New Year’s resolutions to help keep your pet healthy and happy

Around this time of year, lots of us think about what resolutions we might commit to this January to make it a healthy and happy year ahead, so why not do the same for your pet too? Here are some great ones to start you off – a lot of which may well benefit you both!

  • Check the ID is up to date (and present!) on your pet. Some of your details may have changed over the past year so make sure these are reflected on your pet’s ID tag or collar and you’ll be giving them the best chance to get back to you safely should they ever get lost.
  • Book in regular health check-ups with your vet to make sure any vaccinations are up to date and that overall your furry friend is in good health. There are many issues that present with no obvious symptoms so it’s advisable to have at least one annual examination for your pet.
  • Why not resolve to spend more quality time playing and interacting with your pet in 2015? Research shows how beneficial this is to both their and our own wellbeing and can help to strengthen your relationship too. It’s a good idea to think about making play or exercise time as engaging as possible to keep their mind active; just like us mental stimulation can help slow the deterioration that comes with age!
  • The beginning of the year is always a good time to reassess your pet’s diet and eating habits. Have a think about whether the food you’re giving them is suitable for their needs in terms of nutrition requirements. Also, is it age appropriate? If you have a more senior pet then they can have slightly different needs. Be mindful of giving them too many treats as well, it’s nice to spoil them now and again but if you notice you’re often guilty of giving them table scraps or leftovers it’s wise to consciously limit these.
  • Resolve to keep up with a regular grooming routine for your pet, which focuses on maintaining their coat, teeth and nails. Neglect of these areas can result in bad hygiene which will often lead to health issues, so tend to these on a regular basis to help keep them looking, and feeling, their best. Grooming is a great way for you as an owner to regularly check your pet for lumps and bumps too.
  • Quite often at least one of our resolutions is fitness or activity related, so you could combine this with your pet and try a new activity together. Doga (dog yoga) is a growing trend and there are many accessories to aid you and your dog to run together, it’s easier than ever for owners to involve their four-legged friend in a new hobby. It’s a great way to deepen your bond and get you both more active. Group activities for pets and their owners can add a social element and mean you may both meet some like-minded people (or animals)!

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The responsibility of owning a pet

Pets bring us endless joy, and studies are finding more and more benefits that ownership can have on our health and wellbeing; however, owning a pet is no walk in the park and comes with a whole lot of responsibilities. So if you’re considering bringing a furry friend into your home be sure it’s a decision you can comfortably commit to, and if you’re lucky enough to already own a pet then it’s good to assess how well you’re keeping up the necessary responsibilities.

People often consider getting a pet before starting a family, and for good reason – just like a child, the wellbeing of a cat or dog is completely in your hands. Our pets love us unconditionally; they’re always there to greet us when we get home with a friendly face, and so in turn we need to reserve affection and attention for them no matter what life may bring. Whether you’re busy with work commitments or personal life, caring for a pet is a 24/7 job and requires a large amount of time, energy and money, which can often mean compromise or sacrifice for owners. An average dog or cat can live up to 15 to 20 years so it is by no means a short-term commitment – longer even than some of us can commit to each other!

On a daily basis, pets are extremely time consuming as they need to be fed, exercised, groomed and of course given regular love and attention. If you have, or are thinking of getting, an infant pet then they will also need training and the extra dedication and time this requires. Pet supplies and medical expenses can be costly so it’s wise to set aside a budget for this to make sure you have enough in case any unexpected situations arise.

As much as pet ownership is a privilege we’re lucky to have, it also provides owner with legal responsibilities set out by The Animal Welfare Act 2006 (which applies in England and Wales) to protect the welfare of animals. Owners and/or keepers have duties to care for their pet ensuring that the following basic needs are met, and failure to do so can have very serious legal consequences:

  • A suitable environment
  • A suitable diet
  • The ability to exhibit normal behaviour
  • Housed with, or apart from, other animals
  • Protection from pain, suffering, injury and disease

At this time of year, with pets high on the Christmas list for many, it’s important to recognise and appreciate the responsibility that comes with ownership. If you’re lucky enough to already have a furry family member, then think about how well you’re fulfilling all of your obligations as a pet owner and whether you can do anything more to return the love and joy they bring to us!

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Purrfect feline Christmas gifts

Christmas pet stockings are becoming more popular, with many owners wanting to spoil their feline friend with some new treats and toys. For cats and kittens, our PetSafe® Play & Challenge range includes toys they can pounce on, keeping themselves amused and in good shape with lots of twisting and turning as they play. Designed to keep cats of all ages engaged and active, the treats the toys dispense will keep them purring with pleasure and help you to turn mealtime into playtime! Many of these great products are available for under £10, so here’s just some of our fantastic toys perfect for a stocking filler this Christmas.

Funkitty™ Egg-Cersizer™

The Egg-Cersizer is a treat / feeding ball that’s designed to randomly dispense treats and dry food which is uniquely adjustable to your cat’s level of play. With a Treat Meter that allows treat distribution from all angles, you can open 1, 2, or 3 holes to customise to your cat’s needs and increase the challenge over time.

Funkitty™ Twist ‘n’ Treat™

Dispensing dry food for a tasty treat, the Twist ‘n’ Treat™ easily adjusts to your cat’s level of play. Simply fill with dry food, treats or catnip for an irresistibly good time! You’ll watch as your feline wrestles with the toy to access the goodies inside, meaning it works to keep them active too.

SlimCat

With around 50% of cats showing signs of obesity, we developed an interactive feeding toy that gives your cat portion control and exercise. SlimCat™ increases feline activity, decreases excessive eating and improves behavioural problems associated with boredom. By providing smaller portions of food throughout the day, it helps to maintain optimum weight as well as improving your cat’s digestion. Plus, it’s great for cats of all shapes and sizes – simply fill with a healthy portion of dry food and watch your cat play!

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Looking for a slightly bigger gift for your feline? Our FroliCat range of laser and teaser toys are a great way to keep cats active and engaged. Created especially for interactive play, they’ll keep your furry friend occupied for hours, which is great for busy owners at this time of year. Exercise plus fun make these a no brainer!

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