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  • What should I feed my cat?

    Cats have very specific nutritional requirements and choosing a high-quality diet is one of the most important factors for maintaining good health. Here’s our guide to ensuring they’re eating all the right things. Feline nutrition is very different to that of their canine friends and it is important that cat owners recognise this difference. Cats ...

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  • Australia’s 5 top cat breeds

    If you’re thinking of purchasing or adopting a cat, here are the five top cat breeds most commonly welcomed into Aussie homes that you may want to consider. Cats make wonderful pets. They’re affectionate yet independent, and because they don’t need a daily walk, they’re a manageable option for families on the go. Looking for your very own ...

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  • Petbarn Adoption: Meet Roxy

    “Something told me I had to get in my car, drive to Petbarn in Westcourt, Cairns and check out my future cat,” says Wendy Roesler, remembering the day she visited a Petbarn Adoption centre back in June 2014. “Sure enough, there she was – a little black kitten with enormous ears, an extra long tail and ...

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  • Your pet dental FAQs answered

    We have collated your most-asked pet dental FAQs from our Facebook call-out and put them to Greencross Vet, Dr Adam Sternberg.   Dogs My vet says my dog’s teeth are great. Is there anything to help combat that gross doggy breath or do we just put up with it? After a meal, a small amount of doggie ...

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  • Why growing up caring for pets is good for kids

    There are many benefits for children who grow up caring for pets. Here, we look at the top five:   1. Lessons for life A pet will teach your little one a great deal about love and life.  Living with an animal will help your child to develop valuable qualities including empathy, compassion and consideration ...

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  • Cat dental care: 5 steps to healthy teeth

    Just like people, cats’ teeth need to be looked after to ensure they stay in tip-top condition. Here are five cat dental care tips.   Spotting dental problems in cats Have you ever watched your cat using their front paws to rub at their mouth? Maybe you’ve noticed your cat is licking up food as ...

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  • Five essentials for your pet’s dental health

    Most pet parents don’t know about what’s on the market for their pet’s dental health care. Here’s our must-have list for your pet’s dental health. Your pet can’t brush their own teeth, but their dental health is just as important as your own, and it requires just as much care and attention. Working with your ...

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  • Petbarn Adoption: introducing Bonny

    “We adopted Penny through Petbarn Adoption services in June, and renamed her Bonny. She loves her big brother Alfie, and she’s already made it known who’s boss!” “Since we took little Penny into our lives, we renamed her Bonny. She has fitted into our family, and our lives, like a glove. “She is just the ...

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  • Essential paperwork for your new kitten

    There are plenty of life-admin tasks you can put off for a few months, but the paperwork for your new kitten isn’t one of them. The quicker you get onto it, the quicker you know that your kitten is safe. Council clean up First on the list of paperwork for your new kitten: the local council ...

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  • Why Your Cat Needs a Cat Scratcher and Three Key Things to Consider

    A cat scratcher is a must have for any cat owner that wants to save their furniture and there are three key features you should look for when purchasing one. Introduction If you value your furniture then it’s a very good idea to go out and find yourself a good cat scratcher. Be careful though, ...

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  • How to Settle Your Kitten for Sleep on the First Day

    To ensure your kitten is comfortable in their new home, the first step is to set up a comfortable warm space so they feel safe and secure. Introduction While your first instinct arriving home with your adorable kitten may be to smother it in cuddles, it’s actually best to give your kitten some space. First, ...

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  • Meet Milo

    “We adopted Milo in February from Petbarn Watergardens, but sometimes I wonder if he adopted us. It wasn’t long before Milo set out the new house rules! There is a lot to say about Milo and how he interacts with the household. For starters, he’s always up for a cuddle, and he especially loves being ...

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  • 10 things you didn’t know about pet adoption

    Furry friends bring much joy and love to a family. If you’ve decided that the time is right for a pet and want to adopt, here are 10 things you ought to know.   1. Adopted pets are healthy and happy You never have to worry about your pet running away as shelters microchip your pet, ...

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  • 6 things to know before choosing a kitten

    There’s more to consider when adding a kitten to your family than just which one to get – pet parents should think about breed, adoption, existing pets, family members, and how they will suit
 your lifestyle. Breed To choose the best feline partner for you, consider what breed you’re after. Munchkin or Tonkinese will stay ...

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  • Top 5 ways to keep your pet active this winter

    Humans are certainly less inclined to exercise in the colder months, but some animals are also known to become lethargic. Here are some tips to keep them fit and healthy despite the winter weather. 1. Rug up Just like you, your pet could need winter clothing and bedding to help keep them warm during the colder months. ...

