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Issue ONE ISSUE 1 2016

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CATS & DOGS

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WILDLIFE AQUATICS AQUATICS SMALL ANIMALS

Does your cat love you? page 24

Micro Pigs

Do they make good house pets?

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Pamper your pet with some great new products 07. POISONS AND HAZARDS FOR YOUR DOG

Learning about everyday products could save your best friend 07. DANGEROUS DOGS ACT

The Dangerous Dogs Act is law and, if you take any form of responsibility, in writing or otherwise, for a dog, it applies to you

Welcome Your Pet Magazine is a brand new bi-monthly title with a big promise: to inform, educate, engage and entertain pet owners and animal lovers across the UK. Your Pet is here to give pet owners, families, animals carers and breeders advice, tips and key information in how to best look after their furry friends; big or small. Whatever the animal, whatever the breed. Our first issue looks at a range of issues for pet owners, such as the dangerous dog act legislation and what that means for you and your dog. Plus, we also look at some more fun aspects of being a pet owner – such as training, building a comfortable place for them to live, play and sleep, and even dressing up! We know you care deeply for your animals, so we hope you find our articles helpful and informative, as well as fun.

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24. DOES YOUR CAT LOVE YOU?

Here we find out that cats may in fact be rather more loving than first thought 28. BREEDING RABBITS

Top tips to consider if you’re thinking about breeding your rabbits 36. MAINTAINING YOUR POND

Your Pet’s resident fish expert takes you through the process of building and maintaining the perfect fishpond 38. MICRO PIGS

Micro pigs are becoming a more frequent trend in British homes especially

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WONDERWOOF ACTIVITY TRACKER Essentially a Fitbit for dogs, the Bluetooth connected WonderWoof tracks your dogs daily activities, from the first morning leap onto the bed to the last tummy tickle of the evening. It’ll tell you whether you’re giving your dog the right amount of exercise – based on its age, breed and weight. £99.99. www.thefowndry.com YOUR PET MAGAZINE | 5


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Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most harmful foods to your four-legged friend due to carrying a damaging toxin called Theobromine. While humans can easily metabolise this toxin, dogs process it in a much slower way, therefore

allowing it to build up toxic levels in their heart, central nervous system and kidneys. However, the severity of chocolate poisoning is dependent on the type of chocolate and the amount consumed. Dark chocolate and cooking chocolate contain the highest levels of Theobro mine and are, therefore, the most harmful to your dog. A small amount of chocolate will not be fatal to your dog, but this can change depending on the size and breed of your dog.

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages and food products which may contain alcohol can cause a number of issues for your dog. Similarly to the effects on humans, alcohol can cause vomiting and coordination difficulties, but also can lead to other issues such as diarrhoea, breathing difficulties and tremors.

What do I do if my dog has consumed chocolate?

The first step to take if you suspect your dog has consumed chocolate is to contact your vet. It will be helpful to your vet if you can tell them how much chocolate your dog has eaten and what type of chocolate it was. From this, your vet will be able to understand whether or not your dog has eaten a toxic dose or not and what treatment they are likely to need. There is no existing medication for Theobromine, so in most cases your vet will make your dog vomit in order to wash out the stomach. A small amount of chocolate is unlikely to be fatal for your dog, but this does depend on the size and breed of your loyal companion. YOUR PET MAGAZINE | 7


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These products both contain substances called Methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds. When ingested by dogs – and other house pets – Methylxanthines can cause severe issues from vomiting to tremors.

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can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and, if consumed in large amounts, can potentially cause pancreatitis.

Raw Bones

Feeding your canine raw bones may seem like a pretty natural thing to do – wrong. This can be very dangerous for a domestic pet and, although they are not poisonous to your animal, bones can cause choking or cause severe injuries if it were to splinter or become lodged.

Despite the fact that the toxic substance within grapes and raisins has not actually been identified as of “Keep your Xylitol yet, it is fact that canine safe by these products Xylitol is paying absolute have the ability used as a attention to their to cause sweetener in kidney failure every move” a large amount if consumed in of products large amounts. such as chewing So until further gum, sweets information about these and toothpaste. foods is revealed, it’s best to Consuming a substantial keep them far away from your amount of Xylitol causes insulin canine. release, which leads on to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels) and has the ability to cause Nuts long-term issues such as liver A large amount of nuts, failure. including walnuts, pecans and almonds all contain significant But be careful – poison isn’t amounts of fats and oils which always accidental…

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Poison in animals and, especially dogs, isn’t always as simple as scoffing down unwanted or leftover food. A recent story emerged warning dog owners about a deliberate attempt to cause severe harm to their animals after cocktail sausages laced with poison were found scattered around a very popular, local dogwalking spot. The Cuckoo Trail – which runs from Hampden Park, through Hailsham to Heathfield, East Sussex – was


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my dog has been poisoned?

There are many ways in which you can tell if your dog has eaten something he/she shouldn’t have. Here are the main symptoms – • Loss of appetite • Excessive drooling • Vomiting • Diarrhoea • Rash or irritation • Lethargy • Loss of coordination • Tremors/seizures • Laboured breathing • Sensitivity to light • Organ failure • Loss of consciousness

the host of this intoxication late last year, where the sausages were so densely packed that just one had the capability to kill a dog. Sussex Police advised dog owners to be very aware when out walking their dogs, but we think more extreme measures need to be taken. So, keep your canine safe by paying absolute attention to their every move and by keeping him/her on a lead at all times because, after all, this is the only way you’re guaranteed to have full control of your animal and his/her wellbeing.

