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Are you prepared for a fun and educational experience with your furry friend?

If you answered yes, then join one of Pet Nurture's Virtual Kitten Kindergarten classes! 

They offer interactive play sessions, socialisation exercises, and clicker training guided by an experienced Karen Pryor Cat trainer qualified in Feline Behaviour.

This four-week live online course is designed to teach your kitten essential behaviours, litter-box training, and playful tricks through personalised attention to each participant. Your kitten will also develop confidence, crucial skills, and friendships with other cute pets.

Grown up Kitten Kindy cats have
learnt to live harmoniously with one another...
The program covers various topics such as:

✔️ understanding your kitten's body language
✔️ keeping your kitten safe at home
✔️ managing child-cat relationships
✔️ designing an enriched environment for cats
✔️ how to prevent problem behaviour in kittens
✔️ appropriate scratching surfaces, and much more.

Kitten Kindy is suitable for kittens between 6 and 24 weeks of age, and clients with older kittens or adult cats are also encouraged to attend. 

The course fee is $199 for one kitten or $240 for two kittens, and it will be held once a week for 1-1.5 hours via Zoom on Saturdays.

Invest in your furry friend's future by eliminating unwanted behaviours from kittenhood, such as biting, furniture scratching, and toileting outside the litter tray. A well-trained and well-behaved kitten is a pleasure to care for and can bring more joy and happiness.

Previous clients are raving about the course:

Pearl Burnet said: “Wow, what an amazing course! I grew up with many kittens/cats in a house with a lot of land and didn’t think I needed Kitten Kindy – boy, was I wrong.
Having a kitten in an apartment is completely different: what a big shock. Having detailed handouts was a bonus if you want to absorb the information slowly or later, which is fantastic. I highly recommend the Kitten Kindy course to anyone with a kitten. It’s worth every cent.”

2024 Classes intakes:

  • Saturday 9th March
  • Saturday 18th May
  • Saturday 3rd August
  • Saturday 5th October
  • Saturday 2nd November

How to Book:

Kitten Kindergarten is available Australia-wide but spots are limited, so sign up by texting 0403 939 202 or emailing

Simply mention Australian Cat Lover to save $10 off your booking.

Don’t miss this opportunity to give your kitten the best start in life. Sign up today and let us help you create a strong and lasting bond with your furry friend.

Visit for more information.

Pet Insurance Australia
has been busy collating the top cat breeds for 2024 with some of the most adorable purring machines making the list.

“We’ve seen a big rise in the number of cats now obtaining pet insurance to give a clear picture of what feline friends Australians are now adopting into their homes,” shares Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia

“However, as much as many might think that a purebred would be topping the list, it’s actually our humble Domestic Shorthair that takes out all three categories – most popular, most popular female cat and most popular male cat.”

1. Domestic Shorthair

These fabulous felines are the ultimate mixed-breed marvels, rocking a short coat in various colours and patterns. From solid shades to tabby stripes and tortoiseshell splashes, they're like a rainbow of kitty cuteness! 

Physically, domestic shorthairs are the definition of sturdy and muscular, with bodies built for cuddles and playtime galore. Their rounded heads and perky ears give them an adorable, approachable look, while their eyes twinkle with mischief in every shape and colour imaginable. 

But it's not just their looks that make them paw-some – their personality too! These kitties are as adaptable as chameleons, fitting right in whether they're living the high life in a bustling city apartment or chilling out in a cosy countryside cottage.

“They're affectionate, friendly, and known for their resilience – these cats are built to last, bringing joy to their families for years to come.”

2. Ragdoll

The Ragdoll cat is a purr-fect blend of charm, fluffiness, and affection! These cuddly giants are known for their striking blue eyes that can melt even the coldest hearts. Picture a cat with silky, semi-long fur that feels like you're petting a cloud – yep, that's the Ragdoll for you! But it's not just their looks that make them stand out. Ragdolls are as gentle as a summer breeze, with a temperament as sweet as candy. They're the kind of cats that will flop into your arms like a ragdoll (hence the name!) and purr contentedly as you shower them with love.

“The Ragdoll will happily learn tricks, play fetch like a pro, and even respond to their names with a chirp or meow. Plus, they're great with kids and other pets, making them the ultimate family companion.”

