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5 Of The Most Affectionate Cat Breeds

posted by The Daily Fluff March 14, 2017 0 comments

There are moments in life when all you need is a good cuddle from your cat. Giving your kitty a good scratch behind the ears and receiving a loving purr in return is the best feeling in the world. While all cats like a good pat, there are some breeds that will be more affectionate in return.

Here is our list of the most warm and loving cat breeds:

  1. Ragdoll:

Like their namesake, Ragdolls are relaxed and love to be held in your arms. They are known to be the most calm and laidback of the domestic cat breeds. Ragdolls will easily get along with everyone; adults, kids and even other cats. Their favourite thing to do is to jump on your lap and meow to tell you how much they love you. You’ll need to make sure you have the couch prepped to sit in all day!

  1. Scottish Fold:

Sweet and gentle, Scottish Folds are not only incredibly cute, but they’re also very doting on their owners. They want nothing more than your attention, and they’ll make sure that you know it. Scottish Folds won’t let you out of their sight, but they won’t pester you either. You’ll never be able to get sick of their adorable, folded ears.

  1. Tonkinese:

Tonkinese cats will very quickly become your new best friend. They are known to be very social, which means that they have a very happy, friendly, generous and outgoing personality. Tonkineses are both active and relaxed, which will suit you for whatever mood you’re in. No matter what, they will always bring a smile to your face.

  1. Siamese:

If you thought you loved the spotlight, you haven’t met a Siamese cat! Siamese cats are cute little attention seekers and are not ashamed of it. They are very high maintenance, which is expressed by their loud and outgoing personalities. But it is only because they see you as their family, and nobody loves you more than family!

  1. Sphynx:

This might seem like an odd choice, but despite their hairless appearance (and because of it), Sphynx cats may be the most loving of them all. They are very warm to touch, and your pats are very well received with a loud and grateful purr. Because of their hairless body, Sphynx cats also require lots of warmth. They will greatly appreciate a good cuddle on your lap or under your blankets!

No matter what breed you choose, your kitty is guaranteed to shower you with lots and love and attention. It will be impossible for you to return their affections!

Which cat breeds do you find affectionate? Comment below and let us know!sd

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The Best Cat Instagrams to Follow

posted by The Daily Fluff January 13, 2017 0 comments

If you’re not sure where to get your fill of awesome cats on instagram we have a few suggestions for you. Here are some of the most recognisable, adorable and hilarious cats that you need on your feed.

Maru and Hana

Instagram name: @maruhanamogu

From Japan, Maru become well known as ‘the box cat Maru’ and things got cuter as the owner adopted Hana. It’s just a wholesome instagram about two best friends who love boxes.

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Princess Monster Truck

Instagram name: @PrincessMonsterTruck

This cutie, a rescue cat from New York, reminds us that every cat deserves a home.  Princess Monster Truck is named after her unforgettable underbite caused by inbreeding.

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Hamilton the hipster cat

Instagram name: @hamilton_the_hipster_cat

This fluffy little guy from San Francisco was once a feral cat and now loves cuddles more than anything. His rise in popularity came from his iconic and downright adorable moustache.

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Sam Has Eyebrows

Instagram name: @samhaseyebrows

Sam is the most concerned looking cat you will ever see. Another rescue cat based in New York, Sam has two black lines that look remarkably like eyebrows. It is glorious.

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Lil Bub

Instagram name: @iamlilbub

Bub is from Indiana US and was born with multiple genetic abnormalities that make her a special needs cat. This celebrity cat even has her own documentary Lil Bub & Friendz.

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Instagram name: @snoopybabe

Snoopy is from China and is also affectionately known as ‘pie face’ by his owner. This exotic shorthair started out as a show cat but found a larger audience on Instagram.

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What are some of your favourite cat Instagrams? Comment and let us know below!

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New Year fireworks: tips for keeping your pets calm and areas to avoid

posted by The Daily Fluff December 28, 2016 0 comments

Although New Years is celebrated worldwide, it can be quite the opposite affair for animals, with the loud parties, large groups and fireworks increasing levels of anxiety in certain pets. Although every animal can react differently, there are a few characteristics that can be quite common in anxious pets. These may include dogs barking, pacing, shaking and even chewing (or destroying) whatever is close to them.

To help ensure your pet doesn’t act out and is as safe, calm and as happy as possible, we have compiled a list of advice to implement over the New Year period.

