Cosmopolitan Species

Cats need extra care when moving home

Moving house is always a stressful time, but it can be much tougher for pets.

Jo Suen's two-cat family became a four-cat family when she moved in with her new husband. 'Moving home with cats was absolutely a terrifying job for us,' Suen says.

Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 12:00am

Paws for thought

We dogs are naturally nosy creatures. We love getting our snouts into all sorts of nooks and crannies.

If we get a sniff of something new, we usually want to investigate. And if that something tastes yummy, we usually want to try eating it.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Brighten up those special occasions with gifts that are healthy and fun

If you love your pet, the chances are you'll want to pamper your precious pooch or furry feline with a gift on special occasions. Here are some pet-friendly products and ideas that you can find around Hong Kong.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Purebred white-haired cats tend to be more susceptible to congenital deafness

Sarah Yeung has a special routine for waking her white-haired cat named Snow. Instead of putting a hand on her furry feline, she first taps the surface he is sleeping on. When Snow looks up, Yeung touches him.

12 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Officials must crack down on people feeding feral pigeons at bus terminus

About two months ago I wrote to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department regarding the alarming feral pigeon population gathered at the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry bus terminus.

I pointed out that entire bags of breadcrumbs were scattered every day directly in front of that large advertising billboard located next to the KMB information desk.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Avoid unwanted pregnancies by desexing your animal at an early age

One of the most basic instincts of any animal is the desire to reproduce. Get two of the same species together for long enough and soon you'll have more hungry mouths to feed. And, as over-population is a serious issue in Hong Kong, many pet owners know it's best to desex their pet as soon as it's old enough.

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

No need for extra coat

Many Hong Kong pet owners like to make a fashion statement with what their dog wears but animals don't need outer clothing, even in winter, says vet Jane Gray.

'Huskies have the thickest coat [among dogs] and, for a Hong Kong winter, they don't need to wear a coat, unless advised by your veterinarian,' she says.

5 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Deal with strays problem by making pet owners obey the existing law

The report ('Legco pushes for animal rights', November 1) highlights problems regarding cruelty to animals and overpopulation of strays. While I agree that Hong Kong has to mature in its approach to animal rights and management, the most logical solution to the issue of unwanted animals is to enforce the existing law.

7 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Animals play a key role in bringing happiness and good fortune

For centuries, people have believed in superstitions to ward off bad omens and summon good fortune. Even today, the Chinese are known for being extremely superstitious, with bad luck associated with anything from the number '4' to wearing a white flower in your hair.

16 May 2010 - 12:00am

Weird and wacky electronic gadgets for the tech-savvy owner

For techno junkies who own a pet, there's no reason why your cat, dog or fish can't be part of today's digital revolution. If you have a passion for the latest electronic gadget, here are some interesting and wacky devices for you and your high-tech pet.

Stay Connected to Your Canine

7 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Feral dogs killing pets, say Cheung Chau residents

Residents on Cheung Chau say packs of feral dogs roaming the island are killing domestic pets and pose a threat to young children.

'It's not a new problem but it has been getting worse,' resident Antonia Cable said. 'In recent months, the dogs have moved closer [to residential areas].'

5 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Sometimes tough love is necessary to ensure your pets stay healthy

Being good to your pet sometimes means you have to be tough. Take the situation when you're munching on a chocolate bar and your dog looks up at you with its pleading eyes and wagging tail. 'You shouldn't give chocolate to dogs,' says Jane Gray, chief veterinary surgeon at the SPCA. 'Chocolate can result in severe illness and death. People don't realise half a Mars bar can make dogs sick.'

10 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Trip to the groomers can make a big difference, but owners beware

If your pet is having a bad hair day then a trip to the groomers may be just the ticket. According to Gabbie Lam Chi-yan, the grooming supervisor at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, grooming pets has become more popular over the past five years.

28 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

The hardest part of being a veterinarian, even after years of experience, is having to tell an owner that his animal's chance of survival is next to none. It never gets easier. Most of the time my prognosis unfortunately comes true, with any efforts at medical treatment ultimately failing.

20 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This week: pets and clothes

The weather has turned rather cold and sour of late. In what is nature's way of preparing for the coming festival, the coldness will bring with it the blooming of cherry blossoms and Chinese daffodils to auspiciously greet the Lunar New Year.

16 Jan 2009 - 12:00am