3. British Shorthair

Imagine a cuddly teddy bear brought to life – that's the British Shorthair in a nutshell. With their sturdy build and plush coats in various colours and patterns, these cats are a treat for the eyes and the heart. But it's not just their looks that make them unique. British Shorthairs are calm and collected, like the James Bond of the feline world.

“They're not clingy, but it's a moment to cherish when they grace you with their presence. They have a playful side that adds a touch of whimsy to their regal personality.”

4. Maine Coon

These majestic felines are as big as they are beautiful, with luxurious fur and tufted ears that give them an air of regal elegance. Physically, Maine Coons are the definition of impressive, with large, muscular bodies that make them look like they could take on the world (or at least a few extra treats!). Their thick, water-repellent fur comes in various colours and patterns, from classic tabby stripes to stunning tortoiseshell blends. But it's not just their size that sets them apart – their personality too! Maine Coons are known for their friendly and sociable nature, often following their owners around like loyal companions. They're playful and affectionate, making them the purr-fect cuddle buddies for lazy days on the couch.

“And let's not forget their intelligence – these cats are whip-smart and love a good puzzle or game to keep their minds sharp. Plus, they're great with kids and other pets, making them the ultimate family cat.”

5. Ragdoll Cross

These captivating kitties result from a delightful blend between the affectionate Ragdoll and another fabulous feline breed, creating a cat with a unique blend of traits that will leave you in awe. Physically, Ragdoll Cross cats boast the perfect mix of striking features and luxurious fur that's simply irresistible to the touch. 

With a delightful array of colours and patterns, each Ragdoll Cross cat is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, reflecting the rich tapestry of their heritage and adding an extra dash of charm to their already captivating presence. But it's not just their stunning looks that make them stand out – their delightful personalities, too! Ragdoll Cross cats inherit the sweet and gentle nature of their Ragdoll ancestors, infused with their unique touch of charisma and charm. These cuddly companions are the epitome of affection, happily snuggling up with you for endless hours of love and warmth.

“These clever cats are quick learners and love nothing more than showing off their skills with a playful game of fetch or a dazzling array of tricks. Plus, they're fantastic with kids and other pets, making them the perfect addition to any loving family.”

6. Tabby

These fabulous felines are like the artists of the cat world, painting a picture of delight with their unique coat patterns and playful personalities. Physically, tabby cats are a sight to behold, with their coats boasting a mesmerising array of stripes, swirls, and spots as individual as a fingerprint. 

From classic mackerel stripes to intricate ticked patterns, each tabby cat is a work of art in their own right, showcasing the diversity and creativity of Mother Nature. But it's not just their looks that make them special – their spirited personalities, too! Tabby cats are known for their playful and outgoing nature, always ready for a game of chase or a cosy cuddle session on the couch. They're the life of the party, bringing joy and laughter wherever they go with their boundless energy and irresistible charm.

“These cats are quick learners and love nothing more than solving puzzles or mastering new tricks to impress their adoring fans.”

7. Bengal

These magnificent felines are like a glimpse of the jungle brought right into your home, with their striking appearance and spirited personalities. Physically, Bengal cats are a sight to behold, with their sleek coats adorned with bold and beautiful rosettes, spots, or marbled patterns that mimic the mesmerising markings of their wild ancestors. Their coat colours range from golden and orange hues to silver and charcoal, adding an extra touch of exotic allure to their stunning appearance. Plus, they are super adventurous! Bengal cats are known for their love of exploration and play, and they are always on the lookout for the next exciting adventure.

“They're the ultimate adventurers, ready to climb, jump, and explore every nook and cranny of their environment with fearless curiosity.”

8. Russian Blue

These exquisite cats are like a breath of fresh air, with their shimmering silver-blue coats and piercing green eyes, Russian Blue cats are a vision of sophistication, with their plush, double-layered coats that feel like velvet to the touch. Their distinctive silver-blue fur has a lustrous sheen that catches the light most mesmerisingly, making them look like they've just stepped off the pages of a fairy tale. 

