Adopt, Don’t Shop! Monday 29 January 2018 @ 00:00

Photo of a Girl Playing with the Dog

At Lost Pet Finders, we believe that every pet deserves to find the home where they feel secure and happy, and this holds true whether that pet has simply lost its owners temporarily or is in need of a whole new family. This is why, when possible, we really recommend checking out your local pounds and shelters before heading to a pet store. For those based in Australia and New Zealand, here are some of the best sanctuaries to check out:

Australia

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… and of course we can’t forget our friends at Hunter Animal Rescue!

New Zealand

Now that you know where to look, here’s a quick rundown of some of the main reasons you should consider adopting your new best friend, rather than buying them.

1. What practices do you want your money to support?

If you opt for a local breeder or pet store, your money will most likely end up going straight to something like a puppy mill, an unethical business where baby animals are stored in unhygienic, cramped and clumsy setups without sufficient access to healthcare and socialization. It doesn’t matter that you plan on giving your new pet all the love in the world: Once you’ve contributed to this practice through your purchase, you won’t be able to undo that damage.

Ciarra and Keisha2. Are you interested in being a superhero?

If you adopt an animal rather than buying one from a store, you’re saving a life. In and around 3.7 million animals are euthanized annually in animal pounds and rescues because nobody has adopted them in time. The best way to save one of these lives? Give a shelter animal a home before it can be euthanized. As far as your new rescue pet will be concerned, you’ll always be a superhero.

3. You’ll get an amazing animal.

Rescue pets aren’t “broken”. Animal sanctuaries are generally filled to the brim with healthy, playful pets just waiting for their new playmate to come and find them. Most of the pets in a pound are there because of human issues like divorce or job redundancies, not because of any failing on the animal’s part. In fact, many are even better pets than the animals you’ll find in a store as they’ll already be housetrained!

White and Black Cat With Tongue Out at Daytime4. It’s a whole lot cheaper.

Penny-pinching may not be the most “romantic” reason to choose adoption over shopping, but who’s going to turn down a little financial bonus when they’re already saving an animal’s life? Buying a new dog, for example, can cost anywhere between $500 and $1,000 (USD), with prices varying depending on breed. Meanwhile, opting for a rescue pet brings that price right down to between $20 and $200 (depending on the rescue you go to).

5. #RescuePet #AdoptDontShop #Cute

This is more a tiny bonus than an actual reason to adopt, but it’s still something fun to think about: Bragging rights. The only thing better than a cute selfie is a cute selfie with a dog. And the only thing better than a cute picture with a dog is a cute picture with a rescue dog. Posting the perfect picture to your Instagram account isn’t a valid reason to adopt an animal, no, but it’s definitely something you can look forward to doing once you’ve made sure you’re in a position to give a rescue pet its perfect forever home.

Animal, bark, black wallpaper6. Experienced animals are no less worthy of love.

Often, it’s the older pets you adopt who are the most loving animals because they know you’ve saved them from a bad situation. They also tend to be a little easier to deal with and a lot chiller than they would have been when they were younger. When it comes to finding the perfect pet, age is just a number. Just because the rescue animals you meet in your local pound aren’t kittens and puppies anymore, it doesn’t mean they aren’t ready to give you all the love in the world. If you give a rescue animal the happy home they’ve been looking forward to, they can finally begin to live their life.

7. Taking home an adopted pet can be easier.

If you bring a rescue pet home instead of a brand-new puppy, your household will thank you. As many of the pets in sanctuaries and shelters have had previous owners, there’s a high chance your new rescue animal will already be housetrained, allowing you to skip the potty-training phase. It also means introductions will be simpler, as they’ll already be used to meeting new people on a regular basis.

8. You won’t just be saving one animal.

If you adopt your new pet from a pound or shelter, you’ll be allowing that organisation to rescue another animal who they man not necessarily have been able to house before. When you adopt a pet rather than buying, you’ll be saving not only your pet, but also one you’ve never even met.

