• Get Into Birdwatching This Summer

    The current lockdown is proving difficult for everybody in some way, shape or form. New challenges are being thrown our way, and we are having to quickly adapt and get used to this ‘new normal’.

    But one of the biggest challenges many of us have faced is knowing what to do with ourselves. If we are not working, or are simply struggling to find ways to pass the time, we can quickly become restless.

    One way to quell this is by finding new hobbies and things to entertain ourselves with. You have probably tried reading more, or watching more TV or films. You might well feel like you are running out of things to keep your mind entertained. This is why you need to think outside the box.


    Embracing Nature

    Many of us are looking to embrace nature as a way of coping with the lockdown. Gardening is a great way to get out and connect, and exercise is also a proven way of helping our bodies and minds and to feel at one with nature. You don’t necessarily need to leave the four walls of your home to enjoy nature and some of the creatures that contribute to its beauty.

    One such activity is birdwatching. If you have a garden or greenspace nearby, you will have undoubtedly seen some feathered friends popping in and out on occasion. But taking the time to admire these winged creatures in all their glory, notice their habits and eccentricities, and see all the different types of birds that visit can become a really interesting hobby to take up.


    So Many To see

    The diversity and number of birds that fly around Britain are truly amazing, and these beautiful animals play a vital role in the ecosystems that we live within. 

    There are a number of ways that you can attract more birds to your garden, the main one being food. Birds, like all of us, love a tasty treat, but their preference, unlike us (hopefully!), is for things like mealworms to nibble on.

    These can be kept in bird feeders that can be placed at handy locations around a garden with ease. There are many simple bird feeders out there, including the range we have here at Poundstretcher. There are also caged seed feeders which can keep unwanted visitors away from your food and save it solely for your feathered friends.

    There’s a range of bird products here, so if you want to bring more birds to your garden then take a look through.

    A caged seed feeder for birds available at Poundstretcher


    Visit Local Beauty Spots

    Of course, you can take your birdwatching to new levels by visiting local beauty spots and nature areas, and potentially spot a rare or exciting bird that might not visit your garden. It really is the kind of thing that once you get the taste for, you can really enjoy and get into.

    There are also a number of books and websites out there with great information on the traits and markings of birds, allowing you to get a better idea of what type of bird is paying you a visit. 

    However you approach it, happy birdwatching and please do send us photos of any birds visiting your garden via our Facebook and Twitter channels!

  • Ready For The Big Garden Birdwatch 2020?!

    It's that time of year again, bird-lovers! This weekend, get yourself out with your binoculars as the Big Garden Birdwatch is coming! From Saturday 25th to Monday 27th, the RSPB want people across the nation to document and note down the range of avian wildlife all around us.

    Why not stock up on some last-minute bird supplies to help turn your garden into one of the best places for birds to dine out in your neighbourhood! We've got a few suggestions ourselves that you can find in your local Poundstretcher right now!


    Be Our Guest

    No use wanting to attract birds to your garden if you haven't the best way of bringing them in! We have so many bird feeders on sale that are both practical AND stylish. They'd look absolutely amazing in any garden (front or back)!

    For example, why not simply go all out with a bird feeder station for only £7.99! It contains two feeders and two resting stations; it's the ultimate feature for luring birds to your garden!

    Here's a Look at the Menu

    With a bird feeder, you'll need something to fill it with! Here at Poundstretcher, we have all sorts of deliciousness for your feathered friends; be they seeds, nuts, or fat-filled coconuts!

    For an amazing bargain you can have 1kg of lovely bird seed to keep those garden birds nice and well-fed, or if you'd rather they have something a little meatier, we also have an 80g bag of mealworms for only 89p!

    With High Energy Pellets & Berries and fat balls, not to mention a twin pack of fat-filled coconuts, there's so much choice for when something comes to have a nice, little snack in your garden.


    Wrapped And Ready To Go

    Though, maybe you'd rather have a bird feeder that's full of yummy birdseed from the get-go, all set and ready to hang in your garden? Well then, we have a trio of metal bird feeders from £1.99 that would be perfect for you! Whether it's seeds, fat balls, or peanuts you're after, you'll be spoilt for choice.

    Check out our Find-a-Store to see where your nearest store is located, and be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for more news, competitions, and great offers, or even send us a pic of the lovely birds you've seen?

    Don't forget we also have a great range of food & drink too! So whilst grabbing a bite to eat for your birdy pals, you might want to think about grabbing a pack of biscuits or two to enjoy during your birdwatching?

