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From preventing hamsters to vomiting cats — your pet queries answered

HE is on a mission to assist our pets  . . . and is right here to reply YOUR questions.

Sean, who’s the top vet at tailor-made pet meals agency, has helped with house owners’ queries for ten years. He says: “In case your pet is appearing humorous or is beneath the climate, otherwise you need to find out about diet or train, simply ask. I may help preserve pets completely happy and wholesome.”


Do your analysis earlier than asking your hamster to share a cageCredit score: Alamy
Sean McCormack, head vet at, promises he can 'help keep pets happy and healthy'


Sean McCormack, head vet at, guarantees he can ‘assist preserve pets completely happy and wholesome’Credit score: Doug Seeburg – The Solar

Q) I’M considering of getting one other hamster to hitch my household’s Syrian one, Hannibal.

However is it a good suggestion? Ought to they be saved separate? Or can they be collectively for firm like rabbits?

Maya Jones, Newport

Sean says:  I’m glad you requested, Maya, as a result of with Syrian hamsters, at the least, we had been about to have a Silence of the Hamsters blood bathtub. Syrian or golden hamsters are solitary, solely coming collectively briefly to mate.

Housing them collectively normally leads to one killing and consuming the opposite. When you get one other hamster, you want one other enclosure.

Some dwarf hamsters, like Russian, Chinese language or Roborovski, and Winter Whites, are extra social and might be saved collectively in same-sex pairs if purchased collectively as littermates — or even when unrelated however co-housed from a younger age.

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Q) I HAVE a six-year-old cat, Henry, who belonged to a neighbour till about two years in the past when he moved in with me.

He vomits very often, it doesn’t matter what meals he has — and I purchase one of the best I can. I’ve taken him to my vet twice and so they say he’s completely wholesome and should simply be a sickly cat, which I didn’t  actually agree with.

They gave him FortiFlora Feline Probiotic. He has been on it for almost three weeks and it doesn’t appear to assist.

Liz Manuel, Renfrews

Sean says: You don’t say if Henry is lengthy or short-haired — however have you ever thought-about hairballs? They will have an effect on cats of each coat sorts however are extra widespread in long-haired cats as they swallow quite a lot of fur when grooming.

You possibly can strive a hairball product out of your vet’s for just a few weeks and see if it reduces the vomiting. After that, you might talk about a weight loss program trial to see if possibly there’s an  intolerance.

However your vet might be proper, some cats simply vomit usually and there’s nothing we will discover to clarify it.

Q) OUR King Charles, Oscar, is eight years outdated and he pees over all the pieces.

Is there something we will do to cease this, please?

John Graham, Bridgend

Sean says: Neuter him? Scent- marking for territorial causes is basically pushed by hormones in male complete canine. Neutering may help.

If he’s already neutered then this can be a behavioural concern and there’s no fast repair.

Context and a discovered factor could play a component, as does scent. If the place he’s marking isn’t fully cleaned each time there’s a slip-up, that’s a driver for Oscar to go in the identical place time and again.

Getting a certified behaviourist to look at precisely what’s occurring, and why, is very advisable. provides tailor-made nutritional food for pets

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Q) AT age 72, I’m downsizing from a big home and backyard on a quiet street to a retirement condominium.

Though my flat is on the rear of a constructing, there’s a busy street on the entrance. I’ve a ten-year-old neutered cat, Toby, who I adopted three years in the past. He’s a Mummy’s boy and does exit however not for lengthy and  not far.

I concern he must turn out to be an indoor cat after I transfer. I’ll fear about him getting on  the street, plus I doubt different residents will like him messing the communal backyard.

Would possibly he settle for indoor dwelling? Am I being merciless? Any recommendation please?

Pat Heron, Surrey

Sean says: Sure, he’ll settle for indoor dwelling simply tremendous, and you’re making the proper choice for Toby.

We’re seeing a development towards extra indoor cats. Within the US it’s virtually turning into frowned upon to let your cat free to roam outdoor.

With all of the accidents, illness dangers, preventing and different potential hurt for cats, to not point out the hurt our excessive density of pet cats does to our wildlife, I can see  benefit in holding them indoors. However guarantee  alternative to train and play.

Star of the week

Koluchka  the one-eyed cat is cheering up Ukrainian refugees


Koluchka the one-eyed cat is cheering up Ukrainian refugeesCredit score: equipped

KOLUCHKA the one-eyed cat is an unofficial pub landlady after turning up on the doorstep of The Chequers in Farningham, Kent, 14 years in the past.

After being taken in by actual landlady Viktoria Sukovata, she is now a fixture within the pub and beloved by all of the regulars.

She is even giving consolation to Viktoria’s mother and father, brother, sister-in-law and their three youngsters who’ve been compelled to flee their dwelling in Kyiv, Ukraine, and are actually dwelling together with her.

Viktoria mentioned: “Koluchka is bringing a lot love and affection to my household at the moment.

“Plus she is fortunate. 4 years in the past she had a foul automotive accident, dropping an eye fixed and dislocating her jaw, but bounced again.  I’m so pleased with her.”

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W-oof! £30,000 on canine care

Andrea McClean wants to educate would-be dog owners about what they are taking on


Andrea McClean desires to coach would-be canine house owners about what they’re taking overCredit score:

A THIRD of canine and cat house owners admit they underestimated the price of pet possession, a Paws and Claws survey has revealed.

With a lifetime value of holding a canine estimated at between £25,000 and £30,000, and cats averaging £12,000, 15 per cent of homeowners additionally say it’s added to their worries amid the present value of dwelling disaster.

Our survey, carried out by Seresto Flea And Tick Management collars, reported as much as 1.3 million of the 9.6m canine house owners and 10.7m cat house owners have thought-about giving them up inside the final two years because of the influence on their life and funds, plus animal behaviour issues and time pressures.

Presenter and mum-of-two Andrea McLean, 52, who owns rescue canine Teddy, mentioned: “I’m contemplating creating a web-based group for busy pet house owners to encourage them to suppose otherwise.

“If they are often extra ready earlier than embarking on a beautiful journey with their animals, we will have more healthy, happier pets and fewer burdened, anxious house owners.

“Having had canine earlier than I’m conscious they want quite a lot of upkeep, vet visits, grooming, strolling, coaching and, usually means down the checklist for most individuals, they should be saved freed from fleas and different parasites.”

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