As amazing as rescues and sanctuaries are, they aren’t magical and their buildings do have to follow the laws of physics. They cannot take in an unlimited number of animals. As much as the charities behind pet rescues hate to turn away an animal in need, sometimes they have no choice if there’s nowhere to keep them. This means that once a shelter reaches capacity, the pets in their care either need to be adopted or euthanized before any more animals can be taken in.

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Making Your Own Dog Food Saturday 02 December 2017 @ 00:00

Woman in Purple Split Neck Cap Sleeve Bodycon Dress Holding Cone of Ice Cream Licked by Black Tan DogBack in August, we sponsored Jordy. Jordy is an energetic, loving, playful pupper who just loves to be affectionate with his humans. His only special requirement was that he needed a family willing to pay special attention to what he ate, as he had a food allergy. But in return for this extra care, he was ready to give all the love in the world!

Jordy’s allergy is the reason that our last blog post was all about hypoallergenic dog foods. With food allergies becoming an increasingly big deal for people and pets alike, it’s easy to feel a little lost when you find yourself staring at stacks of food, all of which claim to be grain-free or hypoallergenic or any number of other things.

An alternative to investing in some complicated hypoallergenic, organic and grain-free dog food while still keeping your pup healthy would be to make your own dog food. This may sound a little fiddly, but it’s quite possibly the best way of making sure your dog doesn’t eat anything they’re allergic to. There’s a whole community of people out there who have all taken to making their own dog food.

Try looking at some hacks and tips such as those shared on websites like Pinterest, and some recipes like the ones shared on Rover.com. To help you get started, here are a few tips that might be helpful.

The Perks of Making Your Own Dog Food

  • As we’ve already mentioned, making your dog’s food yourself can be a great way of keeping them healthy if they have allergies. This is the only way you can personally choose the ingredients that go into their food, and the best way for you to make sure you’re avoiding everything you should be.
  • Family dogIf you’re smart about your sourcing and try to buy in bulk, making your own dog food will be no more expensive than buying it in cans, and can sometimes be even cheaper while still being more nutritious.
  • You will be able to save time and effort by preparing large batches of food which you can freeze and use later.
  • Picky dogs are often more likely to love the food you’ve prepared for them yourself than processed food from cans.
  • Better food often means more compact, tidy stools.
  • Many people who make their own dog food find that their dogs tend to be leaner and more muscular as a result.
  • JordyA healthier diet often brings with it fresher breath, less doggy odour, clean teeth and good skin.
  • Preparing food for your dog will be no more difficult than cooking for your family, but will make a big difference to your pet’s health.
  • You will no longer need to worry about dog food brands being recalled, as you know that the food you’re giving your dog is safe to eat.
  • Making your dog’s food means you get to choose the standard of ingredients you want to use. You get to choose if you want foods to be free-range, organic or anything else. You get to choose if you want to buy ingredients from a farmer, market, supermarket or wholesaler.

Animal Products and Meat

These should always make up at least 50% of your dog’s meal. Be careful of meat cuts that contain excessive amounts of fat, as these are unhealthy and can cause obesity. Unless your dog gets the chance to have intense exercise on a regular basis, try to remove the skin from any poultry you use, cut off as much fat as possible and use lean meat, ideally with less than 10% fat.

Jordy

If your dog becomes obese and you have to try and reduce their food to control their weight, this can result in deficiencies in the other nutrients. Remember that unless your dog needs an extremely low-fat diet, dark-meat poultry is better than breast meat. If this is already starting to sound a little tricky, just consider all of the advantages this change can bring.

Sample Recipes

In time, you’ll be able to come up with your own recipes without any help from us. But until you feel like you’ve got the basics of doggy dining down, here are a few ingredient lists you could try. Please note, all ingredients in these lists should be cooked before use!

