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As a little girl growing up I used to suffer from Car sickness, Mum would say “It’s all in your mind” … Well sorry mum it’s all over the back seat.

I remember the smell of mums perfume or those really strong-smelling air fresheners used to make me fell sick every time, and it’s very much the same for our furry friends.

Next time you’re taking your cats to the Vets, The Cattery, or just for that Sunday drive, spear a thought for the poor little fur baby, and go easy on the perfumes.

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A statistical analysis, conducted by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council shows as Kiwis love our pets. (companion animal – CA) (New Zealand – NZ)

  • with approximately 5 million companion animals in New Zealand.
  • 68% of households own  a CA.
  • New Zealanders are the worlds greatest cat owners – total feline population around 1.419 million.
  • 48% of households own 1 or more cats.
  • NZ  total canine population – 700,000.
  • 29% of households own a dog.
  • 10% of NZ households own fish 1.678 that’s an avg of 9 per household.
  • 6% of NZ households around 5 birds each.
  • The majority of CA are found in urban areas.
  • New Zealanders spend around $1583.8 million a year on where CA’s
  • $766 million is spent on food, that’s almost 50%
  • we spend $358 million a year on Veterinary services
  • $166 million on healthcare products.
  • Dogs – The avg household would spend $1571 per year caring for their dogs.
  • Cats – The avg household would spend $838 per year caring for their cats.

Don’t forget, your pets need to be de-sexed and microchipped

For more fascinating facts pick up a copy of the Welfare Pulse

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Whangarei's Best Cat Boarding @ Deloraine Holiday Retreat for Cats

Whangarei's Best Cat Boarding @ Deloraine Holiday Retreat for Cats

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Your faithful pet deserves pet boarding accommodation that practices high standards of animal welfare. The best evidence of this is when you see a pet boarding facility displaying the “AsureQuality Approved Pet Boarding Premises” logo at their premises and on their marketing material.

Things to consider when inspecting a Cat boarding facility

• Does the Facility smell clean?
• Have a good look around make sure it looks clean
• Is there good lighting and ventilation?
• The cattery areas should not be damp
• Is the temperature in the cattery areas comfortable?
• Do the staff and owners interact with the pets?
• Are the staff and owners friendly?
• Ask what the routine of the cattery involves, i.e. feeding times, grooming etc.
• Do the pets look happy and content?
• Are the cattery areas of a good size?
• Are there toys available for the cats?
• If the facility boards Dogs, is the kennel area situated a reasonable distance from the cattery housing? If your cat is not used to being around dogs, having kennels close by could add to their stress.

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So what is catnip? a herb belonging to the mint family and found around the world. If your cat is lazy and in need of a little exercise then catnip is a great way to stimulate them. Many adult cats respond to catnip by jumping, playing and running around for as long as 15 minutes. Sniffing the plant produces a high and chewing releases oils which act as a sedative.

Kittens don’t react to catnip and reactions in older cats may vary, some cats dribble and roll around on the floor, some become hyperactive and others may even become aggressive. Catnip can also be used for humans in medicinal teas to soothe toothaches, help against coughs and also be used as a sleeping aid. Catnip can even be used as a natural insect repellent. Rats and mice are believed to have a disliking to catnip and avoid places where it grows.

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