    Want to find out more? Then head on over to the RSPB website to hear more about the event and how to get involved!

  • Tips To Bring More Wild Birds To Your Garden

    The outdoor spaces of your home are a really versatile zone. They can be used for great events like barbecues and parties, but they also are home to all manner of creatures that can be a joy to welcome.

    One of the most regular and pleasant visitors are birds, with these feathered friends coming back time and again if you have something that interests them.

    If this is something that appeals to you, we’ve put together a few handy hints and tips to help bring more birds to your garden, allowing you to enjoy the spectacle of their visit.


    1. Get The Right food

    Wild birds are always on the lookout for delicious snacks and one of the main reasons they’ll head to your garden is in search of a tasty treat.

    You can easily meet their needs with our bird food. We have bags of mealworms, fat balls, hi-energy peanut and birdseed. So it’s really easy to get the kind of bird food you need to attract the right attention.

    2. Add A Place To Drink

    Birds need water as much as they need food, and if you don’t have a suitable water point then they might not pay your garden a visit.

    A birdbath is a good route to go down, providing birds with a place to not only drink but to wash easily too.


    3. Feeders & Equipment

    The best way of storing any food you bring to your garden to attract birds is in handy feeders or bird stations.

    This makes it easy for birds to enjoy delicious food and come back time and again to treat themselves.

    Poundstretcher’s range includes plastic and metal feeders, as well as bird feeders with cool designs.

    There’s also this excellent bird station that comes with feeders that can allow you to easily provide the food and water your winged friends need.


    4. Place Them In Safe Places

    When placing your feeders or bird station, be mindful of where you’re locating them. If a bird feels they are in any danger, they aren’t likely to try your feeders in case something unwanted happens to them.

    So try to locate your items in places that feel low risk for birds. This isn’t always 100% possible, so the best thing to do is to locate them where any bird can see danger coming a safe way off.


    5. Sit Back & Enjoy

    If you get all the food, water and equipment you need to attract wild birds to your garden, it’s simply a case of sitting back and enjoying their visits.

    A pair of binoculars can help you study the birds that do visit in closer detail. Also, try to make sure to stay on top of the food levels in any feeders you have in your garden.

    At Poundstretcher, we have all the bird products you need, so be sure to browse through our full range in our Pet Hut section!

    You can find your next great buy at your nearest store. To find yours, simply use our Store Finder.

    And if you’d like to hear more about our bargains, as well as competitions, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

  • Treat Your Pet For National Pet Month

    If you’re a pet owner, you likely don’t need an excuse to treat your four-legged friends to something special.

    But did you know that in the UK, 1 April to the 6 May 2019 is National Pet Month? This initiative is aimed at encouraging awareness around responsible pet ownership and making sure that pets up and down the country are treated in the best way possible.

    At Poundstretcher, we love pets and know how much joy and fun they can bring to your lives. This is why we are proud to offer the selection of products that make up The Pet Hut section of our store.

    So this National Pet Month, why not visit your nearest Poundstretcher store and pick up some great supplies for your favourite chums? Whether your pet is of the canine, feline or has feathers or makes cute little squeaky noises, we’re confident we can supply you with what you need to make them happy!

    Delight Your Dogs

    If you’re a dog owner, our range of dog supplies presents a host of great purchasing options. A perfect present is something from our selection of dog food and treats, and we have tasty items from the likes of Wiggles, Pedigree, Bakers, Butchers and more from as low as 69p. With dozens to pick from, don’t deprive your dog of something delicious!

    Does your dog perhaps need somewhere better to curl up for the night? If so, there’s no time like the present to treat them to a new dog bed.

    We also have bowls and dishes for you to buy, while our selection of toys and accessories for dogs are another great option to treat them with.

    Cool Gifts For Cats

    If you’re a cat owner, fear not! We have everything you could need to treat your feline friend this National Pet Month.

    Take a browse through our tasty treats for cats, with delightful products from Whiskas, Felix, Purrfections and more. Our cat food range is full of great bargains and deals, so don’t hesitate.

    You can also find a host of toys for cats, including cat scratchers, swat toys and scratching posts. We have a selection of cat beds and carriers, while you can also buy litterbox and cleanup items, as well as a host of accessories.

    For All Creatures Great & Small

    Our selection of items includes products for pets includes rabbit food, fish flakes, and guinea pig food – all of which fall into our small pet category.

