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How to trim your cat's claws

How to trim your cat's claws

Posted by Pet Direct on 7th Aug 2022

You may always see your cat licking their fur and paws (or their butt). This is because cats are master groomers, always keeping their self looking spick and span. But you can always lend a h … read more

Understanding Cat Body Language

Understanding Cat Body Language

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st Aug 2022

Cats can be a little tricky when it comes to understanding their wants and needs from their meows and chirps. Over time you might be able to decipher a few of their meows, but you may still f … read more

Make sure your kitten's collar fits correctly

Make sure your kitten's collar fits correctly

Posted by Pet Direct on 13th Jul 2022

With different colours, patterns and designs available, choosing a collar for your kitten can be tricky. This is especially true because how the collar looks isn’t the most important th … read more

Kitten Litter Tray Problems

Kitten Litter Tray Problems

Posted by Pet Direct on 13th Jul 2022

Your kitten may have taken to their litter tray like a champ and used it problem-free since day one or there may have been a bit of a learning curve before getting the hang of their litter tr … read more

Anxiety in Cats

Anxiety in Cats

Posted by Pet Direct on 12th Jul 2022

Your cat might not be fretting about what’s going on in the world or increasing weekly food bills, but that doesn’t mean they can’t experience anxiety or stress. Sure, it&rs … read more

Managing cat hairballs

Managing cat hairballs

Posted by Pet Direct on 12th Jul 2022

Watching your cat deal with hair balls can be an uncomfortable sight and the sound they make can be alarming. Most cats will make a gagging or hacking sound before they spit out a slimy furry … read more

What is Catnip?

What is Catnip?

Posted by Pet Direct on 11th Jul 2022

Cat’s often have a busy day of figuring out where to sleep, who’s lap to sit on, what to scratch, who to ignore… and it can be stressful. Luckily, mother nature has grown a … read more

Kitten temperament: Choosing the right fit

Kitten temperament: Choosing the right fit

Posted by Pet Direct on 11th Jul 2022

When you decide to bring a kitten into your home, you’re basically choosing a life partner. It’s a big decision and you want to make sure it’s the right one for you, your li … read more

Transition your pet onto a new food

Transition your pet onto a new food

Posted by Pet Direct on 1st Jul 2022

Nutrition is the key to a happy, healthy pet, but there may be instances where you’re required to make a change to your pets diet. Whether they've turned their noses up to their curren … read more

Where to look for a new kitten

Where to look for a new kitten

Posted by PetDirect on 21st Jun 2022

Decided to open your home and heart to a new furry family member? Fantastic! When you want to find a new kitten, you can either go to a breeder or adopt through a rescue group. In this guide, … read more

Learn about kitten desexing

Learn about kitten desexing

Posted by Pet Direct on 13th Jun 2022

When you bring home your little bundle of fur, you’re probably dreaming of the long happy life you’ll share together. From spending hours chasing toys around your home to lazy aft … read more

How to stop kittens and cats biting

How to stop kittens and cats biting

Posted by Pet Direct on 18th May 2022

Sure, cats and kittens might have small mouths, but they can give big bites if they feel like it! Especially when you’re least expecting it, like when you’re in the middle of givi … read more

Leash-training your cat

Leash-training your cat

Posted by PetDirect on 23rd Jan 2022

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 i … 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

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

The Award-Winning Pet Company That’s Flying The Flag For Sustainability It’s time to care for our planet just as much as we do our dogs. That’s why Beco makes the high … 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