Tuesday, 5 March 2019

No good nibbles.

Your editor recently had reason to write to the
manufacturers of Nibbles Cat Food as,to his amazement,
 his cat would not touch it.No need to tell you that we did
not even get an acknowledgement of receipt, never mind
 a reply.
This is what we wrote: 
We notice that the Nibbles website is off line and the only
other address I could find is this one on the Martin and
Martin website. Consequently I am addressing this to you.
It is a product complaint regarding Nibbles.
We bought a 250 gram box of nibbles from Checkers in
Canal Walk, Century City as a treat for our cat.
The only problem is she won't even try to eat it.
Disgusted (with our cat) we gave it to the neighbour.
She has a cat and a kitten but they also refused to eat it.
In desperation we offered it to a regular visiting Tomcat
named Don Corleone, a completely independent feral
male and, again, he would not touch it either! It may be
worth mentioning that he would eat anything as a rule.
Hence, we are afraid, it is not just your website that is
dead, your product is inedible too!
In the true spirit of
journalism, we are offering
you the opportunity to
respond before we publish
 it on our pet blog

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

A permanent job

Stroke a cat and you will have a permanent job!

Contributed by animal loving senior Moon de Villiers

Monday, 19 February 2018

Clear up that broken glass on the floor!

          Broken glass on your floor and your animals

As we all know, when a glass object is dropped on the floor it will shatter into a lot of tiny fragments and scatter over a wide area 
On a hard floor like ceramic tiles or vinyl, it will scatter in all directions and even with the greatest of care, tiny pieces can lodge somewhere or just simply be left behind when you clean up because it is often almost invisible.
This may be true for our human eyes but your pets, nose close to the ground may be very quick to spot it, and even quicker if it was a glass jar or dish that contained food. Not knowing any better, they may well lick or gobble it up with the painful and a very expensive veterinary bill- or even tragic results.
Just as important to bear in mind is to take great care when you discard the broken glass. Bear in mind that feral dogs and cats are constant scavengers and will very often tear your rubbish bag open
if the think there is something edible in there. Tragically, in their case, there is no loving owner to take them to the vet, and they will die a slow and painful death.
So please remember,firstly make sure that you gather every shard and then dispose of it responsibly-preferably in a recycle bin.

 Handy tip:
When you are in another place than your home with your dog, keep an eye on him sniffing and scouting around. They love doing it. especially when there are some strange new and exciting smells.
Photo: Ansie Cromhout

Monday, 26 December 2016

Introducing cats to cats and cats to dogs

It is not easy to introduce a new cat to a home of a resident cat which has been in a home for some time.
One way is to keep the new cat in a separate room and to swop their sleeping cloths in order for them to scent each other and to get used to each other's scent.
Another method to try is to keep the groomings of each cat and put it on the resident cat and vice versa. 
This can also work from cats to dogs and is worth a try.

If you have other practical advice, write to us at seniorcitizen@gmail.com and we will publish it in our pets corner on our website www.seniorcitizen.co.za

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

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Pretoria to follow this week…
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Friday, 29 November 2013

Max the magnificent Ridgeback

Meet Max the pedigreed tan Ridgeback of Jaco Badenhorst of Whiteriver in Mpumalanga.
On these photos Max is 17 months old.

Pet ownership allow individuals to be alone without being lonely.

Scientific research done by Alan M Beck and N Marshall Meyers of the School Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University in Indiana had a closer look at the relationship between pet owners and their pets.
See the full report at the bottom or read it at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8724226.
In their research they claim that although pet ownership is beneficial to all humans, the benefits to the elderly are tenfold.
Pet ownership requires time and money but may improve cardiovascular health, reduce stress, loneliness and depression.
Pets require care and this leads to movement and exercise during daily feeding, walking and grooming.
This is how Nyeisha Scott, animal behaviorist puts it:
" Older individuals may suffer from bereavement and loneliness and even though pets can not replace human relationships, they can help fill the void and provide constant and unconditional love."
As allways, we are grateful to Mediline and NIH for their permission to publish extracts from their website.

Health enhancement and companion animal ownership.


School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1243, USA.


The relationship between people and companion animals, on the one hand, explains the bites and zoonotic diseases that occur among those with companion animals and, on the other hand, appears to enhance the psychological and physiological well-being of many people. Presently, no less than 56% of households in the United States have animals, typical of developed countries around the world. 
It is well documented that people denied human contact do not thrive well. All indications are that companion animals play the role of a family member, often a member with the most desired attributes. Animals play special roles for children, aiding the teaching of nurturing behavior and appreciation of non verbal communication. Ordinary interactions with animals can reduce blood pressure and alter survival after a heart attack. 
For some, pets increase the opportunities to meet people, while for others pets permit them to be alone without being lonely.

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