white, blue, black, black-and-white, black-and-red, natural, and chocolate colouration should be clean.
Make sure your Ranchu are active and look healthy with no obvious signs of disease or injury.
Ranchu goldfish can live up to 15 years but will need a moderately experienced aquarium keeper. They do not swim very fast and can struggle in the race for food against faster swimming species. Ranchu are also less tolerant of toxins in their water than other goldfish.
Price will be determined by the size and grade of the fish. Small fish can start from as little as $29 while a good 15 cm Japanese Ranchu goldfish can cost as much as $200. Show grade fish can easily reach in excess of $1000.
How to Find a Luxurious Bed for Your Pet August 09 2016
Your cat deserves a warm, sheltered place to sleep this winter. With the amount of different types of pet beds available it can seem a little confusing when you are looking to buy one. Especially when the stakes are high. Cats are well known for their particular and peculiar ways, and there’s a chance that if you get the wrong pet bed you could find your fur baby snuggled into their favourite cardboard box or sleeping with you on the bed. To make life easier, Bupa Pet Insurance recently called upon some of Australia’s leading pet suppliers to bring you advice on picking a pet bed as well as suggestions for some of the premier pods, beds, mats and blankets out there.
Read the full article, 'Spoil Your Dog or Cat with a Luxury Pet Bed', to get some great recommendations or read on for some extra advice about the types of cats beds available to choose from!
Different Types of Beds for Cats
Nice and simple, a round or circular cup cat bed enables your pet to curl up and retain their body heat. These beds are usually made from fabric. Some are more plush than others (cats do like their little luxuries) and they come in all different sizes. Pads are like flat cushions and can be placed on a chair or sofa to provide a soft, warm surface and protect your furniture from your cat’s hair.
Pod beds and cat caves are more enclosed and ball-like; they can be off the ground on a stand to keep them off the cold winter floor. Anything that’s closed in can help cats feel more secure and protected in their sleep. Following a similar philosophy, cat cribs hang between the legs of a chair like a hammock and are fantastic space-savers if you have more than one cat.
Also available are heated beds, igloos, window perches that attach to the windowsill, beds that mimic human chaise lounges, sofas and armchairs for a novelty effect, and multi-level cat trees for cats to sleep and scratch their claws. In short, the world’s your oyster when it comes to options. Which bed you choose really depends on your cat’s age, how warm they like to be, their size and preference.
When it comes to choosing a bed for your cat or kitten, consider the Cat Cubby Cave and Cat Igloo. These beds are pyramid shaped to help your cat feel safe and cosy. The 100% sheep wool Cat Pod Bed, which is handmade in Nepal, is another great option if your feline friend loves to feel snuggled and warm in a safe enclosure. When you are looking around, take into consideration whether you will want to wash it in the machine or whether you will simply replace it when the time comes.
Kellyville Pets in Beaumont Hills, NSW, has a fantastic range of beds for both dogs and cats. As the article by Bupa says about us, ‘You’re spoilt for choice at Kellyville Pets. Ask one of the friendly staff to help you choose the best sleeping pad for the back of the car, kennel for outdoor dogs or mattress for those furry friends who love to sprawl. No matter what kind of pet you have or what size, you’re bound to find a bed they will adore.’
To see our massive range of cat beds click here
5 Things You Did Not Know About Parrots August 03 2016
Parrots can outlive humans
Ok, so maybe you know this fact about large hand raised parrots like African greys and macaws. What you probably did not know is that some of the smaller species like cockatiels and lorikeets regularly get past their 20 year birthdays. Cute and adorable caiques often reach 30 years old. Even the humble budgie is likely to make it past its 10th birthday.
Rhubarb and avocado can be fatal to parrots
Other foods that are not recommended are lettuce, garlic and onions. None of these are toxic to birds but these vegetables do cause gastric discomfort and diarrhoea. Watch our dangerous food video here.
Parrots are Zygodactyl
That is a fancy way of saying that all parrots have four toes. Two that point forward and two that point backwards. These four-toed feet are part of the secret to the parrot’s agility and occasional ability to escape the cage.
