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Tips For Traveling To The Country With Your Pets

There are a few things to remember when taking your pets to the country. Dr Chris runs through some of the most important ones...

"If you and your best buddy do leave the big smoke, there are a couple of things you need to be aware of to ensure your adventure, doesn't end up in disaster.

Animals are always going to be adventurous, so watch out in long grass. Snake and spider bites, can be deadly. Grass seeds can easily lodge in the skin. They can cause serious infection that can even require surgery to remove them. Also, and this goes without saying, be wary of dogs eating manure or dead animals as they can carry dangerous pathogens and organisms in their bodies that can be passed onto your four legged friend.

And finally, make sure your best mate doesn't makes too many friends of his own, by keeping him on a leash at all times, after all those big beasties, mightn't be too accommodating."

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.