July 16, 2019Catching a problem early can mean the difference between life and death. Also, it often comes with lighter vet bills. Some symptoms to look out for: listlessness, being disinterested in normal play and running around, and being uncharacteristically bad-tempered.
June 24, 2019It can be very difficult to photograph a black dog because all the black fur absorbs the light and makes it hard to see contrast. So, how do you show off your jet-black pet? Here are some tips.
June 24, 2019Over time, black animals became the poster pets for evil. And by the 1580s, writers like Shakespeare began to use the image, coining expressions like black curse, black intentions and black soul – all meaning evil. However, it is mere superstition that black pets bring bad luck.
June 10, 2019The small spines (called papillae) on a cat's tongue are very rough, a little bit like a rasp. So, when a cat washes, this rasp goes deep into the fur touching the skin. The dragging spines stimulate skin glands into releasing a series of body chemicals that help make the coat water-resistant.
June 10, 2019I will be lying in bed, warm and cosy when, suddenly, there’s a bump on the bed. Before I can collect myself and hide under the pillow, a wet sandpapery tongue rasps over my nose. To Swooner, that early morning greeting says “I love you” in Cat.
May 27, 2019Well bred and socialised Poms are happy, friendly and outgoing but they tend to be loud. They can’t be left alone in apartments or they become nuisance barkers. Little bones mean they have to be handled carefully.
May 27, 2019Beary is four months old, just a small ball of fluff but with a personality the size of a planet. The second he saw me, he was waving his tail and yipping excitedly. He sniffed my hand for a second, licked it enthusiastically, and then insisted on up-close and personal kisses. In a word: irresistible.
April 15, 2019Intelligence seems such a simple concept but it’s proven impossible to find a universal definition. At a very basic level, it’s taken as having self-awareness. If you can recognise yourself in a mirror, you’re probably self-aware.
Beyond that, we tend to think of intelligence as involving logic, the ability to learn, think...
April 15, 2019A clever experiment this week proved that cats recognise their own name but often choose to play dumb and ignore their families calling for them to come in. Amazingly, this was a big surprise to some people.
Cats are often portrayed as small furry geniuses, sweetly clever if you love them and cunning sociopaths if you don’t, but I'm...
February 25, 2019Communicating with a pet can be difficult, especially when it is anxious. We talk to Malaysian dog lovers who cross that divide. Give the pet time and care, and they can pull through. It’s a matter of patience, gentleness and love.