Petfinder: Cute Effy needs a quiet homeBy Natasaha Adkins
November 29, 2012
Thames Valley Animal Welfare (TVAW) has seven cuddly cats to rehome this week.
Three-year-old tabby and white cat Effy is in need of a quiet home. The affectionate puss suffered from eczema and was pulling out her hair when she arrived at TVAW due to the stress of living with a dog she did not get on with.
It has taken time but she is now in excellent health and ready for a new loving home. She has been spayed and is happy. Should her eczema return TVAW would help with any veterinary costs.
Tabby brothers Max and Billy need a new home after their owners moved and could not take them with them.
These friendly 14-year-olds will be rehomed under the ‘Golden Oldie’ scheme, which means that TVAW will help with any future reasonable veterinary costs.
Tara and Tigger are looking for a home together without young children.
Tara is a 10-year-old black female while Tigger is a ginger and white two-year-old.
Tigger grew up with Tara and is very attached to her. Tara is an outgoing, talkative cat while Tigger is a cat who lacks in confidence.
Close companions three-year-olds Aston and Ginge are looking for a family with older children. Ginge is a big ginger and white boy while Aston is a rather more petite tortoiseshell girl.
Aston had a close encounter with a car early on in her life and required surgery. This has left her with one stiff hind leg but this does not stop her from enjoying a normal lifestyle.
To offer any of these cuddly cats a home, call TVAW on (0118) 972 1871 or visit the website on www.tvaw.org.uk. For lost and found cats and low cost neutering scheme call (0118) 9479963.
Advice from Castle Vets: Pets need attention more than treats
Dogs, cats and rabbits are all falling victim to the growing problem of obesity and to the serious health problems that it causes. Allowing your pet to consume more calories than he or she needs will, of course, cause a weight increase and, whether we like it or not, food is all too often used as a ‘treat’ to make ourselves – rather than our pets – feel good.
All pets thrive on the love and attention we give them and it is this – and not necessarily the titbits – that they crave. Play with your dog and involve him in some sort of training to stimulate his mind, winding up with plenty of praise.
Spend some time with cats to get them chasing toys and moving around – the exercise will do them good! Felines who enjoy company will often get pleasure from being groomed with a gentle brush or comb, especially if it’s on your lap!
Rabbits can benefit from toys such as balls and tunnels, especially good if they are edible and made from natural fibres and grasses. There are bunny foods on the market that are wholesome and beneficial. Visit www.thehayexperts.co.uk for ideas.
If you really feel you must feed your dog a treat now and then, try them with a piece of raw carrot or other vegetable. If you feed a dry diet, a few of those biscuits can be put aside to feed as rewards or titbits without adding extra daily calories.
Putting your pet in another room until you’ve finished cooking or eating stops you feeling guilty and saves them piling on the pounds.
If you would like more advice to help your pet lose weight, contact our nurses who offer free weight checks and plenty of support.