Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

Top 7 Ways To Show Your Cats Love this Valentine’s Day

Here at Whiskas, we know that our pets are often a much more reliable source for love and affection than their human counterparts. They don’t argue. They rarely let us down and generally, they enjoy a good cuddle. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that time with our furry friends can be good for our health – from lowering blood pressure to combating feelings of depression and loneliness. This Valentine’s Day, rather than relying on your partner to make the day special, why not focus your attention on your favourite feline to show them how much you care? Cats are […]

Traveling shelter dog inspires adoption movement

In the past week the WOOF Project, based at the V&A Waterfront, managed to help 18 dogs find new loving homes through their efficient adoption processes. The WOOF Project is the main initiative of Oscars Arc, a registered charitable trust in Cape Town inspired by one woman’s love for her adopted shelter dog. Since their inception in 2017, the project has managed to increase the province’s overall adoption rate by 42%.   “The initiative was inspired by a dog I adopted many years ago from a shelter in Cape Town. Oscar changed my life and travelled around the world with […]

Mosquito Control: 10 Plants That Attract Mosquito-Eating Dragonflies

Did you know that dragonflies love to eat mosquitoes at all stages of life? They are excellent mosquito predators and can keep mosquito populations low if you attract dragonflies to your area. Not only do dragonflies eat mosquitoes, but they eat other pests as well. How can one attract dragonflies if they don’t seem to live in your area? Adding the following plants to your landscape will attract dragonflies and encourage the population to flourish! Add hiding spots for baby dragonflies using trees and shrubs around the perimeter of your property. In general, flowering plants should be integrated throughout your […]

Scots twins open vets to treat pets with herbal remedies including mushrooms and mistletoe

By: Paul Rodger Twin sisters have opened a vet surgery which treats pets with herbal remedies including mistletoe and medicinal mushrooms. Reagan and Jordan Carnwath, 29, grew up ‘obsessed’ with animals and in their childhood would bring sick or injured creatures home to care for them. The identical twins both studied veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow, and Reagan graduated in 2013 with Jordan completing her studies a year later. After finishing her studies, Reagan moved to Dumfries and Galloway to work in a rural veterinary surgery, but in 2017 she returned to her home city and established Herbal Vet Scotland. Unlike most vet […]

Chinese Citizens Call for Permanent Ban on Wildlife Markets

With the new strain of coronavirus rapidly spreading, the Chinese public, scientists and academics are urgently calling for a permanent ban on wildlife markets and trade. State-controlled media have published op-eds and thousands of Chinese citizens have taken to state-sponsored social media networks, indicating that the government is willing to let frustrations air.  “It’s been incredible how many calls there have been to end wildlife consumption from all sectors of government, academia, media and members of the public through social media comments,” said WildAid China Representative Steve Blake. “It’s been one of the major themes in reports and discussions on the […]

Minderz launches its wellness app for pets

Minderz has announced the launch of its pet care app, which aims to provide a dedicated social media community for pets. The team at Minderz says that the app is more than a social network for pets — it intends to be a platform that makes it easy to manage pets’ health and wellness, as well as to connect with other pets. According to Minderz, the app is like Instagram, but with a strict “pets only” policy. The feed is a stream of cat and dog photos, featuring captions and comments in the voices of the pets. “As a pet parent, […]

Behaviour of Boulders Beach visitors putting penguins lives under threat

By: Sukaina Ishmail Cape Town – Tourists and visitors to Boulders Beach are potentially threatening the survival of the penguin colony by overstepping the boundaries instead of maintaining the required three-metre distance. Boulders Beach receives 2000 visitors daily during the year and during the December/January peak holiday period up to 5000 visitors enter the site. Environmental activists and the public have been campaigning against the behaviour of tourists visiting the penguin colony after they observed how tourists would get very close to penguins to get a picture with them. #SeaTheBiggerPicture organisation co-founder Shamier Magmoet said: “Tourists are getting unusually close […]

Wombats are the heroes of the Australian fires, sheltering animals in their burrows

Amid all the devastation caused by Australia’s bushfires, an unlikely hero has emerged: the wombat. Quite generously, wombats have reportedly been allowing other animals to take refuge in their homes, as they hide from the blazes that threaten their own habitats. Complex underground tunnels, created by wombats, have served as safehouses for other species like wallabies and echidnas, allowing them to survive an otherwise fatal situation. Peter Hylands, a documentary filmmaker, visited the burnt landscape of the Cobargo Wildlife Sanctuary, and told Yahoo, “You’ve got animals that are completely unscathed and those must be the animals that have been under the […]

Is it time to stop hating the rat?

By: Kate Whannel You dirty rat; I smell a rat; like a rat deserting a sinking ship. It’s clear from the English language that rats don’t have the best reputation in our culture. Rats are seen as dirty, vicious and the spreaders of disease including the plague – which in the 14th century caused the deaths of more than a third of Europe’s population. However, a recent study has found that it was humans rather than rats that were responsible for the spread of the Black Death. So is it time to rehabilitate the reputation of the rat? Life savers? Today, in […]

Make sure to include your feline friends in your new year’s resolutions

At the start of every year, many of us make resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, save more money and get more organised. When it comes to eating healthier, Whiskas encourages us to include our beloved feline friends in our positive plans for 2020, especially when it comes to getting a balanced diet. A balanced diet for cats means including wet and dry feeding in their daily food regimes. This will ensure their nutritional requirements are met and reduce the risk of overeating, keeping them healthy in every phase of their lives. Giving our cats wet food with their daily […]