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  • Panda finds his forever home

    Sherron Maddon and her family recently lost their cat – a beloved member of their family. The Maddon family has recently rescued Panda by adopting him and welcoming him into their home, and everyone is enjoying the cat love! We recently lost our beautiful 18-year-old cat, which left a hole in our family life. We ...

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  • 8 ways we treat our pets like humans

    When it comes to our pets, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for them. In fact, we love them so much they’re practically part of the family…   Forget ‘baby talk’ it’s all about ‘pet talk’. We know when we have a cute dog in the office, we all just melt and bring our cutesy little puppy ...

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  • 6 reasons to adopt a cat

    If you’re looking for a new cat companion, definitely consider adoption. There are so many benefits, and there are thousands of potential pets waiting for a new home. So, what are the benefits to adopting a cat? 1. Pets need forever homes With hundreds of thousands of pets being taken in at shelters every year, ...

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  • Prepare your pets for winter

    You’ll probably have noticed the shorter days and cooler weather that’s rolling in across Australia – and so have your pets! Have you prepared them for cooler weather? Bedding/shelter It’s definitely snuggle season, and just as you like to pull out the flannel sheets and thicker doona to keep warm, your dog or cat may ...

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  • Watering Hole

    Why does my cat drink water from everywhere but her bowl?

    The toilet bowl, bathtub, kitchen tap, condensation on windows. Some cats will drink water from anywhere but their own perfectly good water bowls. As baffling as it may be for humans, cats have their own perfectly good reasons for doing so: Fresh water Your cat may be looking for fresh, clean, aerated water. And yes, ...

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  • 10 things only cat people understand

    Now, we all know that all animals are special, unique and deserve to be cherished. But, there’s one universal truth that splits the masses: you’re either a dog person or a cat person. Cat people unite – here’s just some of our weird and wonderful quirks. You get irrationally annoyed when people say that cats ...

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  • Cat sitting in a cardboard box

    Why do cats love boxes?

    Cats can be unpredictable, but one thing is for sure – if you have an empty box, there they will be. From feeling secure to getting toasty warm, it turns out there are lots of reasons cats love nestling into boxes.   We’re all guilty of it at one time or another – prowling the internet for ...

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  • 8 things you need to know before becoming a cat parent

    Thinking of adopting a furry friend? Here’s what you need to know before welcoming a cat into your family.   1. Have you thought it through?   While cats are relatively self-sufficient, they do require a level of care and maintenance, including regular check-ups and preventative medication such as flea sprays and worming tablets. Make ...

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  • What do I need for my new cat?

    So you’ve bought a new cat and now you need pretty much … everything else? Rest assured, we’ve got you covered.   Paperwork Dull? Sure. Important? Absolutely. Make sure your cat is properly registered, you have its microchip data, and you’ve been provided with vaccination records. And don’t forget to look into pet insurance. Kitty ...

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  • Why cats are better than dogs

    There’s no need to fight like cat and dog, we all know felines are better! If you’re still sitting on the fence when it comes to the divisive issue of cats versus dogs, here are ten reasons why felines are a cut above their canine counterparts: Cats are smarter than dogs: Although the size of ...

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  • Does a pet need a jumper?

    Just like humans, pets can feel the changes in the weather, and this can affect their health and happiness. The best way to ensure they stay at a comfortable temperature is to provide them with a coat or jumper. Whether or not your pet actually needs a jumper depends entirely on their breed, age, health ...

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  • My pet has died. How can I commemorate it?

    Life without your beloved pet may seem impossible, even after they’ve passed away. Here are some ways you can honour your pet’s life and help you and your family process the loss.   The intense grief we feel at the loss of a pet can be paralysing the same way the loss of a close ...

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  • What plants are toxic for cats?

    Plants or flowers often give that bright feeling to a home, but if you have a feline friend, that beautiful plant could be toxic for cats. Particular plants are toxic to cats and should be avoided at all times in your home. While in some cases, just parts of a plant might be poisonous, this ...

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  • Why are cats so independent?

    Cats have developed a reputation as being independent and rather self-determined in the way they behave. However, cats still make great companions, and may suit people looking for more independent pets. Compared to their canine equivalents, cats require less maintenance – they sleep a lot, don’t need to be walked and are able to use a ...

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  • Meet Lola

    After the passing of Toni’s cat, she decided it was time for a new addition to her Adelaide family. Luckily we were able to help with Petbarn adoption!   ”We had been keeping a look out on a pet adoption website for a female kitten to join our family, which already included a male cat and a ...

