Can my ragamuffin be a therapy cat?

My one-year-old Ragamuffin has a very good temperament and is very tame, even with children and strangers. I’d love for him to be a therapy cat, but I wonder if he needs to be certified before we start. How can I make it happen?

Transitioning your tabby to a new home

Q: My family will be moving into our new flat next year. However, we are concerned about how our mixed breed tabby will adapt to the new environment. What are some things we can do to make this transition easier?

Eliminating at the wrong place

Q: My five-year-old Corgi recently started to poo and pee away from his designated toilet area. For the past few years, he has not had an issue with peeing in his tray and pooping at the designated spot on our balcony. However, lately, he has been doing his business in our living room while we are fast asleep or not at home. He'd give a guilty look when we berate him upon seeing the mess. When there are people at home during the day (usually my mum most of the time), he will return to his tray.

Grooming a mongrel

Q: My family recently adopted a shorthaired Singapore Special. Can you provide me with some tips on how to groom him and what to look out for?

Drooling cat

Q: I have a five-year-old cat. Recently, she started drooling while playing and sleeping. Why is this happening and how can I stop it?

Feather plucking

Q: My five-year-old African Grey started plucking his feathers recently. It has resulted to a bald patch on his chest. What should I do?

My puppy is not putting on weight

Q: I brought home a female mongrel puppy a few months ago. Despite feeding her puppy kibbles twice a day, she is still very skinny and does not appear to have gained any weight. What can I do to help her?

Managing fido’s dental health

Q: I just adopted a seven-year-old Shetland Sheepdog. As his previous owner did not bother to manage his dental health, he has bad breath, horrible plaque and tartar buildup on the surfaces of his teeth. What can I do to improve his condition?

Acupuncture for pets?

Q: I am keen to try acupuncture for my pet. When should I explore this treatment option?

Black spot on kitty’s tongue

Q: While feeding my eight-year-old orange tabby cat, I noticed a black spot on his tongue that was not there previously. Is this something that I should be concerned about?

Shaving off a matted coat

Q: I sent my seven-year-old Shih Tzu for a groom recently and was told that her fur was heavily matted. As a result, she had to be shaved down. Why can’t the groomer just brush the tangles out?

My toy poodle suffers from luxating patella

Q: My nine-month-old Toy Poodle was recently diagnosed with grade one luxating patella on her left hind knee. There wasn’t much the vet could do except to prescribe some supplements. However, I am concerned that the condition might deteriorate over time as she is relatively young and extremely hyper. What are some of the holistic treatments I can explore to prevent her condition from worsening?

Itchy dog

Q: My six-year-old Shih Tzu cross has been experiencing serious skin problems for the past nine months. We have visited several vets but his condition has yet to improve. While he does not lick or scratch when he is out on walks, he does so relentlessly at home. Could his condition be due to boredom or is it medically related?

Puss keeps bringing me her dead prey!

Q: I am terrified of lizards but my three-year-old female Calico cat brings me dead ones and it is freaking me out. What can I do to stop her behaviour?