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Safety on darker days

Even when the days get shorter and it starts to get darker earlier, dogs don’t want to miss out on their evening walk. As a result you need to pay special attention to safety so that you are clearly visible to other road users. Ideally you should wear a safety vest or attach reflectors to […]

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Out in the wilderness then safely back home

For free-roaming cats, there’s nothing better than a full-on adventure in the great outdoors. They love to play, hide and lie in wait in the wilderness for potential prey. So our velvet-pawed pals need to be able to get in and out of the house. A chip-controlled cat flap is the ideal solution for this. […]

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Top tips for a relaxing holiday season

Christmas and New Year’s Eve are all about traditions, family, friends and gifts. An exciting time – also for our pets. To ensure that everyone enjoys the holidays, we have prepared a few important tips. The time surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Eve is genuinely challenging for owners and their pets. Visitors arrive, the normal […]

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The feel-good programme for cats

We want our feline friends to feel good and live comfortably in our homes. Here are a few things to take into consideration. Sleeping quarters Cats need plenty of relaxing sleep to recharge both mentally and physically. That said, you don’t need to worry too much about where to position baskets, dens or cushions. Just […]

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Scents that stimulate cats

Mmmm, does that smell good! Many cats almost feel magically drawn to catnip and valerian. These smells beguile and stimulate cats and encourage them to play. Valerian, lat. Valeriana, has a calming, soporific effect on people. Cats also like this plant, although it has the exact opposite effect on them. While there are approximately 150 […]

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The dangers of sunbathing

The power of the sun can have unpleasant side effects. Just like us, cats and dogs can suffer from sunburn and heatstroke. Here we have the answers to the most important questions regarding symptoms, prevention and first aid in an emergency. Cats and dogs are supposed to have a good instinct for when to stop […]

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Cats and Fireworks at Halloween

No tricks, just treats at Halloween when it comes to Fireworks Adults and children alike look forward to the fireworks on All Hallow’s Eve, when the night sky explodes with colour, but we sometimes forget that a lot of animals suffer terrible anxiety as a result of loud noise and flashing lights. Some animals are so traumatised that […]

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Wintertime cuddly cats

Winter time is snuggle-down time. When it’s stormy and snowing outside, that’s the time to make things really comfortable. Our feline friends in particular will often only grudgingly agree to go outside. That’s because cats aren’t terribly partial to the cold and damp. If you’re away during the day and don’t have a cat flap by which means the little tiger can get into the warm, you should provide a warm den for outside, a cat house.

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The seventh sense

Internet forums are full of stories about cats and dogs that appear to possess extraordinary talents. The animal lovers at Maxi Zoo are also familiar with tales of dogs who foresee danger ahead for their masters or mistresses – or of cats who come home as soon as someone is waiting there for them.

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Snack balls

Playing is very important to keep velvet paws fit and healthy, as well as to give them something meaningful to do. But some house cats are real couch potatoes. If your pet only ever sleeps the day away, it’s time to get them moving. A great way to stimulate lazy felines’ interest is with a snack ball, which rewards your little tiger for playing with treats.

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Photographing your pets

Photos of your pet are a lasting memory. However sometimes the cat jumps out of the picture quicker than the photographer would like or the black dog can is hardly discernable from the background. The experts from Maxi Zoo know what it all depends on and have compiled the following, easy to implement tips for hobby photographers.

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Natural products for pets

While the economy and financial markets are in crisis, the bio sector claims to still be growing, because consumers have finally sat up and taken notice. They don’t just want products that are good for their health.

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Multiple benefits between pet and owner

In almost every third household in Ireland, pets are keeping people company. They are loyal, cuddly, alert and comical companions and they exert a positive influence on our wellbeing. Experts from Maxi Zoo explain how pets can have a positive influence on people of all ages.

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Cat Modelling

Wouldn’t you be proud to see your four-legged friend celebrated across a billboard in all their furry cuteness? Or see them look back at you from a magazine advertisement for pet food? Or show what they can do in a film or television show?

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Saying goodbye – When a pet dies

Animal lovers are thus often confronted with the death of a furry friend several times in life. What is the best way to deal with this? The experts from Maxi Zoo give their advice.

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Missing cat

It’s every cat owner’s nightmare – when their furry little pet doesn’t return home as usual come the evening. Or the next day… or the next… If your cat’s run off, there’s still no need to panic, but more to proceed carefully and objectively with finding the creature again.

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Finding a lost animal

What if a rabbit hops across unfamiliar lawns, a cat seeks refuge in a stranger’s yard or a stray dog roams aimlessly about? Many people feel helpless and uncertain when they find an animal that has obviously gone astray: What to do? The pet experts at Maxi Zoo know how to help.

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Combating a cat’s winter blues

Scientists believe that animals can suffer from seasonal depression too. Less natural light causes hormonal changes, and that can put anyone in a bad mood! Animals generally display behavioural changes, become lethargic and do not seem to be as happy as in summer.

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Holiday options for pets

A pet sitter, animal boarding house or bring your pet on the holiday? – Every pet owner asks themselves this question coming up to holiday time.

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Choosing a pet boarder

Holidays should be fun and refreshing – that goes for people and animals alike. However, young masters and mistresses can’t always spend their holidays with their pets. If there’s no friend, family member or sitter available who can look after your furry friend, then an animal hotel is a good alternative.

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Catteries

While we love to holiday in far-away destinations, cats prefer to stay at home. But responsible owners don’t leave velvet paws completely to their own devices.

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Cat sitter considerations

Summertime is holiday time, and this means Ireland’s favourite cats may have to get along without their families for a while. Generally cats aren’t overly fond of travelling. They’d rather stay in their own territory, in familiar surroundings. But obviously, they have to be fed and supervised during the holidays.

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Travelling with a cat

Even for cats, who would rather stay at home, the journey should be as pleasant as possible. The animal lovers from Maxi Zoo suggest a few travel accompaniments.

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Travel box tips

The summer sun lures us out of the house and to faraway destinations. Dedicated pet owners often take their four-legged friends with them. To take your pet on holiday, you first need a good way to transport them. The experts from Maxi Zoo explain what to keep in mind.

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Pets and planes, transport tips

Every year thousands of pets, mostly dogs or cats, fly away on holiday with their owners. Unfortunately for our furry friends, this is anything but fun and actually rather stressful. This is just one of the reasons that flying with pets requires extensive planning, say the experts from Maxi Zoo.

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Moving with the cat

At the beginning there was chaos and all cats hate chaos. Although cats may not apply the same strict standards to themselves when they break a cup or energetically go about rearranging the contents of a shelf, they expect their humans to ensure that everything stays the same.

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Going to the vet with cats

“Pussy cats turn into snarling tigers” is one phrase that many cat owners can relate to when they take their feline friend to the vet. Cats become stressed easily, and there is plenty to become stressed about before and during a visit to the vet. No wonder many cats respond with aggression or fear!

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Scratching cat tree

Misunderstandings between pets and their owners can really tarnish their relationship. For example many a cat-lover despairs when their velvet-pawed pal scratches their sofa, the walls or other furniture. In doing this, the animal is exhibiting completely normal behaviour.

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Indoor only cat

Cats who never had access to the outside, don’t know the freedom of outdoors. It is questionable whether they actually miss anything. One thing is clear, indoor only cats can be very happy.

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Games to beat cat boredom

“You wouldn’t put a dog out in this weather!” We like to use this expression when it’s snowing, raining, frosty and cold or there’s a storm raging. But in fact, house pets want to be challenged both physically and mentally – and, indeed, regardless of the weather outside.

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