Dr Kate introduces her strange pets James and Michael to 96FMs Breakfast Crew during Talking Pets 17 Nov 2014

17.11.14

Strange pets were the order of today, Monday 17 November 2014 on Talking Animals with Dr Kate, much to the surprise of presenters Blackers, Carmen and Fitzi. Enter James and Michael, the burrowing cockroaches – native to tropical Queensland amongst other places in Oz, who created a sensation this morning on the Talking Pets slot on 96FM. Named by my son after his dad, cockroach James (the one that bites a little bit) was Carmen’s particular favourite (NOT!) You can see and listen here

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We also heard from Alan, who has recently adopted an injured Boobook owl thanks to his dad, a road train driver, who noticed an injured owl on the side of the road and rescued him. Named Hoot by the kids and Franklin by Alan, I suggested that along with chicken that Alan has been feeding him, the owl should be fed with live insects which can be purchased from pet food suppliers. The Wildlife Carers would also be able to provide some good tips. What’s important to recognise is that with owls, if their feathers aren’t working properly, their prey can hear them and they can starve to death if they are re-introduced to their habitat too early. Listen by clicking the link.

It was a very eventful show this morning. Can’t wait to hear what the listeners and crew have in store for me next week. Tune in to 96FM on Mondays at 8.40am.

About Dr Kate

Perth vet and proprietor of Kalmpets Animal Behaviour Centre and Dog Day Care, Dr Kate Lindsey completed a first class honours degree in zoology and neuroscience at UWA, followed by a veterinary degree with first class honours, at Murdoch. Since graduating in 2005, Dr Kate has worked as a vet in small animal practices around Perth. As her zoological roots show, she has always had an interest in animal behaviour. Dr Kate successfully completed a post-graduate program in veterinary behaviour medicine and was admitted as a member of The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Animal Behaviour in 2012. She is a qualified veterinarian behaviourist. Dr Kate established Kalmpets in 2012, Western Australia’s only sole focus mobile vet behaviour practice that delivered comprehensive solutions to improve behaviour problems in dogs, cats and pets.

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