Russian Blue cats are known for their quiet elegance and mysterious allure, often likened to the enigmatic allure of a Russian ballet dancer. They're the strong, silent type, preferring to observe their surroundings with a watchful eye rather than seeking the spotlight.

“They are very smart cats, known for their loyalty and devotion to their human companions, forming deep bonds that last a lifetime.”

9. Sphynx

These extraordinary felines are like little aliens from another planet, with their hairless bodies and wide-eyed expressions that are equal parts adorable and intriguing. Physically, Sphynx cats are a sight to behold, with their soft, wrinkled skin that begs to be touched and their large, bat-like ears that give them a distinctive appearance. Their lack of fur means they come in various colours and patterns, allowing their natural beauty to shine in all its glory.

“Sphynx cats are known for their mischievous antics and outgoing nature, always ready for a game of chase or a snuggle session on the couch. They're the ultimate lap cats, happy to curl up with you for hours and soak up all the love and attention you can give.”

10. Scottish Fold

These adorable cats are like living, breathing teddy bears, with their signature folded ears and sweet, round faces that will melt your heart. Physically, Scottish Folds are a sight to behold, with their unique folded ears that give them an endearing and distinctive appearance. But it's not just their looks that make them special – their sweet and affectionate personalities, too! 

Scottish Folds are known for their gentle and loving nature, always ready to curl up in your lap for a cosy cuddle session or follow you around the house like a loyal companion.

“They're the ultimate snuggle buddies, bringing warmth and comfort wherever they go.”

What is the difference between a Domestic Shorthair and a Tabby Cat?

A tabby cat and a domestic shorthair differ in their coat pattern and breed classification.

A Tabby refers to a specific coat pattern rather than a breed. Tabby cats can be of various breeds, including Domestic Shorthair, Domestic Longhair, and specific purebred breeds like the Maine Coon or American Shorthair. Tabby cats are characterised by their distinctive striped, spotted, or marbled coat patterns. These patterns can include classic tabby (stripes), mackerel tabby (narrow vertical stripes), spotted tabby (spots), and ticked tabby (agouti hairs). Tabby cats can have short, medium, or long hair.

A Domestic Shorthair Cat is a term used to describe mixed-breed cats with short coats. Domestic shorthairs can come in various colours and patterns, including tabby, solid, tortoiseshell, calico, and more. While some domestic shorthairs may have a tabby coat pattern, others may exhibit different patterns or be solid-coloured.

“A tabby cat refers to a specific coat pattern seen in various breeds, while a domestic shorthair is a mixed-breed cat with a short coat that may or may not have a tabby coat pattern.”

Top 10 Female Cats:

1. Domestic Shorthair
2. Ragdoll
3. Maine Coon
4. British Shorthair
5. Tabby
6. Scottish Fold
7. Bengal
8. Ragdoll Cross
9. Sphynx
10. Burmese Cross

Top 10 Male Cats:

1. Domestic Shorthair
2. Ragdoll
3. British Shorthair
4. Ragdoll Cross
5. Maine Coon
6. Tabby
7. Russian Blue
8. Bengal
9. Burmese
10. Devon Rex

MEDIA RELEASE, 21st February 2024

Brisbane's Feline Frenzy: Cat Lovers Festival pounces into town for the first time ever!

After the hugely successful sold-out events in Sydney and Melbourne, the highly anticipated Cat Lovers Festival is thrilled to be making its Brisbane debut. 

It's the first major event ever staged in Queensland dedicated to educating, entertaining, and inspiring feline fanciers and it pounces into the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, on March 9 - 10. Whether you’re a seasoned cat owner or looking to welcome a new kitty into your home, the Cat Lovers Festival is a place where you can press paws and live in the meow to celebrate these wonderful companions.
“The Cat Lovers Festival is everything that’s cool about cats and a rare opportunity to immerse ourselves in all things feline”, said Festival Founder, Jason Humphris. 

We hope that cat fanatics from across Queensland can attend this fabulous first feline-focused festival, to join in the fun with other like-minded cat enthusiasts. We share a unique relationship with our cats but know very little about them, so you can discover insights to help better understand them, with expert tips on how to enrich their lives and be the best cat-parent we can be,” Humphris continued.

