Beat the Monday Blues: Guinea pig says what?

A pet can be a lovely companion. But have you ever wondered what goes on in your pet's mind? Today, we want to share with you a clip featuring a guinea pig that 'talks'! Oh, and find out his obsession for *turtles!

Guinea pigs are social animals. If you plan on keeping these lovely creatures, it is best to get them in pairs of the same gender. (:

*Just a friendly reminder that turtles are not allowed to be kept as pets here in Singapore as they are protected under the Wild Animals and Birds Act. The only reptiles that are allowed to be kept are the red-eared sliders, otherwise known as terrapins. For a list of the approved pets, click here.

Pet Adoption Friday: Meet the adoptees at Heart for Animals 2014!

If you are ready to take on the responsibilities of being a pet owner, why not consider adopting a rescued animal? Meet the adoptees at Republic Polytechnic's Heart for Animals 2014 this weekend whose sole wish is to find a permanent loving home! There will be dogs, cats and rabbits from the following animal welfare groups (AWGs):

Animal Lovers League
Causes for Animals Singapore
Cat Welfare Society
House Rabbits Society Singapore

Here's a sneak preview of the pets from...

Animal Lovers League

ALL_Molly

Name: Bella
Sex:
Female
Age:
2 months old
Breed:
Mixed
Sterilised:
Not yet (but she will need to when she's 6 months old)
Vaccinated:
No
HDB-approved: No
Good with children: Yes
Good with other animals: Yes

Bella is a sweet, friendly and affectionate little girl.

ALL_Starbucks

Name: Molly
Sex: Female
Age: 5 months old
Breed: Mixed
Sterilised: Not yet (but she will need to when she's 6 months old)
Vaccinated: Vaccinated fully completed
HDB-approved: No
Good with children: Yes
Good with other animals: Yes

Molly is affectionate, smart and witty.

You may wish to contact 9693 2850 if you are keen to know more about Bella or Molly.

Causes for Animals Singapore

CAS_Natsu

Name: Natsu
Sex: Female
Age: 1 year and 2 months old
Breed: Local cross
Size (full grown): Medium
HDB-approved: Yes
Good with Children: Yes
Good with other dogs: Yes

An active girl, Natsu was rescued from the streets as a puppy. She was adopted by a local couple who have since decided to leave the country. Sadly, they do not want to take Natsu with them. This lovely girl is gentle, affectionate and used to apartment living. She is toilet trained, great on walks, has no issues with other dogs and loves kids. She is the perfect family dog!

CAS_Joshua

Name: Joshua
Sex: Male
Age: 7 months old
Breed: Local cross
Size (full grown): Medium
HDB-approved: Yes
Good with Children: Yes
Good with other dogs: Yes

Joshua has had a hard start to life but will make such a great family addition. He loves running, swimming and playing. He is simply 'FUN'!

Both Natsu and Joshua are under the Project ADORE (ADOption and REhoming of dogs) scheme.

Cat Welfare Society

CWS_Tutu

Name: Tutu
Age: 4 months old
Sex: Female
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair

Medical History:
Revolutioned, Dewormed, 1st vaccine done on 13 January 2014, 2nd booster done on 13 February 2014.

I am a happy, healthy playful girl who loves morning kisses (:

CWS_Mr Bon

Name: Mr Bon
Age: 2 years old
Sex: Male
Breed:
Domestic Short Hair

Mr Bon was an abused cat but after recuperating well at the vet, he is ready to go to a forever home.

If you are looking to adopt only one cat, he is suitable for a single cat owner home. He enjoys lots of rub-dub-dub. He will shower you with hugs and be your perfect companion in bed. An absolutely affectionate boy who yearns for lots of tender loving care.

For adoption enquiries, you may contact his fosterer at 9028 6819.

House Rabbit Society Singapore

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Name: Yuri & Yoko
Sex: Females
Age: 3 years old
Breed: Local
Sterilised: Yes
Litter-trained: Yes

Yuri and Yoko are a pair of friendly and active girls. They have perfect litter habits and love having the space to roam and be free. They are young and mischievous and always have something cheeky up their furry 'sleeves' just so they can make you smile.

For adoption enquiries or more information about the girls, please email HRSS at betty@hrss.net

The pets you have just seen will be at the Heart for Animals 2014 event along with their friends (who are a bit camera shy which explains why they're not here)! These lovely pets are all looking for forever homes!

Events Galore!

Brace yourself for a weekend of multiple pet events! If you're a big animal lover, get ready to get busy for the whole array of activities there are for you and your pet(s)!

