Cynthia Smillie

When claws are bared on the home front

Living in harmony with two or more cats in your home can be a rewarding experience. But when one feline starts to urinate outside the litter box, it can anger the most loving cat owner and prompt an eviction to the nearest animal shelter.

Sunday, 13 May, 2012, 12:00am

Panic attacks can hit dogs just as easily as humans

Cynthia Smillie's 11-year old dog named Tao-tao unexpectedly started to 'virtually break down the door' when she went to bed. Every night, when it got dark, Tao-tao would become more and more anxious, and try to hide. Eventually, Smillie suspected the cause of her pet's distress was the low-battery sound coming from a mobile phone.

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Give cats mental stimulation by recreating the challenges of hunting

Some say cats are known as solitary creatures that only want your attention for their basic needs. The rest of the time, felines are quite happy to laze around and sleep. But do they need more stimulation than getting up to eat and relieve themselves?

25 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Domestic rabbits require commitment, compassion and creativity

Not many would deny rabbits are cute little furry creatures, and being undeniably adorable has made the domestic or European rabbit a popular pet worldwide. But bringing home a bunny isn't as simple as going thump-thump-thump.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Don't get angry with your furry friends, they're just doing what comes naturally

Living with someone can be frustrating at times and they might be doing things that drive you up the wall. The same situation can be applied to pets, but it isn't always your animal's fault, it may simply be behaving naturally and you are the one who does not understand.

13 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Make the right introductions before you bring a second animal into your home

If you have one pet, you might be forgiven for thinking that bringing home another would make them both happy. Instead, many animals feel the opposite and may act aggressively towards each other. Two months ago, Sarah Chow adopted a 13-year old tomcat, Lucky, to join her 11-year old resident male, Puss.

3 Oct 2010 - 12:00am