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How our smoking is actually helping house finches.

We all know that nicotine is addictive to humans, but did you know it acts as a repellent to certain other members of the animal kingdom. And urban house finches have been using this peculiar phenomena to their advantage. Studies have shown that they line their nests...

How will owning a cat change your life?

When it comes down to it, who doesn’t love the idea of a little cat snuggling down on your lap and acting as a fluffy hot water bottle? If you’re considering getting a cat, but not sure if you can make the commitment, this article will hopefully sway you in the right...

Read this before you consider getting a parrot

In recent years, there has been the abandonment of thousands of pet parrots who are unwanted. It has reached a crisis stage, and is exacerbated by the possible lifespan of the parrots, which can live up to 90 years. Furthermore, attempts to domesticate wild birds...

Top tips for owning a reptile as a pet

Reptiles are lovely creatures, and recently owning them as pets has, quite understandably, been growing in popularity. However, there are some realities that are essential to consider before you jump into such a decision, and there are a few do’s and don’ts you need...

Protect your dog against Lungworm

Lungworm in dogs has been steadily increasing in prevalence since it was first recorded in the UK in the 1970s, and recent studies have shown that it has increased by more than 200% in the last 4 years. This condition, caused by the nematode parasite Angiostrongylus...

Office workers in Japan play with cats all day

In countries all around the world, dogs and puppies are used to lower stress levels in students and company employees, and holding a puppy is actually proven to help lower stress and maintain a positive outlook. In Japan, cuddling cats every working day is actually a...

5 ways to help nesting birds

The primary goal for birds is to have and protect their offspring, a cycle that can be repeated up to three times every spring. Now that we are entering the summer season, this is the time when birds are at their most vulnerable, and it is therefore a very difficult...

Is your dog quietly judging you?

New studies have shown that dogs, like monkeys, pick up on your behaviour with other people, and judge you on it – so if you’re horrible to everyone except your dog, they probably notice, and probably don’t like you very much. A series of experiments were set up...

How do birds hear their songs?

Birdsong is arguably nature’s most musical and pleasing sounds. It presents a certain similarity towards human music, which has led researchers to apply musical theory to avian vocalisations. The song of the Australian pied butcherbird has recently been analysed...