What’s the difference between a short haired and a medium haired cat?

And what do those funny acronyms mean?

There’s quite a bit of confusion over this! So, let me help to clarify this in words and pictures.

“D” stands for Domestic. Domestic cats are your loveable “moggie”, so they aren’t any specific breed as such (like say a Persian, Siamese or a Birman). The majority of New Zealand cats are domestic cats. The acronyms DSH (Domestic Short Hair), DMH (Domestic Medium Hair) and DLH (Domestic Long Hair) are used for identification purposes by SPCAs, shelters, vets and the NZ Companion Animal Register. It helps us all to use the same language to identify, and match, lost and found cats.

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Six ways to settle your dog back in at home

Being lost can be scary for your dog as well as you! Here’s how to settle him back in when he’s safely home again.

Endorphins end anxiety

Exercise build lots of positive endorphins, lifting the mood of your dog. Exercise is great for discharging energy, making your dog feel calmer afterwards. Find a school kid keen for a bit of extra pocket money to help with extra walks.

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10 tips to settle your cat back in at home

Your lost cat is home safe! What now?

Here’s some strategies to help settle them in.

01 House arrest

Help your cat re-bond to their “home zone” by keeping them inside with a litter tray for a week. For a repeat offender, the recommended sentence is up to three weeks. You probably won’t be too popular with your cat for this, but it’s for their own good!

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