“There are no cat parks for our felines, so you don’t get to see these beautiful creatures walking around the community like our more extroverted dogs. So, to get up close and personal with dozens of breeds and over 200 cats at the Festival is a truly unique opportunity”, Humphris concluded.


The ultimate destination for feline-inspired education and entertainment, the WHISKAS® Stage delivers an extraordinary line-up, featuring talks, demonstrations, and engaging Q&A sessions led by prominent cat experts.

Fan-favourite from the Sydney and Melbourne Festivals, best-selling author and global rescue advocate Jackson Galaxy debuts in Brisbane via satellite from Los Angeles live on the big screen as he solves the questions paw-ing at cat parents minds. Fur-parents will also be enlightened by leading Vet Dr Claire Stevens’ talk on 'How to spot the signs and keep your cat stress-free'.

Internet sensation CATMANTOO, will make his Brisbane debut along with his skilled feline companion Didga, who together have a massive following of over 1.6 million fans across Facebook, Instagram & YouTube. The fur-tastic team will showcase the art of training cats to use a harness and leash, proving that teaching cats at home is easier than we think. You’ll also see Australia’s beloved TV Vet Dr. Katrina Warren take to the stage to address all our common cat problems.

Pat-A-Cat Zone

For those seeking a more up-close-and-purrr-sonal experience, the Pat-A- Cat Zone offers litters of opportunities to engage, connect, and delve into the fascinating world of various cat breeds, ready to release some feel-good endorphins from kitty cuddles.

WHISKAS® Adoption Zone

Championing the Festival’s cat rescue initiative, the WHISKAS® Adoption Zone offers local shelters the opportunity to help deserving felines find their fur-ever home. With a focus on promoting responsible cat ownership, this zone brings together shelter representatives and adoption groups, so visitors can gain further insights into the rescue process, plus tips on how to make an informed decision in providing a loving well-suited home to a cat in need.

Breed Showcase

Discover a cat-tastic array of cats in the Breed Showcase where you can meet and learn more about popular and rare cat breeds, including the world’s largest cat breed, the Maine Coon. Queensland’s leading Cat Councils, associations, and expert breeders will also be on hand to answer all cat related questions.

Feline Face Painting & Major Door Prize

For the youngsters, the Festival offers free feline face painting where kids who have had a dream to look like their favourite furry friend can be brought to life. Snap a selfie at the Neon Glitter Selfie Wall for memories of your day out to last a lifetime. 

Enter the Major Door Prize for a chance to win a claw-some pack of goodies for your kitty at iPads around the Festival.

Purrfect Match Zone

For those looking for the purrrfect kitty companion, you can start the journey at the Purrfect Match Zone. Large and easy-to-understand information posters for dozens of breeds will help visitors quickly and easily learn more about 40+ popular, rare and exotic cat breeds.

Kitty Supermarket

Indulge in a shopping spree to spoil your feline friends with an extensive array of products and services exhibiting at the Festival. From leading food and delectable treat brands to engaging toys, stylish accessories, cosy bedding, secure enclosures, reliable insurance, top- notch litter, and beyond – the Festival has it all. 

Take advantage of the range of special show discounts that could save you money, with free samples and pass-outs allowed so you can come in and out of the event as many times as you like to load up the car!


To celebrate the Cat Lovers Festival debut in Brisbane, all ticket holders will receive FREE ENTRY into the Dog Lovers Festival with the same ticket. That’s two great Festivals for the price of one, making it one of the best value days out in Brisbane in 2024. The Dog Lovers Festival is running at the same time all weekend, next door to the Cat Lovers Festival.

Festival-goers are advised to pounce on tickets quickly as Brisbane’s first Cat Lovers Festival is already looking to sell out.

Please note that visitors are unable to bring their own cats to the event for health and safety reasons, see the website for full details on this policy.

Pounce on all the details on the Brisbane Cat Lovers Festival website here: or the Dog Lovers Festival website here:

  • Festival Location: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 
  • Dates & Times: Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 March 2024, 9:30am till 5pm daily

Dr Katrina Warren joins PetSafe® ANZ as spokesperson for their annual pet hydration awareness month

PetSafe® ANZ is excited to announce beloved Vet and TV Host Dr Katrina Warren as their official spokesperson for the annual PetSafe® Pet Hydration Month awareness campaign throughout January/February 2024.

