From donkeys to a cardboard box-obsessed cat — your pet queries answered

他的使命是帮助我们的宠物 。 . .并在这里回答您的问题.

肖恩, 谁是定制宠物食品公司的首席兽医 尾巴网, 十年来一直帮助业主查询. 他说: “如果你的宠物表现得很有趣或天气不好, 或者你想了解营养或运动, 问问. 我可以帮助宠物保持快乐和健康。”

Today Sean helps someone interested in pet donkeys

Today Sean helps someone interested in pet donkeys信用: 盖蒂
肖恩·麦科马克, tails.com 的首席兽医, 承诺他可以“帮助宠物保持快乐和健康”

肖恩·麦科马克, tails.com 的首席兽医, 承诺他可以“帮助宠物保持快乐和健康”’信用: 道格·西伯格 – 太阳

问) ARE donkeys good pets for kids? I’ve always wanted one.
We have a small paddock and we are thinking of going to a rescue centre to find one to join our Shetland pony. Would they mix well?

DAWN MATTHEWS, Liskeard, 康沃尔

肖恩 说: They wouldn’t be my first choice as a children’s pet, as ­ultimately they are an adult respon­sibility and they can live up to 50 年, so they are a serious ­commitment.

Are they good companions for kids? 安迪说雄鹿上的其他人会怂恿新郎, if the adult takes the lead on care.

Are they good companions for horses or ponies? Sort of, but ­actually it’s unfair to keep them singly with horses or ponies.

Donkeys are an entirely different species and need the company of their own kind.

In some countries it’s illegal to keep a single donkey, no matter what other species it has for company.

So if you’re considering taking on a rescue donkey, you should be thinking about taking two at least, if you have enough room.

问) MY rat Elon Muskrat is getting a bit chubby. Should I put him on a diet?

NICOLA TROUP, 利兹

肖恩 说: Rats have a “live fast, die young” kind of lifestyle. And obesity is something that can shave off ­precious months.

所以是的, I think Elon Muskrat needs a little calorie 现在是反思您当前优先事项的时候了, and more exercise. Encourage him to become a gym rat.

问) BOO, my cat, doesn’t seem to want to eat hard food yet she is fine with soft food.

She is ten. I’m wondering if she may have a problem with her teeth.

Should I try to find a cat dentist or will my normal vet be able to help sort her problem?

BEN PRICE, Whitstable, 肯特

肖恩 说: Your normal vet will certainly be able to help, as dental disease in dogs and cats is very ­common.

We see it all the time and it is actually quite easy to treat in the vast majority of cases.

Because we tend not to brush our pets’ teeth as often as our own, it’s pretty much inevitable they will develop dental issues in their lifetime.

It can result in difficulty eating, infections, tooth loss and pain.

It’s one of the reasons we like to give pets an annual health check so we can catch problems early before they get too severe — and very expensive — to treat.

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问) OUR two-year-old male gerbils have started fighting.

The latest one got really nasty and they ended up bloody, so I separated them.

Can I put them back together? Any ideas as to why they don’t get along any more and what I can do?

TINA CHURCH, 利兹

肖恩 说: That’s strange because usually bonded pairs will get along for life.

Has anything else changed in the household? Like any new gerbils they can smell?

A change in their enclosure ­perhaps? Anything that could stress them out basically can cause friction over time.

If they continue to fight it’s a welfare issue and I would advocate separating them for the sake of the their own safety.

But first you could try giving them a bigger, more enriched tank with plenty of opportunity to burrow and get out of each other’s space.
I always recommend gerbils have some social interaction.

So if you do need to keep them apart permanently then having their cages side by side where they can see, smell and greet each other, may be a good idea.

本周之星

Like many feline friends, Tic Tac the cat is obsessed by cardboard boxes

Like many feline friends, Tic Tac the cat is obsessed by cardboard boxes信用: 提供

TIC TAC the cat is obsessed by cardboard boxes – like millions of feline friends.

The question “Why do cats like cardboard boxes?” even has its own Facebook page – and experts believe felines like them because they are insulated and offer security.

The six-year-old kitty’s owner Sean Bow, 50, of Plymstock, 德文郡, 说: “Tic Tac has got everything from climbing frames to deluxe scratching posts and cat beds to hang out on.

“But the one thing that makes her truly happy is a cardboard box – and the smaller the better.

“She once squeezed herself into a shallow long box like a little sausage, and went to sleep.”

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Animals grieve for her majesty

Some experts believe that our pets will share in the nation's grief over the loss of the Queen

Some experts believe that our pets will share in the nation’s grief over the loss of the Queen信用: 美联社

OUR pets are sharing in the nation’s grief over the loss of the Queen, some experts believe.

Diane James, head of bereavement services for the charity Blue Cross, which runs a dedicated pet grief line, 说: “We are currently experiencing something called communal grief for the loss of our Queen so there is an effect on the whole nation. Our ­animals are very much a part of that.

Dogs tend to be more responsive to emotions. also pick up when you are sad or poorly.

“When you are out riding your horse it will also pick up on this, as animals are very sensitive to their owners’ feelings and emotions, as well as those in the wider community.

“Even the animals in 动物园 will pick up on people’s ­collective grief.”

She said the Queen’s pets will also experience grief due to the loss of their owner, while millions of people will be experiencing “echo” grief, where emotions from previous losses, human or animal, can resurface.

Diane, owner of spaniels Hero and Chester, 说: “We can’t protect our pets from this cumulative national grief but we need to be there to give them the love they deserve.

“Do something with them that they enjoy. 例如, Hero likes his tummy tickled as he sleeps on his back, so he’s getting extra tickles – anything we can do to make them feel safe and secure.”

The Blue Cross Pet Bereavement line is open daily from 8.30am to 8.30pm at 0800 096 6606 or email pbssmail@bluecross.org.uk.