15. How many teeth do cats have?
Adult cats typically have 30 teeth. Kittens start getting their 28 baby teeth at around three weeks old, which are gradually replaced by their permanent adult teeth as they grow.
16. When do cats stop growing?
Cats generally reach their full size and complete their growing by one to two years old. However, this can vary depending on their breed, genetics, and health. Larger breeds tend to take longer to reach their full size than smaller breeds. Keeping an eye on their weight and adjusting their diet during their growth phase is key for ensuring they develop into healthy adults.
17. Can dogs get colds?
Dogs can catch respiratory infections similar to human colds, often triggered by viruses like canine respiratory coronavirus or canine influenza. Look for symptoms like coughing, sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, watery eyes, lethargy, and decreased appetite. If you notice these signs, booking them in to see your vet is best. While these infections are typically mild, they can escalate, especially in puppies, elderly dogs, or those with weakened immune systems. Your vet will provide a proper diagnosis and recommend treatment. Maintaining good hygiene, including regular vaccinations and avoiding contact with sick dogs, can help prevent the spread of respiratory infections among dogs.
18. Can dogs eat cat food?
Dogs can eat cat food occasionally, however it’s not ideal. Cat food is specifically designed for feline nutritional needs, often containing higher levels of protein and fat. If your dog regularly eats cat food, it can lead to nutrient imbalances and health issues. Sticking to a well-balanced dog diet for their overall health and wellbeing is best.
19. Why do dogs eat their own poo?
Dogs might indulge in eating their poo (or other animals’ poo) for several reasons. Medical issues, like nutrient deficiencies or gastrointestinal problems, could be at play. Puppies, being naturally curious, may eat their poo out of curiosity or mimic their mother’s cleaning behaviour. Ineffective training methods, such as nose rubbing, or dogs simply seeking attention, can also contribute to this habit. Speak to your vet about this habit and seek advice as to whether it may be medical or behavioural, and how best to tackle this issue.
20. Why do cats meow?
Meowing is a cat’s way of communicating with us humans. Your cat might meow to greet you, express hunger, tell you they’re unwell, indicate stress, or engage in a conversation. Each meow can have a different tone or pitch, conveying various emotions. So, the next time your feline friend meows, pay attention – they might just be trying to tell you something important or seeking a little extra affection.
We hope this article has shed some light on pet owners’ burning questions. For more tips and advice on topics ranging from nutrition to behaviour and everything in between, explore our pet advice articles.