Parrots will sometimes eat meat
In New Zealand the native kea parrots were persecuted for killing sheep. On other occasions parrots have been observed eating insects and sometimes meat left off feeding trays.
Parrots don’t taste with their tongues
Parrots use the inside top of their beak to taste. Compared to humans parrots do not have very many taste buds. This probably explains the insect eating.
Meet Mango, a very special Senegal Parrot
How to introduce a new cat. July 21 2016
CAT VS CAT: INTRODUCING A NEWCOMER
Cats are solitary animals. They don’t always like new additions to the family, as many of you might have already experienced. Introductions need to be made very carefully and gently.
In many ways, cats are just like people. They like routine and they need to have a safe space. Imagine how bewildering a new environment can be for humans: even more so for a cat.
Before any introductions take place, you have to make the new cat feel safe. The best way to do this is to place kitty number two in an escape-proof space, such as a spare room, with access to food, water and a cat litter station.
Minimise the number of strange noises and interactions, especially if the cat is very nervous. The cat is likely to spend the majority of its time hiding under the bed or in the cupboard during the first few days. This is normal. Don’t try to force it out of its hiding space. Rather use your own judgement and watch the cat’s body language to determine how distressed or comfortable it is. Gradually increase the number of visits from you or your children.
Once the new cat feels safe you can slowly start to introduce it to your resident cat. By now the resident cat will have smelled the new cat and will definitely know that something is up! Let them meet without giving them the opportunity to engage. For example, you can place some kind of transparent barrier in the open doorway of new kitty’s room to separate the two. Expect some hissing and growling, especially from your resident cat.
Over time the dominant cat will assert its authority. And it might be the newcomer who turns out to be the capo di tutti capi. Try not to interfere with the dominance-establishing process too much. If you succeed in not interfering, let us know how! Sooner or later your cats will establish a relationship. In some cases it may be a friendship and in other cases tolerance with an undertone of kitty envy and dislike.
The process can be easier if the cats are younger when introduced or grew up together. And even if your cat has shared its space with other cats before, it still doesn’t guarantee that it will enjoy a new cat’s company. That’s something else cats have in common with humans: sometimes you just don’t like the other fellow.
The Right Pet at the Right Age July 13 2016
Choosing your child’s first pet can be a rewarding experience. It has been proven that children who own pets tend to be more caring and mindful, less anxious and on average, healthier. Owning a pet teaches responsibility, and can be great preparation for some of life’s inevitable lessons.
Pets however can be a lot of work, and when the child and pet are poorly matched, parents often become the primary carer, or are forced to re-home the animal. At Kellyville Pets, we are committed to making sure that pets and their new owners are matched correctly. The long term care of the animal is our primary focus, and if we do not believe that the animal is right for a particular home, we will endeavour to find a pet more suited.
As part of this commitment, we have prepared a chart that plots the complexity of care, to the appropriate age of ownership. This graph serves as a guide, but is not an absolute rule, as all children have varied levels of maturity, and a diverse range of interests. We advise you use your own judgement and knowledge of your child when helping them to select their first pet.
How many stick insects can you find? July 07 2016
Counting insects that don't loo like insects can be a challenge. Help us with stocktaking by seeing how many stick insects you can find in this image. If you get to the same number we did you can win a A$50 Kellyville Pets voucher. You must post your answer on our Facebook post. The competition ends on 8 July 2016. If we have more than one correct answer we will choose a winner by means of a lucky draw.
Why Dory is not a good pet. June 21 2016
With the release of Finding Dory there is a fear that the popularity of the movie will drive demand for blue tangs (Paracanthurus hepatus), the Dory fish, in the same way it did for clown fish when Finding Nemo was first released. At Kellyville Pets we DO NOT recommend that you buy a blue tang unless you are a very experienced marine aquarium enthusiast.
Blue tangs need a large aquarium, can be aggressive and cannot yet be bred commercially in captivity. If you or your child are excited about keeping fish after seeing Finding Dory we recommend you come to the store and speak with us about starting with a fresh water set up.