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Cuffleberry & Co dog food, from £1.99. www.tesco.com

Eukanuba Healthy Treats, £2.99 www.petsathome.com

Peamutt Butter for dogs, £3.99. www.petscorner.co.uk

Great&Small Natural Dog Treat, Chicken & Potato, £4.99. www.petscorner.co.uk

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f you are prosecuted under well trained dog could come into the Dangerous Dogs Act, you conflict with the law. If your dog could face prison, a criminal becomes excited, jumps up and record, and your dog could face knocks someone down, you can a destruction order. You could expect a visit from the Police or also be banned from owning the local Dog Warden. Your dog a dog in the future. It makes is considered dangerously out of no difference if your dog is an control if it either injures someone, Alsatian or a Yorkie; big, small or gives someone ‘reasonable or medium. The law applies to apprehension’ that it may injure every dog in England and Wales: them. This can simply mean pure breed, cross or mongrel. your dog making another person We’ve all seen the worried or afraid that your recent cases in dog may bite them. the paper. The A dear friend - a horrendous lady in her late “Keep your injuries caused 60’s - is the canine safe by to children owner of a very and animals, large, shaggy, paying absolute and the tragic affectionate dog, attention to their deaths of who l shall call every move” toddlers. None Bob. Bob is an of us would elderly, gentle dog ever think that who loves people our gentle, beloved and loves his walks. pet could be one of Living in a village, he walks those inflicting injury. We all see regularly across the local hills and ourselves as loving, responsible fields, meeting with the locals for a dog owners who would never good bark. Bob walks on his lead, allow such a thing to happen. and carries his toys. His owners But how well do you really know are loving and responsible, having your dog? re-homed Bob from a rescue Even the most well behaved, centre many years before. One

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day, when his owner answered the door, Bob, as always, went to the door with her. Whilst at the door, Bob spotted another dog in the field across from his house. Before his owner could get hold of him, Bob dashed over the road for a play. There was no suggestion of an attack, or a fight, or anything other than a game and a bark. Unfortunately for Bob, he brushed past an elderly lady and knocked her down. This was an accident but nevertheless had to be dealt with under the Dangerous Dogs Act. Lovely, gentle Bob was in trouble, and so was his owner, despite the fact that there was no intention by either to break the law. The law is far reaching. If an incident occurs, then the


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Police or the Local authority can seize your dog, take it away and put it in kennels until a decision is made about a prosecution. Luckily for Bob, after a visit from the local Dog Liason Officer, it was decided that Bob was to remain at home until the investigation was complete. Bob’s owner had a visit from the Police and interviewed under caution, with her legal representative present – a distressing experience for someone who has never had a brush with the law. Fortunately Bob’s story has a happy ending: a warning from the Police, an apology and an assurance Bob would be kept away from the front door. However, things could so easily have been very different, and for many people they are. In

the course of my work, I have unfortunately dealt with at least four cases where the dog, a much loved family pet, has been destroyed, and the owners fined or given a suspended prison sentence. The law also applies to those who are just walking a dog. It is not a defence to argue that you are not the owner. If you are walking the dog, you are in charge of the dog, so you, along with the owner, will be prosecuted if an incident occurs. Think about your dog. How well do you know it? Have you had it from a puppy or does he/she come from a rescue centre? What does he like? What doesn’t she like? Are there other dogs on his walk he doesn’t like? Is he

better behaved on or off the lead? If you are in any doubt about any aspects of his behaviour, speak to a Canine Behaviour Specialist. If the behaviour cannot be corrected, it can be identified and measures can be put in place to avoid it. For example, don’t take your dog to places where he can become distressed or agitated. If you are unsure of the dog’s behaviour, don’t take the dog out. Remember, YOU are responsible for what he does, even if you

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to your pet is absolute, wherever are not present when your dog he is. The postman, the gasman, is involved in an incident. You they are all visitors to your may be prosecuted home. and it is for you to When guests call, show that you left “You wouldn’t let if you are not sure, responsibility for him off the lead on put the dog in your dog with a a motorway, so why another room. fit and proper put him in a situation Keep him away person. The where he could face from parties rule must be, if removal from his home where people you are in any or destruction?” are drinking doubt, don’t let and small them take him. children who Even at home, want to pull his your dog could be at ears. Everyone has risk. Recent changes, due to off days, even dogs. highly publicised dog attacks, A snap, a growl or a mean that the law now covers nip could cost incidents that happen in private him, and places. If a visitor to your home you, dearly. has a run in with your dog, it is A recent not a defence to say that he is case of a family in his home. Your responsibility

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pet, that snapped at a drinks party, resulted in the dog being destroyed. If you do have the misfortune to be involved in an incident with your dog, and you are interviewed by the Police, you have the right to have a Solicitor present free of charge. An interview under caution activates your legal right to free, independent legal advice. Even if you think you have done nothing

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wrong, exercise that right. Speak to a Solicitor, get legal advice, have representation in interview. What happens at that interview could have a bearing on a decision to prosecute, or even a decision to seize your dog with a view to destruction. Police enquiries can take many months and this could mean, for your dog, many months in Police kennels away from his family. Prior to interview, arrange for your dog to see a Canine Behaviour Specialist. Do all you can to show that you have put measures in place to prevent the situation happening again. If your dog causes injury or makes another person apprehensive, then your dog is dangerously out of control. A Solicitor will

