I have always been a careful poop-scooper, but my dog’s mess is sometimes liquid. I really can’t pick this up. Is it illegal to leave it and will I get into trouble?
You can be given an on-the-spot fine if you don’t clean up after your dog. The amount varies but is often £50 to £80, with fines of up to £1,000 if you refuse to pay the fine. Registered blind dog owners are exempt. The law applies regardless of consistency, so dog owners need to equip themselves to deal with this eventuality: some kitchen roll tucked in poo bags should suffice.
My five-year-old cat sometimes sits at the window, looking wistful as she gazes at the world. What is she thinking about? Are cats conscious and reflective, like humans?
Consciousness : The knowledge that you are inside your head, looking out – still perplexes scientists. While brain activity can be specified as neural impulses and electrical activity, identifying the sense of self is more elusive. No one knows what cats think, but functional MRI studies suggest that their brain activity is remarkably similar to our own. They just can’t communicate like humans.
See the YouTube channel for HenriLeChatNoir to learn about a real-life cat philosopher.
Baby socks needed
Pet charity Blue Cross is calling on people to donate baby socks, which are used to maintain pets’ body temperatures during operations. If you wish to donate, send to Blue Cross, 7 Hugh Street, London, SW1V 1QG.
Neo, above, is a lovely two-year-old lurcher. Call Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on 0843 509 4444.
All sick animals should be taken to a vet.
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