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Top 5 Essential Cat Safety Tips at Home – Ozzicat

Cats never cease to entertain us with their playfulness. Their being curious by nature often results to a delightful sight. However, their love for exploration may also get them in trouble. So here are some tips to ensure that your cats are always safe and happy at home. Keep Your Cats Indoors When cats are left free to roam outside, they are exposed to several kinds of dangers: cars, other animals, poisonous chemicals, diseases, and even people who find pleasure in torturing animals. Indoor cats live longer. And even if your cat is street savvy, keeping them outdoors puts them at risk of getting lost or stolen. Cat-Proof Your House Your house itself can pose several dangers to your cat, but there are ways to minimize, if not prevent, injuries from happening. Make sure that there are no heavy items that easily fall, especially that cats are good at jumping and climbing. Keep your pet away from any equipment that is potentially injurious. Cats are easily attracted to moving objects, like your washer for instance. Be careful with the plants you have in your home. Cats love to munch on plants, so do your research to know which plants are poisonous when swallowed or what are those that may cause irritation, diarrhea, vomiting, and the like. Store away your cleaning products and medications. Your furry friend loves to lick or chew just anything, and cleaning products and medications may have ingredients that can lead to detrimental consequences. Unplug electrical cords when not in use. You may also consider using cord protectors for additional coating. If your cat is a... read more

Another Day at the Offleash Dog Park – Written by Australian Dog Lover

    There is mum, three kids and their exuberant 6-month old Labrador. He is jumping in everyone’s face while mum shouts: he is friendly and just wants to play. The other dogs try to run but there is no escape. The local dog trainer is there with yet another dog - scared of other dogs, trying to increase distance and avoid the other dogs. But he cannot escape because he is on a leash. The trainer explains that he ‘needs to get used to it’. The dog is showing a lot of stress signs but no one takes note, then he lunges, gets yelled at and jerked on the leash. The owner looking rather confused. Hipster is on the phone and his French Bulldog trying to hump a Great Dane. Everyone laughs and thinks it very funny. The Bulldog loves the attention and keeps going. The Jack Russell has disappeared into the bushes, her owner yelling ‘come’ over and over again, but to no avail. I will make no secret; I am not a big fan of off leash areas. In my experience only about 20 % of dogs are enjoying the experience, 30 % will cope and do their own thing as long as the other dogs leave them alone but 50 % of the dogs in the park are saying loud and clearly: “get me out of here” – this is no fun! The dog park is a relatively new concept, California introduced the first one in 1979, Switzerland in 2012 and Australia has had them for about 20 years now. However, these days it seems... read more

Why Cats need a Scratching Pole – Delta Society of Australia.

Does your kitten enjoy scratching your new leather lounge chair? Then you need a scratching pole ASAP! Whether you have an indoor cat or not, all cats need access to a scratching pole in your home to express her natural scratching behaviour. Cats have retractable claws on their front paws which assist in climbing and catching prey.  They also use their claws to scratch trees and other vertical objects as a sign of familiarity (familiar = good) and to communicate to each other.  Scratching is used by cats as a visual as well as a scent marker.  This scratching behaviour might also be seen with objects in your home, including your furniture! It’s pointless to use punishment to try to stop scratching your furniture – if we yell or squirt them with water they simply learn not to scratch when you are around and do it when we aren’t.  Instead you can deter your kitten from scratching your furniture by providing a scratching pole. What to look for when choosing a scratching pole Sturdy so it does not rock when used Tall enough to allow the cat to stretch up to scratch Covered in material the cat likes to scratch usually carpet or sisal – the material must be a loose weave so that the kitten can really get its claws  into it to tear and leave a scent mark. Placed in an area the cats frequents Source: Delta Society of... read more

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Dog Groomer wanted – Belmont Avenue Vet Hospital – WA

Dog groomer wanted!! We are currently looking for a part-time dog groomer at Belmont Avenue Vet Hospital WA. Applicants must be experienced and capable of grooming a minimum of 6 dogs per day. Call 0411069622/08 9277 4966 for further information or email resume to... read more

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Part-time Casual Teacher Dog Grooming Location/s: Richmond Western Sydney Institute of Tafe As a minimum teaching qualification Teacher must hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110). Dog Grooming Qualification or significant industry experience. Well rounded grooming experience preferably in both salon grooming and mobile grooming Minimum 3 years current and relevant grooming industry experience Demonstrated commitment to maintaining professional currency and continuing education in the grooming sector High level written and verbal communication skills in English. Commitment and ability to facilitate learning in an adult environment. Demonstrated commitment to quality customer service. Demonstrated commitment to maintaining professional currency. Demonstrated ability to contribute to a team environment.    CONTACT: Christine Sercombe              Telephone: (02) 4570... read more
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