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Covid 19 Update

Covid 19 Update

Posted by PetDirect on 27th Jan 2022

Dear Pet Parents, We hope you are well. As always, we are here to support you during the Covid outbreak. We are operating throughout all NZ Traffic Light Covid levels, All of NZ is now in r … read more

Summer Safety for Pets

Summer Safety for Pets

Posted by PetDirect on 19th Dec 2021

With the weather heating up and the days get longer, it’s a great time to get outdoors and get some exercise for humans and pets alike! Whether it’s a walk around the block, playi … read more

Tips for travelling with pets

Tips for travelling with pets

Posted by PetDirect on 19th Dec 2021

When traveling with your pet, it can be a grand adventure or a total nightmare. The key is preparation, especially when you’re traveling with new pets. A positive, peaceful attitude als … read more

Holiday movies to watch with your pets

Holiday movies to watch with your pets

Posted by PetDirect on 4th Dec 2021

During the holidays, nothing beats kicking back with a few snacks and cold drinks to watch a classic Christmas movie. What’s even better is having your furry friends snuggled up on your … read more

Keep your pets safe from holiday hazards

Keep your pets safe from holiday hazards

Posted by PetDirect on 28th Nov 2021

The holiday season is supposed to be merry and bright, however, those glittering lights, trimmed trees and tempting treats can make this time of the year dangerous for our furry friends. To k … read more

Keep your pets safe on Howl-o-ween!

Keep your pets safe on Howl-o-ween!

Posted by PetDirect on 20th Oct 2021

Halloween may be more popular overseas and a bit different this year than normal, but it’s always good to know how to keep your pet safe if you are celebrating Halloween. We’ve p … read more

It turns out you can bottle love

It turns out you can bottle love

Posted by PetDirect on 1st Sep 2021

Cats and dogs love the taste of milk, however most are unable to naturally process the lactose in milk and often get digestive issues. K9 Natural and Feline Natural have created a great daily … read more

Leash-training your cat

Leash-training your cat

Posted by PetDirect on 27th Aug 2021

Cats are known for being natural-born homebodies. Between their catnaps, couch lazing and early-morning cuddles, it’s no wonder many owners think of their cats as ind … read more

Proudly NZ Made: ZIWI

Proudly NZ Made: ZIWI

Posted by PetDirect on 27th Aug 2021

Everyone knows the secret to a great recipe (and health!) is the ingredients. For New Zealand pet food company, ZIWI®, the focus on ingredients and recipes is at the heart of what they do … read more

How to work from home as a pet parent

How to work from home as a pet parent

Posted by Pet Direct on 27th Aug 2021

Working from home means a whole new set of distractions, especially of the furry kind. Whilst pets can provide a great excuse for a much needed break during your working day at home, having y … read more

Interactive play time with your cat

Interactive play time with your cat

Posted by PetDirect on 27th Aug 2021

Cats often don't get enough exercise, especially indoor cats, so it's important to provide plenty of mental and physical stimulation such as hunting or, at least, engagin … read more

13 Reasons to Love Black Cats

13 Reasons to Love Black Cats

Posted by Pet Direct on 13th Aug 2021

Black cats have a hard time getting adopted out of shelters for a variety of silly reasons. Some people think they’re scary and others think they won’t show up well in selfies. No … read more

Bringing a new cat home

Bringing a new cat home

Posted by PetDirect on 8th Aug 2021

A cat can be a wonderful addition to your family, but it’s important you know what you are getting yourself into! Whether adopting a kitten or cat from a shelter or rescue organisation, … read more

Bravecto: 9 signs your cat has fleas

Bravecto: 9 signs your cat has fleas

Posted by PetDirect on 1st Aug 2021

No doubt, cats are probably one of the cleanest creatures on earth. If you’ve ever watched your cat groom, then you know it can do this for what seems like hours on end. Most cats spen … read more

Why feed a premium food?

Why feed a premium food?

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st Aug 2021

We all love our pets and would like them to be their healthiest selves and live for as long as possible– even forever if we could make it so! Accordingly, we want to feed them nothing … read more

Best ways to play with your cat

Best ways to play with your cat

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st Jul 2021

Play is an important activity for cats; it provides exercise, mental stimulation and bonding with their pet parent. The best way to get your cat to play with you is by provoking their instinc … read more

Why Hill's pet food?

Why Hill's pet food?

Posted by PetDirect on 4th Jun 2021

We all want the best diet for our pets but choosing the best diet can sometimes be quite difficult. Let’s take a look at why Hill’s Science Diet pet foods are a great choice for y … read more

Your cat's diet impacts their teeth

Your cat's diet impacts their teeth

Posted by Pet Direct on 3rd Jun 2021

Did you know that periodontal disease is one of the most common and overlooked disease in cats? It is caused by bacteria in dental plaque that’s built up on the teeth and gums. We brush … read more

The myth of "Hypoallergenic Cats"

The myth of "Hypoallergenic Cats"

Posted by PetDirect on 1st Jun 2021

There is a common belief that some breeds of cats, especially hairless breeds, are ‘hypoallergenic’. The popular belief is that ‘hypoallergenic’ means ‘allergen- … read more

Pawshake: Why use a pet sitter?