Doggy’s Salmon Supper

1 squash
3 potatoes (any variety)
2 carrots
1 head of broccoli (with the stem)
2 portions of salmon with skin (or 1 ounce per 10 pounds of dog)

Fancy Mincemeat

1 pound of beef mince
2 eggs
1.5 cups of rolled oats
Half a cup of cottage cheese
1.5 cups of your dog’s favourite grated vegetables, like carrots, peas or aubergine
OR:   

 

4 carrots
2 tablespoons of butter
1 pound of beef mince
1 tin of corn
2 cups of unsalted beef broth
1 tin of tomatoes

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Tasty Turkey Stew

2 pounds of turkey mince
2 tablespoons of raw chicken or turkey liver
2 grated carrots
1 cup of broccoli florets
Half a shredded aubergine
1 cup of cauliflower florets
OR:    1 cup of brown rice
1 shredded aubergine
Half a cup of peas
3 cups of chopped baby spinach
3 pounds of turkey mince
2 grated carrots

 

You can find more dog food recipes on Damn Delicious, Life in Pearls and Sports Bras, Water Earth Wind Fire and All Recipes.

Add Any Necessary Supplements

Just because you’re cooking from scratch, it doesn’t mean your pup’s supplements are off the table. Even if you’re using the best recipes possible, it doesn’t mean your dog will automatically be getting all of the necessary nutrients. Supplements for nutrients such as calcium are the best way of keeping your dog healthy.

The supplements you need to include will depend based on the ingredients you’re using and the nutrients they already contain. For example, a recipe containing spinach and broccoli will contain iron, but might not have enough zinc. For more guidance on this topic, talk to your vet or a pet nutritionist.

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Hypoallergenic Dog Food Monday 13 November 2017 @ 00:00

JordyIn August, our sponsored pet of the month was Jordy, a playful, super-active and loving young pup who loves nothing more than a sloppy kiss and a big old cuddle every once in a while. If you want a chance to meet Jordy, you can look for him through his page on Hunter Animal Rescue’s website, because he’s still searching for his forever home!

Jordy’s one special requirement is that he needs a family who will pay attention to what he’s eating, as he needs to avoid eating anything he could be allergic to. In return for this little bit of extra care, he’ll be more than happy to give you all the love and fun you could possibly want!

Jordy is the reason that our last blog post was all about caring for dogs with food allergies. Around 10% of all dogs suffering from allergies are living with some type of food allergy. However, it’s also possible for dogs to suffer from food intolerances, which are different to food allergies. Food allergies are the cause of around 20% of all scratching and itching in dogs. We also covered hypoallergenic dog food to a certain extent in the last post, but today we’d like to talk about it in more detail so that you have all the information you need on the subject!

What is hypoallergenic dog food?

With food allergies becoming an increasingly big deal for people and pets alike, it’s easy to feel a little lost when you find yourself staring at stacks of food, all of which claim to be grain-free or hypoallergenic or any number of other things. A dog with an allergy doesn’t necessarily need you to splash out on some overpriced “organic” meal, and while some will benefit from grain-free foods others will feel no difference between the two.

Jordy

What your dog will need is an elimination diet. This is why the only actual hypoallergenic dog food is either a diet with hydrolyzed protein or an elimination diet. Ingredients from your previous dog food must be avoided in an elimination diet. This is why, as healthy as grain-free dog food with venison meat may sound, it may be of no use if it’s also full of corn, dairy, beef, chicken, eggs or soy.

Try taking the ingredient label from your old pet food into your local pet store and identifying any foods which don’t have any of the same ingredients. Keep in mind that colouring and flavour additives should also be avoided if possible. The best way to find the right food for your dog is to take them to the vet. Your veterinarian might be able to come up with a diet plan specific to your dog or find you the prescription diet right for your dog.

Most Common Allergens

As a general rule, dog foods will be marketed as hypoallergenic if they’ve been formulated to avoid the more common allergens for your pet. Pet food producers such as Drs. Foster and Smith explain that although dogs aren’t naturally allergic to the majority of these items, some of the most common food allergens for canines include…

  • JordyBeef
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Wheat
  • Yeast
  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Lamb
  • Dairy

These have become the most common allergens as they’re the ingredients used most often in dog foods. As a result, our dogs are exposed to them more often than they would be naturally.