Be responsible; always ask your pet supplier how their animals, whether fish, bird or dog are sourced. Do not buy marine fish or coral unless you know it was lawfully and sustainable harvested or bred.
We are producing an information pamphlet on the challenges of keeping of blue tangs that will be available in store and on our website later this week.
Jellyfish: More than just water and collagen. June 03 2016
When we see a jellyfish washed up on the beach or pulsating along under a jetty, most of us don’t realise we are only witnessing a small part of the jelly’s story. These apparently simple creatures, which consist of 95% water, have a life cycle that is anything but simple.
The bell shaped, tentacle adorned animals we recognise as a jellyfish is in fact just the adult form of the animal, known in scientific circles as a Medusa. These adult jellies reproduce, much the same way as many other creatures. When a mummy and daddy jelly…………well you get the picture.
The resulting fertilised egg will then drift on ocean currents as a larvae until it finds a suitable site on the seafloor to settle and attach. On settling the larval jelly undergoes the first of many dramatic physiological changes or metamorphoses. It forms a polyp, a soft jelly like blob. The jelly polyp can remain at this stage, in a form of suspended animation, for many months and in some cases several years. The polyp remains in this state until conditions are conducive for the next phases in the jelly’s life.
When the conditions are just right; be it a seasonal change, changes in water chemistry or the presence of food, scientist still aren’t entirely sure; the polyp begins to drastically change its structure. Initially by producing a series of tentacle like structures to form a Scyphistoma, and later by forming itself into a structure known as a Strobila. This Strobila phase in the life cycle is rather unique in that the jellyfish undergoes a process in which it reproduces asexually, to put it simply it begins to clone itself a jelly army. The strobila structure consists of many disc like sections staked one on top of each other. As this structure matures, these discs begin separating one by one, begin pulsating and a baby jelly as we know it is formed.
These newly formed jellies or medusas will then drift the oceans currents, feeding almost continually on phytoplankton and zooplankton and eventually, if they can avoid being washed up or eaten by a sea turtle, mature into an adult medusa in as little as a few weeks or months depending on the species and environmental conditions.
These curious life cycle adaptions have allowed jellyfish to make the most of favourable conditions while having the ability to hit pause when times are tough. This is probably why jellyfish and their ancestors have populated the world’s oceans for over 500 million years. All this accomplished by a creature that is 95% water, has no brain, heart or other major internal organs. So next time you dismiss a jellyfish as just a clear blob of gloop. Just think of how complex that animal’s journey has been to get to that point.
If you want to keep your own jellyfish and enjoy this mesmerizing animal in your apartment or house then consider a Cubic Orbit 20 jellyfish aquarium from Kellyville Pets.
Written by Andy, Marine Aquarium Technician @ Kellyville Pets
Image by www.dojellyfish.info
Kellyville Pets rehomes 255 AWL cats May 23 2016
At Kellyville Pets, we've been working hard alongside Animal Welfare League (AWL) NSW to increase the number of rescue cats finding their new families.
We're proud to announce that we have rehomed 255 cats, 31 of those being from our last Adoption Day in-store! We'll be holding another Adoption Day in June where we hope to increase this number. Keep an eye out for that date, coming up soon!
Now is also a great time to stock up on your winter items to keep your furry feline nice and warm throughout the cooler months. At Kellyville Pets, we have a large range of cat beds available both in-store and online. Click here for the entire range.
While we've got you, check out this infographic below regarding rescue cats.
Ending Puppy Mills May 13 2016
This article was distributed in the Pet Industry News newsletter
Ending puppy mills in the correct manner
Edwin Sayres - President of the ASPCA from 2003 to 2013
Puppy mill. Two words that evoke images of horrible living conditions and provoke strong emotions.
Unfortunately, lawmakers have been misled to equate the term with licensed, inspected breeders -- rather than the illegal, substandard operations it rightly describes. They’ve been told a ban on pet store sales would eliminate these bad actors.
Despite these good intentions, these bans are not the solution. They are an emotional overreaction to a complex problem.