What to do:

  • Don’t yell at your pet. If your pet is scared of fireworks, they will naturally come to you for help. By scolding at them for barking, jumping or chewing you can make them even more stressed and anxious.
  • Give them affection, but don’t overdo it. Pat them to keep them calm and treat them as you usually do, as too much attention may result in them thinking there really is something to be afraid of.
  • Put on some music or television that they are used to, to help calm them and cover up the other noises. Be sure there is nothing loud or scary on TV!
  • Bring them inside if possible and close the curtains to block out any visuals or frantic glances.
  • Take your dog for a walk, your horse for a ride or play with your cat during the day, so they are tired at night time and ready for a big sleep!
  • Give them a treat that may take a while to eat and some chew toys. This could include bones and Kong toys filled with treats.
  • In the weeks prior (or even begin months before in future years), play audio of fireworks your pet becomes used to the sounds and understand they are not a threat.
  • Ensure all your fences and gates are secure, as the ‘flight’ response may kick in when they are afraid. Also ensure they have an up to date tag on their collar and microchip just in case.
  • Make sure your pet has somewhere to hide, whether it is a kennel, blanket, small room or under a table.
  • If possible, having someone home with them will make them much calmer! Find out if any loved ones are looking for a relaxing night in if you’re unable to be home.
  • Buy a thunder jacket for your dog. They can be very calming!


Where to avoid taking your pet after dark:
Never take your pet to a firework display, even if you think they will be fine. If you’re unsure on where firework displays will be taking place, here are a few key areas that you should avoid taking your pet:

  • Large ovals
  • Beaches/lakes
  • Showgrounds
  • City and surrounds

Click here to see a list of large Melbourne events, or contact your local council for more details on what is happening in your local area.

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“Oh no!” A Collection of Stories From Embarrassed Pet Owners

posted by The Daily Fluff December 16, 2016 0 comments

Cats and dogs aren’t the most elegant of creatures, and this results in moments where pet owners stop and think, “what ARE you doing?!” For those of you with stories that you love—or hate—to share with others, don’t worry, you’re not alone! The funny, the embarrassing and the just plain gross… read the stories below that will have you cringing, laughing and pointing fingers at your own oh so similar pet.

SMELL MY BREATH – A STORY FROM BENTLEY THE NEW FOUNDLAND:

“Sometimes when I’m feeling a little cheeky, I like to find Mum or Dad and pretend I’m about to give them a big kiss and cuddle… and, as I’m face to face with them, I let out a huge burp! Yep that’s right, I can burp louder than most humans! Safe to say Mum and Dad are not impressed by it!”

CODE RED – A STORY FROM SHERMAN THE GOLDEN & DIESEL THE BLACK LAB

“I know this looks bad Mum, but it was a code red emergency. Diesel’s ball was stuck under the couch
and you were out. We had to take matters into our own paws; just consider over turning the couch and shredding its base collateral damage. At least we got the ball..”

IS THIS FOOD? – A STORY FROM BIGGIE SMALLS THE MINIATURE DASCHUND

“I really enjoy eating number twos. Sometimes I sit behind other dogs and wait – it’s like a buffet restaurant! For some reason my parents always leave the dog park with a red face!”

OOPS, THAT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN – A STORY FROM BENTLEY THE NEW FOUNDLAND

“I’m not sure how I learnt this or where I picked up the habit from, but when I lift my leg to do number ones, sometimes number twos come out whilst my leg is cocked! Mum always laughs at me and I don’t get why!”

LET ME IN – A STORY FROM FREDDIE MERCURY THE BRITISH SHORTHAIR CAT

“There is nothing I hate more than missing out on the action. So, when the humans try to lock me in the living room every night, I’m determined to escape and wake them up by loudly meowing in their sleeping faces. Once, in an effort to keep me out of the bedroom, the humans started barricading the door with cases of wine (they drink far too much). However, they underestimated my strength, and I managed to move two cases of wine all on my own! The look on their faces was priceless… don’t mess with Freddie!” 😼

CAN’T LOOK YOU IN THE EYE AGAIN, DAD – A STORY FROM SPENCER THE CHOW

“Not long ago, Dad came home after staying at a friend’s place for the night. I ran to him and started to hump him. At this point, Dad didn’t know whether to laugh or cry!”
What embarrassing or funny stories do you have of your pet? Share your story in the comments below!

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7 Simple Toys We Guarantee Your Fussy Cat Will Love

posted by The Daily Fluff December 16, 2016 0 comments

Cat owners; a common term used to refer to the human slaves that live to please, serve and give gifts to cats.