Making Your Own Dog Food

As fiddly as it might sound, making your own dog food from the very basics is easily the best way to make sure your dog doesn’t end up eating things they’re allergic to. Try looking at some healthy dog food recipes such as those shared on Rover.com, and tips and hacks like the ones shared on Pinterest. There’s a great big community out there of other people who have started making their own dog food. Go out and find them, and they’ll be able to help you on your way!

Perks of Switching to Hypoallergenic Dog Food

There are loads of benefits you might find when you make the switch from regular dog food to hypoallergenic and homemade types. At the end of the day, your dog won’t be the only one who gets the benefit of a healthier diet: your wallet might also start looking much healthier. While saving your pup from the unpleasantness of an allergic reaction is the main goal here, it’s not the only benefit you’ll get to experience.

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A carefully planned diet of homemade or hypoallergenic dog food could also reduce your dog’s likelihood of suffering from a number of other health issues, including anal gland blockages, periodontal disease, obesity and arthritis. Further problems you could avoid can include difficulties in digestion, some kidney ailments and heart disease.

Dogs are happy, fluffy, eating machines. They love food and need plenty of nutrients to be healthy. It’s not surprising, then, that the vast majority of illnesses that tend to affect our dogs come as a result of their diets. With veterinarian appointments costing as much as they do, improving your dog’s diet and therefore their health will be the best move for both of you in the long run.

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In conclusion…

  • Food that doesn’t contain the same ingredients as most other dog foods is known as hypoallergenic dog food (though the best hypoallergenic food for your dog can be found through an elimination diet).
  • This is not a solution for all allergies. Only around 1 in 10 dog allergies can be treated through the use of hypoallergenic dog foods.
  • If you think your dog may have an allergy, talk to your vet. Seek professional advice before attempting an elimination diet.
  • These foods are a good way to help your dog if they’re suffering from food-related allergies. They are not, however, the only tool available to you.

All dogs deserve to get the best food possible for a content, healthy life.

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Caring for Dogs with Food Allergies Tuesday 31 October 2017 @ 07:54

JordyBack in August, we got the chance to sponsor Jordy, a loving, fun and super-active young Vizla X (Kelpie/Bully) who loves a hug and a big sloppy kiss every now and then. Jordy’s favourite pastimes include running, fetching and taking long walks on the beach, but he’s happy to take part in any sort of game (even frisbee). He isn’t even all that high-maintenance in terms of attention - as much as he loves snuggling with his humans in warm or comfy places, he’s still relaxed and happy enough in his own company.

Jordy’s one special requirement is that he needs a family who will pay attention to what he’s eating because he needs to avoid eating anything he could be allergic to. In return for this little bit of extra care, he’ll be more than happy to give you all the love and fun you could possibly want!

Somehow, Jordy still hasn’t found his forever home. This is a shame as every dog deserves to find the family that will love them, but it’s also good news for you as it means there’s still a chance for you to get to know Jordy yourself! For more information, head on over to his page on HAR’s website! And for more information on caring for pups with food allergies, continue reading below…

How common are food allergies in dogs?

Around 10% of all dogs suffering from allergies are living with some type of food allergy. However, it’s also possible for dogs to suffer from food intolerances, which are different to food allergies. Food allergies are the cause of around 20% of all scratching and itching in dogs.

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Food allergy or intolerance?

It’s important that you know the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance. Food allergies are a type of true allergy, showing all of the external skin problems and itching found in other feline and canine allergies. Food intolerances, on the other hand, are primarily internal issues which can cause vomiting or diarrhoea, and won’t cause a typical allergic reaction.

Your pet’s food intolerance could be similar to you getting an upset stomach when you eat fried or spicy foods. It’s not going to kill them, but it will make them very uncomfortable. The good news here is that both allergies and food intolerances can be improved if you feed your pet a diet free from the offending foodstuffs.

Try to isolate the problem

If your pet appears to be exhibiting symptoms, the first thing you’ll need to do is work with your vet to check that these symptoms really are as a result of a food allergy. If this appears to be the case, your veterinarian will probably recommend an elimination diet, that is, feeding your dog foods with a different grain (carbohydrate source) and meat (protein source) to what your dog had been eating previously.