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advise you on the law, and the procedure that will be followed. If you are prosecuted, your case will start in the Magistrates Court. A decision will be made there about the seriousness of the case and which court should deal with it. Cases where serious injury has occurred will be heard in front of a Judge at the Crown Court. Take advice on whether you have a defence and how you can mitigate your sentence. Legal Aid may be available to you. Talk to a Solicitor, it is your legal right. A guilty plea, or a finding of guilt after trial, will result in court costs and can result in a fine or a prison sentence for you. For your dog, a destruction order is inevitable. However, this order can be contingent on certain restrictions being put in place. For

example, the order could depend on your dog being muzzled or on a lead in public places. This is an order of the court and breach of it WILL result in the destruction of your dog. Having a dog is an amazing thing. It is fun and rewarding, but it is also a responsibility not to be taken lightly. A dog in the wrong hands is a lethal weapon. Don’t let those hands be yours. Love him, look after him keep him, and you, and those around you safe from harm and prosecution. He’s your pet, your friend, a member of your family and, in the eyes of the law, your legal responsibility. Paula Bristow is a Solicitor Advocate and Head of the Criminal Department at Warrens Law and Advocacy, Eastbourne Division.

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BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE? TURN YOUR PASSION INTO A CAREER If you feel as though you’re barking up the wrong tree with your current career, Dogknows could be the solution you’ve been looking for. Many of the professionals in our network have left their corporate careers behind in order to pursue a career they are passionate about. Dogknows allows you to do something completely different and make a living out of your love of dogs. Dogknows specialise in caring for and training dogs of all ages to help them get the best from life. Our specially developed and tailored services gives dogs of every age and temperament the physical and 18 | YOUR PET MAGAZINE

mental nourishment they need. We believe that every dog should have the best life and the way to achieve this is by putting dogs at the centre of everything they do. Dogknows is a franchise opportunity that allows dog enthusiasts to turn their passion into a career.

FOLLOW YOUR NOSE As a Dogknows franchisee, you will benefit from: • A low cost start up business with few overheads • Huge job satisfaction from doing something you love • Good money and a flexible lifestyle • Unlimited business support • A growing market in a recession resilient industry You can be assured that there will be a market for your services.

Dog owners now put peace of mind above the cost of the services and want to know that the people caring for their pets are well-trained, trustworthy and capable. As dog carers we discovered that, in order for every dog to get the best out of their sessions, we needed to have excellent training knowledge too. We train our franchisees to be able to provide advice and help to dog owners to give them the perfect companion.

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franchisees as an individual and tailor our training in order to complement your skill set. Initial ten day training • 5 days coaching at Dogknows Training Centre • 3 days of on-the-job learning • 2 days of follow on training where it’s most needed Our training programme is comprehensive with easy to follow systems and is designed to help you run your business effectively and maximise your earning potential. We provide training in all aspects of your business, both learning how to start up and operate your business and preparing to deliver the the Dogknows services which include developing your practical training skills to help you feel confident when you visit those all-important four legged clients. Continued support Our training and support doesn’t stop once you’ve started your business. We provide continuous training and support to help you and your clients get the most out of your business. You will receive weekly coaching sessions which are reduced to monthly once you’re confident in running your business. Whenever you need additional support, we will work with you to find the best solution.

• Ten days of initial comprehensive We bring practical dog training training in all aspects of the days to you and your dogs as job including classroom based well as run and recommend learning, field training and on the seminars and courses.As part job experience of our continued support, • Practical Everyday we have a Dogknows Dog Training Skills Helpline which gives Certificate you exclusive “We provide (Stage 1) access to continuous training • Time spent professional and support to shadowing advice on a Dogknows specific dog help you and your business owner related training clients get the to learn more and behavioural most out of your about the business issues. business” • As much support and mentoring as you CHANGING require in the first three YOUR months. CAREER We want your business to be HAS NEVER successful, which is why we give BEEN EASIER you the best start possible and continue to support you The Dogknows franchise throughout the term of your fee is £7,500 plus VAT and franchise agreement. includes : • Exclusive use of the trademarked Dogknows name COULD YOU BE A and brand logo for Dog DOGKNOWS Care Services FRANCHISEE? • Exclusive five postcode territory We’re looking for individuals who to operate in • Full set of guidelines for running love dogs, have a real zest for exercise outdoors and your business which includes business, marketing & practical are great organisers. With the drive to build your own business we’ll dog training manuals help you to develop your Dogknows franchise by teaching you to train your own team of skilled dog carers. By learning how dogs learn and behave, we’ll help you set up a successful business and build long-lasting relationships with your clients. If you’re looking to change your career and do something you love, we’d love to hear from you!