Republic Polytechnic's Heart For Animals

Heart for AnimalsDate: 28 & 29 June 2014
Time: 11am to 8pm
Venue: Lot 1 Shopping Mall, Roof Garden
Nearest MRT Station: Choa Chu Kang
Are pets allowed? Uh oh, sorry you can't bring your pets to this event. Instead, this is a chance for those of you looking for a pet or second pet to spend time with the animals that are up for adoption at the event.

Also, the Pet Central team is going to be there! Come join us and the animal welfare groups at Lot 1 Shopping Mall the weekend of 28 and 29 June. There will be goodie bags* to be given away and fun activities for the children.

For more information, please visit http://www.rp.edu.sg/Heart_for_Animals.aspx.

*: while stocks last

C.U.@*Scape - Club Pets United

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Date: 27 to 29 June 2014
Time: 3

pm to 8pm (27th), 12pm to 8pm
Venue: *Scape
Nearest MRT Station: Orchard
Are pets allowed? Yes! Remember to keep your dog leashed at all times. All other pets must be safely contained in their carriers.

Club Pets' adorable mascot, Coco turns 2 recently and is having a bash at this event! If you have a really talented do

g, you may wish to enter him in the "Dog Idol", "Best Dressed" and/or "Most Talented" contests with attractive prizes to be won. Get in touch with Luke at luke@citrusmedia.com.sg or call 6345 8748.

For full event programming, please go to http://www.clubpets.com.sg/c_u_at_scape.

Pets & Friends @ The Serangoon

Pets&FriendsfrontDate: 28 & 29 June 2014
Time: 10am to 7pm
Venue: The Serangoon Community Club
Nearest MRT Station: Serangoon
Are pets allowed? Yes! Remember to keep your dog leashed at all times. All other pets must be safely contained in their carriers.

Get a chance to meet lots of different pets and their owners at this event. If you love cats, remember to be there to support the "My Most Beautiful Adopted Cat Contest" presented by Pet Lovers Centre. There is also a whole lot of other activities, so get ready for a fun-filled time here!

For full event information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/petsandfriends.sg.

Pet Care Tips: Signs of old age and care for a senior hamster

Tau Sar

In early February this year, our pet hamster, Tau Sar passed away quietly on a Saturday afternoon at the age of about 2.5 years old. The average lifespan of hamsters is 2 to 3 years. Our beloved Tau Sar had made a cameo appearance in one of our Friends Of The Animals stories that you can read here. He was an adopted pet and held a special place in our hearts.

If you have a pet hamster as well, you may be wondering what you can do to help them in their later years in life. Let us share some things that we know.

Sleeping Hamster

Here are some signs that your hamster is aging:
- Spends less time exercising on the wheel
- Starts eating lesser
- Spends more time sleeping
- Weight loss/gain
- Stiffer gait
- Fur loss/greying

During this time, you might want to consider the following to ensure your hamster is comfortable.

Interaction with him

Your hamster is aging and may not enjoy physical handling (he may not have the strength to struggle and show his dislike now) as much as before but your presence will still offer good comfort for him.

Help your hamster

Some hamsters may move very slowly or have difficulty picking up bigger food items. You may need to crush the harder ones into smaller pieces and even hand feed them to your hamster. Perhaps, you can also move the food bowl nearer to his hutch.

Keep him comfortable

Provide extra bedding to keep him comfortable as he slowly moves about his cage. He will also sleep more in old age and the bedding makes it cushy.

Timely medical attention

If he's unwell during this time, it's still important to pay the vet a visit. You have to be aware that some diseases may not be easily treated and it may be in the best interest of your hamster to discuss the options of treatment and euthanasia with your vet to reduce its suffering.

Cuddly Hamster

Bereavement

When your pet has passed on, remember to take proper time to grieve through this period and provide support for children who may need help in coming to terms with the loss. As some pet owners say, your pet has crossed over to the other side of the rainbow and is running free and happy with other animal friends there now.

Adapted from: Wikihow, Hamster Central and Hamsters As Pets

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Beat the Monday Blues: Kitties’ Water World Cup!

World Cup fever is on and our feline friends do not want to get left behind! Today, we have a video featuring a kitty's version of soccer. Forget the green soccer fields - these kitties play their balls on a whole new different territory - the water!

An activity like the one in the video is a very good enrichment for your pet. Do note that pets have different temperaments so if your kitty is not so keen to play this game, do not force it. There are plenty of games out there you can try. Check out our recommendations: Pet Care Tips: It's Playtime with Kitty!