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What symptoms should I be looking out for?

A lot of symptoms which may seem completely random could actually be signs your dog has a food allergy. Other symptoms of food allergies can closely mimic those that a human will experience. Your dog’s symptoms might include…

  • Chronic ear inflammation
  • Paw biting
  • Obsessive licking
  • Hives
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Itchy rear end
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash
  • Poor coat quality
  • Itchiness

What causes food allergies and intolerances?

It can take months or years of happy munching before your dog becomes allergic to a certain food. However, once the allergy is there, it’s there and he will almost definitely have a strong negative reaction to the food. Allergic reactions in dogs are most often tied to the protein source (meat) in their food.

Food types: The most common causes of food intolerance and allergies in dogs are milk products, wheat and beef.

Age: Food intolerance and allergies can occur at any age.

Breed: There are certain dog breeds which appear to be more prone to developing food intolerance and allergies. These breeds include cocker spaniels, Irish setters and West Highland White terriers.

Damage as a cause: Food allergies and intolerance may occur as a result of damage to the digestive system caused by infection, certain medications, surgery and inflammation.

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Does an allergy to a specific dog food suggest there’s something wrong with that product’s quality?

Short answer: no.

Long answer: Allergies occur as a result of your pet’s immune system, as opposed to issues with the product it is consuming. If your dog develops an allergy to a specific ingredient, they’ll most likely experience the same unpleasant reaction to any product containing that ingredient.

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What is the best food for dogs with allergies?

Common anti-allergy foods that may be recommended will feature novel protein sources. Combinations might include venison and potato, or kangaroo and oatmeal. With any luck, this should prevent your pet’s immune response from continuing to be triggered.

It’s important that you work with your veterinarian to determine which food is best for your dog with an allergy. Along with novel protein, hydrolyzed diets which are only available by prescription are generally better than those which are bought in your average pet store, as the later will often contain a certain amount of common allergens whether or not they’re mentioned on the label.

Eliminating different ingredients from your dog’s diet at random without talking to your vet first can also be a pretty bad idea. This can easily lead to nutritional imbalances without making the underlying issue any clearer.

For a simple explanation of how you might identify whether or not your dog has a food allergy, check out this great WikiHow article: 3 Ways to Determine if Your Dog Has Food Allergies. We’ve also written a couple of blog posts on pet foods. Check out our posts, Should You Trust Your Pet’s Food Label? and Species-Specific Diets: Fundamentals of Feeding Your Feline for more information.

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Pet of the Month: Jordy! Tuesday 29 August 2017 @ 09:40

The main topics we’ve covered over the past few months have been caring for shy cats, long-haired cats and rescue pets with abusive previous owners. We chose to discuss these issues in honour of our sponsored pets, Misty, Russia and Lucy.

Lucy, Misty and Russia were three pets we had the good fortune to sponsor through Hunter Animal Rescue, an amazing non-profit whose goal is to place pets - who have been abandoned and are facing euthanasia - in their forever homes. All of the pets rescued by this not-for-profit organisation are given foster homes where they are looked after until they find their new families, so nobody ends up in the pound. This means they get all the cuddles and love they could possibly want, even before they find their new homes.

This month, we’re continuing our new sponsorship tradition and sponsoring Jordy.

JordyMeet Jordy

Animal Number: 17002
Sex: Male (desexed)
DOB: 25/2/13
Size: Medium 25.5kg

Jordy is a loving, fun and super-active young Vizsla X (Kelpie/Bully) who loves a hug and a big sloppy kiss every now and then. His favourite pastimes include running, fetching and talking long walks on the beach, but he’s happy to take part in any sort of game (even frisbee). Jordy isn’t that high-maintenance in terms of attention - he loves snuggling with his humans in warm or comfy places but is still relaxed and happy enough in his own company.