I have spent the past 41 years working for the welfare of animals. As the President of ASPCA, I pushed for retail pet sale bans, but ultimately found this approach had no measurable impact on the protection of puppies. Surprisingly, it shifted the sale of puppies from a regulated environment to the underground marketplace, like Craigslist and flea markets.
I authorized a dozen raids to rescue and rehabilitate over 2,500 puppies and dogs from substandard breeding operations. Not one of those facilities was a USDA licensed breeder, and none of those puppies were headed for a pet store.
In the past, I said a multitude of negative things about commercial breeders. Then someone asked me if I had ever visited a licensed one. The honest answer was I hadn’t.
After leaving the ASPCA, I visited USDA-licensed breeders. I found high-standard kennels and well-educated breeders. I met hardworking professionals who are dedicated caretakers for their animals.
The truth is most licensed USDA breeders meet or exceed humane standards of care with state-of-the-art facilities where dogs get the best veterinary care, a healthy diet, clean and spacious kennels, compassionate attention, and plenty of exercise.
These are the breeders selling to pet stores, who put animal well-being before profit. These individuals -- not puppy mills -- are hurt by these bans.
Instead of targeting small business owners who make up a significant portion of pet retailers, we should focus on breeders themselves to ensure all of them are adhering to high standards.
Rather than a ban, states and counties are increasingly adopting legislation requiring all pet store puppies originate from USDA-licensed breeders, who are regularly inspected and comply with appropriate care standards. Such legislation employs the same sensible framework already adopted by other states, including Virginia and Connecticut.
My message has not changed. Always make adoption your first option, but the demand for puppies and dogs is now more than seven times the population of homeless dogs at risk for euthanasia, and that gap is increasing every year.
In acquiring a pet, consumers should be able to choose among several respectable sources -- including pet stores.
Without a reliable, quality supply of pets subject to regulation and sourcing transparency, prospective pet owners will be driven to unscrupulous sellers of pets who are not licensed and are not concerned about compliance with animal care standards.
The process of choosing a new family member is not one-size-fits-all. Some families require a certain breed due to temperament or characteristics, such as being hypoallergenic. Shelters have a limited selection and, often times, due to dog importation, the temperament of adult dogs is an unknown factor.
The single most effective way to ensure a lifelong bond and to prevent a pet being surrendered is to allow prospective pet owners choose how they find their ideal pet.
To serve the best interests of both pets and people, we need standards that provide the safety of animals, give consumers the choices they deserve, and support the growth of responsible businesses serving pets and their owners. Legislation ensuring pet stores only purchase pets from licensed, inspected, and responsible breeders will do that; a pet sale ban cannot.
I want to shut down and stop puppy mills as much as activists do. And I want to protect responsible, legal breeders in the process.
In recent years, state legislation to improve breeder standards has resulted in the closure of over one thousand puppy mills. Pet store sale bans have closed none.
By implementing reasoned regulations and protecting the freedom of choice, we can best protect our citizens and eliminate puppy mills.Edwin Sayres is a senior adviser to the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and was the President of the ASPCA from 2003 to 2013.
Kellyville Pets is now home to a seldom seen albino Murray short-necked turtle. Albino Short-neck turtles are a natural occurring mutation but because of an extremely low survival rate in the wild they are very rare. The female at Kellyville Pets is the only albino Murry short-neck turtle currently on public display in Australia.
Albinism in turtles is a naturally occurring genetic mutation. Albino turtles have reduced melanin and lack coloured pigments in their skin and shell. The albino turtles have a bright yellow and white shell, white skin and red eyes. In the wild these animals are easy pickings for predators such as birds or fish due to their lack of camouflage. However, albino turtles thrive in captivity.
Luna, as the Kellyville Pets female is known, was bred by a respected Australian breeder. She is 12 months old. Luna can be viewed in the Kellyville Pets reptile department between 09:00 and 17:30 daily.