    And if you love seeing feathered friends entering your garden, why not treat them to something nice? We have bird seed and feeders too, so don’t miss out.

    So this National Pet Month, be sure to head to your nearest Poundstretcher store and get hold of everything you need to treat your favourite animals.

    To find your local store, simply enter your postcode into our Store Finder tool and start planning your next trip.

    Also, why not share some adorable images of your pets with us on our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages!

  • Great Bird Products To Help Your Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

    Get yourself ready for this weekend, as it's finally the Big Garden Birdwatch! From Saturday 27th to Monday 29th it's all about counting and noting down the range of avian wildlife that's all around us. So, why not stock up on some last-minute bird supplies? Here're a few quick selections to really help enhance what you'll be able to see right in your back garden.


    Oakdale Filled Bird Feeder - £1.99

    One of the best ways to encourage more birds to venture into your garden is to use a bird feeder. With this already-filled Oakdale bird feeder, you can hit the ground running with attracting a wide variety of garden birds. It's easy to hang, clean, and refill, making it an ideal all-year feeder.

    We carry a range of feeders, from those shaped like teacups, metallic ones, and even a huge multi-feeder bird station!

    Tub of 50 Fatballs - £3.99

    To attract birds to your garden you'll need a supply of tasty treats for them to enjoy. We have loads of different types that birds just LOVE; one of which is this tub of 50 wild bird fatballs.  Suitable for year-round feeding, these balls contain an abundance of vitamins and nutrients that energieses wild birds to keep them active and healthy.

    If 50 is a little TOO much for you, then we also have this 6 pack of fatballs that would be perfect for the coming weekend.


    Mealworms 400g - £4.99

    Another great treat for garden birds would be this 400g tub of mealworms. A natural snack, these will help keep Britain's birds healthy throughout the winter due to being high in protein and healthy fats. You'll be able to give them the energy to keep flying strong so they can return to your place for another helping in the future.


    Wild Bird Seed 1kg - 69p

    Another food you can present to your fine feathered friends would be this 1kg bag of wild bird seeds! The sheer size is ideal to last a while so you can keep all the visiting birds to your garden well-fed. Use it to fill your bird feeder and let all manner of birds to flock!

    You'll be surprised how any one of these treats can help attract a greater variety of birds to your garden (and not just for the birdwatch)! You'll be able to admire so many more visiting finches, sparrows, pigeons, and so many more (depending on where you live) as they fuel-up with a passing snack in your garden!

    So, head on over to the RSPB website to hear more about the event, however, not before you check out Poundstretcher's Find-a-Store to see where your nearest store is located. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter channels for more news, competitions, and great offers!


  • How To Keep Pets Calm on Bonfire Night

    How To Keep Pets Calm on Bonfire Night

    Remember, remember the 5th of November! Bon fire night is coming!

    Yes it is that time of year again where everyone celebrates Guy Fawke’s foiled gun powder plot!

    You’re probably planning your own activities for the festivities like heading off to fireworks show to getting some sparklers out in the garden.

    However there’s one person in your family who hates Guy Fawkes Night:

    Your Pets.

    Animals have no idea about the historical significance of Bonfire Night so to them it’s a nightmare come true.

    The noise from fireworks can reach as far as 150 decibels which is as loud as a jet engine, for animals who have incredibly sensitive hearing this can cause them to think they’re about to be harmed by these unexplained explosions.

    As their humans it is our job to make sure that our furry BFFs are kept safe, secure, and most importantly calm through this stressful time.

    So how do we help our pets on the 5th November?

    Dog wrapped in green blanket

    For animals like dogs who have incredible hearing, Guy Fawkes Night is a nightmare come true.

    Signs of stress from your pet to look out for are panting, pacing, whining, drooling, and trying to hide. Cats have been known to try to escape the noise and hide outdoors while some pets run to their owners for help. Smaller pets will scurry to their bedding and their hearts will be thumping so hard that it could be fatal, especially if they live outdoors in runs and enclosures.

    For pet owners this is extremely distressing too so it’s important while following our tips that you keep your pets close to you during Bon Fire Night so they have that extra reassurance.