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Only The Best for your Cat Abi Purser wanted to offer cat owners and their cats the height of luxury. Longcroft luxury cat hotels provide a high quality, comfortable and healthy space for your cat to have their own dream holiday whilst you’re on yours

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t was while she was looking for a cattery for her own rescue cat, Norman, that Abi Purser first spotted a gap in the market. “After researching countless ‘luxury’ catteries on the internet, I made a shortlist and spent a weekend visiting them. Online they appeared to offer lovely

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services but frustratingly, in reality, the accommodation was far smaller and not as clean as I was hoping for,” said Abi. “We were looking forward to a luxury family break so the thought of shutting Norman away in a small cage for two weeks whilst we were all enjoying 5 star luxury didn’t seem fair.” It was several months later, when she was looking at her options to return to work after having a baby, that the idea of creating her own cat hotel came back to her. It was important that her next career choice was both rewarding as well as offering a good work-life

balance. Abi explained: “After leaving a senior role, I wanted a serious career that offered great flexibility, and the salary on part time hours barely covered my childcare costs.” Having just moved to a house with a much larger garden and with the full support of her family, Abi began making her dream a reality. The idea of setting up a cattery in a residential area was a difficult one for her local authority to accept. Abi had to convince them that the standards of build and hygiene of Longcroft were far higher than those already in place in the UK, and after hundreds of hours of research and a lot of hard work, plus many visits from the local licensing officers, they were satisfied that the concept far exceeded all current guidelines. Planning was granted and the first Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel


t born. Longcroft has been so was opened in the summer of successful that there are now 11 2010! hotels across the UK with plans That first few months of being to open many more to meet the open were a whirlwind. Abi demand. was bombarded by radio and The key to Longcroft’s press desperate to know why success lies in their consistent Longcroft had become such approach and meticulous an overnight success; why so attention to detail. Each hotel many people wanted their cats owner is carefully chosen for their to stay at Longcroft and what individuality and is they had done so trained by Abi and differently in an her team of experts industry that had “Each Longcroft in every aspect seen little change hotel offers of the business. in the last 50 between 4 and After a career years. working for the The demand 8 spacious, well British Equestrian for Longcroft ventilated, bright Olympic Team, her accommodation and airy full background was and high height rooms” already steeped standard of care in years of animal was so great welfare and that shortly after understanding animal behaviour. opening Abi was approached Longcroft believes by Gill, who was looking for partnering with their customers accommodation for her own two every step of the way is key cats as she was going on holiday to their success - from the and instantly wanted to offer initial contact right through to the same concept in her home town of St Albans. Just 6 months check-in, ensuring the service level provided is consistently later, the first franchise hotel was

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high quality. As a result their customers have rated them five star! Each Longcroft hotel offers between 4 and 8 spacious, well ventilated, bright and airy full height rooms: far larger than the typical cattery, in order to allow the cats space to climb and exercise as well as relax. Each suite offers both a spacious heated bedroom and a covered, safe garden area allowing the cats to enjoy an environment that is very close to the one they are used to at home….if not a little better! There are almost 11 million cats in the UK. Owners increasingly view their pets as part of the family and are willing to spend on new and specialised premium products. Longcroft’s innovation and bespoke approach continues to lead the way and shape the future of luxury cat care in the UK and beyond.

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ubie’s, the world’s largest designer, manufacturer and distributor of fancy dress and accessories is well known for its officially-licensed ranges based on characters from the world of film and TV. Superheroes like Superman, Iron Man and Wonder Woman; villains such as Darth Vader, Captain Hook and Maleficent; Princesses including Snow White, Elsa and Cinderella; fairies, vampires, cartoon characters and all manner of iconic figures from popular culture all feature in the Rubie’s catalogue, catering for all manner of dress-up and cosplay events for children and adults. Having fun with dressing up your pet has always taken place, but two modern factors have 22 | YOUR PET MAGAZINE

driven it to new heights; the internet, and the new wave of 3D CGI action and fantasy movies. With YouTube reaching its tenth birthday in 2015, fun with pets has become more and more evident since arguably the first internet craze, ‘LOLCats’ sent dial-ups into overdrive to see cats in hilarious poses before video was even available on the internet. Since then we’ve seen all manner of pet-related internet crazes from Dogshaming to Cat Beards to the recent #SharkCat, who at the last count was approaching twelve million views on YouTube alone (for those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s a cat, riding a robotic hoover, wearing a

fancy dress shark costume. And loving it.) YouTube, twinned with the recent advent of hugely popular fantastical sci-fi and superhero 3D CGI-fests, has generated a phenomenon which has not only become a standard in the world of viral videos, but a new craze for pet owners of a certain disposition all over the UK; pet dress-up! Rubie’s, a US company based in New York, first launched a specific Pet Boutique range in 2012 after seeing massive growth in the trend but they never made it across the Atlantic… until now. Rubie’s UK operation, with its vast roster of licensed costumes from the likes of Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Disney, Lucasfilm, Marvel and DC Comics, have now expanded into pet costumes. Pet owners in the UK can join in the fun through Rubie’s UK who have started bringing pet

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dress-up to British pet stores to meet the new trend fast catching on over here in the UK. Available now for the first time are costumes of your favourite Disney characters, popular super heroes, crime fighting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (all four of the Heroes in a Half Shell are available!) and a wide range of accessories too; Rubie’s has all your pet costume needs covered across all sizes from Chihuahua up to Labrador. Historically, Halloween is one of the most popular times of year to have your pet looking their best in a vampire or witch costume perhaps, but with the growing popularity of Comic-Cons all over the UK and themed

