Pets' corner: Helping cats to settle in and advice for a dogs dinner

Your questions answered by Chamois Rose-Wood
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Four months ago we rescued two kittens from the RSPCA. Our older cat has not accepted them, has kept to the garden and is aggressive towards us. What can we do? Hannah Wilkie, London

In this case, the aggression your old cat is showing towards you is normal. What you can do to improve the bond between the cats is to keep the older cat in the house when he comes in. For about two weeks, separate him and the kittens in different areas of your home using a kitten playpen or some such divider. When you feel that everybody is confident, you can take the pen away, making sure that all the cats have escape routes. This will take time, so be patient.

What advice could you give me about giving my dog a more natural diet? Elizabeth Moore, Hampshire

If you're thinking about changing your dog's diet, you should seek advice from a vet. Here is a healthy dog-biscuit recipe: mix together 450g of wholewheat flour with 5g of garlic powder. Gradually stir in 125ml of vegetable oil, 100g of grated cheese, 1 beaten egg and 250ml of milk. When everything is well blended together, knead the dough on a floured surface for 3-4 minutes. Roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut out the biscuits and place them on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes at 200C. Let them cool down before giving them to your dog.

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