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Cats

Three kittens

Deciding to keep a new pet kitten or cat is very exciting. A pet cat can make a fantastic companion and with so many breeds and pedigrees as well as crossbreeds to consider, there is plenty of choice.

 

Grooming Salon Prices

We cater for dogs, cats and small furries!

grooming prices

All prices include a health & weight check along with eyes and ears clean and nail trim. If your pet is not being cut, the wash dry & brush includes a general tidy up. All grooming prices are based on weight of dog. Estimates given are subject to change upon arrival after weight & coat checks.

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Grooming Salon

 

Did you know we have a grooming salon on our shop’s first floor?

Launched in August 2015, our grooming salon is run by a qualified City & Guilds groomer, so your V.I.Pet will be in capable hands!

We offer a range of options, from our delightful puppy pack to a full wash, dry, cut and brush. If your V.I.Pet isn’t quite ready for their next groom, we also offer nail trimming, ears & eyes cleaning and anal gland checking.

Our options can be tailored to you and your V.I.Pets needs, if just want a dry cut, ask and we will do our best to accommodate!

Our salon is not just for dogs, we welcome cats and small furries too! Please ask in-store for more details.

For dogs, logo-howndwe are proud to introduce our main salon brand of Hownd shampoo. Hownd is a natural pet care brand; all of their shampoos contain essential oils, are PH-balanced and contain conditioners, so you don’t need a separate conditioner! As well as being gentle anleaping bunnyd amazing to smell, Hownd is also certified by Cruelty Free International, as none of its products or ingredients are tested on animals! We stock the shampoos and body mists in-store to keep your poochie fresh between visits as well!

If your dog needs a whitening bath, we also offer Animology white wash shampoo as an option in our salon.

we love referrals

New customers currently get 10% off their first groom and existing customers can benefit with our referral scheme. If you a refer a friend, you get 10% off your next groom and you can refer as many people as you want! Just get the referred person to quote your name when they bring in their furry friend!

 

 

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About Cats

A cat in profileWith the average lifespan of a cat being around fifteen years, deciding to keep one represents a significant commitment. Before committing to getting a new feline friend, it’s a good idea to consider the following:
 

Things to Consider:

  • Would I prefer a pedigree, crossbreed or rescue cat?
  • Is the size and type of my home suitable for a cat?
  • Do I have the time to spend with my cat and will it get lonely if I am out all day?
  • Can I afford the cost of feeding and healthcare?
  • How much time do I want to spend grooming my cat?

 

Housing

Cats like to sleep in lots of different spots: a comfortable lap, an empty box or a sofa. Nevertheless, many people like to provide their cats with a particular place to sleep, and this should be a suitably sized bed or basket with bedding. Your cat will probably choose when and if they want to use this area, so it is a good idea to move the bed or basket around to increase the animal’s interest in using it.

 

Feeding

If you have a kitten, it will need special kitten food for the first year of its life. These are specially formulated blends that contain a healthy balanced diet for your growing kitten. Adult cats require a combination of nutrients to stay healthy, including protein, taurine, fat, minerals and vitamins. You should choose a cat food that has a good mix of these. Pet foods have feeding guides on them which will indicate how much food your cat will need. At PAWS we stock a variety of kitten and cat food including moist and dry blends. Come and talk to us and we can help you select a variety that is best suited to your feline friend.

 

TOP TIP: Make sure the sides of the feeding bowl are not too high so your cat has easy access to the food. Remember to always provide your cat with clean, fresh water.

 

A cat playing with a toy

Toys and Scratch posts

A cat’s claws are its natural hunting weapons and its instinct is to keep them sharp by scratching. Scratching also allows a cat to mark its territory. Unfortunately this behaviour can be destructive in a domestic environment, where cats can quickly destroy patches of wallpaper, carpet and upholstery.

It’s important to provide your cat with an outlet for their claw sharpening and a scratching post is ideal for this.

 

Just like dogs, cats enjoy playing with toys that appeal to their natural hunting and stalking instincts. Interactive play with your cat provides it with valuable exercise and helps to improve the bond between you and your pet. Think about purchasing balls, wand toys, anything containing catnip and, of course, a toy mouse for it to chase! We stock a huge range of toys for kittens and cats. Come along to the shop and have a look.

Toilet Training

Unless your cat has free access to outside areas, it is very important to provide it with a litter tray inside the home. At PAWS we stock a range of litter trays, including those with hoods which reduce mess and odour, as well as litter tray liners. We also stock different types of cat litter including wood-based, grit and self-clumping litter. When cleaning your cat’s litter tray always use gloves to prevent taxoplasmosis – a parisitic disease sometimes present in cat feces, which is particularly harmful to pregnant women.

 

a brushGrooming

It is vital that you groom your cat, especially if it is longhaired. It is best to get into the practice of daily grooming as early on as possible so that your kitten gets used to it. Prevention of knots and matting is the best course of action, so groom your cat regularly even if it has smooth or short hair. We stock a large range of grooming products including brushes and combs that can help to untangle knots and matts. Visit our shop – we will be happy to help you select the right product.

 

 

Flea Control and Vaccinations

Keep your cat healthy by giving it regular treatments for fleas and other skin parasites. You should also worm your cat every 3 months to treat roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms. Your vet can provide the necessary vaccinations for your cat, while at PAWS we can provide flea and worm treatments.

 

 

Your Essential Kitty Shopping List

Tortoise shell cat

  • Food
  • Bed or basket
  • Food and water bowl
  • Brush and Comb
  • Litter tray
  • Litter and scoop
  • Scratching post
  • Carrier basket
  • Toys
  • Collar and tag

 

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