February Newsletter – Basics of preventive health

Be sure to be watching Better Homes and Gardens on the 27th February!
Yes Divine Creatures will be FEATURED, yes featured on Dr Harry’s segment on Better Homes and Gardens with the piece talking about how to choose a good Cattery.

Our Cat Protection Society’s Cat Adoption center is going very well. All three girls featured in our previous newsletter found a home. The next three girls unfortunately did not find a home although we are confident they will find a home quickly back at the Cat Protection Society

These two adorable souls are currently up for adoption

Their playful personalities and smoochie nature will be sure to capture anyone’s heart.

If you can not adopt one of our kittens there are many other ways you can help.
1) From Divine Creatures facebook page, please share the the kittens for adoption posts onto your facebook. I know it might start to look like you are spamming but this is a great way option to reach a bigger network of caring people and get these kittens their forever homes.
Change the balance of cruelty, many of these kittens are dumped in boxes and left at the CPS or on the road, by sharing these posts you are trying to make a difference, trying to reach out and find a forever loving home rather than doing nothing.
2) Donate to the Cat Protection Society. Even if it a small amount, the key is continuity. Just $10 per month can be milk for a litter of kittens, every little bit helps.
3) If you can, donate to several organizations. The smaller charities often struggle to get funding. A good friend of mine runs “Little Paws Orphan Rescue” and rescues kittens. These small organizations can always do with cash donations or donations in form of old toys, bedding or premium food.
4) Volunteer at a shelter – There are hundreds of local pounds and shelters who would love some valuable help. This can be grubby heartbreaking work but can also be incredibly rewarding. Even becoming a wildlife carer is wonderfully rewarding.
5) Speak up and spread the word about rescue as opposed to purchasing. Doing this MAKES A DIFFERENCE! Making the difference starts with you, make the pledge to always rescue and not purchase and then spread the word to your friends that they can save lives too.
If everyone changed their mind about rescuing as opposed to purchasing … 250,000 cats and dogs would be saved each and every year. Huge numbers. This is the number one thing that would make a difference – let’s do it together. Make the pledge with us.

All the best,
Jules & Dr Katie;
Robyn, Bree, Emma, Silvie, Laura and Emily.

Click here to read full article on Preventative Health

Prevention – Always better than the cure

We all want what is best for our furry kids. Spending a small amount of time and money can prevent heartbreak.

Vaccinations: Adult cats and dogs need their vaccinations once a year. Your vet will be able to tell you which vaccine is best for your individual pet. All cats should be vaccinated for Cat Flu and Feline Enteritis. Cats that go outdoors should also be vaccinated for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia and sometimes Chlamydia. We are really lucky to be able to prevent some devastating diseases in cats. If you have a new kitten, ask your vet to create a vaccination schedule for your new baby.
Dogs need their vaccinations for Parvovirus, Distemper, a form of hepatitis and Kennel cough. Unfortunately many people still don’t vaccinate and we see so many dogs with Parvo. This infection, without intensive treatment, can often end with the death of infected pups. It’s very easy to prevent with a course of puppy vaccines and then regular boosters.

Worming: Puppies and kittens need to be wormed every 2 weeks until 16 weeks and then every 3 months for life. In the past we were limited to nasty pastes and big pills. Luckily we now have smaller less yucky tasting pills and ever products that you pour onto your cat’s coat. “Profender” is great for cats that are hard to medicate.
Be careful not to be fooled by some cheaper worming tablets as some do not cover all worms! Ask our friendly staff at Divine Creatures which worming solution is best for your dog or cat. Unlike some pet shops, Divine Creatures’ Pet Shop has staff who have been highly trained to offer professional advise.
A word of warning – if you have an older cat that is losing weight please get veterinary help. Many owners give their sick old cats worming products in the hope that they will be cured. This is rarely the problem and delays potential help.

Desexing: All cats and dogs need to be desexed – this is best done around 6 months of age. Only a very limited group of breeders should be keeping undesexed cats and dogs. It is sickening to read the statistics of how many kittens, puppies, dogs and cats are euthanased each year at pounds, shelters and the RSPCA.  And if you are contemplating giving a home to a new cat, consider adopting an older cat or kitten from a shelter like Cat Protection Society or Divine Creatures Cat Protection Society’s Cat Adoption Center. The staff at Divine creatures are passionate about giving unwanted kitties a chance at finding their “forever homes” and stopping this senseless wastage of well animals.

Pet Insurance: We vets love pet insurance and not because we want to charge you more (we don’t). We are making some amazing advancements in medical diagnostic tools and treatments. However, this comes at a cost. If we want top care for our fur-kids, we need to be able to provide. Pet Insurance means that the decisions we make on our pet’s treatments are based purely on a “what’s best” rather than “what can we do within the confines of a budget.” It is devastating as a vet to euthanase a pet because treatment can not be afforded.

Fleas:  Gone are the days of flea shampoos and flea dips and useless flea collars. We are spoilt for choice. Buy a good brand of flea treatment from Divine Creatures where you will get the proper advise to get rid of your fleas first time. Too often we see people come to us after spending hundreds of dollars on flea treatments that simply have not worked.
One adult flea can lay 2000 eggs, so you can see how the problem can get out of control very quickly … save yourself the headache – we are professionals and can provide the professional advise!
If you have a cat with skin problems use flea control year round. Remember topical flea treatments can only prevent fleas, they are not designed to treat a flea burden.

We are so lucky that we can prevent so many problems for our cats and dogs, so let’s take advantage of everything on offer.

Year of the: Goat

15 Feb 1991 – 03 Feb 1992 (Metal)  

01 Feb 2003 – 21 Jan 2004 (Water) 

19 Feb 2015 – 07 Feb 2016 (Wood)

Cats born in the year of the Goat

  • Goat cats are elegant, charming, delicate, gifted and found of nature
  • Also the most creative and their good manners and charms brings many admirers and friends
  • Goats are insecure. They need to feel loved and protected and usually shy from confrontation. They pull back when faced with conflict or neighbourhood brawls.
  • Goat cats can be pessimistic, worried about uncertainty or new people in the house. They are hesitant and over-anxious worriers!
  • Lazy! Certainly not your active cat. Once over the teenage years these kitties enjoy sitting back for the rest of their lives.
  • Little goats obsessively enjoy being groomed.
  • They have indecisive natures and can be fussy eaters
  • Very sensitive, sweet, loyal and loving. They could be sometimes a little bit bossy and lazy, but with their gentle and caring nature, it will be hard to resist the Goat Cat!

February-March Special

Designer Open top Carrier

  • Made of high grade light weight durable plastic
  • Well ventilated and very secure
  • Modern design without the price tag
  • Open top for ease with pets fearful of cages
  • Three modern colours: Pink, Black and Navy

Italian Designer closed top carrier

  • Made of high grade durable plastic
  • Well ventilated and ultra modern
  • Designer carrier without the price tag
  • Very secure, durable although very light weight
  • Three contemporary colour: Turquoise, Black and Pink

New Contemporary Pet Fusion Scratcher

  • Cat scratcher and lounger in one!
  • Specially made for cats who enjoy scratching, playing, and lounging around.

Modern Vigo Cat Scratcher

  • Cats love to sleep and play on it as well.
  • VIGO has a smaller footprint than the Fusion and a curved bottom that cats love to squeeze underneath.
  • VIGO is super strong and has been tested to safely hold the weight of the largest cats and multiple cats (up to 20kg).