Pawshake: Why use a pet sitter?

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st Jun 2021

Why use a pet sitter? Hiring a pet sitter is a great solution when you are busy with work or heading away on a holiday. With summer only weeks away and many of us jumping in the car to enjoy … read more

Beco: Behind the brand

Beco: Behind the brand

Posted by PetDirect on 1st Jun 2021

BECO: The Award-Winning Pet Company That’s Flying The Flag For Sustainability Beco Founder George Bramble joins us for a Q&A to explain the ethos ‘Behind The Brand&rsquo … read more

5 tips to help you and your cat become besties

5 tips to help you and your cat become besties

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st Jun 2021

The simple companionship that we get from cats not only provides emotional support for us but also leads to better health outcomes. Having a pet brings relaxation into our lives, lowering str … read more

The truth about cat allergens

The truth about cat allergens

Posted by PetDirect on 1st May 2021

Humans can be sensitive to a different number of allergens that when summed all together present an additive effect called the “total allergen load”. When an individual has increa … read more

Biologically Appropriate Pet Food

Biologically Appropriate Pet Food

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st May 2021

What does biologically appropriate mean? When pet foods began to be mass produced, the focus was on convenience. Kibble made it easy for people to bring pet food … read more

Is your cat overheating?

Is your cat overheating?

Posted by Pet Direct on 16th Nov 2020

When you feel warm or even hot, chances are your cat does, too. And our feline friends can be susceptible to overheating, heatstroke, dehydration and other heat-related illnesses just like us … read more

7 books all animal lovers must read

7 books all animal lovers must read

Posted by Pet Direct on 9th Nov 2020

It's always a good time to sink your teeth into a new (or old) book. If you're an animal lover, why not read something that uses our furry friends to get an important message across? Here's o … read more

Top 5 tips for protecting your pet against fleas

Top 5 tips for protecting your pet against fleas

Posted by Pet Direct on 2nd Nov 2020

Fleas are pesky parasites that no pet parent likes to deal with! Not only can they be a nuisance for your cat or dog, but if left untreated they can also infest your home. We've put together … read more

Do cats really have nine lives?

Do cats really have nine lives?

Posted by Pet Direct on 2nd Nov 2020

We all know the age old saying ‘cats have nine lives,’ but is there any truth behind it? And where does this saying come from in the first place? Cats seem to be able to fall from … read more

How to get your kitten to use a litter box

How to get your kitten to use a litter box

Posted by Pet Direct on 27th Oct 2020

Kittens are little bundles of joy that spread happiness and warm fuzzies everywhere they go. Along with all the sunshine and rainbows, that come with having a kitten, also comes the poop. Toi … read more

Care guide for your senior cat

Care guide for your senior cat

Posted by Pet Direct on 26th Oct 2020

A cat is considered senior between the ages of 7-10 onwards, and their needs begin to change drastically. Keeping your senior feline healthy and comfortable can be made a lot easier with a fe … read more

Care guide for your adult cat

Care guide for your adult cat

Posted by Pet Direct on 21st Oct 2020

A cat is considered an 'adult' at 12 months of age, and their needs begin to change. Now that you have made it through their kitten stage, you will want to maintain your cat's health to ensur … read more

Care guide for your kitten

Care guide for your kitten

Posted by Pet Direct on 14th Oct 2020

So you've got a new member in the family? A fluffy bundle of joy that brings sunshines and rainbows with every purr? Having a new kitten is a very exciting time, but like any new parenting ex … read more

The secret to a happy indoor cat

The secret to a happy indoor cat

Posted by Pet Direct on 13th Oct 2020

All cats need an enriching environment that is similar to the excitement they would experience outdoors. Out in nature, a cat will experience a large variety of engaging experiences, so if yo … read more

Pet Talk: Cat litter tips from our cat fanatic

Pet Talk: Cat litter tips from our cat fanatic

Posted by Pet Direct on 7th Oct 2020

Pet Direct Customer Service Manager Alecia Deacon is a cat fanatic. With over 25 years experience in the pet industry and 20 years breeding and showing cats, there is not many questions Aleci … read more

Tips on bringing your pet to work

Tips on bringing your pet to work

Posted by Pet Direct on 7th Oct 2020

If there’s anything that can make the workday more enjoyable it’s taking your four legged friend with you. With many workplaces across New Zealand becoming pet-friendly, now is th … read more

Your most Googled cat questions answered

Your most Googled cat questions answered

Posted by Pet Direct on 6th Oct 2020

Cats are amazing creatures, from their incredible athletic skills to their graceful demeanour. It's no wonder these beautiful pets raise a lot of questions. Many studies have been done on dom … read more

How flea treatments work

How flea treatments work

Posted by Pet Direct on 30th Sep 2020

It’s one of the most important roles of a pet parent, to make sure our animals are treated for fleas all year round. Now, there are more flea treatment options available than ever, and … read more