Dr Katrina Warren, a highly respected veterinarian best known for her extensive work in the media as a presenter and spokesperson across TV, radio, print, and online, is also an accomplished author with four books on pet care and well-being. 

Katrina has devoted her career to strengthening the bond between pet parents and their animals, which aligns perfectly with PetSafe®’s mission to raise awareness about pet hydration and well-being.

“Pet Hydration Month is a pivotal event in the PetSafe® calendar,” comments PetSafe® ANZ Marketing Manager Sarah Ambler. 

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Dr Katrina Warren, a renowned veterinarian and media personality, who shares our dedication to improving the lives of pets and their owners."

"I am deeply passionate about pet health and safety and thrilled to be a part of this awareness campaign with PetSafe," expresses Dr Katrina Warren. 
"My goal is to assist PetSafe in sharing invaluable insights and simple tips to help safeguard your pet's health”.
During the summer, veterinarians across Australia witness an increase in dehydration and heat exhaustion cases among domestic pets, which can be fatal if left untreated. PetSafe® Australia’s Pet Hydration Month aims to educate pet owners on how to effectively manage their pets' hydration needs during the warmer months, potentially preventing visits to the veterinarian.

Running through January and February, Dr Katrina Warren, in partnership with PetSafe®, will release a wealth of tips, tricks, and information, including insights into your pet's hydration needs, methods to keep your pet cool throughout the day, early signs of dehydration, and strategies to encourage your pet to drink.

PetSafe®'s Pet Hydration Month runs through January and February 2024. 

Stay updated by following @petsafeanz on Instagram and @PetSafeANZ on Facebook.

About PetSafe®

PetSafe® is a global pet product expert with its Australian headquarters on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Wide-ranging innovative products are available across the PetSafe® product portfolio, including training, containment, and lifestyle and wellbeing product solutions. Visit for further details or connect on Facebook or Instagram.

MEDIA RELEASE, 4th January 2023

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Introducing Oscar & Friends: Elevating Pet Accessories with Style and Affordability

Drawing from a four-decade legacy within the fashion industry, Oscar & Friends was born from a notable gap in the market for affordable yet fun pet accessories. 

The new brand emerged as a natural evolution for the Accessory Company Group, with the team focusing their expertise now on our four-legged friends, keeping up with the latest seasonal trends and unwavering attention to detail, especially in functionality and finishes.

Launching into the market, Oscar & Friends is the latest elevated pet accessories brand to hit the shelves, ensuring that your dog or cat is the trendiest furry friend on the block. 

The current range is available in a range of sizes to accommodate the smallest of Dachshunds to the large Great Danes, including collars, leads, harnesses, bandanas and fashionable bow ties which all come in multiple colourways so you can deck your furry friend out in matching sets.

To tie in with your taste in fashion, Oscar & Friends have various prints such as blotched floral, teal stripes, summer swirls, and confetti - not to mention, a fun assortment of affordable toys and high quality grooming products.

Designer of Oscar & Friends, Julia Hemingway explains: "We take our quality very seriously, with every accessory undergoing thorough testing for durability and functionality to ensure our pets receive the finest and most comfortable products. The namesake, Oscar, a cherished puppy within the organisation, served as the inspiration behind the brand name. 

We now offer a wide range of products for your cats and dogs, including tethering, toys, grooming and home, with plans to expand into a comprehensive range of pet categories for all species big and small.”

Where to Buy:

Designed in Melbourne, the range is available currently from Big W online and will be expanding further, launching into Woolworths stores and online from the start of December 2023, just in time to fill up your cat’s  (and pooch's) Christmas stocking.

MEDIA RELEASE, 27th November 2023

Don’t be fooled by appearances! Companion Animal Network Australia warns pet lovers to watch out for scammers in clever disguise!

Is this rescue group for real? 

During Scams Awareness Week 2023 (27 Nov – 1 Dec), leading animal welfare charity Companion Animal Network Australia (Australia CAN) is warning pet lovers to watch out for scammers in clever disguise.