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  • Are cats safe around babies?

    We all know that cats and babies make for adorable photographs, and as these precious images suggest, most cats are in fact very tolerant of children. Find out how to ensure your two littlest family members become happy and safe playmates. There is a lot of varied information out there when it comes to cats ...

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  • What is a group of cats called?

    Do you know how the words “kindle” and “intrigue” relate to cats? Or where the concern about cats and curiosity came from? The cat’s out of the bag! Read on to discover these and more cat-related facts. We’ve all heard of a pack of wolves and a herd of cattle, but did you know that ...

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  • My cat has gone missing. What should I do?

    While it’s normal to panic if your cat goes missing, your best plan of action is to take a deep breath and make plans to find them immediately. When you realise you haven’t heard the familiar meow that signal your cat’s dinnertime, or felt their furry little body rubbing up against your legs in a ...

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  • Should I let my pet sleep in my bed?

    Warm, soft and snuggly, it’s little wonder so many of us share our beds with our pets, but should we be letting our sleeping dogs lie? It’s not uncommon for pet owners to share the bed with their four-legged friends. According to the 2012 Sealy Sleep Census, 8.9 per cent of Australians sleep with at ...

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  • Cats who think they’re yogis

    Who says we should have all the fun on the yoga mats? These cats are getting to grips with their downward dogs, too! Namaste.   This little guy is becoming one with nature and hitting the great outdoors for his stretches.   Namaste to our feline friend here, who’s really relaxing into his pose.   “I ...

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  • 10 of the world’s cutest animal mums

    Now, we all know Mother’s Day is a special day for all the hard-working, loving, caring mums out there. But, you know who else deserves a mention on one of the year’s most important days? These cutest animal mums …   I love how you’re a good listener, even though I’m not that great at listening (sometimes!).   ...

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  • Meet Nickalia Rose

    We were lucky to help Alyssa Adams find the latest addition to her family. She tells us her story. “Nickalia Rose came into our home last September. This was after I went to Petbarn to get supplies for our rabbit Peter, and I saw the cutest kitten. When I dragged my husband back, the kitten ...

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  • Is my pet lonely?

    Just like we can feel lonely when we spend a lot of time on our own, so too can our pets. Find out the signs and symptoms of a lonely pet, and how you can help them overcome this feeling. Centuries ago, in a time before domestication, dogs socialised in packs all day, and cats ...

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  • Should my cat live inside?

    Cat owners are divided – should they let their pets brave the great outdoors, or keep them safe from harm by confining them inside? While the decision is up to each pet owner, there’s significant evidence to show that your feline is much safer when kept indoors.   A lot of cat owners feel guilty about ...

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  • My pet is depressed. How can I cheer it up?

    Our pets are great for helping us to overcome periods of low mood and depression, but what can we do when the tables are turned?   If there’s one thing all pet owners will agree on it’s that, biologically different to us, our four-legged best mates, confidants and comrades-in-arms are also similar to us in ...

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  • 9 pets to melt any heart

    Some faces, you can just look at and immediately fall in love. Here are just some our favourite little friends – if only we could have one of each!   1. This little fella doesn’t even need to try to be cute!   2. Look how dainty this fluffy one is!   3. This sleeping beauty.   ...

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  • Portrait of beautiful girl with rabbit

    7 times it was love at first sight

    We all know the feeling. When you spot that one animal that you know is practically your soulmate. You can sense the fun you’ll have together in the future. Here are eight examples of pet love at first sight! Whether you’re adopting a pet, receiving a furry friend as a gift, or purchasing a companion, it’s ...

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  • Cat Kaligubmali sits in the window sill

    Kali’s new home

    The Falcke family recently adopted their pet cat Kaligubmali, or Kali for short, from the Petbarn store in Cairns. Kali’s new mum Christiane describes how Kali fits in to her family, and how rewarding she found the adoption process. “In September of 2015 I adopted Kaligubmali (once Ethel), or Kali, from the Petbarn store in Cairns. Since ...

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  • Petbarn’s Pet Dating Adoption event

    With romance set to bloom on Valentine’s Day, The Pet Foundation together with Petbarn is teaming up with local animal shelters to help you find your perfect match. Visit your local participating Petbarn store to meet animals available for adoption. To find out more visit www.petbarn.com.au/petdating and don’t forget to share your photos from the day using #Petdating ...

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  • Why adopt a pet?

