November 12, 2018When you talk to your cat, have your eyes on the same level. It’s just like talking to kids, really. You hunker down, or sit on the floor, or invite your pet on to the sofa. If you can, lie down and have your cat stand on your chest. Start by stroking your cat’s back and face.
October 29, 2018Daisy is a little darling but she is almost entirely blind. Someone who works from home, or someone who is retired would be excellent to adopt her. As she’s also very quiet, a condo home that allows pets would be lovely or a normal house with a tiny garden – and a gate.
September 10, 2018The caterwaul is the cat version of the bat signal. It can be a sign of pain, the kind that means you need to rush to the emergency vet straight away. Or it can mean your kitty is terrified of something.
August 27, 2018As pets eat every day, you should brush every day. Start with the front teeth, be gentle and make sure it’s all part of your bonding process. Be firm but don’t escalate it until there’s a massive struggle. Slowly, gently and consistently is the way.
July 23, 2018Columnist Ellen Whyte first met Kira the Retriever, her mum’s neighbour, seven years ago. She was just a pup back then. On a recent holiday to visit her mum in Spain, Ellen wondered if Kira would remember her.
July 9, 2018It’s not easy to adopt a seasoned stray cat but the rescuer was right when she said Sam would love a home. And then the columnist’s mum made the miracle happen. Sam’s purrs are a testimony to how happy he is.
June 11, 2018Columnist Ellen Whyte's cat Target is not being difficult or teasing, in fact, his behaviour is rooted in love. Cats are very social animals, just like us human beings, and they love contact.
April 9, 2018Cats are ticklish, as are dogs, chimpanzees, rats, and other mammals. Animal behaviourists have observed all kinds of animals – from domesticated pets to wild ones – that enjoy tickling sessions.