Beat The Monday Blues: Meet the oldest cat!

Corduroy is a half-Maine Coon who is 26 this year, which is equivalent to 121 in cat years! Despite being one of the oldest cats in the world, he still has a nimble body and can jump onto countertops effortlessly.

He was adopted by Reed Okura's family when he was 7 weeks old. Since then, he has been loved by his owners, who provide him a healthy diet and ample space to monkey around.

Do you know?
Some cat owners find their cats' scratching destructive and choose to de-claw their cats. However, declawing is equivalent to cutting a human's first joint, also known as distal interphalangeal joint. The pain continues after the surgery and it will take some time for them to learn how to walk properly.

To prevent your paw friend from destroying your house, scratching posts are recommended and remember to trim his nails every two to three weeks, depending on the speed of growth. After all, we bring home a pet so we can spend time with them!

Pet Adoption Friday: Milkshake and Toffee from House Rabbit Society Singapore

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Name: Milkshake and Toffee
Sex: Female
Age: 2 years old
Breed:Lionhead mix
Personality:Milkshake (left) and Toffee (right) are a pair of young beautiful lionhead sisters who love their mealtimes and treats! They are great entertainers and generous with showing you their binkies. Aside from their liveliness and energetic personality, they have good litter habits! They are closely bonded and need to be adopted together.

If you are interested, please contact Betty at betty@hrss.net for more information.

Beat The Monday Blues: Cockatoo doesn't want to go to the vet

Have you had a phobia of visiting the clinic when you were younger or even until now? Even animals like this cockatoo, Max, hates visiting the vet. In this case, he needed to go to the vet to have his nails trimmed. You can clearly hear him saying "I don't want to go to the vet!"

Some of your pets may resist and even throw tantrums. However, it is necessary to bring your pets to visit the veterinarian for health check-ups (the frequency depends on his age) to ensure that he lives a healthy and comfortable life.

Pet Adoption Friday: Daisy and Joey from Exclusively Mongrels

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Name: Daisy
Sex: Female
Age: 4.5 months
Breed: Singapore Special
HDB Approved: No
Personality:Daisy is a bubbly and friendly pup who can get along well with other dogs and humans! She is easily motivated with food too.

joey

Name: Joey
Sex: Female
Age: 1 years old
Breed: Singapore Special
HDB Approved: No
Personality: Joey is a friendly and low-maintenance girl who can click well with other dogs, especially males. She is also tamed and enjoys walks on a leash!

If you are interested in Daisy or Joey, please contact Exclusively Mongrels on 97890569 to find out more.

Code of Animal Welfare (for the Pet Industry)

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Have you heard? The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has issued the Code of Animal Welfare (for the Pet Industry) recently.

The Code comprises:

  1. Minimum Standards on animal housing, management and care, which pet businesses are expected to comply with; and
  2. Best Practices on animal housing, management and care, which pet businesses are encouraged to adopt to further raise the standard of animal welfare in Singapore.

The Code applies to all businesses that offer pets or goods and services for pets, including those not licensed (e.g. groomers, trainers, etc.) by AVA . Although failure to meet a minimum standard in the Code is not an offence, it can be used to support prosecution or other enforcement actions for animal welfare cases.

The Code, which will take effect from 1 Oct 2016 can be viewed on AVA's website here.

To see the infographics, click on image to enlarge. pet industry

Beat The Monday Blues: Powdering the Chinchilla

Watch Taro the chinchilla enjoying his epic dust bath! By rolling around, the dust helps to keep his coat clean and oil-free!

Do you know?
Chinchillas' body cannot be in contact with water as their thick fur can retain the moisture and cause skin infections. If they accidentally get wet, use a no-heat dryer or towel to dry his body immediately.

Pet Adoption Friday: Martini and Tyson from Causes for Animals

Martini

Name: Martini
Sex: Female
Age: 2 months
Breed: Local Cross
Personality:Martini is a frisky pup who is affectionate to humans and she loves cuddles as well. Despite the young age, Martini has already accomplished her task to be paper-trained! She also has two other sisters that are up for adoption.

Tyson

Name: Tyson
Sex: Male
Age: 3 years old
Breed: Local Cross
Personality: Tyson is a funny boy who is extremely friendly to people and kids. He is fond of long walks and he is pretty good on leash too! Other than being an active companion, he enjoys lazing around and giving lots of kisses to his human pals.

If you are interested in Martini or Tyson, please visit this page to find out more.

Beat The Monday Blues: Best Paws Forever

Barnaby and Stoche are both adopted when they were young. From then on, they have been inseparable and even sleep together everywhere, including the same hammock that they shared since they were kittens!

Sometimes you don't need many toys to keep your fur-mily happy. Even a simple bed like this is purrr-fect for them! And yes, please consider adoption first if you are looking to get a pet.

Pet Adoption Friday: Turnip from Cat Welfare Society

Turnip

Name: Turnip
Sex: Female
Age: 2 months
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Personality:Turnip is a smart girl who has learnt to use a litter box. She is very friendly and goes up to anyone who stops in their path to pet her. She loves licking her human before she goes to sleep! One of her favourite hobbies is to cuddle with her fosterer in bed and be a lap kitten.

If you are interested, please contact Jenny the fosterer at 91461839 for more information. Adoption follows CWS' terms.

Beat The Monday Blues: Hamster doing agility obstacle course

Hamsters can actually learn to do tricks and even respond to their names! Sophia Yap, a Singaporean, has taught her hamster how to cross obstacles using a technique called shaping, which involves the reinforcement of successive approximations of the target behaviour.

Creative owners can design your own agility obstacle courses using recyclable materials such as ice-cream sticks and cardboards.

Don't forget to reward your hamster with his favourite snack for accomplishing the obstacles!