    Here are our top tips on keeping your pets calm on bonfire night:

    • Make sure to walk your dog before it gets dark as you’re both going to have to stay in when it’s dark enough for people to let their fireworks explode.
    • Keep your animals indoors. Make sure they've had enough time to go to the toilet outside or if possible, that they have a litter tray on stand by.
    • Some pets may mess themselves in the house from fear. It’s important to keep the newspaper and cleaning products on stand-by while remembering to not scold your pet for this involuntary behaviour.
    • If you own an outdoor rabbit or guinea pig, take their enclosure indoors. It’s just for a night or two until Bonfire Night dies down.

    black and white guinea pig being held

    • Choose somewhere in the house your pet enjoys and feel safe within to create a little doggy or kitty den with their favourite blankets, toys, and pet bed.
    • See if they want to play as a way of distracting them from the noise – NEVER force your dog to play if they are incredibly frightened. This is usually a little better for younger dogs so older dogs might be a bit grumpy if you start chucking the ball about.
    • Keep the treats and the meal they love on stand by – after all most pets are major foodies (just like their owners) so it’s always good to have their favourites on tap when they’re scared.
    • Stay Calm yourself – your dog isn’t going to feel reassured if you’re getting in to a kafuffle.
    • Have the TV or radio on for background noise – it can help your dog to tune out the chaos outside.
    • Give lots of cuddles. Get some blankets and cushions, wrap up in a hoody and give your pet lots of love.

    Woman lays next to dog

    Want to stock up on pet care essentials to prepare for November 5th? Visit Poundstretcher and Pet Hut online to find your nearest store and get your paws on your pet’s faves!

  • Is Your Pet Porky? We're Here To Help!

    Is Your Pet Porky? We're Here To Help!

    We all like to give our pets treats from time to time – especially when they do that face.

    The face every pet owner knows too well.

    Chihuahua looking hungrily at biscuits


    Sometimes though we need to limit the amount of treats we give our pets -  much to their disappointment!

    Today is Pet Obesity Awareness Day so there’s no time like the present than to talk about the health of your dog, cat, or small animal!

    There are 2 common problems that cat and dog owners struggle with while managing the weight of their pets.

    1. My cat steals food…

    Cat stealing ham from counter

    Cats are the most likely culprits to steal food, bringing a new meaning to cat burglar! From shopping bags, kitchen counters, and even the dinner table, nowhere is safe from your pet! Cat owners will be familiar with this problem!

    If your cat is stealing from another pet’s bowl, it may be time to separate them at meal times before it gets out of hand. Food related aggression is a big problem with pets eating in close proximity and usually the more dominant character will be the food stealer.

    Give the cat who is not stealing food a little more time with their bowl so they have a chance to eat before the kitty food thief returns for their own!

    Everyone knows that one cat that seems to convince every neighbour to give them some cat food by pretending they haven’t been fed! So it’s not surprising that so many moggies are getting a bit porky! Neighbours feeding cats can be a big problem, especially if your cat is elderly.

    We’ve all been conned by a cat who looks dishevelled and as if they’re in need of a good meal – when chances are they’ve been to four different houses after finishing their own dinner! If you’re concerned about neighbours giving food to your elderly fluffball, have a chat to them! Explain that although your cat is ‘mature’ and may look a bit rough around the edges, they’re enjoying their retirement.

    Although they probably can’t jump as high as they used to or reach that patch of fur to groom as easily, there really is no need to feel sorry for your cat as they have the street wrapped around their paws.

    1. My kids give our dog their food…

    Child eating biscuit while Dalmatian dog watches

    This is a huge problem for parents of young children and sadly can be incredibly dangerous for your pooch if your little one gives them a food that is poisonous for dogs!

    Grapes, chocolate, onions, and even raisins are all harmful to your barking BFF so if your little nippers end up giving in to your pooch’s pawing it could be disastrous for their health.

    Milk and dairy laden foods, avocado, onions, garlic and chive can cause tummy trouble while bones and corn on the cob are a choking hazard.

    Caffeine acts as a stimulant that can affect a dog’s heart but chocolate especially can be fatal for your dog.

    There is no antidote to the toxicity of this sweet treat so vets often have to make dogs vomit, put them on a drip, and provide medication to control heart rates and prevent seizures when treating dogs who have eaten chocolate.

    So it’s important to talk to older children about how important it is to not feed the dog their snacks, treats, and leftovers from meals.

    But what about the tots?

    Dogs are intelligent animals and unfortunately toddlers and young children who are still steadying their feet are just the right height for the dog to steal food from! If you have a baby gate, use this to your advantage. Make sure the little ones and the dog are separated whenever the kids enjoy a snack or meal. It may seem extreme but it’s only until the younger kids are old enough to understand.