Portrait of a Smiling Young Woman With DogRight now, he lives in a foster home with a human who works during the day, so he’s getting very used to entertaining himself. Unlike many other excitable pups, Jordy isn’t interested in digging up the garden or chewing things, so he can be trusted to behave while you’re out and about. In his current foster home, he has free reign both inside and outside the house, and his favourite thing to do is snuggling up on the lounge when it’s time to go to bed.

Jordy is both crate- and toilet-trained and is just a very polite gentleman in general. He’s really good at travelling in cars and loves to go on adventures with his family. He has a meat allergy which means he needs to eat special grain-free fish bickies, but he likes these a lot and sits very patiently when he knows he’s about to have some for supper. He even knows how to sit, stay and drop, so he’s a pretty keen learner!

Tricolor Short Coat Dog RunningIdeally, Jordy would love to play a big role in a really active household. He doesn’t really mind if he lives with a big family, a couple or just one person, so long as he’s able to hang out with them indoors and go on outdoor adventures with them. With Jordy, you just need to put on your shoes and grab the keys and lead and he’s ready to go anywhere you’re going.

Jordy’s one special requirement is that he needs a family who will pay attention to what he’s eating because he needs to avoid eating anything he could be allergic to. In return for this little bit of extra care, he’ll be more than happy to give you all the love and fun you could possibly want! He’s even suitable for kids and loves to play with children with proper supervision. He does get very excited, though, so it’s possible he could accidentally knock a small child over if they’re not properly supervised.

Person Giving High Five to Grey CatJordy has lived as part of a big group of dogs and got on with them just fine, but he’d definitely prefer to live in a one-dog household. A polite boy like him can find other dogs a little annoying at times, especially if they’re impolite and pushy! He gets on alright with cats too and currently lives with three feline companions. He tends to find the cats interesting more than anything else, and generally only chases them if they’re already running around.

If your cats are happy to hang out with a dog without getting spooked and are generally laid back in nature, Jordy is ready to become firm friends with them. He gets on well with the three he lives with right now, who are constantly stealing his toys, teasing him and rolling around on his beds. He’s annoyed them once or twice and received the odd slap as a result, but they usually get along pretty well!

If you’re interested in getting to know Jordy a little better, head on over to his page on HAR’s website!

Reunions

Above all else, our aim is to make sure as many pets as possible get to be with families who will love them and give them all the care they need no matter what, and this includes reuniting wandering animals with their worried parents. Here are just a few of our recent success stories!

AliAli
“Great advice and tips during a stressful time for the family.
Distant neighbour found and returned our boy. We live in an amazing caring community.”

SoxSox
“Thank you all so much for your caring and supporting our search for our lost girl.
Sox was found a group of dog lovers on Monash Fwy today and they all got together to reunite us. One lady rang me to get my address, 2 men got her into the back of a car and the lovely owner of that car brought her home. We are so thankful to these people has she had travelled approx 14kms since Wednesday afternoon up Eastlink and the Monash and managed not to get hit by a car.”

ChifleyChifley
“Many thanks for your fantastic service.....a happy ending.
We knew a paid alert was the best way of maximising the prospects of his return. The Pet Network support was awesome. The immediate responses were very encouraging. Chifley was recognised by a Good Samaritan as a result of the LPF alert and returned to us.
Simply put, if you want your lost pet back, have LPF get an alert out to its membership that is on watch and vigilant.”

Dusty


Dusty
“Thanks for all the information provided and a dedicated member call I found dusty save and sound within 24hrs”


ArchieArchie
“Dog found in 2 days after a dedicated member responded to an alert after seeing my dog running the streets. There are good people in the world! So thankful to the member and Lost Pet Finders for enabling it all to happen.”

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Living with a Shy Cat Thursday 15 June 2017 @ 09:41

MistyIf there’s one thing that gets our tails in a twist, it’s hearing the term “scaredy cat” used as an insult! There’s nothing wrong with being a little shy every now and then, and a cat’s survival instinct is one of the things that makes them the unique little creatures we have come to love. Take Misty, for example. Misty is our current sponsored pet with Hunter Animal Rescue, and she’s a deeply affectionate little girl who can be a little shy from time to time. It’s one of the (many) things we love about her!

