Cats

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Pets and Music.. can they really enjoy it?

We've all done it. Left the TV or radio on to calm the cat or dog whilst we're out. And it usually works, which is why we think of our pets enjoying the same noises we do. But can they? I got thinking about this when listening to an old album, that I used to play regularly 3 - 4 years ago, but (as my husband dislikes it) is rarely on now. When sat listening to it, my four cats reacted, stretched, ...

Animals with jobs – A trend for the future?

We all love our furry companions and wish we didn't have to leave them at home in the mornings, watching their sad little faces looking out at us as we walk out of the door can be heart breaking. Well apparently there is a new trend emerging, in which companies from museums to sports teams are hiring cats and dogs to come and work for them. If the trend continues then going all day without seeing ...

Key considerations when choosing your next cat or kitten

Deciding to add a new cat or kitten to your family is a very exciting time for all involved and of course, there is just so much to consider! For example, are you going to get an adult cat or kitten? Should you opt for a pure breed, mixed breed or even rescue cat? The most important thing to remember is that temperament and personality can differ significantly from one cat to another. Consequently...

What and what not to feed your kitten

During the important development months and years of your kitten, their diet is incredibly important and therefore knowing what and what not to feed your kitten is vital knowledge for every cat owner, ensuring your pet gets the level of nutrition they need to grow up strong, healthy and full of vitality. Being the pet lovers we are at Swell Pets, we make a habit of helping customers with this kno...

Diabetes in cats and dogs

With so much focus on human types of diabetes and the risks it poses, it's easy to forget that your loveable dog, cat and a whole range of other pets can suffer from diabetes. Diabetes can be just as nasty for animals as it can for humans, and looking for the signs early can make a huge difference with keeping them healthy and well. Nowadays, most vets can perform simple tests to confirm a diag...

Halloween and the Black Cat

Halloween approaches, and as usual, the frightening costumes will be available to buy in the shops. A common theme in decoration and costumes is that of the black cat. Usually identified as a witches companion or familiar, the black cat appears at her side as a sleek ally in her dark deeds. Looking at the history of animals as the companions of evil, why is the black cat so maligned? Halloween or...

The Benefits to Owning a Pet

Owning a pet has many benefits. They quickly become part of the family and bring fun and love into the home. They can be hard work at times, especially when they are young, and need sleep and toilet training. However, with love and patience, these issues can be resolved and the positive traits far outweigh the negative. Research has found that people who own pets are less stressed than those with...

Dental Care for your Pets

Like us, your cat or dog only get one set of adult teeth, and they need looking after as much as possible to allow them to chomp down on their favourite treats and tasty kibble for the rest of their lives. Without a little care and attention, your pet's oral hygiene can suffer from the same problems that affect human teeth: tartar and plaque build ups leading to gum disease, cavities and potentia...

Introducing New Pets into your Home

Introducing new pets into a home can be an amazingly fun experience when it is done correctly. It's exciting for both you and the new pet as you watch them explore and make themselves at home. But it's not always as simple as just opening the door and letting them stroll in, your particular animal's behavioural and territorial nature needs to be taken into account. Thinking about space This is the...

Air Travel with Pets

Aeroplane travel is not just becoming cheaper for humans, but for pets too! Because of this, more and more people are choosing to take their cats and dogs with them on holiday instead of leaving them in the care of kennels, neighbours, friends or relatives. The advantages to this are simple: You get to share your foreign adventure with your best friend! However, air travel is of course strictly...

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