Pet Supplies

  • 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!

     

  • It's Love Your Pet Day!

    It's Love Your Pet Day!

    If you’ve got a four legged furry friend, and you can’t get enough of showing them love, then you’ll be glad to know that on Monday the 20th of February, it just so happens to be love your pet day!

    Mother’s day can move over, father’s day can take a back seat, Valentine’s Day? What’s that? ‘Cause the only day we care about that’s dedicated to celebrating a loved one, is love your pet day!

    Every pet owner knows that the love we have for your animals is rivaled by none. They brighten our worlds, they lighten our lives, they love us unconditionally, and in return we feed them and hope they understand how much they mean to us.

    Sure we sometimes tell them off or shout at them, but we pay for these crimes with that look they give us when we do it.

    While we can never truly explain to them how much they make our lives better, we can shower them with gifts and hope they get the idea! So no matter if you’ve got a dashing doggo, or a cuddly kitty, we’ve got what you need to make Love Your Pet Day one they’ll never forget!

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    Dogs

    What would we do without man’s best friend, ey? With the wag of their tails, and those big love-filled eyes. Not to mention the sheer excitement on their little faces every time they see us/ something shiny/ a squirrel – who couldn’t love dogs? Well if your gifting ideas are clouded by your adoration for your canine pal, then worry not as we’ve got loads of great gifts to choose from in our dog supply section!

    Tasty Treats

    Pamper your pooch with loads of tasty treats on their special day of appreciation! Why not pick up a few bags of Good Boy chewy meaty twisters or some ridiculously tasty Jumbone beef dog treats! Packed full of succulent meat and loaded with vitamins and minerals, you can give your dog a delicious treat AND keep your playful pal happy and healthy!

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    And if you want to push the boat out and really indulge your dog, then we suggest grabbing a bag of our delectable duck sausages! Jam packed with a delicious duck filling, your dog will definitely feel the love thanks to these special (occasional!) treats.

    Toys

    There’s nothing better in this world than seeing how happy you make your dog, and we all know that the best way to do that is with loads of terrific toys!

    Pack way more fun into playtime with your pooch, with some of our great dog toys! Watch them go wild over this crazy rubber pet toy, and make fetch way more fun with this fantastic sounding pet ball! But if you want to take a more tender approach to the day, you can always pick up one of our adorable plush monkeys – after all, they are your baby!

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    Rest and Relaxation

    Thanks to our extensive selection of pet products, the pampering doesn’t have to stop when it’s time to turn in! If you’ve tuckered out your precious pooch after a day full of excitement, then send them off to sleep in one of our luxurious pet beds! Whether you’re a fan of the traditional style plush pet beds, the practical mattress designs, or you’re more into the glamourous contemporary styles, we’re pretty sure we’ll have just what you need to prove your love for your pooch!

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    Cats

    While we all adore a cute little kitty, it’s fair to say that gaining a cat’s affection is significantly harder than getting a dog’s. While our poochy pals will freely throw their love at us, we have to really work to get into a cat’s good books. But thanks to our extensive collection of cat supplies, we’ve made it so much easier to win them over!

    Tasty Treats

    Although your cat doesn’t get quite as excited as dogs do about food, they still love a good treat! Spoil your little darling with some Dreamies cat treats, coming in tasty chicken or scrumptious salmon!

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    Toys  

    While you’re feline friend may not be as hyperactive as your pooch, that doesn’t mean they don’t love to play! We suggest getting over to Poundstretcher to pick up one of our amazing play cubes and cat tunnels, to give them countless hours of fun!

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    And if your cat is crazy about keeping their claws perfectly sharp, why not invest in one of our great scratching posts or cat trees – letting them scratch and claw to their hearts content without the worry of being told off!

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    Rest and Relaxation

    We all know that every cat’s favourite past time is snooze. Whether it’s on the floor in front of the fire, or directly on top on something incredibly important – your cat really isn’t fussy. So why not make them that little bit more comfortable with one of our cute cat igloos? Perfectly plush and soft to the touch, you cat will feel like the royalty it already thinks it is, thanks to its purrfect new bed!

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    And if your feisty friend is a fan of snoozing on your radiator (most likely on top of the clothes you’ve just hung out to dry) then our amazing radiator bed is the perfect purchase for you!  Now your cat can be free to doze off in their favourite place, without the worry of being scolded just for getting comfy!

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    Smaller Animals

    For those of you who’ve got a smaller furry friend, you’ll be happy to know that we also cater to them too! Take a look at our small animal supplies to get few ideas about how to spoil your petite pets, including our range of tasty treats, and bouncy bedding!

