Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

My Cat Hates My Dog: What Should I Do?

In the battle between cats and dogs, dogs are usually depicted as the instigators. But sometimes, it’s the cat who has it in for the family dog. Though it’s certainly possible, and actually quite common, for cats and dogs to get along and even form friendships, some cats just want nothing to do with dogs. They may even turn hostile toward the friendliest and gentlest of pups, leaving you to wondering what to do. This can be especially true of a shelter cat introduced into your home. Although shelter personnel should be able to tell you whether a cat gets […]

The South African Animal Physical Rehabilitation Association (SAAPRA) highlights the dangers of OBESITY amongst pets

The words tubby, flabby or fatty should not be words used by your friends during a braai to describe your beloved pet. Weight gain should not be preventing them from being unable to join you for a snuggle in bed as they cannot make it up the stairs. Unlike wild animals, who spend a great deal of energy catching or looking for food, our spoilt fluffballs have the luxury of only having to follow their nose to the delightful kitchen which contains an assortment of fine treats.  This means our pet’s energy intake (food consumed) outweighs their energy output (seeking […]

Animals 101 – What sort of bones may be safe for my dog?

BENEFITS OF BONES Studies have shown chewing on raw bones can dramatically reduce the amount of plaque on a dog’s teeth in just a few days. It keeps a dog’s mind and mouth entertained for a period of time. Gnawing on raw bones is an instinct canines haven’t gotten rid of for thousands of years—indulge your dog in this pastime! Raw bones are also rich in nutrients like calcium and phosphorus. Though they definitely aren’t intended to replace meals or snacks, they can provide a small vitamin and mineral boost on special occasions. PRECAUTIONS Compare the size of the bone […]

Khayelitsha animal clinic celebrates 25 years of helping animals

Twenty-five years ago, a Khayelitsha community member saw that his neighbours did not know how to care for their pets. He took a shopping trolly and went door-to-door, feeding dogs and cats and educating people on their pets’ needs. Mr Joe Manchu soon attracted volunteers including many community children. A bath was donated which was used for dipping pets with fleas and ticks. Thereafter a shipping container was donated which became the first ever animal clinic in Khayelitsha. Today, 25 years later, Mdzananda Animal Clinic is celebrating a quarter century of helping, healing and rescuing pets in Khayelitsha. The clinic […]

Animals 101 – Home Alone

ANIMALS 101 – ARE YOUR PETS FINE HOME ALONE? Although through COVID-19 many pets have had their owners around more often, we understand that you can’t be with your pet all the time. How long they are left alone, however, includes various factors. Sadly, we can share many and horrible stories on what happened to pets while owners were away or how many people will go away for days with no one checking in on them. This is highly irresponsible! They are your responsibility and you chose to be their guardian. When we drive around, we often sadly see animals […]

How to Live With Cat Allergies

For some unfortunate souls, living with cats means frequent sneezing, watery eyes, runny noses and wheezing. In severe cases, cat allergies can exacerbate asthma, notes the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Living with cat allergies can be a misery, but living without that little bundle of purring love? Well, that’s not an option, either. So how can people who suffer from cat allergies remain in relative comfort while living with a kitty? Keeping a cat allergy remedy or two up your sleeve will make life easier if you have cat allergies and live with a cat. Read on to learn about choosing […]

How to Handle Cat Spraying

Keeping the house clean can be a challenge for anyone who owns pets. There’s nothing worse than getting home after a long day at work to a terrible odor or mess on the floor. Spraying is one of the most common behavioral problems in cats, along with scratching. But while your first instinct may be to discipline your cat for this undesirable behavior, keep in mind that she is predisposed to this practice, and it should be redirected. Why Does My Cat Spray? In the wild, cats leave scent signals to communicate with other cats through rubbing, scratching, urinating, and […]

Whiskas keeps pets purring while packaging is on paws

They say that it’s what inside that counts, and this holds true to Whiskas’ temporary packaging. Major disruption was caused when the company’s packaging manufacturer in KZN was set alight during recent community unrest. With all paws on deck, Whiskas has had to temporarily replace their iconic purple packets with a plain white facade to ensure that kitty’s around the country keep purring, despite the temporary packaging setback. All pet parents have undoubtedly experienced an element of disruption in their lives over the past 19 months, whether that be economic, personal, or psychological. However, one thing that remains a constant […]

Montego Pet Nutrition launches new supplements and grooming range

  Montego Pet Nutrition, one of the biggest pet food manufacturers in the country, is excited to announce its latest innovation into pet health and wellness. Introducing Montego XenPet (pronounced “ZenPet”). A complete range of premium, nature-inspired nutritional supplements and grooming products for gentle, effective inner and outer pet care. Made with the same premium quality Montego customers have come to know and love over the past two decades, this range of supplements and grooming is a first for the brand and is suitable for all adult dog breeds. Montego XenPet’s Soft Chews supplement range aims to boost the health […]

Animals 101 – Meeting your pets needs

TYPES OF ENRICHMENT FOOD based enrichment is the most widely used method of enrichment as all animals require food to survive and the animals are also more inclined to interact. The aim of food-based enrichment is to prolong feeding times. The easiest way to do this is by dividing the animal’s daily diet into three or four separate feeds The PHYSICAL HABITAT of the animal plays an important role in its welfare, meeting its physical requirements and providing a positive environment for them to live in. SOCIAL enrichment involves housing animals of different species with others that they would naturally associate with or encounter […]