However, these cat recipients are often displeased with these gifts, and opt for the items that aren’t toys, shouldn’t be toys and probably never will be advertised as toys.

So in order to save money and stop wasting your time browsing pet stores looking for the perfect cat toy that doesn’t exist, we have compiled a list of simple “toys” that your royal, egotistical kitty should love, at least for a little bit. Because let’s face it, even if the perfect toy did exist your cat would probably decide it hates it!

Scrunched up… anything:

To cats scrunched up materials are super humorous. Whether it’s the noise, shape or texture we don’t know, but they sure do love it! Scrunch up paper or tin foil and watch your cat have a ball (literally).

In my mind nothing beats some tin foil screwed up tightly into a ball. It’s light, and perfect to push around the place. Many expensive toys have been forgotten about when the foil ball comes out! Says Freddie Mercury the British Shorthair.

Their tail:

This one might not work on every cat, but we guarantee some will fall for it. When your cat is lying down wiggle its tail and watch the amusing events that follow. Your cat may be determined to win against the fluffy beast before it.

Pencils & Drinking Straws:

Pencils and straws work a treat as toys. Hold one end and tap it around your cat until you earn his/her attention. Be sure to supervise so they don’t get eaten!

A Box:

Ollie says,

Nothing beats a cardboard box for fun times!

A simple toy that can keep your cat amused for hours—with or without your participation. If you’re feeling creative and want to step it up a notch, cut holes in the box and poke a pencil in and out of the holes whilst your cat tries to catch it.

An Empty Sticky Tape Roll:

Once your sticky tape roll is empty, give it to your cat! They’re sturdy, roll and are the perfect size for your cat to play with.

Hair Ties:

Stretchy, amusing and they can fly! There’s bound to be at least one hair tie in every household and due to this they make a simple but effective cat toy. Throw or flick it for your cat to chase. Some may even figure out how to stretch it back and flick it themselves!

Laser Pen:

An all-time favourite that can keep them busy for hours. Point it at walls, along the ground and back again to help your cat get active. Ensure you NEVER point it at your cat’s face or anyone else’s. They can be harmful so we recommend only using a very low-grade laser light.

I love a laser pen. Chasing red dots is the best! – Bruno the Burmese

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Top Tips for Photographing Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff October 13, 2016 0 comments

Hands up if your camera roll is filled with pics of your pets (guilty as charged)! Capturing cute pictures of your fur-babies has become even easier in the age of the smartphone and with a few great tips you’ll be photographing your favourite furry friend like a pro in no time!

Here are our tips on how to get that Insta-worthy pic:

Use natural light:

We’ve all taken photos with the flash on before and we all know – it’s not so pretty.

Ollie and Oscar prefer to be photographed in natural lighting when possible:

“If you’ve seen our Instagram you would know that we like to think of ourselves as professional models, but really it’s all about natural lighting”

We would suggest scheduling a photo shoot early in the morning, or in the afternoon. Afternoon light is diffused which means that it’s sure to flatter your pet. Try and avoid taking photos in bright sunlight, as it’s not as flattering and isn’t too kind on your pet’s eyes.

Patience makes perfect:

Let’s be honest, although they might be some of the cutest models, our pets definitely aren’t the most focused. Capturing a cute snap of your pet isn’t going to be as easy as snapping a few pictures with your friends on the weekend, that’s for sure.

Patience is key when it comes to pet photography. Don’t expect to grab the perfect shot straight off the bat. It might take 10 to 15 minutes to get a good shot of your pet, so be willing to invest some quality time!

Get on their level:

We all have our good and not so good angles, like when you open up front-facing camera unexpectedly (we’ve all been there)! No matter how big or small your furry friend is, make sure you get on their level to grab the best snap.

Always be prepared:

Luckily, most of us walk around with a camera in our pocket 24/7, so we can be prepared to whip our phones out at any second to grab a candid snap of our pets.

Sometimes spontaneous photos can be the best, so get your camera out when you’re playing catch, when your kitty is staring longingly out of the window, or when you’ve just come home with a fresh pack of your pet’s favourite treats.

The natural moments are sometimes the most precious!

Create a relaxing environment:

If you want to get the best out of your pet, make sure they’re feeling happy and relaxed.

Our friend George says that a relaxing environment is the key to a successful photo shoot:

“Let me fill you in on a secret to get a great photo. Always remember that I need to feel safe and comfortable so that I can relax”

Scheduling an Insta-shoot after your pets’ just woken up from a nap, or after a walk or play will produce the best results.