    So if you’re ready to celebrate and show your pet some love, get yourself down to your local Poundstretcher or your nearest Pet Hut to pick up some supplies today!

  • 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.

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    • 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.

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    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!

  • Dogs Vs Cats: Which Would You Choose?

    Dogs Vs Cats: Which Would You Choose?

    Which do you prefer: cats or dogs?

    We've all had that question about whether we're a 'dog person' or a 'cat person'.

    And every time we're asked, we can never find the right answer!

    So we thought we'd post the ultimate 'Dogs Vs Cats' showdown to figure out who is the cat's pyjamas and which will be the top dog!

    A colourful infograph called Dogs vs Cats with interesting facts and colourful pictures

    So who wins in our Dogs vs Cats face off?! Keep a look out for part 2 on our Facebook page soon!

    Why not tag us on Twitter and let us know whether you prefer cats or dogs? Or maybe you want to share a cute cat or delightful dog story with us? Tag us on Instagram with your funny pet stories and we'll share the best!

  • 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!

  • Poundstretcher Arrives In Aylesford!

    Poundstretcher Arrives In Aylesford!

    The red carpet was rolled out for us in Aylesford!

    It was wonderful to meet our local customers who came out in force with their families and friends to shop for some value bargains.

    We have new stores popping up nationwide to bring you all our fantastic offers.

    So we thought we’d show you what to expect from a Poundstretcher grand opening!

    Our NEW #Aylesford store is now OPEN!! #Poundstretcher #Saturyay

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    Our Aylesford store celebrations kicked off early in the morning with the first 100 customers in line receiving £5 off their first Poundstretcher purchase.

    There was quite a buzz in the air as people waited outside after spotting our online event page and hearing our adverts on the radio!

    The mayor arrived for a ribbon cutting ceremony in his ceremonial bling to officially announce that the store was open.

    He had a lot of kind words to say, which you can hear on our fabulous Instagram account.

    The mayor of Maidstone has officially opened our brand new #Aylesford store!! #Poundstretcher

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    There was plenty of fun for kids with free face painting by Aylesford resident and professional artist Charlotte Savage.

    Face painter Charlotte Savage at our Aylesford store

     

    She painted adorable designs like Hello Kitty, butterflies, floral designs, spiderman, and many more for FREE all day!

    Even Team Poundstretcher got involved and enjoyed a bit of glitter with matching flower designs while giving out party balloons!

    Two little girls in our Aylesford store with their faces painted

    Our best-selling magnetic fishing game proved to be a big hit with the little ones as they played to WIN fantastic prizes from our selection of kids’ toys.

    From colouring books and sweets to Star Wars activity sets and Disney’s Frozen lunch boxes, there was a prize for everyone to pick!

    Don’t worry, we didn’t leave out the grown-ups!

    We had a special tombola game where if you picked a winning ball out of our jar, a mystery prize would reveal itself!

    We loved seeing your faces light up when you were WINNING your Coffee Tables, Mason jars, Bistro Sets, and more.

    Some lucky Aylesford customers managed to WIN one of our biggest sellers and store favourite, the Jack & Jill Bench Set!!

    Our lucky winners from Aylesford

    A family winning a Jack & Jill Bench Set at our Aylesford store opening

    We love making a fuss of you all by giving you incredible value for money with our big brands at big discounts with bargain deals on all of your kitchen, home, food, and garden essentials.

    If you want to visit one of our fabulous store opening events, keep an eye out on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

    We always post an event online to tell everyone about the dates we’ll be arriving in a town near you!

    Find your nearest Poundstretcher stores on our website here.

    Good luck to our Aylesford staff, welcome to the Poundstretcher family!

  • 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.

    Want to have natter with us? Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to have a chinwag!

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

  • Tips To Keep Your Pets Cool For The Summer

    Tips To Keep Your Pets Cool For The Summer

    Feeling hot, hot, hot? Then it’s likely your pets are too!

    Animals are just as at risk from developing heat stroke as we are. Every year thousands of pets suffer from the ill-effects of warm weather.

    So we thought we’d share some hacks to keep your critters cool for the Summer!

    1. DON’T leave your pet in a hot car. 

    Three Shar Pei dogs with their heads hanging out the car window

    Cars can reach high temperatures very quickly, like an oven the heat accumulates inside. If the temperature outdoors is 22 degrees Celsius, your car’s temperature can soar to double that or more. Dogs are especially at risk because some people still think their furry friend will stay cool with the window open. Sadly it is estimated that thousands of dogs die in hot cars each year. If you see a dog struggling while left on a warm day inside a vehicle, do not be afraid to ask a store assistant to make an announcement on the tanoy or even call the police. You might save a beloved pet’s life one day.