For Misty, being shy just means she can take a little while to settle into a new home, and that’s fine. It’s when your cat seems constantly on-edge, feels the need to hide and is unable to build trust with its family that you may need to worry. Most of us will have come across a cat with this level of shyness before, either as a pet of a friend or part of our own family. These special cats are often particularly common in pet shelters, either having been abandoned in frustration or converted into a shy cat through the stressful experience of living in an animal shelter.

White Brown Short Fur Cat Walking Near Boy in Brown Black Short Sleeve Shirt Riding White Red Toy If you’re thinking about adding a new furry friend to your family, it is vital that you put a great deal of thought into the type of cat you choose. Some cats are fearless and full of beans, and will fit in perfectly to a home with dogs, action, noise and children. Some cats, however, can be a little more sensitive.

A cat can be shy for any number of different reasons. Perhaps she was abused by a previous owner, or experienced a traumatic event. Maybe she wasn’t properly socialised in the first few weeks of her life. Some cats even have a genetic predisposition towards being particularly timid.

Unsurprisingly, shy cats tend to thrive in fairly calm, quiet homes more often than they do in rowdy households full of parties, shouting, children and dominant pets. If you know you’re dealing with a timid cat, it’s best to avoid sudden movements and loud noises, and it’s definitely important that the family dog doesn’t try to chase or roughhouse even if he is only playing!

Black and White Kitten on Brown TextileNever leave a new cat on her own with other pets until you’re absolutely certain the pets are comfortable with - and no threat to - each other.

Importantly, if your cat is prone to running away and hiding, you mustn’t ignore these behaviours. This most likely is not a behaviour that will go away over time, and your cat doesn’t simply need to “get used to” the things she fears. The more times it happens, the more time she’ll spend hiding, and the more difficult it will be to calm her down.

Whether or not they’re particularly shy, cats are generally sensitive to new experiences such as new sounds, smells, routines, tastes and environments. These are all things that you’ll need to take into consideration when you bring home a new cat, or if you need to send your current cat to live with someone else for a short while.

CatOften, you can make these changes a little easier for your cat to handle by setting up a special living space, even if it’s only for the first week-or-so. Try arranging her litterbox, toys, food and bedding in a spare bedroom or other unused (or at least lesser used) space, and don’t let guests bother her too much. This method will let her get used to her new conditions in her own way, at her own pace. As your cat gets used to her surroundings, you can introduce her to all of your family members one by one, making sure to keep these meetings quiet and calm.

Just like you and me, every cat is an individual and will grow and learn at its own unique speed. If it feels like it’s taking too long for your cat to overcome its shyness, don’t be discouraged! Just keep working together and your cat will be your best bud in no time at all.

Reunions

Above all else, our aim is to make sure as many pets as possible get to be with families who will love them and give them all the care they need no matter what, and this includes reuniting wandering animals with their worried parents. Here are just a few of our recent success stories!

CarlosCarlos
“was contacted on the site.”

Billy


Billy
“Billy jumped onto a person's arm in the area. His sister looked for lost parrots in Lane Cove and saw the listing. We just picked Billy up and couldn't be happier.”


NalaNala
“**UPDATE - NALA IS FOUND **

Nala was hiding in a shed.
She was too scared to make a sound for 6 days!

Thank you to the couple that saw my post and checked their house and shed.
It took me a few times calling her name for her to come out of hiding.
Please remember to check your houses and sheds for missing pets. This is a success story

Thank you to the whole community for helping me in my search for my fur baby.
She is so happy to be home. She hasn't stopped meowing!”

Simba


Simba
“his dady spent six hours roaming the streets to find him, 8 cats and one bunnie rabbit later he found him :) but the comfort of knowning a service like this exisits and the tips it gave on locating a cat were really valued”


RoxyRoxy
“It was reassuring to feel others a part of the search. Thanks to Bec for her sighting....which turned out not be Roxy. After 5 anxious days Rox came home overnight. She is so timid her disappearance was unusual and distressing. I will now be vigilant and regularly check with LPF to support others.”

