Search for the cutest pet

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE | COMMUNITY -

IN SEARCH of Aus­tralia’s cutest pets, Pet­barn is call­ing on Ma­roochy and Kawana pet own­ers to en­ter their fur-ba­bies in the Puppy and Kit­ten of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

Tak­ing place for the sec­ond year run­ning, Pet­barn launched the com­pe­ti­tion to find the coun­try’s most adorable four-legged friends and to help new pet own­ers cel­e­brate the achieve­ment of rais­ing a healthy puppy and kit­ten with their on­line com­mu­nity.

Aus­tralians are avid pet lovers with 62 per­cent of house­holds own­ing a pet. Pet­barn Kawana Wa­ters Store man­ager Sue Thure­son knows how much Ma­roochy and Kawana lo­cals love their pets and how im­por­tant it is to give new pup­pies and kit­tens the best pos­si­ble start in life.

“At this early stage of a pet’s life, it’s cru­cial that pet par­ents seek an ex­pert opin­ion to ad­vise how they can best give young an­i­mals a happy and healthy start with their new fam­ily,” Ms Thure­son said.

“At Pet­barn Ma­roochy and Kawana, our team can pro­vide sup­port for new puppy and kit­ten own­ers by of­fer­ing ad­vice on nu­tri­tion and teach­ing lo­cals about pet safety, such as how to puppy proof the home,” she said.

Re­gional Di­rec­tor of Green­cross Kawana Wa­ters Veron­ica Mon­aghan un­der­stands bring­ing a new pet into the fam­ily can raise some ques­tions or con­cerns for own­ers.

“Our team at Green­cross Vets Kawana Wa­ters are al­ways on hand for any ques­tions you may have, as we want to en­sure your pet starts life with their best paw for­ward.

“Adopt­ing a puppy or kit­ten is like bring­ing a new mem­ber into the fam­ily, and just like the rest of the fam­ily, you want to en­sure they are al­ways healthy, safe and happy, so don’t for­get that we’re al­ways here to help,” Ms Mon­aghan says.

“Rais­ing a young pet is not al­ways easy, but set­ting up the cor­rect foun­da­tions for their life is key.

“Giv­ing your new pet proper train­ing, feed­ing them the right nu­tri­tion and giv­ing them the care they need dur­ing the first 18-months will re­sult in a well-be­haved cat or dog for years to come,” she said.

Puppy and kit­ten own­ers can nom­i­nate their pet for Pet­barn’s Puppy and Kit­ten of the Year com­pe­ti­tion from Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1, un­til Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26, and dur­ing this time, the com­mu­nity will also have the op­por­tu­nity to vote for their favourite en­try on­line via www.pet­barn.com.au/ puppy-kit­ten.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FUR BABY: The search is on for the cutest puppy and kit­ten.

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