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Pet Adoption Friday: Krystal and The Dachschunds from Agency for Animal Welfare

Krystal

Name: Krystal
Sex: Female
Age: 10 years old
Breed: Mini Schnauzer
Sterilised: Yes
Vaccinated: Yes
HDB-approved: Yes
Good with children: Yes
Good with other animals: Yes

Krystal was caged up for years and subsequently given to a rehomer for rehoming two years ago. She suffered from an infected uterus which was resolved and is now still battling skin issues which may or may not point to Cushing's syndrome until tested at adopter's expense. No one has been brave enough to give her a home with medical care. She is sweet-natured, gentle and affectionate. Will you love her for the rest of her life?

Dachunds

Names: Mei Mei and Kor Kor (Older couple)
Unee and Noisy (Younger siblings)
Sex: Males and Females
Age: 3 and 7 Years old
Breed: Standard Dachschunds
Sterilised: Yes
Vaccinated: Yes
HDB-approved:Yes
Good with children: Requires close monitoring
Good with other animals: Yes

Dachschunds are extremely loyal and smart. These four are loving and manja. Loves tummy rubs and treats. Easy to feed. They must be adopted in coupled pairs. Noisy, as per name is noisy and the adopter of the younger pair needs to be experienced, patient and attend obedience training. The older couple will need to go for dental appointment soon.

For more information on how you can adopt these pets, please contact Agency for Animal Welfare (AAW)'s rehomer, Ms Wong Lin at 9879 6119.

AAW's Adoption Contract of Care with pre- and post-adoption visits are required. Adoption fee of $250 per dog to cover sterilisation/vaccination costs. *No adoption fee is required for Krystal

Do check them out on their official Facebook page.

Event: Walk Your Dog at Bishan Community Club, 22 June, Sunday

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Get active this Sunday morning if you're living in Bishan! Join us at this event for lots of fun activities for you and your dog! Learn what it means to be a responsible pet owner at our booth and walk away with some freebies.

See you there!

Pet Care Tips: How to trim your rabbit's nails

Nail trimming is an essential part of grooming for any pet. If you're a new rabbit owner, you may be wondering how do you actually clip your rabbit's nails? For a start, you may wish to get an experienced rabbit owner to show you how. Thereafter, you can do it on your own. Grooming helps you bond with your rabbit too!

Here's a short video to help you get started:

If you're looking for like-minded people to share bunny stories and exchange care tips, why not "like" the House Rabbit Society Singapore's Facebook Page? : )

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Beat the Monday Blues: Mommy's best new assistant!

Fancy an assistant to help change your baby's diaper? Meet Charlie! He is the amazing 2-year-old Beagle who enjoys helping his owners with the household chores, especially in the baby department!

Beagles are well-known for being good with children as they are gentle and playful but at the same time sturdy and protective. Friendly, loyal, sociable, curious and cheerful are traits that are usually associated with these furry friends.*

*Disclaimer: While this is what we've learnt about Beagles, you should never leave a baby and dog together, unsupervised.

Source: We Love Beagles

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Pet Adoption Friday: Elmo and Scooby from Animal Lovers League

Elmo-ALL

Name: Elmo
Age: 2 months old
Sex: Male
HDB-approved: No
Personality: Elmo is adorable, sweet and friendly.

Scooby-ALL

Name: Scooby
Age: 5 months old
Sex: Female
HDB-approved: No
Personality: Scooby is friendly, funny and intelligent!

Both Elmo and Scooby can be adopted separately. If you wish to adopt these lovely puppies or know more about them, please contact Animal Lovers League at adoption@animalloversleague.com.

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Pet Care Tips: The cat and his teeth

cat and toothbrushWe're going to be talking about the one thing that's going to make you guilty - brushing your cat's teeth.

This seemingly easy process is actually faux! Just the mention of this probably conjure all sorts of terrible experiences you never want to remember for the rest of your life - the struggles and tussles, bites and snarls, sweat and blood and the eventual giving up by you.

Well, as pet owners ourselves, we totally understand what you mean. However, hard as it may be, taking care of your pet's oral hygiene pays! A pet with no dental issue can expect to live an additional 2 years compared to a fellow pet with some form of periodontal disease.

Cat mouth

Symptoms
In most cases, there are no other symptoms aside from a bad odour from the mouth. Other symptoms may include pawing at the mouth, an inability to eat and excessive drooling.

Causes
The medical term for the offensive odour from the mouth is halitosis. Periodontal disease caused by plaque bacteria is the most common cause of bad breath in cats and dogs.

