From a cat feeling the chilly climate to an attention-seeking canine — your pet queries answered

HE is on a mission to help our pets. . . and is here to answer YOUR questions.

Sean, the chief vet at bespoke pet food company, has been helping with owners’ questions for a decade.


Today Sean is helping a cat stay warm in cold weatherImage Credit: Getty – Contributor
Sean McCormack, Senior Veterinarian at, promises that he


Sean McCormack, Senior Veterinarian at, says he can “help keep pets happy and healthy”.Photo credit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun

He says, “If your pet is behaving funny, or is under the weather, or you want to know something about diet or exercise, just ask. I can help keep pets happy and healthy. “

Q) MY cat Pickles continues to climb the cooler to keep warm in cold weather.

I put a towel or blanket on the radiator so it doesn’t get too hot – and of course it can go down.

But a friend said it could burn her or harm her.

Is that right?

She looks so pleased and I feel bad when I tell her to get down.

Amelia Turner, High Wycombe, Dollar

SEAN SAYS: Pickles are very unlikely to get burned, but putting on a towel is still a good idea. A hanging cat bed that is tied over the radiator is better.

Here’s some fun in science. . .

Cats are like us mammals and have thermal receptors in their skin that tell them when they are too hot and possibly get burned.

Reptiles have different thermoreceptors and are cold-blooded in search of warmth.

I have treated burns on lizards and snakes that were wrapped around an unguarded heat lamp and did not realize they were on fire.

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Q) We have a male border collie, almost four, named Marley that we love to tear to pieces.

But he’s affectionate and attention grabbing.

He moves my arm to snuggle between me and my partner on the sofa and pats my arm to snuggle him.

He’s loved and well looked after, but it’s at the point where we avoid having people as he jumps up and doesn’t leave them alone.

Do we spoil him?

Some people have said he castrated him. But he’s not snappy or grumpy.

Laura Clare, Milton Keynes

SEAN SAYS: Too much love and attention – what a problem! Kidding aside, this is a pretty standard border collie thing.

They are a smart breed and need a lot of stimulation. So if he’s not trained enough, or if he’s exercising his mind, he might get bored.

I don’t think spay and neuter is a solution here, although there are health benefits to doing at your age.

Rewarding behavior with awareness is likely part of the problem.

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Q) We have a 15 month old Border Terrier named Bessy that we got as a puppy in January 2020.

Everything was fine with the class until we were locked. (We protect for health reasons.)

She bites my husband on the feet and he cannot move without her grabbing his pants.

She wants his attention all the time, scratching the arm of his chair and then lunging with bared teeth.

When she puts on a leash, she calms down. Is a snout the answer?

Barbara Fowler, Spalding, Lincs

SEAN SAYS: It is so difficult to give advice on behavior without observation.

But starting with the basics, getting cooped up in lockdown is a problem for young and boisterous pups.

Do you have friends who might be able to give her plenty of exercise every day on long walks?

I think she’s climbing the walls.

Sean says:


Says Sean, “Starting with the basics, getting cooped up in lockdown is a problem for young and boisterous pups.”Image Credit: Getty – Contributor

Q) I am a seasoned cat owner and I have just adopted nine month old Cassie.

She was a house cat but is dying to go out. How can I safely introduce them to the garden?

Lorraine Villiers, Wolverhampton

SEAN SAYS: Have you ever heard of a “Catio”?

It’s an enclosure that you can build in your yard with a cat flap so your cat can go outside and watch the world go by – while avoiding the risk of getting lost, attacked, or hit by a car.

Domestic cats don’t have to miss out, you just need to get creative with how to entertain them.

Star of the week

ADORABLE Eric hopes to find a new home after overcoming his shyness by playing soccer.

The six-year-old American bulldog was broken when its owner moved overseas to work in October and he was turned over to the RSPCA’s Danaher Animal Home in Essex.

Eric hopes to find a new home after overcoming his shyness by playing soccer


Eric hopes to find a new home after overcoming his shyness by playing soccer

Animal Welfare Manager Craig Horsler said, “Our people worked very hard to help him gain trust.

“He’s still nervous but ready for a new home.

“It would be nice to see that he has a second chance at luck because he is a really wonderful dog.”

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No threat from stuttering pets

CATS, hamsters, horses, and ferrets can get Covid.

But they’ll likely get well again and won’t be able to pass it on to people.

Cats, hamsters, horses and ferrets can catch Covid


Cats, hamsters, horses and ferrets can catch CovidImage Credit: Shutterstock

One cat was the first pet to test positive here last summer, followed by two in New York, causing concern among owners.

In South Korea even cats and dogs are tested for coronavirus.

But vet Sean McCormack says our furry friends have nothing to worry about.

And there is no plan to develop a pet vaccination.

Sean said, “Some pets have contracted coronavirus, but it is very rare and those who have lived in close proximity to infected people and cannot spread them.

“If a pet has it, you’d expect to see coughs, sneezes, discharge from their nose and eyes, and feel under the weather, but it’s much more likely to be kennel cough or cat flu.”


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Sean said the Covid vaccine is a reminder for pet owners to make sure their animals are up to date with boosters.

Dogs and cats need annual vaccinations.

Sean added, “While we wait to be called to our bumps, it’s so important to keep our pets updated on their vaccinations as well.”

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