Monthly Archives: February 2012


We are having our Open Day on Saturday 25 Feb at our Bath shop at 8-9 St James Parade, Bath.

We are teaming up with Bath Cats and Dogs Home (BCDH) and have lots in store for our customers including:


– Claverton, the BCDH mascot and Russel Rabbit (let’s hope they get on!)

– a HUGE raffle (proceeds to BCDH)

– Face Painting

– OFFERS all day including 20% off dog and cat beds; BOGOF on selected toys, 15% off aquatics tanks and beardie set-ups; buy a Muddy Paws mat and get a Dinner Mate mat FREE; Royal Canin money-off vouchers; £2 off 2kg Barking Heads and more!

– Colouring competition for children

– Guess the Weight of the Jar competition

– Animal Handling

– Reptile talks and handling

– Flying Fish!

– Cakes for sale!

Come and get nutrition advice for your doggie or moggie, learn about everything from bunnies to beardies, gerbils to geckos and cats to chameleons!

Or just pop in and see us and pick up a bargain for your pet on the day! You’ll be welcome!

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Microchip operated SureFlap can tell a true love from a false friend

Is your flirty feline enticing every Tom, Dick and Harry into your home? Or does next door’’s monster moggy like to gorge itself on poor Snowball’’s favourite fishy treats? If these scenarios sound familiar, then a microchip operated SureFlap might be just the gift you need this Valentine’s Day.

SureFlap uses a cat’’s own microchip as a personal door key, preventing overly persistent admirers from gaining entry and harassing your pet inside.

Intruder cats can be a source of real stress for our pets and can lead to fighting and spraying, which nobody wants in their home,” says Judith Bank, Marketing Manager at SureFlap. “SureFlap only opens when it recognises the pet’’s microchip, so it keeps out unwanted visitors.”

SureFlap was invented by cat lover and Cambridge physicist Dr Nick Hill, after his cat Flipper suffered at the paws of an intruder who entered through his standard, non-selective cat flap. After failing to persuade Flipper that a collar-activated cat flap was the answer to their woes, Nick started working on a system that used the radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in Flipper’’s microchip.

The company have gone from strength to strength over recent years, expanding beyond Europe to the USA and even reaching the Kiwi kitties of New Zealand. Along with being highly practical, SureFlap’’s aesthetically pleasing design has lead to it’s inclusion in the Design Icons exhibition, which is on display until February 23rd at Anglia Ruskin University.

Judith says: “SureFlap is an essential for cat owners who struggle to keep out prowling pussycats, but they’re also very stylish and make a great gift if you’re looking for something a bit original this Valentine’s Day.”

SureFlap is compatible with all common microchips and is available direct from our online shop and in our stores at Bath, Larkhall and Frome.


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