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Caroline Clark

Pet First Aid: Using Disinfectants

In an attempt to reduce the risk of contracting Coronavirus, the government has very wisely advised us to practice high standards of hygiene. This involves disinfecting homes and using hand sanitising products. However, with pets in the home it is wise to know some of the potential risks of using certain products and to have

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Caroline Clark

Covid 19 & Pets

Can I catch Covid-19 From my Pets? A common question that veterinary surgeons are being asked is: Can I get Covid 19 from my pet dog or cat? According to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, “the current evidence strongly indicates that COVID-19 cannot be contracted from pets.” Despite the reports from Hong Kong about

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Caroline Clark

Pet Anxiety

According to the 2018 PAW report, 80 % of pet owners say that their dog or cat is scared of something.  This short article is designed to raise awareness about pet anxiety and to highlight that there is something you can do to help your pet. What is Anxiety? The terms Fear and anxiety are

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Caroline Clark

Reducing Stress in Domestic Cats

Although cats have been domesticated for thousands of years, they still retain many of the same characteristics from their ancestors. Their emotional and physical requirements have not changed much.  So being able to cater for these needs is an important way of reducing stress in domestic cats. So what Does a Cat Need? In the

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Caroline Clark

Teaching Animals Using Reward-Based Training

Animals need to be motivated to learn and most modern-day trainers know that using some kind of reward helps drive that motivation. However, there are some owners who feel that their pet should obey them without using reward-based training techniques and then find it hard to understand why they aren’t responding to commands.  

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Caroline Clark

Help! My Cats Don’t Get On

“Help! my cats don’t get on” is a frequent call I get from cat owners. It usually follows after another cat is introduced to keep an existing cat company. But do cats need a friend? The short answer is generally NO! Cats are solitary animals. Unlike the dog, who is a very social animal, they

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Caroline Clark

Living with a Blind Cat – Top Tips

Cats and other animals always amaze me at the way they adapt to disabilities. This is certainly the case when caring for one that loses their sight. Cats that go blind suddenly often need more time to adapt but, although it’s easier if they gradually lose their sight, we can still help with the transition

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Caroline Clark

Cats Suffer From High Blood Pressure Too

At 7 years of age and above, most cats are still playful and may appear youthful but there is an increasing risk of feline age-related problems developing. Hypertension (often referred to as high blood pressure) is a medical condition that most humans have heard of.  But did you know that cats over 7 years of

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Caroline Clark

Feline Behaviour – Why Does My Cat………?

All cats are individuals and have their own personality types. However there are a number of common behaviours that most cats exhibit. Knowing what some of these are and what they mean helps us understand and appreciate them just that bit more. As a feline behaviour counsellor, here are some of the most common questions

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Caroline Clark

Feline Aggression – Causes and Treatment

Aggression is a broad term. In the cat it ranges from hissing and growling right up to a full blown attack. However this description doesn’t tell us anything about what is motivating the cat to show aggression. In most cases cats prefer to avoid conflict but,  if aroused sufficiently,  things can escalate and they can

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