events surrounding major movie shapes and sizes so whatever releases such as Star Wars Day, your dog is comfortable in there’s (‘May The Fourth’) and ‘World something for them to wear. Minion Day’, dressing-up your Whether they want pet has become to be fully decked a year round out with a hat and “Available phenomenon. jacket or just a vest now for the Last year for and cape, Rubie’s example, Rubie’s accessory range first time are ‘Minion’ and includes cowboy costumes of ‘Star Wars’ hats, sombreros, costumes your favourite birthday hats, wings were incredibly and tutus so if they Disney popular with don’t want to wear characters” the release of the full costume but The Minion still want to stand Movie out from the crowd there’s lots and Star Wars: the Force of choices available. Prices for Awakens, while this year the full costumes start at just £15 films such as Batman with accessories starting at £5. v Superman, Captain America: Civil War, Rubie’s will be unveiling their Teenage Mutant extensive range of costumes Ninja Turtles 2 and at the National Pet Show at Ghostbusters are London Excel on May 7th and all catered for 8th. Come and visit stand with cute and fun D249 where pet owners will be themed pet costumes able to buy costumes at the available. show. Costumes come in a variety of To see the full range of costumes available and find where to buy online, visit the Rubie’s website at rubiesuk. com/pet-costumes.

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How do you know your Cat Loves You?

With many believing cats to be less affectionate than other animals, here we find out that they may in fact be rather more loving than first thought

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Studies have shown that if you put a cat in an unfamiliar environment, they do not miss or look for reassurance from their owner as other animals might. Although arguably an efficient test of how attached an animal is to its owner, as a cat owner myself, I struggle to come to terms with this cold-hearted finding. Aren’t cats simply too curious and territorial to exhibit the archetypical ‘attachment’ behaviours? The absence of their owners is bottom of their priority list, yes, but not un-noticed. Unlike other house pets, in particular dogs, cats are incredibly independent, but this doesn’t mean they idolise their owners any less. There are actually a number of ways in which your cat subtly shows you just how much he/ she loves you. First, you may find that your kitty has made a habit out of greeting you at the door - they’re excited to see you. I would put money on the fact that as soon as I set foot in the front door, tiny thundering footsteps will soon follow, down the stairs and right to my side. You may also find that your cat follows you around like a shadow. Shower time becomes a guilt-ridden struggle, with an always meowing fur ball sat outside the door, and carrying anything down the stairs becomes a cat obstacle deathtrap. But, we should consider ourselves lucky - our cats just wants to be around us. Do you ever find yourself in an

awkward, intense stare-off with your cat? A lot people believe that if a cat stares directly into your eyes, they’re becoming agitated and could well be plotting the many ways he/she could kill you. However, as with humans, staring can also be a very loving and affectionate behaviour. It’s unusual for a cat to make eye contact and they only do this with people they like and feel comfortable with, so consider yourself lucky! As well as the occasional stare, you may find that your cat quite often carries out long, slow blinks. It is said that cats kiss with their eyes, so if your kitty gives you a slow blink, you’ve just received a kitty kiss it’s like cat poetry! Believe it or not, cats actually do not communicate with each other by meowing - they only use this form of communication with humans. It’s their way of telling you they want something; be it a stroke, food, some attention or to go outside. But it’s also their way of communicating their fondness of you. Similarly, purring is another way in which you can tell your cat is enjoying your company. Purring slows down your cat’s heart rate, so if your cat is purring away on your lap, he/she is very relaxed. Because cats are natural born hunters, they can be very vulnerable and see a lot of things as a potential threat. You may have noticed that your cat doesn’t like his/her belly rubbed - that’s because their stomach YOUR PET MAGAZINE | 25


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is the most unprotected part of their body. Feeling safe is important to cats so if he/she sprawls out in front of you, that’s a sign that he/she feels loved and protected. The most common way for you to tell that your cat feels relaxed and loved around you is kneading. Kneading is the action kittens use on their mothers’ tummies to stimulate milk flow, which is why many people believe that cats continue this motion at more mature ages as a form of nostalgia - reminding them of their kittenhood. If your cat carries out this motion on you, remember that not only are they expressing their admiration for you, they’re also fluffing you up to ensure you’re comfy enough to nap on. General physical contact is a key behaviour in a relaxed and loved-up cat. The most common form of physical contact your cat may demonstrate is the headbutt. Although this can be seen as quite an aggressive action, or simply an annoyance, your for a human to be cat is actually claiming you as deemed worthy of a ‘theirs’. When cats head-butt, grooming session, so they are actually depositing if your cat makes pheromones on to you and a habit out of marking their territory. licking you, You may also find “Grooming is then you should that your kitty has one of the most consider yourself a habit of tapping obvious signs of love, incredibly lucky. - something my so know that you have Grooming is cat has down to been welcomed one of the most a tee. Whether into the circle obvious signs I’m getting on of friendship” of love, so know with work on the that you have been laptop or just relaxing welcomed into the watching TV, my face is circle of friendship. Additionally, very often the victim of a series cats have rough tongues so it of kitty slaps. Annoying, yes, but will also save you the hassle of it’s only because she’s craving exfoliating! my attention. Licking is another Overall, cats, just like every form of physical contact your other animal, have their own cat may exhibit. It’s not common 26 | YOUR PET MAGAZINE

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way of showing their admiration for their owners. If you’re lucky enough to share your life with a cat then you’ll understand that they’re constantly connecting with us, whether it’s via tapping, grooming or talking cats are beautiful, affectionate animals with the ability to form close bonds with their owners. The battle between dog-lovers and cat-lovers may never come to an end - constantly arguing that one is more loyal, loving and cute than the other - but the vicious cupboard love cat theory is truly long gone and genuine cat affection is here to stay.