For more information, please contact the Reptile Department at Kellyville Pets on (02) 9629 3282. More photos of Alberta are available on Kellyville Pets’ Facebook page www.facebook.com/kellyvillepets
- Buy your dog a coat. Choose a washable coat that is correctly sized. Don’t buy coats for large winter breed dogs like Huskies or Malamutes as they may overheat or itch.
- Make sure their shelter is well insulated and the opening does not face into the wind.
- Limit the time that short hair and lean dogs like Dalmatians and Greyhounds have to spend outside.
- Include a bed in the dog shelter to insulate them from the ground.
- Do not leave your dog unattended in a room with a space heater.
- Get a heated pad for your dogs to sleep on.
- Move outdoor dogs into a garage or shed if it becomes very cold.
- Feed outdoor dogs a little more during very cold days to compensate of the additional calories they have to burn to stay warm.
Does your dog feel the cold? May 09 2016
Will your dog be cold this winter?
Just like humans dogs can feel the cold. Dogs vary in their ability to withstand cold temperatures. Breed, size, the length of the dog’s coat, the presence or absence of an under coat, age, and health all determine how comfortable your dog is during winter.
Small dogs, even breeds with longer hair, feel the cold more than larger breeds. A store-bought coat is a good start but may not be sufficient warming because dogs lose most of their body heat through their paws, ears and respiratory system.
Old dogs with arthritis suffer more than usual during winter.
If your dog is shivering, shows signs of lethargy and depression it may be suffering in the cold or even have mild hypothermia.
Why you shouldn't feed your dogs chocolate March 24 2016
Chocolate contains cocoa and cocoa contains the compound theobromine. Theobromine is toxic to dogs and other pets at certain doses. Chocolate poisoning is a problem that occurs mainly in dogs but also occurs occasionally in cats or other animals. It is important not to give your pets any chocolate and to ensure they cannot accidentally access any of your chocolate supplies, especially over Easter!
The concentration of theobromine varies depending on the type of chocolate. For example, cocoa powder, baking chocolate and dark chocolate contain higher levels of theobromine compared to milk chocolate.
The toxicity of theobromine is dose-related, meaning that the overall effect of chocolate ingestion on the dog depends on the size of the dog, the amount of chocolate eaten and the type of chocolate eaten.
The symptoms of theobromine ingestion may include restlessness, excitement, hyperactivity, nervousness, trembling, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased drinking and increased urination, increased heart rate, muscle tremors, seizures and possibly death.
If your dog or pet has ingested chocolate (even a small amount) you should contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible for advice.
Vets can usually treat chocolate poisoning by inducing vomiting and with supportive therapy in hospital but it is important to seek veterinary attention quickly.
Information above available at RSPCA
FREE School Holiday Fun at Kellyville Pets - April 2016 March 21 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 is our next big FUN event day for the kids these upcoming school holidays!
We have Travelbugs - Mobile Mini-beasts upstairs in our school room (please note access is via staircase only) showcasing a variety of bugs and critters!
Come down for a hands on, educational experience.
Meet stick insects, centipedes, beetles, scorpions, millipedes, giant burrowing cockroaches, praying mantis, spiders and caterpillars!
PLUS we have free face painting with Groovy Suzy and balloon twisting with JayJay!
Adoption Day at Kellyville Pets! February 02 2016
Shelter dogs in need of loving homes
With two successful Adoption Days under their belt, Kellyville Pets are gearing up for their 3rd Adoption Day on February 20, 2016. This February, Kellyville Pets will be hosting alongside Animal Welfare League (AWL) NSW. AWL NSW is a registered charity that has been caring for surrendered, neglected and abandoned animals for over 55 years, and Kellyville Pets has been a proud supporter for many years.
In partnership with AWL NSW, Kellyville Pets already has the ‘Purrfect Partner Program’ established which rehomes rescue cats and kittens (a program that has successfully rehomed over 200 pets to-date). This Adoption Day brings with it the opportunity to meet the rescue dogs and puppies available via AWL NSW that would normally only be seen at their shelter.
