April 2015- Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease Explained

Hello Pet Parents,

We hope you enjoyed the Easter holidays and you were able to get some time off. Here at Divine Creatures we had our busiest day on record on the 2nd April with a whopping 28 admissions! Our highest admissions day on a single day. Much thanks to all our wonderful clients who organized the paperwork before arriving – the day went very smoothly and no one was kept waiting.
We currently still have a very full house with 62 cats holidaying in the resort and we have a waiting list for this upcoming weekend. Please remember to book in early during school holidays to avoid disappointment. It is definitely always worth while going on our waiting lists. Our waiting list does not work on a first on the list basis, but on a cancellation match basis. For example, if we have a cancellation between 24th December and 3rd January and you required those exact dates, you will receive first option to take the canceled room. Last year number 87 on the list got a place over Christmas!

Our last lot of kittens were with us for four weeks and unfortunately did not find a home. They are back at the Cat Protection Society where they will hopefully have a better chance at finding a home quickly. Thank you to all who shared their post and for all your wonderful efforts! We received a lot of phone calls, so sharing the posts are working at reaching people – please keep up the good work.

Our new kittens are just too cute! Luna and Ginny are two girls who can either go together or be homed individually.

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

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease – Cat urination problems

Cats are incredibly prone to problems with their lower urinary tract or bladder and for

March 2015 – Do Cats and Dogs get Arthritis?

Hello Pet Parents,

It’s the start of Autumn although it still feels like blissful summer days! With warmer weather comes the “joys” for our precious pets of flea, ticks, snakes and even heat stress. Unfortunately, even with the cooler weather approaching we need to still stay vigilant. It is important to continue flea treatments through out winter. If you are in a tick prone area remember there is no such thing as tick seasons anymore. And never keep your cats, dogs or children or any living animal in a car alone.

The highlight of our media attention became reality with Dr Harry Cooper filming a segment on Divine Creatures for the Better Homes and Gardens Show. It was truly wonderful to hear Dr Harry tell Jules that Divine Creatures was “the best cattery he had ever seen”, from such a well traveled and renown veterinarian who also owned a cattery many years ago.

We had a lovely success story with our two kittens.
A really lovely lady who had wanted a cat for a number of years but was limited by rental regulations, fell in love with this adorable duo and took them home instantly.
A huge effort was put in on Facebook for these two – Thank you to everyone who shared our post and made it possible to find a forever home for these kittens! We couldn’t have asked for a better home 🙂

Our new kittens for up for adoption are purring machines! These two girls will fill your home with so much entertainment and hours of fun – really adorable pair.
These 16week old girls must go together. Also one is all white and must be indoor cats only.
Is this you? Would you like to ditch the TV for these two characters?!
Please share the post to promote their chances of finding a forever loving home

We hope you have a very pleasant Easter filled with chocolates! Please always remember that chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. Whilst cats do not usually like chocolate, some cats do so best to keep all chocolate away from your feline friend. Most dogs really love chocolate. They can sniff out chocolate during Easter Egg Hunts, can easily rip open boxed eggs etc. Avoid a costly trip to the vets and hide the chocolates from the pets!

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

Do Cats and Dogs get Arthritis?

Yes cats and dogs get arthritis and it can be very painful for them. Arthritis should not be ignored with statements like “he’s just getting old.” While we can not make the arthritis go away, we can create a plan of action

February 2015 – Basics of preventive health

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

Janaury 2015 – New year, new beginnings – how cats deal with change

Hello Pet Parents,

Happy New Year! Gosh 2015 already and the new year has brought such joy as we have had our very first adoption!

Two of our three adorable kittens sisters found a wonderful forever home together on Saturday 10th.

Now we just need to find a home for the remaining gorgeous girl. She is the one on the left waving her paw!

Please spread the word by clicking the image and sharing the post on your Facebook page.

Some of you may have seen on Facebook our other two kittens Calvin and Callie. They were returned to Cat Protection Society last Tuesday and were also adopted on Sunday by a lovely couple.

Our Charity day on the 6th December was a real hit this year! We raised a lot of money from the Cat Raffle for Cat Protection Society and a smaller amount from the dog raffle for Oscars Law.

Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to the following winners:

Cat Raffles: 1st Prize: Ann Brockbank, 2nd Prize: Catherine Mason, 3rd Prize Justine Morton

Dog Raffles: 1st Prize: Francoise, 2nd Prize Vicky Cricy

 

Prize winners:

A huge THANK YOU to our suppliers whose donations were incredibly generous:

Pet Pacific, MasterPet, Cenvet, Rogue Rogality, and Doog

The generosity this year was overwhelming. So many of people over the month purchased and donated to the Christmas Wish Tree or offered their prizes to the wishing tree. Each month Divine Creatures donates to 5 different charities and it is beautiful to see the charitably in others as well 🙂

Bree has had a promotion! Bree is now the General Manager ensuring customer service is kept to a level of excellence,  coordinating all the bookings and Bree coordinates daily check ins and check outs . Jules hasn’t gone anywhere! She is still at Divine Creatures every day, ensuring the guests are also kept at a level of excellence and over-sees the day-to-day cat hotel and pet shop operations.