    1. CHECK the floor temperature with your feet.

    If the pavement is too hot for your bare feet then it’s way too warm for your pets’ paws. There has been a rise in cases of mostly dogs – and a few cats – getting their paws burned purely from going for a walk or playing in the garden on a hot day. Try to keep pets indoors near a fan or in an air conditioned room when the day is a melter. If your pet is desperate to go outside, try to keep them on the grass or in a shaded area when the sun has gone in a bit. Make sure they don’t stay out for too long and keep an eye out for when they want to return indoors.

    1. For SMALL ANIMALS put a cold tile inside their home.

    Five guinea pigs sitting in a row

    By placing a small tile inside your critter’s cage, you’ll keep these cuties cooler in the heat. Unlike cats and dogs who have the option of sleeping on the cold tiles in the kitchen, small pets find it incredibly difficult to keep cool in the warmer weather. They can’t open their cage door to get out and thanks to their fluffy coat and wool bedding they’re permanently set for Winter weather. If they ignore the tile or are fearful of it, try putting it under their main little house to help your pet realise it’s not scary.

    1. Keep a fan nearby.

    For our pets it’s a gigantic wind machine, but to us it’s just a fan. Open the windows to let the air circulate and keep the fan on to make the room even cooler. It’s perfect for dogs, cats, and small animals that have to put up with this weather in their fur coats.

    1. Let your pooch paddle! 

    A long haired dog enjoys cooling in down in a blue paddling pool

    Paddling pools are not only perfect for your little ones during a heat wave but pets too! They’re brilliant for keeping the kids entertained as well as your dog. Dogs are brilliant swimmers and love water but if your canine is a little timid, take baby steps to make them feel safe. Positive association is key so make sure to have lots of treats on hand. It’s important to always make sure your children and pets are supervised when using the paddling pool.

    1. Make an ice pack RETREAT for your cat.

    Using frozen peas or ice cubes wrapped up in a towel, you can turn your cat’s bed in to cooling relaxing retreat. Put the wrapped up ice inside a cushion in a shaded part of the room with the fan on. To make it even snugger, put the cushion inside a cat cube so the thin walls and roof act as shelter from sun rays that will keep their body covered. Even pets can get sun burn so it’s important to keep an eye on kitty for signs of heat stroke, especially if you own a hairless or fluffy breed.

    1. CHECK your reptile’s thermometer.

    A young boy smiling and feeding his pet Iguana some kale

    Although they’re mostly cold blooded, owners of exotic pets like reptiles and snakes must keep their temperatures regulated throughout the changing seasons. Make sure you check the thermometer and monitor any changes or drops in the heat. Avoid placing their terrarium in direct sunlight or warm rooms. If your scaly pet BFF needs a hot climate, then they will love this heat! Just switch off their tank heater for a few hours while carefully monitoring the temperature, after all you don’t want your buddy to overheat either!

    1. Let your RATS go pea diving.

    This tip may just be relegated to pet rats but it is an ingenious idea! Simply fill a paint tray with mid temperature water to create a mini pool with a shallow and deep end. Cook some peas and when they’re cool, place them inside the water-filled tray. Release your ratties and marvel at their incredible diving and swimming skills to fish out those peas! It’ll cool them down, give them exercise and a lovely healthy treat!

    1. Dog owners can make Pup-sicles! 

    Four pink bone shaped ice lollies for pet dogs to stay cool

    No we’re not going crazy, this is really a thing people! If you don’t want to be holding the lolly stick for your dog then it might be better to use an ice cube tray to keep this treat smaller. You can use fruits and veggies like peas, sweet potato, carrots, or tomatoes, blended together to pour inside your moulds for a healthy lolly. Top up their protein with chicken or beef broth lollies or tuna in brine for a low fat meat feast. Instead of water, use the brine from inside the can of tuna as your lollies’ bases and only add water if it’s needed to make a larger pupsicle. If you have a blender or food processor you can always use that instead of having a transparent effect ice treat!

    1. Keep the WATER topped up.

    A young Jack Russell puppy drinking water from his owner's hand

    And finally the best advice we can give to you is to keep your pets hydrated!! Ensure your pets' water bowl and your cup is topped up with refreshing water!

    Want to know more about caring for your pets? Our friends at The PDSA have a fantastic website here.

    Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages now and let us know all about your Summer plans with your pets!

    Want to bag a bargain? You can find your nearest Poundstretcher here.

  • 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.

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