    Thousands of pets waiting to be adopted in animal shelters are euthanised each year. If you’re considering a new pet, consider adopting a pet rather than buying one. Here are a few reasons why: You’re saving a life Sadly, a staggering amount of animals – for whatever reason – are surrendered every year. Whether it’s ...

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  • Why do cats ‘knead’?

    If you’ve ever watched a cat purposefully kneading a surface and wondered why, you’re not alone. Kneading is what we call it when a cat rhythmically alternates pushing his paws against a soft surface, such as the sofa, a rug or your lap. It doesn’t mean your cat fancies himself as a baker or a ...

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  • Two lovely cats in spring

    Why do cats purr?

    Long believed to be a cat’s way of telling us that all is well, there’s more to purring than meets the ears. The sound of a feline purring contentedly is music to a cat lover’s ears, but have you ever wondered just why cats purr? If so, you’re not alone, scientists have long been asking ...

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  • Why do cats have whiskers?

    Your cat’s whiskers do much more than just look cute – they’re an important tool for helping them understand their environment. You may have heard the term “the cat’s whiskers” used to describe something really great, and it’s an appropriate comparison. A feline’s facial whiskers are very clever accessories indeed. A cat’s whiskers aren’t technically ...

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  • What pet is right for you?

    Head to your nearest Petbarn store for advice about caring for a new pet. Petbarn has everything you need to care for a pet, and many Petbarn stores offer adoptions services. On February 13th Petbarn stores around Australia are holding the annual Pet Dating Pet Adoption event. Find out more here!

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  • 10 ways pets help you be healthy

    We all know that pet parents love their pets. But did you know that having a pet can make you healthier? Here’s how! 1. You’ll be a better human! Pet owners come to be more responsible, less stressed and more compassionate, so much so that nearly all pet parents say that they are a better person ...

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  • 5 tips for cat sitters

    Chances are, at some point we will all been asked to cat sit. While some of us are accustomed to what that entails, some of us might need a few tips…   1. Write it all down Rule number 1, without doubt: get the cat’s parent(s) to write down all your instructions. Make sure you have ...

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  • The Ryan family welcomes Gracie

    Lyn Ryan tells us about how her family adopted adorable cat Gracie in 2015. It wasn’t long before they felt that she was part of the family (and Gracie felt the same way!). We adopted Gracie, a beautiful blue 9 month old cat, into our family at the beginning of May 2015.  She’s a greatly loved part of our ...

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  • What is the best pet for a small space?

    Apartment dweller? No backyard? No worries, there’s a perfect pet just waiting for you.       Dogs The great news is that there are many dog breeds that can live happily in an apartment or property with little or no outside space, as long as they get enough exercise and mental stimulation every day. With ...

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  • Should I get my pet a companion?

    There’s a lot to consider when you’re thinking about getting a second pet. Here are some of the things you should think about before taking the step.  You should only get your pet a companion if you are ready to become a parent again. Do you have the time, money and love to bring an ...

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  • Dog akita in party dress

    Festive celebrations and our pets

    The end of the year is a time for celebration. Nights like New Year’s Eve can be some of the greatest party nights of the year – for humans. For our pets, they can be nights of strange noises and lights that can cause anxiety and other problems. Here’s how to ensure your pet gets through the festive ...

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  • Cordella

    Cordella joins the family

    Mandy Briggs and her family recently adopted a domestic long-hair cat, Cordella, who is now a central part of their family! “My partner and I decided we wanted our one-year-old son to grow up with a pet,” says Mandy. “When we saw Cordella (whom we now call Lilly because it’s easier for our little man ...

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  • A white Christmas

    Wendy Shand and her son adopted Nix from Petbarn Chadstone in time for Christmas last year and are so happy with the new addition to the family. Wendy tells us the story of Nix’s adoption. We adopted Nix as a kitten last December. He’s very funny, active and a gorgeous cat who is very healthy. ...

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  • 10 best gift ideas for your pet

    You know what to give your kids, parents, siblings and cousins this Christmas, but what about that other important member of the family – your pet? Here are some great gift ideas for that special animal. To find your local Petbarn store, click here.

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  • Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet

    A new year is here! And while some of us might be suffering from sore heads, let’s take a moment to make some New Year’s Resolutions not just for us, but our pets.   I promise to go on an exciting adventure together every month. Somewhere we’ve never been and where we can explore together. ...

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  • Lazy beagle lying in bed with his sleeping owner

    7 pets who have over-partied

    We all have fun over the festive season with parties and dinners and social events. Here are seven pets who have enjoyed celebrating a little too much!   1. Catilda is shocked at how much her humans have eaten over the festive season. “What? ANOTHER sausage roll?” 2. Remy loves food but is planning on ...

