July 2012 marked an exciting landmark for Best Friends and The Lost Dogs’ Home, as our fifteen hundredth kitten was adopted into a loving new home.
“It has now been three years now since we established our partnership with Best Friends and we are absolutely thrilled with how successful the program has been,” Lost Dogs' Home Cat Shelter Manager, Karina Bailey said.
Mille the kitten represents a very important milestone for all of us at Best Friends. Back in 2007, little Mille was the 1,000th kitten who found a forever home through our satellite adoption program with Lost Dogs Home.
Furballs (also known as hairballs or, more technically, as trichobezoars) are balls of hair that cats vomit up from the stomach.
What causes furballs?
As you will have noticed, cats groom themselves with their tongues, and inevitably this means they swallow some loose hairs.
Normally, these hairs pass through the digestive system and out the back door. But sometimes, an excessive amount of hair builds up in the stomach, and the only way your cat can get rid of it is by vomiting it up in the form of a furball.
After your puppy has had its vaccinations and you’ve waited the period of time allocated by your vet, it's a good idea to take it out into the wider world as soon as possible.
Your puppy needs to get used to the sounds, smells and sights that it will be experiencing for the rest of its life, to learn what's safe and what's not. It's also good for your puppy to have supervised play with other dogs from a young age, as it will learn appropriate social behaviour by trial and error.
Even the most responsible dog owner needs their dog minded from time to time. When going overseas or flying interstate, it may be much less stressful for your dog to stay settled with a caring sitter, rather than braving the luggage compartment under a plane.
Finding the right care might seem daunting at first, but there is more support out there than you may think.
When kittens are young, they stay close to home. But as they grow into adult cats, they like to explore. Most of the time, they’re home again in time for dinner, but occasionally they do go astray. When this happens, microchipping gives you the very best chance of being reunited with your precious pet.
To give your kitten the best start in life, play with them, handle them gently and spend as much time with them as you can.
To make their life as comfortable as possible, you'll need a few basic items:
• a warm, draught-free, cat bed, igloo or basket, lined with warm soft bedding • two unbreakable bowls for food and water • premium kitten food • cat litter, litter tray & litter scoop • a light collar (and lead if you're considering walking your kitten) • an identification tag for name and phone number
Puppies are vulnerable to illness as their immune system develops, so vaccination is a must. The recommended vaccination schedule for puppies starts at 6-8 weeks of age. There are then one or two booster vaccinations in subsequent weeks.
The vets at Best Friends recommend annual booster vaccinations to provide the best protection throughout the life of your dog.