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Your Questions: How can we catch our hamster if he escapes?

Q. My daughter was given a hamster for Christmas that she adores, but she was handling him and he slipped out of her grasp. Luckily, he was not injured and she managed to grab him before he made a dash for it. If she's not so lucky next time, how can we catch him? Julliene, via e-mail

Pet Of The Week: The Papillon

How the RSPCA bites the hand that feeds it

When George Mason bequeathed a large chunk of his fortune to the animal charity, little did his brother think that they'd come back for a second helping. Chris Green reports

Yappy shoppers: Why Pets at Home is booming

With something for every animal, Pets at Home is booming in a dog-eat-dog world – and has been snapped up by a high-street behemoth. Jonathan Brown on why it's the cat's pyjamas

Portfolio: Dan Burn-Forti

'Animals'

Pet Of The Week: The Sphynx

Your Questions: How can I make my cat use his cat-flap?

Q. We recently moved to a flat that has a garden. Our flat has access to the garden through a cat flap, but my stupid cat won't use it! I have tried going out and calling him but he just stares at me blankly. How can I make him go through the cat flap? Dave, via e-mail

Pet of the week: The guppy

Your Questions: How can I make trips to the vet more pleasant for my dog?

Q. Is there anything I can do about the fact that my nine-month-old female Australian Shepherd hates going to the vet? I have to drag her in to the waiting room and to the consulting room. What can I do differently to make the trips to the vet more pleasant for both of us? Anita, via e-mail

Pet of the week: The sugar glider

Your Questions: How can I get my Lakeland terrier puppy to stop chewing everything?

Q. My Lakeland terrier puppy is into everything. Whatever he sees he chews and I can't seem to stop him! When I was getting something out of his mouth, I noticed that he had two canines on each side. Are puppies supposed to have two sets and how can I stop him from chewing everything in sight, including me? John, London

Pet of the week: The micro pig

Who are these little porkers?

They're micro pigs, and no, your eyes do not deceive you – they really are quite wee. Unlike pigs that are bred for bangers, micro pigs are kept as loving, adorable pets who are actively encouraged to stay small, typically reaching a height of about 16 inches. We can safely say that this is one little piggy that won't be going to market.

Your Questions: My dachshund doesn't like my housekeeper.

I have noticed something strange about my dachshund. I don't think he likes my housekeeper. He seems to be frightened of her, and I don't know why.

Jane, London

The 10 golden rules of pet care

With Christmas just around the corner, many families may be getting an extra addition in the form of a cuddly kitten or bouncing puppy.

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