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  • Do pets make good gifts?

    For Christmas, it can be tempting to give a cute, cuddly pet as a gift. Yet even the cutest of things can come with unexpected consequences, here are some vital things you need to know to ensure pet gifting is actually a good idea and will be welcomed by the receiver. Don’t gift a pet ...

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  • Pets with unique coats

    All our furry friends are all individuals when it comes to their personalities, but some pets have a more unique coats that require special care… Poodle The Standard Poodle has a single coat (in black, blue, silver, grey, apricot, white, brown) which is curly or corded. It needs to be clipped regularly. There are different ...

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  • The secrets to pet happiness

    Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a pet happy, and of course making them smile makes us smile too. We found 11 things that are literally the essence of pet happiness.   1. “What’s that? A new toy? For me!”   2. “Mmm…who doesn’t love a freshly cleaned tank”   3. “I love it when ...

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  • 5 tips for pet photography

    Proud parents are often looking for the perfect picture to capture their beloved pets, but it’s not always as simple as ‘hold and snap’. Sometimes our pets can be difficult subjects, here are some tips to get them camera ready and camera friendly. 1. Consider your pet’s loveable personality and capture them in their element… ...

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  • Loving a pet just got more rewarding

    Keep your pet healthy, happy and carefree when you join our Friends For Life loyalty program, here you’ll earn rewards for receiving the highest standard of pet care available through Greencross Vets.   What is Friends For Life? Whether you’re fond of fur, feathers or fish, Friends For Life makes loving your pet a little ...

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  • Tortoiseshell Tabby Cat sitting by the back door peaking out

    How do I stop my cat bringing dead animals into the house?

    While there is nothing you can do to remove your cat’s instinct to stalk and pounce, here are some tips to protect our wildlife from pets who might be on the prowl. The gift Cats bring prey home for a variety of reasons: they want to say thanks by sharing their food, they think you need ...

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  • Stalking little kitten

    My cat keeps hiding from me. Why?

    Don’t take your cat’s disappearing act personally. Most of the time hiding is normal cat behaviour and should not be discouraged. Here’s a rundown on why your cat keeps hiding from you and what you can do to help it out. Catnap Your cat will often hide from you when it wants some serious shuteye. ...

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  • A cat sits and stares wistfully off into the distance.

    How long do cats live?

    Contrary to the popular saying, cats do not actually have nine lives. But, their lives are getting longer. Thanks to medical advances and more time spent indoors, it is not uncommon for cats to live beyond the standard lifespan of 12 to 15 years of age. There is a wide range of variables that influence ...

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  • Cat chat snuggles

    What is my cat saying?

    Having a chat with your cat may sound farfetched, but it turns out you and your feline have a language all of your own. A lot of people believe that cats aren’t as expressive as their canine counterparts. However, there’s growing evidence to show that this is untrue. Your cat uses combination of vocalisations and ...

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  • Why do cats hate water?

    For an animal so adamant on being clean, it’s a wonder that most cats don’t like water. Find out where this dislike stems from and how to manage it when your cat is in need of a bath. While many cats explore their water bowls with their paws, and become curiously bewitched around dripping faucets ...

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  • Emma adoption

    Emma finds a forever home

    We adopted a beautiful six-month-old kitten called Emma around two months ago. She slotted in to our very busy family straight away, putting our energetic labradoodle right in his place! We had a couple of visiting mice prior to her arrival and have not seen them since! Emma is a great cat. So long as ...

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  • Are cats nocturnal?

    Your cat may sleep twice as much as you do, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they sleep when you want them to. Far from simply irritating you, there’s a reason your cat is prone to meowing or clawing at your bedcovers just as dawn is breaking. A lot of people believe that cats are nocturnal, ...

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  • Meet Charlie ‘Chubbs’

    Judith, mum to beautiful cat Charlie, sent us her story after she made the decision to add a very special addition to her family! “I live in Alice Springs, where the type of cat food I feed my two boys is pretty hard to come by. So, whenever I go to Adelaide, I make sure I ...

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  • Yawny cat

    8 pet expressions every pet parent can relate to

    1. Is it time for dinner yet? Even if it’s not yet dinner time, those cute eyes will probably mean food isn’t too far off regardless.   2. That contented look when you’re out on a walk. “Just taking the human for a walk, pounding the pavement like it’s my job” – your dog.   ...

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  • Cat yawn

    How do I stop cat fights?