Play some tug-of-war or catch with your pet will get their blood pumping and create like-worthy smiles.

Bribes, lots of bribes:

I mean if you can get your pet to pose perfectly without bribing them with some treats then you’re one lucky pet-parent!

Lulu and Finn know it’s photo time when their pawrents get out their favourite toys:

“The humans think we don’t notice the camera when they dangle our toy mice above it (silly humans)!”

Grab your pet’s favourite toy or treat and hold it above the camera to capture their attention. Most animals will do anything for a slice of cheese, so using bribes is definitely a great way to get their attention!

Of course, don’t forget to shower them with treats and cuddles after you grab the winning snap.

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Benefits Of Pets In The Workplace

posted by The Daily Fluff October 10, 2016 0 comments

For most of us, the best thing about arriving home after work each day is being greeted by our furry friends. Playing catch or having some quality cuddle time is the best way to relax and de-stress after a long day at work.

However now you don’t have to spend your day wondering what mischief your pet is getting up to at home, or waiting for the clock to hit five so you can go home and spoil them with belly rubs anymore! Studies have shown that having pets in the workplace can actually be extremely beneficial!

Unconvinced? Here are the top benefits of having pets in the workplace:

Reduces stress and anxiety:

Anxiety is common in most workplaces. Even if you love your job, deadlines, meetings and time management can get to even the most zen of us!

Studies have shown that pet’s behaviour provokes laughter and entertainment, which is likely to reduce stress and feelings of depression. This is especially relieving in high-pressure corporate workplaces! Having something to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety is guaranteed to create a more productive and effective workplace.

Encourages physical activity:

Being stuck in the office, sitting down, sending emails all day definitely is not great for your health and wellbeing, that’s for sure. Even on the most beautiful summers days, we can feel obliged to stay inside while we’re at work.

Having pets in the office gives you the greatest excuse to get out and enjoy that sunshine! Leaving the office for even 15 minutes to walk the dog can be a great refresher and it can improve employee’s focus. Win/win!

Increases productivity:

Being happier, healthier, and less stressed at work can make a more productive team. Reduced stress in the workplace means that employees are less likely to take sick days and are more likely to enjoy their time at work.

Workplaces that are pet friendly have found that as office-pets create a more relaxed environment, they also boost creativity. Meaning that employees are more likely to be imaginative and productive.

If you’re seeking a bit more balance in your corporate life, we would definitely recommend asking your boss about introducing pet-friendly office days! Even if it’s just one day a week – like our friends at Jetpets, who have introduced Furbaby Friday at their workplace.

 I mean, who can resist a puppies’ face anyway?!

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5 Animals Every Household Needs

posted by The Daily Fluff September 26, 2016 0 comments

For most of us, the perfect thing to complete a household is pets — and lots of them!

Not only do pets keep you company and give you lots of love, but they will also keep you occupied whilst providing you with lots of memories to cherish. From the small and slimy to the big and hairy, we’ve got you covered for the animals every household needs!

The Scaly:
Fish are great for those who may not have the time, money or ability to own any more large pets. Even if you often travel on short trips, you can purchase fish feeding blocks. Be prepared to research water temperatures and which fish can be housed together. And remember to be careful of your other pets prying eyes (and stomachs)!

The Small:
There are a variety of smaller pets that we’re sure your heart and homes have room for. Bunnies and guinea pigs are great for those who want outdoor, ‘hut-living’ pets. Otherwise, rats and mice are great for the indoors and—despite their bad rep—they’re adorable and sweet! (Or at least that’s what we hear…)

The Loving:
The first animal that generally comes to mind when you’re thinking about a furry new family member is a dog. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and with so many breeds and personality types to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your family. Have we mentioned how happy and loving dogs are? There’s nothing better than coming home at the end of a long day and having your canine pal greet you with sheer joy and excitement.

The Characters:
A cat (or two or four) is a must have for all households. They are amusing, fluffy, loving, interesting and at times, downright strange. Every cat may be unique, but they have one thing in common; they will take over your life and your social media accounts. Okay so not in the violent kind of way, but in the “I love you so much I’m going to watch you do cat things all day long” way.

The Colourful:
Whether you choose to have parrots, love birds or lorikeets, birds are such great pets to have. Birds are extremely underrated, and despite them being less common than some other pet choices, they can be very affectionate, loving and have hilarious personalities. If you’re looking to own some birds, it’s a great excuse to start an outdoor project by building an outdoor aviary. For those who want a self-sufficient household, why not get chickens? This way you can ensure the eggs you eat come from well looked after chickens.