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Decide why you want to breed your rabbits Although breeding rabbits may seem relatively simple, it is a huge responsibility for you to take on – something that takes a lot of time, commitment and patience. Before you start breeding your rabbits, you need to decide why you want to do so – are you breeding them to keep as pets or to sell? If you don’t have the time or think you will end up sending the rabbits to a shelter, then you should rethink your plans, because after all, rabbits are living, breathing creatures who deserve to be loved. Research rabbit breeds There is a very wide variety of rabbit breeds – over 50 to be precise, and each of these breeds carry very specific characteristics. It’s crucial that you do your research in order to understand which type of rabbit will best suit your breeding needs. Choose the right rabbit to breed 28 | YOUR PET MAGAZINE

The breed of rabbit you choose may depend on a number of factors – availability, price or preference. However, what you plan on doing with the babies can also affect your choices. Some people breed rabbits for their own leisure while some breed purely to sell. If you are planning on selling the rabbits, mixing breeds is a bad idea as it reduces the value and lessens the quality. Pedigree rabbits will be worth the most, however a rabbit is not considered a pedigree unless there is same-breed blood going back for four generations.

larger bucks, between 7 and 9 months is the appropriate age.

Only breed from happy, healthy rabbits The most important factor to consider before breeding your rabbits is their physical condition. It’s a good idea to take your rabbits to the vet to make sure they are well enough to breed. The weight of your rabbit will affect the success of breeding – he/she shouldn’t be underweight or overweight. To keep this under control you should monitor what and when you are feeding your animals, making sure you’re providing them Rabbits can have with the nutrition they an average litter need. size of 4 – 8 kits

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Breed your rabbits at the correct age There is no set age for breeding rabbits, however you should always wait until the doe has reached maturity. Small to medium-sized breeds can be bred at 5 to 6 months old, however larger breeds reach maturity at 8 to 9 months. Bucks are typically ready for breeding at 6 months if they are a small breed, but for

When mating rabbits put the Doe in the buck’s hutch When attempting to breed your rabbits, make sure you put the doe in the buck’s hutch. Female rabbits can become very territorial, so having a stranger in her environment may cause her to become very aggressive. Leave the doe and the buck for


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half an hour, giving them time to mate 2-3 times to increase your chance of successful breeding. Feel the abdomen of the doe Palpation is the most common way to tell if your doe is pregnant. This is the method of feeling her abdomen to determine if there are any babies inside. If your doe is pregnant it is likely that you will be able to feel tiny embryos, but this is easier to do ten to fourteen days after breeding. If you suspect your doe is pregnant, it’s always advisable to check with your vet. The duration of the doe’s pregnancy depends on the size and breed, however it tends to last between 28 and 33 days. If your doe is not pregnant, you are safe to breed her again almost immediately.

TAKING CARE OF THE PREGNANT DOE Provide extra bedding Around day 20 of your doe’s pregnancy, she will want to build a nest for her kits, so a nesting box will need to be put in her hutch. This should consist of soft hay, straw or wood shavings. If your doe starts to pull out her fur, don’t panic, as this is most probably to use as more bedding. Your rabbit’s nesting box should be at least 18” by 10” by 10” and needs to have at least a 6” opening for easy access to and from her babies. Give the doe some peace and quiet A pregnant mother will need a quiet, stress free environment while carrying her babies. A large amount of attention can cause her to become stressed, which could possibly harm her litter. Also, it’s important that you do not try to

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Expecting the kits You should be expecting your doe to give birth 30 to 33 days after breeding, so make sure you’re prepared for the kits. If you’re lucky enough to catch your doe giving birth, leave her to it. However it’s likely this would have all been done and cleaned up by the time you wake up in the morning as rabbit kits tend to be born before dawn. Kits sound like baby birds, so you may be able to tell your doe has given birth by listening out for cheeping. Don’t touch the hutch at this stage as the doe will want to clean it to insure no predators can smell the blood or other scents.

TAKING CARE YOUR DOE AND LITTER AFTER BIRTH Seek veterinary care: It may be a good idea for you to take your doe to a vet following

on from the birth of her kits, as a vet will be able to determine any post-birth issues such as infections. Increase your doe’s food intake Feeding her kits will drain your doe, so you may want to increase the amount of dry food you are giving her. If you find that your doe’s droppings have become loose, go back to her regular food intake. Handle the doe correctly Just like people, the personality of your doe may change following the birth of her kits. If you have a good relationship with your rabbit and she is allowing you to pet her as normal, you may want to let her out for some exercise – allowing you to spend time with the kits. YOUR PET MAGAZINE | 29


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Maintaining Wildlife

How to make your Garden Critter-Comfy Recent news emerged revealing that the UK wildlife rate is rapidly decreasing, with one in three species halving in number within the last 50 years. So, it’s now our job as countryside residents to protect and preserve our friendly visitors. One way to achieve this is to transform our gardens in to critter-comfy zones, and here’s how you can do so...

PROVIDE WATER If there’s one garden feature sure to attract wildlife at an overwhelming speed, it’s water. Even something as small and simple as an up-turned bin lid with water in will entice creatures such as dragonflies, frogs and newts. However, actually building a pond creates a more permanent habitat. If you do decide to do this, make sure not to introduce goldfish (as they will eat smaller animals and encourage algal blooms) and ensure shallow basins as almost

all wildlife creatures will benefit from shallow water.