    The yowling, the hissing, the fur flying, the mop-up. Cat fights can get nasty quickly. So whether your feline is getting into scuffles with neighbourhood cats or another family pet, here’s how to stop it. Visit the vet First things first: if your cat has been in a fight, take them to your local Greencross ...

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  • How do I stop my cat killing birds?

    Your cat loves the thrill of the chase. It has an innate desire to stalk, pounce and catch its prey, even if it’s more interested in proudly laying it at your feet than eating it. With estimates that feral cats kill as many as 75 million native Australian animals each day, here are some tips to ...

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  • Closeup of sleeping cat

    Why do cats sleep so much?

    Cats seem to spend their entire days sleeping, often after pouncing on your chest at the crack of dawn. The average cat naps for 15 hours a day, with kittens and older cats sleeping even longer. So why does your pet keep such strange hours? Big cats Cats seem to spend their entire days sleeping, ...

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  • Beagle dog guarding

    Does a rehomed pet ever really settle down?

    Adopting a pet is an exciting, often chaotic time – but you can help your new friend settle in and settle down.   Australia is a nation of animal lovers, with more than two thirds of households owning a pet. Sadly, however, those homes aren’t always forever, with around 400,000 unwanted pets handed to animal ...

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  • Cute cat

    Questions to ask before adopting a cat

    Before adopting a cat, arm yourself with the knowledge you need to form a lasting bond with your feline friend.   Am I able to care for a cat? It may seem obvious, but the number of people who fail to consider whether they’re truly ready for a cat is a major reason why so ...

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  • Common problems with rescued pets

    Adopting rescued pets is a rewarding process. Here are some tips to make sure your rescued pet settles in comfortably. Ask anyone who works in an animal shelter and they’ll tell you that rescued dogs and cats not only know they’ve been given a second chance, they’re genuinely grateful for it. But while a rehomed pet’s ...

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  • Cat in street

    What do I do with my cat when I’m on holidays?

      Don’t forget about your feline friend when you jet off on holidays. Use a boarding cattery or vet A boarding cattery is a facility that looks after a number of cats when their owners cannot. There are catteries in all major cities and towns, and many vet clinics also offer cat boarding services. The ...

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  • Striped white cat.

    What are the most common problems of adopted pets?

    Even the loveliest of dogs and cats may take time to adjust after time in a shelter. Here are some tips to ease any bumps in their transition. Toileting inside If your newly adopted companion is urinating on the floor, the first thing to do is assess whether the issue is that they’re not house-trained, ...

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  • Two affectionate adopted cats

    Cat Rescue: Meet Ollie and Abby

    When Emma Gardner had to say goodbye to her beloved Birman cat, called Daisy-Jane,who knew what (or who!) was around the corner? In September, both my mum and I had our hearts broken from having to say goodbye to our beloved 16-year-old Birman, Daisy-Jane, who had been very unwell for some time.  Even with our ...

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  • Cat lying relaxed on his back

    Life skills I learnt from my pet

    1. To look on the bright side Sure, pets have it pretty good, with full-time carers and humans to love, feed, wash, brush, pamper, cuddle and take care of them. But even when the going gets tough, they always seem to be able to see the lighter sight of life. You see it in the ...

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  • How your pet can help you lose weight

    Forget the gym for weight loss. Get out and about and let your pet help you to lose those extra kilos. Get out there Exercise is a key component to a healthy lifestyle, and to losing weight. This goes for humans and their pets. If you have a dog, you need to exercise it frequently ...

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  • A puppy looks hopeful while laying on the floor with its lead.

    10 things all animal lovers will understand

    Animal lovers and anyone with pets will know the affect these cute little ones can have on our lives. 1. You’re basically a servant The dog needs to go outside, only so they can be let inside again, and your cat thinks all your decorative objects are, clearly, better on the floor. 2. Your dog knows ...

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  • Alvin, a black and white cat

    Alvin’s adoption

    Adoption is an ideal way to welcome a new pet into your home. Billie Rigney tells us about Alvin the cat and how he joined the family. “We adopted Alvin (formerly known as Viktor) from the adoption centre at the Petbarn store in Nowra. My grandma had said no to every single kitten that I showed her for ...

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  • Pet dental care tips at home

    Tips on keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy in the comfort of your home. Dental disease in our pets can prevented in the vast majority of cases and often it’s easy to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums at home. There are many different methods to prevent dental disease and to assist with ...