    Dog looking over pet food biscuits

    Our partners at PDSA have an incredible campaign to help you get your pet in shape! The Pet Fit Club has helped some the country’s heavier dogs, cats, and small animals shift those pounds to keep healthy and happy. So why not visit their website and get some top tips on keeping your pet fit and fabulous?

    Want to stock up on pet food, beds, and toys? Find your nearest Poundstretcher and Pet Hut store to get your paws on big brand pet essentials at big discounts!

  • Help Poorly Pets With PDSA Vet Your Clothes!

    Help Poorly Pets With PDSA Vet Your Clothes!

    Ready for a between-the-seasons closet clear out?

    So are we!

    Which is why we’re excited to announce that we’re the exclusive partners for pet charity PDSA’s Vet Your Clothes campaign!!

    We’re so proud to be supporters of the PDSA, as a nation of animal lovers every year we spend more and more on helping our beloved pets live happy and healthy lives.

    What makes PDSA so special is that they’ve been caring for sick for almost 100 years.

    Every year they’ve helped a staggering 470,000 poorly pets in the UK with their 51 pet hospitals and 380 pet practises.

    Little girls with her pet chihuahua dog amongst folded clothes

    It’s easy to see why we’re barking over PDSA, especially when it’s so simple to do your bit to help them out.

    The Vet Your Clothes campaign is one of the many ways you can help PDSA - it’s the perfect excuse to prep your wardrobe to make some extra space for next season’s bargains.

    Cat looking angry in wardrobe with folded up clothes

    Simply head down to your local Poundstretcher and Pet Hut with your old clothes in a bag, head over to the till, and let one of our fabulous team members know that you’d like to donate.

    Team Poundstretcher will take it from there while you get to continue enjoying the bargain hunt!

    So what are you waiting for? Join the celebs like Alesha Dixon, Ricky Gervais, Brian Blessed, Martina Navratilova, and more by donating to PDSA’s Vet Your Clothes campaign!

    The vets at the PDSA meeting a huge St Bernard and a tiny mongrel dog

    Clearing your closet and donating to Vet Your Clothes? Snap your trip to your nearest Poundstretcher and Pet Hut with #vetyourclothes and we can share it on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages!

    Need to find your nearest store? Visit our website here!

    Clearing your closet and donating to Vet Your Clothes? Snap your trip to your nearest Pet Hut with #vetyourclothes and we can share it on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – make sure you tag PDSA on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram too!

    Need to find your nearest store donation drop off point? Visit our website here!

  • Your Guide To Kitten Care 101

    Your Guide To Kitten Care 101

    We all know that kittens are cute.

    Whether they’re a fluffy Persian or a hairless sphynx, the adorableness of a kitten is unrivalled.

    But how do you know a kitten is the right pet for you?

    Since we’re half way through ‘Adopt a Cat Month’, let’s give you the ultimate kitten care guide featuring the do’s, the don’ts, and the stuff that most people won’t tell you.

    1. Adopt, don’t shop.

    A ginger mama cat and her ginger kitten in blankets

    With the rise of the internet, a worrying amount of people are buying pets online without researching where they come from. Kittens are okay to leave mama cats from when they’re weaning at 8 – 10 weeks old. They need time with their siblings and mother to learn cat behaviour skills so any missed time with mum could result in long term problems for your kitten. Our friends at the PDSA recommend adopting a kitten from a shelter or buying from a friend or family member. Catteries check their kitten’s health and temperament to ensure that you get the best match for you while a friend/family member will be someone you trust who you know has looked after the kittens properly.  Surprisingly shelters have a high number of pedigree cat breeds, so if you’re looking for a specific breed, keep an eye out at your local cattery.

    1. Neuter your kitten.

    With so many kittens and cats in shelters needing a loving home, it’s vital we stop this overpopulation by neutering our pets. Cats can be neutered at 4 months old, it’s incredibly important that they’re recovered and healed before you let them outside. After all, do you really want an oops litter?

    1. You’ll envy their freedom to take long naps everywhere.

    A ginger kitten sleeping with his paws outstretched

    Cats sleep up to 16 hours a day so your kitten is going to be spending a lot of time in the land of nod. Some kittens will fall asleep on your knee for a cuddle. Be warned though: they will look as cute as a button so you’ll have permanent pins and needles because you don’t have the heart to move them. Kittens have a natural talent for sleeping in unusual places like the radiator, in the middle of the stairs, or on the kitchen counter. Just make sure you check the washing machine and bath before use otherwise kitty may have a rude awakening!