Other possible conditions include metabolic disorders such as 'sugar diabetes', respiratory problems, inflammation of the sinuses, gastrointestinal problems and possibly kidney diseases. Dietary problems may also play a role. Further possibilities are the inflammation of the throat or tonsils. The presence of cancer, or the presence of a foreign object may also result in disease of the mouth and accompanying bad breath.

Management
It's important to be observant of your pet's symptoms. Schedule annual or biannual health checks with your vet and discuss with them the best way to maintain oral health in your pet. If possible, you should also brush your pet's teeth daily. This helps to prevent the plaque build-up that leads to related halitosis. There are also other oral health products or specially formulated diets on the market that can reduce the incidences of periodontal disease if brushing proves too difficult for your pet.

Here's a video to show you how to brush your pet's teeth:

It's important that you only use pet toothpaste and not the ones for humans. Also, if your cat tolerates having your finger in his mouth but not the toothbrush, you may actually wrap a clean lady's stocking around your finger, apply some pet toothpaste and use it as a tooth brush. The stockings will give a good amount of abrasion like the brushes of a tooth brush.

If it's been a while since you last gave a look at your cat's teeth, it's actually better to bring him to the vet to have a look and see if a dental scaling is actually required.

smiling cat

Till the next Pet Care Tips, we wish you a fresh-smelling time for the rest of the week!

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Resources: Pet MD, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, YouTube

Images: Atlantic Cat Hospital,

Beat the Monday Blues: Time for a bath!

Giving a bath to a pet can be quite a challenging affair for pet owners. Not unless you have pets like these two mini Dachshunds in the video. Get ready to be impressed!

It is the responsibility of pet owners to maintain the good hygiene of your pet. Practising good hygiene not only keeps your pet clean, it keeps them healthy too!

Note: Dachshunds, because of their short legs and long bodies, are more prone to slipped disc. It's best not to let them climb too much stairs and jump too often.

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Pet Adoption Friday: Savannah and Smiggle from Action for Singapore Dogs

Savannah

Name: Savannah
Age: 3 months old
Sex: Female
HDB-approved: No
Good with children: Yes
Good with other dogs: Yes

Smiggle

Name: Smiggle
Age: 3 months old
Sex: Male
HDB-approved: No
Good with children: Yes
Good with other dogs: Yes

Cheeky and playful, these puppies love cuddles and would make lovely companions. Are you ready to give them a forever home?

Adoption Drive

Want to meet Savannah and Smiggle up close? They will be making an appearance at the following adoption drive:

Date: 7 & 8 June 2014 (Saturday and Sunday)
Time: 12noon - 5pm
Venue: Adopt 1st Centre @ Pet Lovers Centre Kembangan

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Click on the poster for more details!

Remember to mark your calendars!

Both Savannah and Smiggle can be adopted separately. If you wish to adopt these lovely puppies or know more about them, please contact ASD at 6100 2737 or send an email to info@asdsingapore.com.

Do visit ASD's website and Facebook page for more information.

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Pet Care Tips: Bringing a puppy home for the first time

And so your family has discussed at length and finally decided that you are ready to welcome a doggy family member. If you're starting off with a puppy, this easy-to-follow video is going to be very helpful in preparing you to welcome him on his very first day and week at home. In Singapore's context, your doggy will be required to be paper-trained and exercised with walks around the neighbourhood to expend your puppy's energy.

There are animal shelters in Singapore that have puppies waiting for good homes. Some may not be HDB-approved, so you will need to find that out. Pay their websites a visit and have a look!
1. Agency for Animal Welfare
2. Animal Lovers League
3. Action for Singapore Dogs
4. Causes for Animals Singapore
5. Humane Society (Singapore)
6. Noah's Ark CARES
7. Save Our Street Dogs
8. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
9. Three Legs Good

A dog lives a good 15 years or so. Starting off on the right foot is definitely crucial, and so is the commitment to be there for your dog through thick and thin. Remember, a pet is for life!

Note: this video is meant to be an easy-to-follow guide. Just because you have all that's inside may not necessarily mean you're ready to bring home a dog. Always remember to discuss this very big responsibility with your family and seek everyone's agreement. On top of that, find out more about the pet you're interested in. Sometimes, your lifestyle may not be suitable and if so, it's best not to bring in a pet at this point in time.

Beat the Monday Blues: What hangs around (might just be a hamster!)

The Syrian hamster you are about to see in the video could probably be Hollywood's next biggest pet star. With his super-hamster strength, watch how he performs his gravity-defying stunts at least a good 1-minute.

Although Syrian hamsters prefer to stay alone, they still require some form of interaction to stay happy and healthy. Here are some playtime ideas that you may want to try with your hamster: Pet Care Tips: 3 playtime ideas with hammie.

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