What animals do you have in your household? Comment and share with us!

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Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Pet’s Birthday

posted by The Daily Fluff September 22, 2016 0 comments

All over the world, humans celebrate their birthdays. They receive presents wrapped with colourful paper and ribbons, eat their favourite meals, and sing around a chocolate cake. Little do they know their pets are watching from their beds with heavy hearts thinking, ‘what about my birthday, I’m seven and haven’t had one party!’ Or maybe they’re watching whilst thinking about how much they want that last slice of cake—either way, we’re sure they would love to celebrate their special day, too! If you’re short on ideas, below are our favourites to ensure your pet feels loved and overjoyed from celebrating.

Spend extra time with just you and your pet – no distractions:

Turn off the TV, put down your phone (unless you’re recording the event) and have some one-on-one time focusing on your pet. Not only will your pet feel grateful and special, but it will leave you feeling great for giving them the attention they deserve.

Ollie the kitty had his birthday celebrations recently! Here’s what he had to say: “It was my first birthday on the weekend, mumma pulled out allllll the stops and I had the bestest day ever! I got all the cuddles I wanted, plus a walk around the backyard on mum’s shoulder (for the first time ever) watching birdies up close! I was a good boy and didn’t try to catch them. I also got some cool new toys and heaps of playtime, and for dinner mum gave me 50g of smoked salmon all to myself! I also got heaps of sweet and thoughtful birthday greetings from my friends all over the world on Instagram, which made me feel really special.”

Do your pet’s favourite thing:

Whether it’s laying by a heater with cozy blankets, playing fetch outside, running through an open field or swimming at the beach, take time out of your day or weekend to do what your pet loves to do.

Organise a cake smash:

Yes, dog versions of a cake smash exist! They are such a unique and special way to capture your fur-baby doing something fun. Contact a pet photographer for more information.

Take a family photo:

Take a photo to remember the occasion. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, just put your camera on timer and get into position. It’s a great family tradition you could start to commemorate your pet’s birthday. Put aside a photo album to add the yearly photo so you can see how everyone changes. Get the party hats out and make it fun!

Have a birthday party:

Invite your friends and their pets over for a birthday party! Bake special homemade pupcakes (and human cupcakes for you) and spend some time with everyone in your backyard or local park.

Give them treats:

Treat them with a few extra nibbles, or splurge on their favourite food for dinner! Food is the key to a lot of pet’s hearts.

Buy them new toys:

All pets love toys and let’s face it, their fluffy bear is getting extremely raggedy and old. Even wrap the presents up, as some pets may even find the wrapping paper the best gift of all! (Or if you’re a cat owner, the box that the gift came in will be their new favourite possession!)

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10 Signs You Are Addicted To Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff September 9, 2016 0 comments

We all love our pets. We love cuddling them, watching movies with them, taking them to the beach and playing with them. We can’t help but obsess over their soft fur and those cute puppy­ dog eyes. We talk about our pets around the office and hunt down the best food and treats for them (only the best for our furbabies right?!)

But just in case you’re not sure if you’re totally addicted to your pet, here are 10 signs…

  1. You and your pet have combined likes and dislikes: Your cat doesn’t like watching Beethoven, so you don’t like watching Beethoven.
  2. You’ve left school or work to check on your pet during the day.
  3. You take your pet on specifically pet designed weekend outings like dog beaches, dog wineries, dog­ friendly cafes. If you can’t bring your best friend, what’s the point?
  4. You’re hoping the new iPad upgrade will recognise paw­prints so you can facetime your pet during the day from the office.
  5. Your pet’s picture is your Christmas card design.
  6. You designed a New Year’s card just to give out more pictures of your pet.
  7. You get separation anxiety when parted with your pet.
  8. You’re currently knitting your pet a sweater to prepare for the colder months ­or googling, ‘best cat sunscreens’ for the hotter months.
  9. You talk to your pets like they are people and when you come home you ask how their day was and talk about yours to them.
  10. Your pet has its own Instagram page that you’ve set up and you put more time and effort into his/her page than your own. In fact, they have more followers than you.

Instagram stars Mimi, Ollie and Bruno know their mum is addicted to them because “she can’t leave us alone and always has to cuddle and kiss us and can’t even be away from us for one night!”


Are you addicted to your pet? Tell us how you know in the comments below!

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