The theme for this year's Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) campaign is “Impersonation Scams,” delivered for the first time by the newly established National Anti-Scam Centre, built on the work of Scamwatch to make Australia a harder target for scammers.

Australia CAN has again partnered with Puppy Scam Awareness Australia (PSAA) to help animal lovers identify imposter rescue organisations and breeders, and to avoid pet scams that continue to cause heartbreak and anger.

“Scammers are professional crooks, and it can be difficult to distinguish between what is real or a scam,” said Trish Ennis, CEO of Australia CAN.

According to ACCC’s Targeting Scams (April 2023) report, anecdotally about 80% of all scams reported to Scamwatch include some form of impersonation of a legitimate entity. Scammers can impersonate any organisation or brand, and impersonation scams can be received through a variety of channels.

In 2022 (1 January – 31 December)Scamwatch received 1,684 reports of pet scams with losses of $2.3 million, according to ACCC data.

An ACCC Media spokesperson told Australia CAN, “While most pet scams pertain to puppies, in 2022 we saw an increase in kitten scams. Other pets commonly used by scammers are birds and fish.”

With scammers continually developing new ways to fool people, pet lovers need to increase their vigilance in checking for those little clues that can alert us that something is a scam, warned Ms Ennis.

“We encourage pet lovers to learn how to spot a puppy scam and avoid the heartbreak, loss of money and in some cases, potentially having to surrender their pet to the shelter,” she said.

PSAA key support group for victims of pet scams

Puppy Scam Awareness Australia is a key support group for victims of pet scamming and is dedicated to bringing awareness about the thousands of pet scamming syndicates who prey on pet shoppers, helping puppy shoppers spot a scammer and assisting those that have been scammed.

“We don’t just report scammers, we shut down their online presence immediately, and help victims try and get their money back,” said PSAA’s founder Sandy Trujillo.

Since 2021, PSAA received reports relating to more than 1,500 Australian fraudulent bank accounts, 6,000 websites and over 8,000 social media pages/groups and profiles.
“People are easier to scam when they act on emotion and that’s especially true for pet lovers who want a furry friend,” said Ms Trujillo.

“The more who fall the more scammers can make. They constantly reinvent themselves so unsuspecting customers fall quicker. Pet scams have slowed down since the lockdowns and the financial pressures most people find themselves under these days, but unfortunately, we are still getting reports of victims coming through, roughly three a week. They don't find us until it's too late.”

PSAA has launched a Pet Transport and Breeders Directory to help validate and help protect businesses from scammers stealing their intellectual property. PSAA also works with breeders whose IDs get stolen to restore their reputation, added Ms Trujillo.

“Most breeders are now dubious of strangers coming over and stealing their pups,” she said. “It's not always possible to find a breeder in your state, too, so people are choosing to buy interstate. That's how most get caught in scams.”

Scam prevention resources

✔️ How to spot a pet scam:

✔️ For tips to avoid fake websites and a list of fraudulent websites:

✔️ For a guaranteed pet to welcome into your family, contact an Australia CAN member in your state:

✔️ If you think you are scammed, contact your financial institution right away. For more information

Follow CANA on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn
#ScamAwarenessWeek2023 #ScamWatch #kittenscams #petscams #scams

About Companion Animal Network Australia (Australia CAN)

Companion Animal Network Australia (Australia CAN) is a registered charity representing the companion animal welfare work of our six member agencies across the country, including Animal Welfare League QLD, Animal Welfare League SA, Lort Smith (VIC), Sydney Dogs and Cats Home, Dogs’ Homes of Tasmania and Saving Animals From Euthanasia Inc (WA).

Together, our members provide rescue, shelter, re-homing, fostering, health care and enrichment services to more than 50,000 animals every year. Through national campaigns, partnerships and initiatives, we celebrate the human-animal bond and promote responsible pet ownership.

We use our national voice to campaign for the humane treatment of all companion animals and we rally support for programmes that deliver high welfare standards. Australia CAN celebrates the human-animal bond and promotes responsible pet ownership through national campaigns, partnerships and initiatives, including the Rent with Pets and Pets in Aged Care programs.

To discover more, visit

MEDIA RELEASE, 20th November 2023