DON’T BE A NEAT FREAK Wildlife can gain all sorts of benefits from garden debris. As your wildlife-friendly garden comes together, you’ll discover the characteristics and habitats of all the different garden creatures: ladybirds will hide among plant stems, birds will form warm nests for their babies, and you’ll unearth hedgehogs who hibernate underneath dead leaves in remote areas. Leaving your garden’s plants and shrubs alone will allow these creatures to create their own environments.

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as butterflies and bees, as well as other wildlife like birds. There are a number of different shrubs and flowers which will benefit wildlife throughout the year – one being bramble, also known as blackberry. Its flowers provide a large amount of nectar and pollen for insects and will start to bare fruit in the late summer. Others include honeysuckle, ivy and hawthorn, all providing nourishment for many different types of wildlife. You can also make your garden more animalfriendly by incorporating a log pile. Small animals such as hedgehogs and badgers will use log piles to make a home, while other wildlife creatures and critters will use it as a food source.

AVOID USING PESTICIDES AND CHEMICALS Avoid using pesticides and chemicals – many of the chemicals used to kill insect pests, snails, slugs or rats, can also be very harmful to more pleasant wildlife creatures. All chemicals have the ability to cause serious harm to wildlife


animals and also tend to make these creatures to raise their their way into water sources. This offspring. One way in which then causes environmental you can aid this issue is by harm such as algae creating homes for these blooms, therefore endangered animals, making it a lot harder such as a birdhouse. to maintain your Birdhouses can wildlife garden. In actually be fairly Each hedgehog has addition to this, easily made at low between 5000 and try to avoid using cost and, not only 7000 quills ‘bug zappers’ to kill does this give birds insects like mosquitos a place to keep warm while you’re outside. and raise their young, it Blood-seeking insects tend also prevents larger predators not to be attracted to light but from harming or killing them. are instead attracted to heat. So when using these ‘bug zappers’, FEED THE ANIMALS you are more than likely just killing THE RIGHT WAY harmless insects that could be fuelling your garden food chain. Feeding garden visitors such as birds is perfectly fine, however not all wild birds feed off the PROVIDE SHELTER same nutrients, so if this is AND NESTING something you The main thing that people fail want to do, to think about with new conducting some developments is the research into what amount of wildlife wild birds eat first homes and habitats might be beneficial. that get destroyed. Not Bird feeders will only does this affect existing typically attract creatures, but will also affect more birds into your the unborn as more destroyed garden than you homes means less places for would naturally expect, so if you

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food that I can feed my pet?’ Despite the plethora of brands and products available in the market it can often be quite a challenge to find and select that perfect product to fit that specific pet. Bespoke diets are the ideal solution. Here at tails. com, we fully embrace and acknowledge that each pet is an individual and has their own unique nutritional needs.” Since the launch, tails.com has grown a large community of loyal customers who are seeing the benefits that tailor-made nutrition can have on their dogs, as well as the benefits a tailor-made service can have to their own busy lives. The proof is in their great feedback on independent review site TrustPilot.com. Gary in Southend sums it up pretty well; “Tails.com is simply brilliant. Tailored to your dog’s needs, inexpensive, always on time and my dog Zack loves it.” It’s clear that the folk over at tails.com are confident they’re making a product that can change the lives of dogs and their owners for the better.


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ish are among the easiest animals to maintain if cared for properly, but installing a fishpond is a lot more than a landscaping trend, so do the relevant planning and research before filling a tub and tossing in any old fish. Whether they are pond fish or tank fish, they deserve a chance at a happy and relaxing life, just like any other species in the animal kindgom. Quite often, a garden pond can be left to its own devices – within reason – as ponds are essentially small nature reserves. However, it would be more beneficial to the fish living in it if it were regularly maintained. There are a number of ways in which you can make sure your garden pond and its residents are

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preventing plants and leaves well kept. The main enemy for from falling into the pond. During your pond will be algae, which cold and icy weather, your pond spreads during the warmer is likely to freeze over. You months, and the leaves and should never attempt to plants that fall in autumn break the ice as this and winter. However, could cause harm there are a to the fish; and number of ways “Water Lillies they will be quite to avoid this. are another common happy during For starters, type of pond plant, these freezing make sure adding colour and temperatures. your pond isn’t beauty to your pond, Instead, place a positioned in especially in the ball or something an area covered summer months.” similar on the top by trees and of the water to float. plants. Anything This allows gases and shading the area has other unwanted substances the ability to grow into to leave the pond. the water, which is how algae Once your pond has been blooms are caused. Another way established, it’s time for you to of avoiding this issue is to net pick out the pond plants you your pond during these months, wish to incorporate into your garden habitat. There are a wide variety of plants you could use for your pond, but you may find that some have a more positive outcome than others. One type of pond plant to include are oxygenators. These are crucial for keeping your pond clean and healthy. Usually these plants float on the water surface, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen as they grow. Water lillies are another common type of pond plant, adding colour and beauty to your pond, especially in the summer months. However,

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similarly to oxygenators, water lillies have a habit of multiplying, so start off with a small amount as it is easy for plants like this to swamp a small pond. Floating plants can also be beneficial as they incorporate shading into your pond, therefore reducing the risk of problems such as algae. Overall, it’s best to seek professional advice when choosing the right plants to use in your fishpond as some plants may be more beneficial to certain breeds of fish. Water plants do not require a large amount of attention, but it would be beneficial to separate any crowded or overgrown plants

every couple of years. When the warm months arrive, you may find that maintaining water quality becomes more difficult, especially as the summer heat will cause the pond water to evaporate. You may find that you have to top up the water every so often, so installing a waterfall or fountain can be hugely beneficial. This will allow you to run water at intervals, therefore making it easier to monitor. Additionally, when putting your pond plants into place, covering the plant pots with gravel will prevent the fish from disturbing the soil, meaning there is no chance of discolouring the water.