There will be approximately 8-10 dogs in attendance on the day, all currently residing at an AWL NSW shelter. Some dogs have been there for more than 400 days patiently waiting for the right family to come along. All dogs available on the day for adoption through AWL NSW have been behaviour assessed before being matched with prospective owners to help ensure we find the right home for each pet. In addition, they are desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, on flea control and have been wormed.
Kellyville Pets hope that these Adoption Days bring more awareness to the option of rehoming rescue animals when looking at selecting a new pet.
“Kellyville Pets has been a wonderful and generous supporter of AWL NSW for more than four years,” said AWL NSW Marketing & Fundraising Manager Carlene Albronda. “Not only do they find our cats new homes, but they also organise fundraising activities on our behalf. We really look forward to expanding our partnership through the Adoption Days focused on rehoming our shelter dogs and puppies.”
Kellyville Pets will continue to host adoption days with various organisations in 2016.
Gandalf loves his SeedMate Feeder December 10 2015
Finding the Right Bird for You; Budgies November 24 2015
Picking what type of bird you want can be tough. There are a lot of factors to consider, with many species requiring certain amounts of interaction time, special care, and prior experience. It is also important to take into account the lifespan of the bird you are thinking of getting, as many small parrots can live up to 30 years, with larger species exceeding 80 years!
For beginners or bird lovers that simply don’t have the time, budgies can make the perfect addition to your home. Their small size and easy going nature means they require much less space, and are more cost effective birds to keep.
These amazing little birds are one of the world’s favourite pets due to their low maintenance, ease of breeding, and ability to be tamed. Their intelligence is relatively high for their size, which makes teaching them to talk and whistle relatively easy. In fact, the world record for the largest vocabulary of any bird is held by a budgie - Puck knew a total of 1,728 words!
The average captive lifespan of a captive budgie is 7-10 years.
Tips and Tricks to administering flea treatment November 14 2015
Fleas are an annoyance for both you and your furry family member. Once fleas establish on your dog, they can quickly become an infestation and nightmare that never seems to end!
However, you can easily avoid this whole scenario by using a monthly flea preventative. These are available in tablet, chewable and topical treatment forms.
For most dogs, especially fussy ones, the topical treatment is the easiest option. Simply break the seal on your applicator, part the dogs fur at the back of the neck (around where their collar sits), and empty the entire tube onto the skin. For large breed dogs, it is a good idea to apply the serum along several spots down the spine, to allow for the treatment to efficiently move around the body.
It is important to leave at least 24 hours before or after bathing your dog to apply flea preventative treatments, as this ensures that the natural oils are present in the coat and can effectively transport the treatment around the body.
Click here to stock up on flea treatments.
The importance of grooming your kitten November 10 2015
Cats are very clean animals, and can often be observed grooming themselves or each other. This is both a necessity for them to maintain good hygiene and a healthy coat, but can also be a bonding exercise between you and your cat.
It is best to start brushing and grooming your kitten from a young age, so that they are conditioned to it by the time they mature into an adult. This will generally become a necessary exercise as almost all cat breeds will shed fur once their adult coat comes in.
Kittens love attention and even if grooming starts as playful, the more you do it the more it builds a bond between you both and they will learn to trust you and your handling.
Start slowly and try to stop before your kitten has had enough, after a while tolerance levels will start to build and you should be able to reach all areas of the body including their tummy.
Some cats, particularly long hairs, can suffer from intestinal hairballs due to swallowing excessive amounts of dead coat while grooming.
Grooming is also important for the overall health and wellbeing of your kitten. Brushing not only removes knots, but also gives your kitten a shiny coat by stimulating oil glands in the skin. It will also give you the opportunity to spot any skin conditions early, along with any nasty fleas that might choose your kitten’s coat as their home.
There are lots of different brushes and combs to use that will depend on the hair length of your kitten. Here at Kellyville Pets we have a variety available for you to choose from as well as cat food formulas that can be given to assist with aiding the cat in passing hairballs naturally.
Click here to stock up!
FREE School Holiday Fun September 2015 at Kellyville Pets August 27 2015
Join Kidz Zoo and JayJay the Balloon Guy for a great day out with the kids on Tuesday September 22nd 2015.
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