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  • Thanks for saving 10,000 pet lives

    To say 10,000 thank you’s is not enough to show our appreciation to everyone that has helped us find 10,000 pets new homes through our 82 Petbarn Pet Adoption centres across the country. Reaching this amazing milestone has only been possible because of the support and ongoing generosity of pet lovers and multiple local animal ...

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  • Lucky pets on Friday the 13th

    10 reasons pets are good luck on Friday the 13th Now if Friday the 13th makes you feel a little uneasy then you’re not alone. There’s actually a scientific name for those with a phobia of this dreaded day ‘Friggatriskaidekaphobia.’ But we’re here to help you get control of your life with pets that will ...

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  • Our favorite adoption tales

    With our second annual Pet Dating event fast approaching we thought it was the purrr-fect time to share with you some of our favorite Petbarn Adoption stories!  These stories will give you a laugh, melt your heart and hopefully inspire you to come on down Saturday 14th February to meet many more of these little guys ...

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  • The Giving Tree 2015

    Petbarn’s annual Giving Tree initiative launched on 16 November. All proceeds from the Giving Tree are donated to our nominated animal rescue partners to help assist animals in its care over the busy Christmas period and year ahead. This year, the initiative will be The Pet Foundation’s Giving Tree and will run across Petbarn, City Farmers and Greencross ...

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  • Pet Safety Tips for the Festive Season

    Aaah, the festive season is upon us. We spend days traipsing around the country, struggling in the heat being overwhelmed by insects. Overindulging in rich foods, tied up in tinsel and kept wondering where the last piece of that Lego set got to. The Christmas holiday season can be very similar for our pets.

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  • 5 reasons to love a black cat

    The black cat is a popular icon of Halloween and Friday 13th, one that comes with a pretty unlucky stigma; but we believe black cats are awesome. Here are a few reasons to love a black cat. Doesn’t matter if you’re black or white Why are some cats black? It’s called melanism, which is black pigmentation, and is ...

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  • What to expect – Common senior cat conditions

    Just like us, cats are unique and individual care and maintenance as they age. Here are some general cat conditions and treatment options as they mature.

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  • Cat Care

    Cat Care sheets can help you look at some of the questions that need careful consideration before choosing a kitten; including choosing the right type of kitten, cat litter training, kitten developmental stages and introducing your new feline. Kitten Care Kitten checklist   Cat Care sheets can help you look at some of the questions ...

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  • Cutting the cat's claws

    How can I cut my pet’s nails?

    It’s a pesky job, but someone’s got to do it. Here’s how to make trimming your pet’s nails as easy as possible. You may love nothing more than a Saturday morning mani-pedi, but dogs and cats generally aren’t fans of having their nails done. Trimming your pet’s nails regularly is important, however, for a number of reasons. ...

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  • Cute cat enjoying his life

    What does it mean if my cat’s ears go back?

    The short answer is, it’s not happy. But your cat is an emotionally complex creature, so when a cat’s ears go back they could be experiencing a range of negative feelings: from slightly annoyed to afraid or aggressive.   Grumpy cat When your cat’s ears start moving backwards, it’s probably irritated or frightened. Maybe it doesn’t like ...

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  • Is it better to adopt a puppy, kitten or older pet?

    Junior or senior, that is the question. We take a look at the pros and cons of adopting pets of all ages. Puppies and kittens Any rescue group will tell you that puppies and kittens are always the first animals to be snapped up when adopting pets. This is due to their fluffy, clumsy cuteness, ...

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  • What you need to know about pet obesity

    Vet advice courtesy of Dr Adam Sternburg BVSc Greencross Vets Pet obesity occurs when excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that health is negatively affected. For instance, we know that obese pets live a less active and shorter quality of life when they are over weight. They become disinterested in exercise and ...

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  • Tasmanian Bushfire Appeal

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP? For many of us the devastation is overwhelming and while we all want to help in some way, it’s often hard to know where to start. There are a number of evacuation shelters that are housing families, pets and wildlife that have been displaced by the fires. HOW TO ...

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Whether you're stocking up on cat food and litter or preparing your home for a new kitten, you'll find everything you need for the feline members of the family in Petbarn's unrivalled range of cat care products, available to buy online and in our stores throughout Australia.

Your pet's health and wellbeing are important to us, which is why we stock quality cat food from trusted brands such as Royal Canin and Pro Plan, which include all the balanced nutrients your cat needs for healthy development. We stock cat treats formulated to protect joints and teeth, while our wide selection of cat health products includes approved treatments for everything from hairballs to anxiety, making it easier to give your cats the care they deserve.