    1. But you also need to prepare for the crazy.

    Forget the crazy cat lady stereotype - cats are the real crazy ones! Your kitten will chase after non-existent objects, be fascinated with plastic carrier bags, hide behind steps to pounce on you, and generally exhibit baffling behaviour. Just think of this as entertainment that’s one of the perks of being a kitten owner.

    1. Keep up with vaccinations.

    It’s so important to vaccinate your kitten and keep up with their regular booster jabs. It’s good for your cat and your bank balance in the long run!

    1. Make some noise.

    A tabby cat yawning

    No, we don’t mean blast out the heavy metal for your kitten! One common mistake people make when they get a kitten is stopping all of life’s normal activities for fear of scaring their new addition. Get your cat used to everyday noises like the hoover, television, and the dishwasher instead of staying very quiet. For your kitten to grow up in to a well-adjusted cat, it’s vital that they socialise with the people coming and going from your home as well as getting used to life’s daily routines.

    1. Kittens need a lot of stuff.

    Even though cats have a reputation for being independent and aloof, kittens need a lot of  toys, accessories, and attention. Get your little fluffball toys that bring out their natural hunting instincts like fishing rod and ball toys. You’ll get to watch your kitten act like their ancestors and the difference is incredible. A choice of cat beds of varying textures is also great for when your kitten wants a well -earned snooze after all that playing and jumping.

    Make sure you have plenty of scratch posts that are sturdy enough for your cat to lean against to scratch their claws. If your scratch posts aren’t stable enough, you could end up with the common complaint amongst cat owners of their beloved pet sharpening their claws on the sofa!

    1. They’ll eat a lot…

    You’re already jealous of their nap opportunities so prepare to be green with envy because it’s recommended that kittens should eat 4 to 5 small meals a day! Kittens begin being weaned at approximately 8 weeks old when they can start to leave their mother. Cats are true carnivores so they must live on meat, a vegetarian diet would be incredibly dangerous for their wellbeing. When your kitten is 6 months old, it’s time to go to a standard two meals a day. Never feed them cow’s milk as this might give them a bit of tummy trouble, while treats should be monitored to avoid a podgy pussycat!

    1. You’ll be eager to let them outside…

    A tabby kitten looking longingly out of the windo

    Your kitten will reach the stage where they get cabin fever. They’ll look longingly out of the window while meowing and you’ll be counting down the days until their release. Kittens can explore the outside world after their first vaccinations are complete at 13 – 14 weeks old. It’s important that your cat is neutered and recovered from surgery before they start going out to ensure there aren’t any accidental pregnancies. Your kitten might feel excited, scared, or overwhelmed when exploring your back garden so it’s important to supervise them on their first outing. Make sure your garden is safe by covering ponds, checking for anything sharp, and avoid putting products on your lawn.

    1. But you’ll also worry about them going too far.

    Some cats don’t like to leave their territory, while others will venture far and wide. It can be scary for first time kitten owners when their beloved pet goes wandering away. Before you let your cat outside, get them microchipped and begin to practise recall with them indoors. Reward them with treats when they come back to you and repeat these steps on their first outing so they know it’s important to return when called. If you’re a nervous wreck at the thought of letting your cat outside, try calming your nerves by using a lead and harness on your kitten on their first outing? You’ll be able to supervise where your kitten goes, get them used to being in the garden, and if they’re rusty on their recall there’s little chance of them running off.

    A kitten holding a sign saying 'Adopt A Cat Month' in pink letters

    Want more pet tips? Visit our friends at the PDSA here.

    Fancy a chin wag? Tweet us, tag us on Instagram, and comment on our Facebook!

    Find your nearest Poundstretcher store here to get all your kitten care essentials from food, litter trays, toys, and more!

  • Top Tips For Travelling With Your Dog

    Top Tips For Travelling With Your Dog

    Summer holiday season is officially round the corner!

    You’re all set for travelling: the case is packed, the kids are covered in sunscreen, and your better half is trying to update the sat nav for the journey.

    Then you spot that face and those big eyes full of love.

    It’s never easy leaving your pet at home but it’s even worse when you know you have a week of sun, sea, and sand while they’re in kennels waiting for their human to come home.

    So why not take your critter with you? 
    A golden retriever dog wearing a hat while laying next to a suitcase

    Hundreds of Brits every year take their pets on holiday, with dogs being the most popular holiday companion of choice.

    If Fido doesn’t find the car scary, hasn’t been unwell recently, and is (relatively) well behaved then there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels and self-catering holiday cottages in the UK and abroad.

