While a new baby brings much joy it’s also a time of big change. This can be daunting for our aging pets, used to a routine and unrivalled attention. It’s possible to reduce stress to a minimum but it takes planning, time and a lot of patience. If you are expecting, you have some warning to get yourself prepared. Your dog needs the same.
This is the first in a new series, taking a (slightly tongue in cheek!) look at different pets - their advantages and disadvantages to us, but also their needs and requirements. We asked one of our vet bloggers, Liz, to start us off with perhaps the pet oldest question of all… - Ed.
A new take on an ancient question: dog or cat? Cat or Dog? In my opinion, the answer is always the same. That is, 'dogs because I'm a dog person, and practical factors be blown.' But if you try to answer this question objectively, then what are the important factors?
Under current government guidelines, rehoming of pets now doesn’t count as essential travel, affecting breeders and rehoming centres across the country.
The week before lockdown, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home experienced a surge in adoptions when it homed 86 dogs and 69 cats compared to 42 dogs and 39 cats the week prior and 39 dogs and 52 cats the same week the year prior. The Dogs Trust also reported a 25% increase in adoptions.
As a human sharing your life and space with a cat you’ll already know that your feline friend is VERY SET in their routines, habits and territory. In these unprecedented times (how many times have you read that phrase lately?!?!) our poor cats are now forced to share their core territory – their safe space. Some cats might love this (I think of the social Siamese), but I’d venture to say that most of them are finding this all a little stressful.