Keeping your cat and your home clean and hygienic doesn't have to be a chore when you shop online for grooming supplies, stain and odour control and litter trays and accessories, and you'll never have to worry about your pets getting bored or restless when they're playing with latest interactive cat toys for kittens, adults and seniors alike.

Cats nutritional needs are very specific and the quality of cat food is one of the most important factors in cats' health and longevity. With so many brands and types of dog food available it can be very difficult to know what is best, speak to a Greencross Vet or Petbarn staff member to help choose the best food for your pet.

Dr Martin Runderberg Greencross Vet

PETSPOT - Information & Advice

  • Petbarn supports Seeing Eye Dogs Australia

    Having a vision impairment or blindness makes navigating the world, and experiencing everyday life, much more difficult. That’s why it’s so important for organisations like Seeing Eye Dogs Australia to train and supply highly skilled dogs to help those people affected by full or partial blindness and other vision impairment. Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) is ...

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  • Cats who think they’re yogis

    Who says we should have all the fun on the yoga mats? These cats are getting to grips with their downward dogs, too! Namaste.   This little guy is becoming one with nature and hitting the great outdoors for his stretches.   Namaste to our feline friend here, who’s really relaxing into his pose.   “I ...

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  • VIPs: Very Important Puppies!

    Catch up on all the news from our friends at Seeing Eye Dogs Australia, where the new puppy recruits are making a lot of headway with their training!   Belle    Belle’s personality is growing bigger and brighter than ever. Her Puppy Carer says she radiates so much joy, leaving people entertained and smiling. Not ...

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  • 9 reasons seeing eye dogs are the best dogs in the world

    Seeing Eye Dogs, those beautiful Labradors and Golden Retrievers, bring many loveable qualities to their owners, as well as benefitting the community around them. Here are nine reasons Seeing Eye Dogs are the best dogs in the world! 1. Seeing Eye Dogs are loyal and protective companions, they often provide the owner in need with more ...

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  • Top winter fashion for your dog

    Play it cool with these top winter looks for your furry friends this coming season. That’s a wrap Baxter the Dachshund loves his silky coat and he hates being out of trend. Not only does this matching scarf and wrap beanie make him look uber chic but it also protects his coat from those nasty ...

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  • What plants are toxic for cats?

    Plants or flowers often give that bright feeling to a home, but if you have a feline friend, that beautiful plant could be toxic for cats. Particular plants are toxic to cats and should be avoided at all times in your home. While in some cases, just parts of a plant might be poisonous, this ...

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  • Seeing eye dogs – did you know?

    Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dogs Australia division (SEDA), is the only national provider of Seeing Eye Dogs for people that are blind or vision impaired. For the right person, getting a Seeing Eye Dog can have a profound impact on the quality of their life. It takes a lot of time, love, patience and money to ...

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  • When pets April Fool us

    It doesn’t matter how switched on we are, every year we’re guaranteed to get April Fooled! These animals decided to not wait until 1st April to get maximum fool effect. Enjoy! Not for those scared of spiders. He had us all tricked, that’s for sure! Would the real Puss In Boots please stand up? To ...

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  • July Photo Competition Winners – SMILE

    Our July pet photo competition theme – SMILE. We asked ‘How does your pet make you smile?’ Your answers made us smile and so did the photo’s of your pets showing us there teeth! Congratulations to everyone that entered. The pet photos featured here are our July winning entries and will receive a $25 Petbarn Gift Card. August Photo ...

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  • Pet dental care tips at home

    Tips on keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy in the comfort of your home. Dental disease in our pets can prevented in the vast majority of cases and often it’s easy to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums at home. There are many different methods to prevent dental disease and to assist with ...

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  • “Oops I did it again” – June Photo Competition

    Our June pet photo competition theme “Oops, I did it again” had some of the funniest entries we have ever seen! Congratulations to everyone that entered. So many pet parents are experiencing those moments when you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry…it’s nice to know you’re not alone! The pet photos featured here are our winning ...

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  • 5 family friendly dog breeds

    Choosing a family friendly dog is an important decision and one that will affect the dynamic of your household.  There is much to consider when you are selecting the right dog breed for your home, especially if you have children. Here are 5 family friendly dog breeds that are good with children: Golden Retriever Golden ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) – August Update Part 1

    Archy Like the other Petbarn pups, Archy had his 6 month assessment in August and his Puppy Development Officer was very impressed with his progress and how far he has come. Archy continues to build on his socialisation skills and goes to his usual places including parks, the shops and restaurants. Archy also went to ...

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