Dear Vicki, My young cat Charlie keeps weeing on the floor. What can I do to stop her doing this? There could be a medical cause for unusual urination, such as a urinary infection or it could be due to stress. Changing the type of litter you use can also cause cats to start urinating away from their tray. I’d advise taking him to your vet to get him checked out for any possible medical causes. If he gets a clean bill of health, then you can discuss his behaviour with your vet to determine the cause. Dear Vicki, My dog Reuben has a pet passport and I’ll be taking him to France for our summer holidays. Does he need vaccinations before we go? Firstly, it’s important to consider whether travelling abroad is the best thing for Reuben. Some pets can find long journeys stressful and sudden changes in the temperature can be difficult for some pets. Arranging for Reuben to stay in kennels or with a friend could be a better option. However, if he loves an adventure and will enjoy the holiday here is the information you need. Dogs, cats and ferrets travelling under the Pet Travel Scheme must be microchipped and have a rabies vaccination at least 21 days before travelling. It’s also recommended that you take a visit to your vets at least three weeks before you travel as they can advise you on any relevant preventative medication that’s required for travelling to your destination. Before you return to the UK, Rueben must be treated for tapeworm by a vet and have his passport signed.
For further information on taking your pet abroad, visit: www.gov.uk/ take-pet-abroad