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The Geoffroy’s Cat

A small spotted wild cat of South America who scientists do not know much about, the Geoffroy’s cat mostly inhabits open areas like the Pampas. Often referred to as ‘fishing cats’ by locals, they are very good swimmers (one cat ...

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The Selkirk Rex

A fairly new breed, the Selkirk has gained popularity in a very short time and is now bred in many countries around the world. Their unusual coat is not their only drawing card though – much of their appeal can ...

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KZN Cat Club show results

Cat of the day: Siori Mulan of Kioko Oriental, black tortoiseshell solid Bred by M. Myburgh and owned by N. Barratt Best for female and best of division: Moonkatz Ophelia of Catkin Sphynx, seal point Bred by C. Scheepers and ...

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Cat talents

Intelligence or instinct? The many diverse and exceptional skills peculiar to other animals are customarily and unfairly dismissed as merely ‘instinct’. Yet it ought to go without saying that what we call ‘instinct’ is really innate intelligence, consisting of qualities ...

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Cats in the city

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A large portion of South Africans live in complexes and townhouses these days. Our cats might not all appreciate the smaller spaces. If you already live in a complex and want to buy a cat, or if you are moving ...

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Cancer is no longer a death sentence

I came across some crazy stats on how cancer is the cause of death in 50% of pets. In my experience, and as sad as it is to say, I would tend to agree with this figure. While it is ...

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Is too much fat bad for our pets?

What we call ‘fat’ is medically referred to as ‘white adipose tissue’, but until recently we thought fat stored excess energy and just made your pet ‘big’. The idea was that fat was physiologically inert. But then scientists discovered that ...

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Pet food guide

In 2011, South African pet owners were struck with fear when at least 12 dogs died of aflatoxicosis after eating contaminated pet food. Serious incidents like these raise questions about the safety of pet food and how companies test their ...

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Breed profile: Cornish Rex

Sleek and athletic, the Cornish Rex is not called the Greyhound of cats for nothing. They are true acrobats, but also very sociable and affectionate. Best known for their fine and wavy coats, the Cornish is a favourite with cat ...

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Annual Vaccinations

Should all dogs and cats receive booster vaccinations every year for their whole lives? I have heard people talking about so-called titre tests that vets can do to determine if a pet really needs a booster vaccination. Are these readily ...

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Traveling Requirements

If you are planning to travel with your pet by plane, make sure you take your best friend in a travel crate that complies to the following requirements: Accepted materials for construction of travel boxes: Fibre Glass Metal Rigid Plastic ...

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