Author Archives: Mientjie Kleinhans

10 cool things about giraffes

People all over the world know what giraffes look like and they are loved by almost everybody. What’s not to like about a giraffe? Let’s find out what makes them cool. Tall beauty The giraffe is the tallest land mammal ...

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Your start-right guide to keeping koi (part 1)

Are you looking for a hobby that is both rewarding in terms of taking care of an animal, as well as adding something relaxing and beautiful to look at to your life? Keeping koi might be something that you will ...

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Q & A: Tongue talk

Q: What is a healthy colour for a dog’s tongue? A: Most dogs have pink tongues – Chow Chows and Shar Pei being the exceptions with black tongues. Pink tongues make it fairly easy to check for mouth disorder symptoms. ...

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How to create a cat-friendly living space

Our homes are where we feel most comfortable, and we plan our interiors according to what makes us feel that way. Some of us like everything in its place, while others are a little more relaxed around the house. However ...

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Do animals also have feelings?

Many dog owners describe how after a long day at work, they arrive home to a pet who seems thrilled to see them. While some cats are aloof, others are loving and warm. Could these positive reactions be an outward ...

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10 Cool things about the South African honeybee

The South Africa honey bee is an interesting insect who has in important role to fulfill. He might be small, but can have a huge impact on nature – let’s find out what is so cool about this creature. Ancestral ...

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Caring for a pet mouse

Not all of us have space available to keep dogs, but would still like to have a furry companion. Mice might be the answer. Pet mice are quite different than the wild kind that would have many people jump onto ...

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Q & A: When dogs get bitten

Q: What should I do if my dog appears to have a bite wound? A: Bite wounds in general can range from a simple skin wound to a life-threatening puncture wound into the chest or abdominal cavity and can in ...

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Your cat’s hunting technique explained

You walk into the kitchen to make a cup of coffee, and there it is: the bloody remains of what used to be a pigeon, your floor covered in feathers. Hunting is the one thing about our cats that often ...

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How to fight fat with your dog

Fat is a nasty thing. It is something that creeps up on you gradually, and oftentimes you only start worrying when it’s too late. The longer you wait to do something about it, the harder it gets. Unfortunately the same ...

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10 Cool things about the Cape dwarf chameleon

As his name suggest, the Cape dwarf chameleon is not a large animal, yet very interesting. Let’s find out what is so cool about these creatures. Winelands The Cape dwarf chameleon can be found around the Cape Town area in ...

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Safe gardens for pets

In South Africa many of us are fortunate to have large yards, which gives us the freedom to have pets. It also enables us to adapt our yards to the needs and desires of all members of the family, be ...

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