Author Archives: Mientjie Kleinhans

Why some wild cats roar

In wild cat species who can roar, the epihyal bone, which forms part of the voice box, is replaced by a ligament that can be stretched. The more the ligament stretches, the deeper the sound of the roar that is ...

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5 tips for a happy and safe hamster

Getting a new hamster can be very exciting, especially if you have done your homework. So, here are five tips that you have to keep in mind if you want a happy hamster. When picking up your hamster, take it ...

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Q & A: Wasp and bee stings

Q: What should an owner do if his dog is stung by a bee or wasp and has an allergic reaction? A: Dogs will respond differently to stings, depending on the type and amount of poison injected by the insect, ...

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Tips for introducing a new cat

Introducing a new cat into a home with other cats can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to mean the start of World War 3 either. By taking it easy and step-by-step, you can successfully introduce them to each other. ...

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Build a stronger bond through play sessions with your dog

Building a stronger bond with your dog is as easy as playing a few games with him. The more active the games, the more kilojoules the two of you will burn, meaning that staying fit is child’s play. Rules Before ...

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Smitten in nature – romantic seahorses

Seahorses are known to court their chosen one for several days, and they put much energy into this process. During the period of courtship, they will engage in what appears to be a sort of ‘love dance’. They swim side ...

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Q & A: Effects of worms

Q: What are the possible effects that worms can have on my pets? A: Worms are just horrible and not easy to get rid of – this is why you have to treat your pets against worms. Tapeworms lead to ...

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Q & A: Pigeon hunter

Q: For some reason my dog catches pigeons (and not other birds). Should I do something to stop him from doing it? Is it bad for him? A: Pigeons are the easier birds to catch, which is probably why your ...

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5 ways to stop the digging

Some dogs have a natural drive to dig holes, but it can be annoying if you’re trying to cultivate a beautiful garden. He might dig to bury his toys, or because he is bored or anxious, but it could also ...

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How to know if your dog or cat needs a dental

Imagine not brushing your teeth for a year, or five years … and think how bad your mouth will smell and feel. Your pet’s mouth is exactly the same. We (hopefully) brush our teeth twice a day and should still ...

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Benefits of fish keeping for children

While fish can be easier to keep than dogs or cats, they can still play a role in teaching your child responsibility. Being part of the fish’s care can give your child a sense of accomplishment, and also teach him ...

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