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Pet of the Month: Misty Monday 05 June 2017 @ 10:36

MistyOver the past few months, our main points of discussion on the blog have been caring for rescue pets with abusive previous owners and how to properly care for long-haired cats. These topics were chosen in honour of two pets we have sponsored, Russia and Lucy.

Russia and Lucy were pets we got the chance to sponsor with Hunter Animal Rescue, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to find new forever-homes for pets who have been abandoned and are now facing euthanasia. This is an extraordinary charity, where all of the pets rescued are cared for in foster homes rather than pounds, so that they can get all the love and attention they deserve before they even get paired with their new families.

For June, we’re sponsoring Misty - a female domestic medium hair who is fairly small at 2 years of age. Misty is an affectionate girl, if a little shy. Like many cats, her favourite things to do are people-watching and hanging out in sunny spots. While it can take Misty a little while to settle into a new home, she wastes no time in growing attached to new family and friends and will show you her heart in no time.

MistyLike Russia, Misty is pretty fluffy and will need a family who are happy to brush her every now and then - but you can find information on how to do that in our March post. Her adoption fee is $150, but that price does include microchip, worming and flea treatments, vaccinations and desex. HAR are hoping to find a family who can keep Misty as an indoor cat so that she’ll be safe, warm and out of trouble.

For Misty, the ideal home would be one that is loving and affectionate, but understanding of her shy nature. Once she gets used to you Misty is a big fan of pats and cuddles, but she may take some time to get used to a new social grouping. She is absolutely fine around children (within reason!) and is happy for the kids in her current foster home to pick her up and carry her for short periods of time.

White Brown Short Fur Cat Walking Near Boy in Brown Black Short Sleeve Shirt Riding White Red Toy Misty has the potential to be a great friend for all of your children, be they human or otherwise. She currently lives in a foster home with a puppy and is slowly coming to the realisation that not all dogs are bad. While she has gradually overcome her fear of dogs, though, it’s important to keep in mind that it can take her some time to get to know a new dog.

As well as dogs and humans, Misty is happy to play the role of the social butterfly when it comes to her fellow felines. She had a tendency towards being a little standoffish when she was nursing kittens, but ever since she has been relinquished from this duty she gets great enjoyment from meeting and playing with other cats, whether they’re your own family pets or neighbourhood explorers.

Black and White Kitten on Brown TextileIf you’re interested in getting to know Misty a little better, you can check out her profile on Hunter Animal Rescue’s website. You can also find application forms on this site which you can send to her foster carer.

Misty is currently staying at PetQuarters Broadmeadow - go meet her while you have the chance!

Reunions

Above all else, our aim is to make sure as many pets as possible get to be with families who will love them and give them all the care they need no matter what, and this includes reuniting wandering animals with their worried parents. Here are just a few of our recent success stories!

MalMaloooo
“Thank you to everyone who shared Maloo's alert. We would not have found her if it wasn't for you. She's home and happy now.
Thank you again, Karl”

Bronx


Bronx
“Having the access that lost pet finder had made it a lot easier finding Bronx. Thank you for the Help.”



BjarneBjarne
“Thank you to all those people who helped by searching. He was found up a tree in a backyard many doors down. He was not overly hungry. He was not there long as they have a very large dog. We left a trail of litter from last sighting a few streets away last night. I believe he was here at 7am - I heard something on our screens but could not find him. He went off again- but was in the street.
He is not sick, so that is s relief. He must have built his strength now.
Your service is wonderful and do efficient. Alerts and posts within thd hour. If will be the first and only place I go next time.”

Jayjay


Jayjay
“The people that found check social media and that's how that got in contact with me to bring my baby home. So thank you as I was so freaked out I didn't know what to do and ur site helped me put the right actions in place.”

PabloPablo
“Followed your advice and went looking around neighbours yards at dusk. Heard him answer his name, now safe at home!”

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