    It’s important to be sensible about your pet when you’re on holiday.
    A hipster woman takes photos of her holiday spot with her dog on an old vintage camera

    After all, if you’re going to somewhere like Disneyland, it’s probably not a good idea that your pooch comes with you just to be cooped up in a hotel room.

    If you’re going to be off on dog-free adventures all day, it’s much better to leave your dog with a friend or family member they trust.

    Pack all their essentials like their favourite toys and treats so they don’t get homesick.

    And if you’re worried about them missing you, sleep with a throw or blanket for a few days to give your dog so your scent can comfort them while you’re away.

    So you’ve got your dog friendly holiday destination sorted, what else do you need?
    A little girl is sat holding her dog's lead in the park

    Planning your journey is essential when travelling with your pet. It’s far easier to go exploring if you’ve got the kids and your dog too if you stay in the UK rather than go abroad.

    Which means chances are you’re likely to be driving.

    Remember to check the weather before you book and plan your journey. Cars become incredibly hot quickly which can cause heat stroke that could turn deadly for your dog, so pick a day with a fairly cool temperature to set off. Plan the quickest and safest journey where you can take regular breaks to stretch your beloved pup’s paws and give them the chance to respond to nature’s call.

    It’s so important to keep your dog safe while travelling in the car.
    Sable Cocker Spaniel puppies wearing tartan ribbons while peering out from their puppy crate

    Yours, your family’s and your dog’s safety can be at stake if your beloved woofer isn’t properly seated in the car. If you need to stop quickly to avoid an accident or if your dog decides to move in to the driver’s seat, your journey could prove to be fatal.

    A dog crate is a fantastic way to travel with your canine companion. If you’ve used a crate during puppy training then you’re off to a good start because your dog already feels safe inside it and knows that it is their space.

    Don’t worry if your pet is new to crates and do not feel bad about using one either!

    It’s natural to feel a bit guilty about crating your dog, however if you start off using it indoors as a safe space where your dog can relax then they actually enjoy being in their little den.

    In the months leading up to your holiday, put their favourite treats, cushion, and dog bed  inside to make your dog feel positive about the crate if it’s all new. They'll eventually view travelling in the car as relaxing and fun!

    If there’s too much hate for the crate, another alternative is a doggy safety harness. It acts as a seat belt to keep your pet from flinging forward in an accident and to stop them from escaping to the driver’s area.

    You’ve finally reached your destination after multiple toilet stops, u-turns, and arguments with the sat nav. So what else do you need to keep in mind?
    A family all dressed in white playing with their pet German Shepherd Alsatian dog on the beach

    Pay attention to signs in case they say any beaches or parks are dog-free zones and if there’s any dogs without a lead that are behaving badly.

    When you’re travelling and in a new place that you don’t know very well, you have to remember that this is not the same as walking your dog back home in their familiar territory.

    There may be people around who are frightened of dogs who might think that your dog’s happy barking and jumping about is actually a sign of aggression. Unless you’re in a dog park, keep your dog on the lead. Even the best behaved dogs struggle to contain their excitement sometimes and can get a bit hyper!

    Your dog will be massively overwhelmed by all the new sights and smells to experience when you're travelling, so it’s vital that you brush up on teaching them the basics of training like sit, stay, and recall to keep them from becoming uncontrollable while excited.

    But finally the most important tip we can give you is: Keep the water flowing to make sure your dog is hydrated throughout your trip.
    A majestic husky dog drinking water that's being poured from a bottle in to someone's hands

    A travel bowl and a water bottle will let you keep the liquids up but also remember to keep an eye on temperatures if you’re out and about. Dogs should always have access to a shaded area where they can have a break from playing Frisbee and exploring.

    Have fun, be safe, and enjoy your amazing holiday adventures!

    For more pet tips, visit our friends at the PDSA for more here.

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    Find your nearest Poundstretcher and Pet Hut here to get incredible offers on all your pet essentials.

  • What’s New Pussycat? It’s Adopt A Cat Month!

    What’s New Pussycat? It’s Adopt A Cat Month!

    From our partnership with the PDSA and our fab Pet Hut stores, it’s easy to see that Team Poundstretcher loves animals.

    So we thought we’d focus on our fave felines this month because June is ‘Adopt A Cat’ month!

    Infamous for being solitary, aloof, and generally treating us humans as if we are their personal servants, you’d be forgiven for mistakenly  thinking these fluff balls are not a companion animal.
    A cat enjoying breakfast in bed


    Maybe this stereotype has some truth.

