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Your Kitten and Vaccinations: What You Need To Know

Taking your kitten to get her vaccinations is essential to her health and wellbeing, as they protect against an array of diseases that your kitten is vulnerable to. It also helps prevent disease spreading to any other animals in your area. Your kitten’s mother protected her from disease through antibodies in her milk during her first few weeks of existence; after this, it’s up to you to help keep your kitten healthy, with the help and advice of your local...

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Neutering Your Kitten: What You Need To Know

Kittens reach sexual maturity around 4 months of age, which means they are now capable of   breeding and producing kittens themselves. To prevent any unwanted pregnancies and more kittens running around your home, it is strongly recommended to get your kitten neutered or spayed. Neutering is a surgical procedure that removes the reproductive organs and prevents your cat from reproducing. In females, it is called spaying. It is a very common procedure, with many benefits for both cat and cat...

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What is Catnip and How Does It Affect My Cat?

Many people have heard of catnip, but may not know what it actually does to cats or the science behind it. Essentially, it is a herb that is a member of the mint family. It works by travelling to the cat’s vomeronasal gland (an extra scent organ at the roof of their mouth) that allows scents to be carried to the brain. Deriving from Europe and Asia, ‘nepeta cararia’ has long been associated with cats—the Latin name even means ‘of...

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Where Do Cats Like To Sleep? A Guide To Your Kitty’s Sleeping Habits

Whether it’s in their bed, behind the sofa, or on the window sill—cats have the ability to settle down and go to sleep almost anywhere. They can snooze for up to 15 hours a day, so where they decide to sleep is important. But where exactly is the best place for them to catch some z’s? In this blog post, we’ll explain why your cat chooses a certain place to sleep, how to choose a cat bed and what to...

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Life Stages of a Cat

Cats can live amazingly long lives; up to 25 years! Cats go through many different stages throughout their life, from a tiny, playful kitten, to a confident, adult cat. Your cat’s requirements will change as they grow older and go through the five different life stages; kitten, junior, young adult, mature adult, and senior. Each stage has different health and behavioural needs that will require attention. In this article, we’ll bring you through the different phases in your cat’s life,...

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There’s a Cat in My Garden-What Do I Do?

Helping The Cat In Your Garden Most cats by nature are inclined to roam the area surrounding their home. It can be tricky however to figure out whether it is a stray cat, a feral or is in fact an owned cat who loves to explore. So what should you do if you've found a cat in your garden? Galway Cat Rescue Galway Cat Rescue have partnered with Petmania Galway to help find local homes for cats in their care. They are...

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My Cat Has Had Kittens-What Do I Do Now?

Most cat rescues and shelters advise the spaying/neutering of cats from as young an age as possible, as it is the only effective way to reduce the number of unwanted cats in Ireland. If you decide your cat is going to have a litter, it is essential you are prepared to support her healthcare throughout the pregnancy and have homes available for her kittens when they are weaned (6/8 weeks of age) when ready to leave your care. In this...

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Feral cats resting together. Feral cats often live in colonies, groups of feral cats that live together in one territory, often near food sources and shelter.

Trap, Neuter, Return-What is It?

 What is TNR? Trap, Neuter & Return is the non-lethal, welfare motivated method of reducing the reproduction of feral cats in the community. Cats are humanely trapped, neutered by a vet before returning them to their colony homes to continue their free lives once more. While they are at the vets, the uppermost top of the left ear is cut painlessly across in a straight line to show the cat has been TNR’d. Cats undertaking TNR also have a full...

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Choosing a Cat Litter

One of the most important things on your to-do list as a cat-parent is choosing the right litter for your kitty. Sounds easy, right? With many different options and a wide variety of choice available, picking a litter can often seem like a formidable task. Finding the right cat litter is important as it can help reduce feline stress and prevent litter box issues like urinating outside of the litter box. The last thing you want is for your cat...

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Protecting Your Pet in the Hot Weather

As the sunshine makes a comeback across Ireland and the temperatures begin to rise once again, pet owners across the country are making their way outside to enjoy the good weather with their furry friends. Like their humans, most pets enjoy the warm weather, but it is important to stay vigilant and aware of any signs of distress or discomfort. Dogs and cats can become dehydrated and overheat very quickly in hot weather, and are at risk of heatstroke....

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