Renting with pets

Cat-Opoly is just like Monopoly, but it's better 'cause it has cats!

Cat-Opoly is just like Monopoly, but it’s better ’cause it has cats!

We can all be very thankful that someone has created Cat-Opoly, a whole board game filled with the world's favourite four-legged friends. This game has great appeal to the team at Rent.com.au - let's face...
Why you should never put a goldfish in a park pond

Why you should never put a goldfish in a park pond

Have you ever walked past a fountain in the park and seen beautifully coloured fish swimming about, and wondered how they got there? By Joy Becker - Senior Lecturer, Aquatic Animal Health and Production, University of...
Cat videos lower stress and make you happy

Cat videos lower stress and make you happy

Watching cute cat videos and looking at their online pictures may not be a waste of time. A new study has found doing so could boost energy levels and increase feelings of happiness. By Sasha...
Is your dog happy? Ten common misconceptions about dog behaviour

Is your dog happy? Ten common misconceptions about dog behaviour

It is difficult to refer to what dogs, as a collective, like and dislike and how they behave. Just as humans do, dogs all have their own personalities and learned preferences and so can...
Pet bond: Renting with pets in Australia

Pet bond: Renting with pets in Australia

Do you know the rules around pet bonds in different Australian states and territories?  Landlords in most Australian states (with the exception of Western Australia) are not permitted to charge a pet bond. This payment...
Why dog theft is on the rise – and how you can keep your pet safe

Why dog theft is on the rise – and how you can keep your...

When I was growing up, seeing a dog tied up outside a shop while the owner popped inside was commonplace. Although a rarer sight these days, it makes me cringe. Not because of the often...
How do I collect a pet bond from my tenant?

How do I collect a pet bond from my tenant?

Did you know that landlords in most Australian states (with the exception of Western Australia) are not allowed to charge a pet bond? However, if you're based in WA, there are a number of steps...
Why decisions to desex male dogs just got more complicated

Why decisions to desex male dogs just got more complicated

Behavioural problems in male dogs may be affected by how early in their life they are desexed, according to a study published today in PLOS ONE. The study even raises questions about whether we should...
How gender and stereotypes can shape our relationship with dogs

How gender and stereotypes can shape our relationship with dogs

The relationship between people and their dogs can be a lasting and loving bond if the match is right. But when acquiring a dog, how do you know if that match will be a...
Why some people love animals and others couldn't care less

Why some people love animals and others couldn’t care less

The recent popularity of “designer” dogs, cats, micro-pigs and other pets may seem to suggest that pet keeping is no more than a fad. Indeed, it is often assumed that pets are a Western...