Hand rearing a puppy or kitten

When hand rearing a puppy or kitten the first thing you will need is formula.  Formula is made specifically for species, therefore if you buy formula for a dog, it is made to ensure your pup gets the nutrients it need to develop into a beautiful and healthy dog.  The same is true with cats.  Feeding kitten formula will be the best thing for your little kitten.

Pups and kittens that are very young can be fed as often as every 2 hours, keeping their blood sugar levels normal as they can become hypoglycaemic if they don't get food often enough.

When buying formula, the bottles would usually come with, but if not you can purchase them separately.

Hygiene is very important since the young one still needs to build on their immune system.  So after every feeding session, bottles should be boiled to keep them clean.

It is very important to feed according to the feeding guidelines as you do not want to overfeed or underfeed.

Most important is to help your pup or kitten to pass stools and urinate.  Young puppies and kittens cannot urinate or defecate without stimulation for the first 3 weeks.  Their mother would usually lick their genital area which would stimulate them to pass stool and urinate.  When hand rearing - use a piece of wet cotton wool and gently wipe between the back legs and under the tail.

Hand rearing is very time consuming and requires a lot of commitment.  Not all hand reared young survives, therefore if you are concerned about your young puppy/kitten, please bring him or her in to see the vet.

 

Buying a cat collar

One thing you need to establish first before buying a cat collar is whether your cat is an inside or an outside cat.  It sounds like a silly question but it can be very helpful.

You see, when your cat is an insider who never gets out, you can almost buy any collar.

With outside cats there are many more obstacles where the collar can get stuck, leading to injury or death.  Although this is a possibility, it is still a good idea to let him/her wear a collar so that they may warn off birds.

Just make sure when buying a collar that you go for one with a safety release.  This feature ensures that the collar will release, fall off or break free if the cat get stuck somewhere.

If your cat is an indoors, relaxed cat, any cat collar will do.

Unattended pets

Please don't leave your pets in the car unattended.  Even if you leave the windows open, the temperature in the car can get so hot, 5 min will be enough to harm them. 

Travelling safely by car

When you plan on taking your pet somewhere in the car, even just to the park, you should consider restraining your pet.

Unrestrained pets could easily cause an accident by distracting the driver.  By having windows down and allowing dogs to let their heads out the dog may fall out of the car or jump out and be seriously injured or killed.

For cats it is easiest to put them in a carrier.  The carrier can be secured with a seatbelt.

For dogs you can get a special belt which clips on the collar/harness of the dog as well as the seatbelt.

There are different things available on the market these days, so please make sure you keep your pet and yourself safe when travelling.

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