Non-Fiction | 7 August 2015How to Care for A Kitten or Puppy Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Have you been dreaming of that first family pet? Or perhaps you’re already enjoying your time with the newest member of the family! Either way – welcome to the pet cadet club! Written specifically with young pet owners in mind, The Pet Cadet Series contains all the ins-and-outs and does-and-don’ts behind keeping your pet as happy as they make you. How To Look After Your Kitten and How To Look After Your Puppy are cute and informative guides towards answering any questions that come with your first pet: How do you choose a puppy or kitten? What food will it like, and how much? What should you do if your cat or puppy looks ill? All this and more is outlined in clear and simple instructions – presented of course between plenty of bright illustrations! People have kept puppies and kittens as companions for thousands of years! And in our experience, the top tip for a happy pet is a healthy pet. In these pages, renowned animal writer Helen Piers outlines the best ways to exercise and play with your pet – and have plenty of fun doing it! Why not give one a try? Test your cat’s hunting skills with a ball of string, play hide and seek with your dog or watch him race up and down stairs, here are a couple of games guaranteed to keep your pet entertained and in tip-top shape! Having fun? We would love to see photos of your pets enjoying these games, or even just out and about on a walk or a stroll. Just post your ‘pet inspired’ pics on twitter at @QuartoKnows, or on the Quartokids Facebook page! Excerpted from How To Look After Your Kitten and How To Look After Your Puppy Hide and Seek Hide in another room or behind a piece of furniture, then call your dog’s name. Give him lots of praise when he finds you. You could even hide one of his favourite toys instead of yourself. First, show the dog the toy, then put him somewhere he can’t see you while you hide it. Tell him to find the toy, giving him hints along the way. When he finds it, make a big fuss of him. Staircase Sprint If it’s nasty weather outside, this is a good way for your dog to burn off some energy, but do NOT play this with dogs under a year old — their joints aren’t strong enough to take the impact. Stand at the bottom of the stairs and throw a toy up to the landing, then let your dog dash upstairs to fetch it. Hunter-in-Training Cats are hunters by nature and when a kitten plays it is usually pretending to hunt or fight. Dangle anything in front of your kitten and he will stretch out a paw and try to catch it. He will bring his toys to life by patting or tossing them about so he can stalk and chase them. Toys Everywhere! You can give your kitten cotton reels to play with, soft toys, paper screwed into balls or scrumpled-up newspaper. And he’s sure to find other toys for himself! Make sure that he doesn’t play with anything sharp or small enough to swallow. Be very careful that your cat doesn’t get hold of wool or cotton with a needle attached. Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.