    But they’ll also sit on your knee, nudge your hand for scritches, defy gravity when they play with you, and look at you with those giant cat eyes full of love.

    Not bad for an animal whose favourite hobbies include vengefully eating grass to throw up later, convincing you to feed them every 2 hours, and silently judging you.

    So what do you need to know if you’re adopting a cat?

    Cats should be adopted as the only kitty on campus, unless the other cat is a litter mate they've grown up with. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule sometimes but generally cats like their own company better. Sometimes they get along with dogs and other times they hate them, it really depends on the cat you’ve picked to adopt.

    I already have a cat but want to adopt another one, should I?
    An older cat meeting a kitten and sniffing their face to say hello

    There’s a lot to consider with introducing cats for the first time. Older cats generally accept kittens easier than adult cats but be aware that your kitty might get a bit too much for your older puss to deal with. After all, they’re coping with a new feline face in your humble abode that’s got twice as much energy! Talk to your local animal shelter about it to see if they can suggest the right cat for you. Make sure both cats have separate beds, toys, and a space to chill out away from one another.

    I adopted 2 kittens from the same litter… but they look nothing alike. Have I been given the wrong cat?

    No you don’t need to be calling The Jeremy Kyle Show for a DNA test! Prepare to have your mind blown: cats from the same litter can have completely different fathers. Cat’s eggs can be fertilised separately by different males as well as all by the same male cat. So your cats could appear different because they may actually be half siblings!

    Do they really sleep a lot?

    A cute kitten sleeping

    Prepare to be jealous of your cat because they can sleep between 12 to 16 hours a day on average!

    Do cats need litter trays?

    Cats can be trained to go outside when nature calls so it’s always handy to have a kitty flap so they can come and go. However if your landlord will not allow you to have a cat flap, don’t worry because there’s always a litter tray just in case  your cat doesn’t let you know when they want to go outside. As long as you have ultra-absorbent kitty litter and clean the tray twice a day then there’s no danger of any cat-astrophic smells filling your house.

    Are cats really scared of dogs?
    A St Bernard dog hugging two grey kittens

    Some cats are. It depends on the individual, if you already have a dog it will be wise to chat to your local animal shelter about whether one of their cats is able to live with pet dogs and what their personality is like. If a kitten is raised with a dog though, they’re more likely to not be afraid.

    Can cats live with babies?
    A mother introducing her baby to a ginger kitten

    There are many common fears about cats and babies that are blown out of proportion. The most common myth people talk about is whether their cat will harm their baby by thinking the cries are the sound of another cat or even laying on them. A lot of these fears come from folklore that cats are evil – in reality cats love warm cosy blankets and sometimes cuddling up to their owners as if they’re a human radiator! Be sensible but do not panic, just make baby’s bedroom off limits for your critter during nap time if you become too anxious about it. With any pet it is important to supervise your child while they interact. We’ve all been the victim of a young toddler’s curious drool drenched grabby hands, so imagine what it’s like for your feline friend who doesn't understand what’s happening!

    Is it dangerous to be near a cat while pregnant?

    No, cats are not dangerous to be around pregnant women. This stigma comes from a large amount of moral panic about cats and toxoplasmosis. It’s a parasite that can potentially be passed on to mum and baby if they’re cleaning a litter tray regularly. It’s transmitted to cats if they’re eating a bird infected with the parasite. Surprisingly it is easier for toxoplasmosis to be picked up by humans from meat and even soil when you’re doing a bit of gardening. It’s really rare with house cats but just in case you’re worried, simply use disposable gloves and wash your hands with anti-bacterial hand wash after cleaning the tray.

    Do cats play?
    A small kitten on a scratch post cat toy

    Cats really enjoy playing! Toys that bring out their hunter gatherer instincts like balls with bells inside they can chase and kitty fishing rod toys make cats go crazy! When you play with your cat you see them in a new light because they behave how their feral ancestors did. It’s amazing to watch these little weirdos get in touch with their instincts!

    Want to find cheap pet supplies ready for your new furry friend? Visit The Pet Hut website and Poundstretcher online to find your nearest stores!

    Still stuck about whether to adopt a cat? The PDSA has some fantastic advice on their homepage.

    Follow Poundstretcher on Facebook and Twitter for the latest budget buys. Also why not check out The Pet Hut on Facebook and Twitter for news on offers, products, and adorable animal pics!

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