Author Archives: Mientjie Kleinhans

Learn from your cat how to live a more relaxed life

Do you sometimes look at your cat and wish that you too could live a life so leisurely? Although you might not be able to sleep all day long, you can take a few hints from your cat on how ...

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Look for these qualities before you choose a puppy

You have come this far – you’ve chosen the breed, found a reputable breeder you can trust, and now you have to choose a puppy from the litter. Always ask the breeders for advice, as they will most probably know ...

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10 cool things about the shoebill stork

A shoebill stork has such an interesting bill. If you’re lucky, you might find a shoebill stork in swamps and marshlands in East Africa. Let’s find out what the cool things are of this bird. 1. What’s in the name? ...

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Ways to improve your pet’s wellbeing

There is always room for improvement, right? So, why don’t we pledge – during this Mother’s Day month – to be even better pet parents? If you are already the best pet parent there is – we salute you and ...

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Q & A: Scooting dog

Q: My dog is scooting inside the house and outside in the garden. What could be wrong, and what can I do? A: Immediately take your dog to the vet, as it can potentially be serious. Some dogs may empty ...

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Tips for taking care of older cats

To have an elderly cat means that you have been a privileged owner, especially if you have had her from a young age. As a cat matures and gets older, her needs will change, and you need to take care ...

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What puppy school is all about

Puppy classes are more than just teaching your dog a few tricks. Both of you will learn so much about each other, how to communicate and understand each other, and what to expect of each other. This will also help ...

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10 cool things about the Cape black-backed jackal

The Cape black-backed jackal most probably doesn’t know what it is to sit or stand still for a while, except when he sleeps. Let’s find out what else is cool about this sly animal. Night call Sitting around the campfire ...

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Best pets for kids

Small rodents are some of the most suitable first pets for children due to their ready availability, affordability, small size and fairly short lifespans. Being housed in a closed environment, they are generally safe from harm and are also unable ...

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Q & A: Cat’s toothache

Q: Do animals feel toothache like we do? My cat has to have her teeth cleaned, and some removed, according to my vet. She doesn’t seem to be in pain though. A: It is very likely that your cat feels ...

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Hypothermia explained

As we approach winter and the nights are getting colder, you might want to be aware of hypothermia. Let your pets into your home at night, and don’t expose them to the winter cold. This hypothermia infographic explains what it ...

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10 of the shiest mammals in Africa

Consider yourself very lucky if you get a glimpse of these animals in the wild. They make it their business not to be seen. 1. Porcupine A porcupine is a huge rodent who feasts on roots, bark, fruit and other ...

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