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Micro Pigs

Do They Make Good House Pets?

Micro pigs, otherwise known as ‘miniature’ or ‘teacup’ pigs seem to be the latest fashion craze, with more and more being purchased to keep as house pets

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lthough originally bred for medical research and experiments, Britain has fallen in love and many people believe that miniature pigs should be raised in the same way as cats and dogs. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Micro pigs come under the category of ‘farmed animals’ and therefore are subject to the same regulations as regular farmed livestock. Pennywell Farm has been one of Britain’s most appreciated miniature pig breeders since 1992. After 20 years of selecting pigs to breed depending on their temperament, size, colour and character, Pennywell Farm is home to many gentle and calm-natured micro pigs. We spoke to Pennywell Farm’s pig expert, Chris Murray, to find out more information on these little creatures and the characteristics they carry.

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Are micro pigs easy to care for? They are very easy pets to care for as they don’t require loads of exercise. They sleep most of the day and their needs are modest. It’s good to give them stimulation by doing things such as tasks or games, taking them for a walk, grooming them regularly and teaching them tricks - all good practise in animal enrichment and ensuring a happy contented hog! Being miniature means they also don’t eat a great deal, they just need somewhere clean, dry, draught free and warm to live. Having said that they need feeding ideally twice or even three times a day and they do prefer a routine. The quantity must be the same every day and they mustn’t be allowed to get too heavy or fat otherwise they will end up with the same conditions as overweight humans. What is the average life expectancy of a micro pig? I always say 8 years but we have had them older. The oldest Pennywell pig we had was 14

years old! He was called Pumba and he was a real sweetie of a boar - I was very sad when he went to piggy heaven! There have been stories about people mistakenly purchasing regular farm pigs rather than miniature pigs how can you tell if you have actually purchased a miniature pig? It’s pretty distressing how people have had the Pigs do not “eat like pigs” wool pulled or “pig out.” They over their eyes prefer to eat slowly and it’s really and savor their food best if you visit a breeder. Ask to see all their breeding stock, ask what age they are and also ask for references so you can speak to previous purchasers. Find out where that breeder got their foundation stock from! We never sell breeding stock - all Pennywell males are neutered. We really only breed to order which means What kind of environment we carry a waiting list. should be provided for micro pigs? They need a place that is light, bright, warm, dry and draught free. Ideally they like to have a grass paddock (large lawn) to wander over as well as a pigsty with a concrete floor where they will happily stay when you are not playing with them on the lawn or in your house. The concrete needs to be insulated underneath so it doesn’t chill your pig.

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are very affectionate. I’ve had several customers who have come back for more and several who’s pigs go on their morning run, cycle ride and swim! Other customers have their pigs on their laps or beside them on the sofa watching television while others have them outdoors all the time. It really depends on what you are looking for in a pet. I always recommend that customers have an outdoor pigsty and run for their pig so that, it they go away, they can easily have a place to pop their pet and know it’s happy. Finally, do you have any other advice for people considering purchasing a micro pig?

Visit Pennywell and have a good look at all of our animals and also buy from Pennywell! I would also advise you to have fun - if you are having fun with your pig then your pig is having fun with you. We train the piglets from a very young age to be easy to handle and consequently when they leave Pennywell they are the friendliest miniature pigs you could buy! Lastly, remember that once a pig has been adopted by you they are yours for life, just like having children they are your responsibility.

purchasing a miniature pig, want to enjoy a day out or have any further questions, email them at info@pennywellfarm.co.uk or contact them via telephone on 01364 642023.

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The £250 voucher can be used towards a three night weekend stay or four night midweek break at one of nine stunning locations exclusively on Forestry Commission land, subject to availability. Whether you are travelling as a group of friends, a couple or with family including your dog/dogs your Forest Holidays cabin is your personal sanctuary in the forest. The freedom, the fresh air and the forest are yours to enjoy at your own pace. Get ready for action, choosing archery, kayaking or cycling. Or master the art of relaxing, opting for gentle woodland walks, enjoying a sensory spa treatment or simply unwinding in the private comfort of your cabin or hot tub. All Forest Holiday locations have cycle trails and woodland walks. Every location has a resident Forest Ranger - an expert in the life of the forest who is ready and eager to share their woodland skills and knowledge with you. To enter please visit www.forestholidays.co.uk/ competitions/yourpetmagazine If you’re not lucky enough to win this time around, you can still enjoy 8% off cabins at Forest Holidays during 2016. Go to www.forestholidays.co.uk and enter the code YOURPET8 to receive your discount on breaks booked by 30th September 2016 Terms & conditions The £250 voucher can be used towards a three night weekend break or a four night midweek break. Competition will close on 8th July 2016. The prize must be taken by 31st December 2016, subject to availability. The prize is non-transferable and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. The voucher is not exchangeable for cash or any other prize.

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