Now with the expansion, it certainly takes a large amount time coordinating check ins and check outs for 52 rooms. At times we only have a couple of hours to turn a room around in preparation for the next admission, therefore we just ask for you to run on time for your prearranged check in or check out time. If you are running late, please call us so that we can organize around the plans for the day and not disadvantage the next guest scheduled into that room.

We also only have Condo’s left for Christmas next year! We do try to provide ample notice in these newsletters regarding availability so please try

December 2014 – Avoiding Christmas Dangers

Hello Pet Parents,

Another wonderful month at Divine Creatures with Channel 7 News filming us for a segment about how much we love our pets.
View it here if you missed it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W0YnZhZ_xk
Divine Creatures is the example of how much we love our pets, both clients and staff alike. Every day we answer calls from worried first time away pet parents. This is exactly how Divine Creatures started and it has been a mission to ensure you and your cats have a peaceful and relaxing holiday because we understand first hand how important that is.

As we come to the end of 2014 we thank you for your loyalty to us, for voting for us and your absolutely beautiful testimonials. We are also very thankful for all the media attention and proud to be recognized as the best!  (Dr harry coming soon!)

It’s going to be a busy month ahead which kicks off on the 6th December:

Pop in and visit us on the 6th and you may win an on the spot prize! Although if you can’t make it, you can enter the raffle anytime. The raffle will be drawn on the 24th December.

We are looking forward to our new Cat Adoption Center and proud to be partners with Cat Protection Society. They do amazing work at C.P.S. You can also help support them by donating or better still, setting up a small regular monthly donation. Also spread the word! If your friends are looking for a cat, let them know about us! Together we can save lives.

Please stay safe this Christmas and New Years. Below is a valuable article on how to stay safe this Christmas and avoid a trip to the Vets. Remember common sense prevails and its always better to be cautious and safe than sorry.

Wishing you all a very lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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

Click here to read full article on avoiding Christmas dangers:

Christmas – let’s make sure it’s a time of good will not vet bills!

While many rejoice at the idea of Christmas and well earnt holidays, for vets the Christmas period is often our busiest time of the year. Fortunately for most careful pet owners, the vast majority of Christmas admissions to vet hospitals could be avoided.

Chocolate poisoning: many people put chocolates wrapped under the Christmas tree or under beds. This is no challenge for dogs with their sensitive noses. Chocolate is poisonous to animals and causes vomiting, diarrhoea, fast heart rates, tremors, seizures and can cause death. Put chocolates up high or

November 2014 – Is your home safe for your pet?

Hello Pet Parents,

Another month of very very exciting news! On 15th October we had Dr Harry Cooper from Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens film a segment on “How to choose a good cattery, what to look out for and how to prepare your cat for boarding”.

We had a fantastic day filming for 8 hours. Dr Harry and the film crew raved about our cat hotel and we are so grateful for their interest in Divine Creatures. It was a remarkable and exciting day for us, and we hope that many will learn what to look out for when choosing a cattery.
Choosing a “home away from home” is a topic that Jules is particularly passionate about as too often Jules has seen sub-minimal standards in boarding catteries. Cats are very sensitive to environmental conditions. To ensure every cat was cared for and loved to the highest degree as well as ensured every aspect of safety was covered is why Divine Creatures was created.

Its hard to believe that it is Divine Creatures’ fourth birthday on the 4th December! Four years have gone incredibly fast. Please join us for our Charity Day while celebrating our grand opening of The Cat Adoption Program and Divine Creatures’ 4th Birthday on Saturday 6th December 2014. 10% of profit made on the day will be donated to Cat Protection Society plus there will be our HUGE store wide sale!  Gifts, giveaways, prizes and much more on the day!
A few of our guests over the years

The Local Business Awards is coming up on the 7th November and much to Jules’ surprise, she has also reached the finals for Business Person of the Year Award. We are now up for two awards the other being Outstanding Pet Care.

Wishing you a happy November month -please keep your pets safe as the temperature rises and we hope to see you on 6th December!

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

Click here to read full article on: Is your home Pet Safe?

How Pet Safe is Your Home?

Unfortunately a high percentage of emergency pet cases are the end result of avoidable accidents. It is always a good idea to look at our homes and critically ask if we are making them as safe as possible. Let’s check room by room:

Kitchen

Kitchens can contain some serious dangers for our pets.
All the cleaning chemicals that we tend to keep under the kitchen sink can be potentially poisonous to our pets, be they cats, dogs, rats, ferrets, rabbits, etc. Make sure they are safely locked up.

Teflon pans are brilliant – but leaving a Teflon pan on the heat can