'Cat hack' mystery as neighbour stumped by water bottle trick to warn off unwanted pets

'Cat hack' mystery as neighbour stumped by water bottle trick to warn off unwanted pets

More than 250 people commented on the picture and tried to explain how the water bottles are supposedly a hack to repel any cat or dog who may want to use someone’s garden as a public toilet.

Pug and tortoise are best friends who love to lounge in the sun together

Pug and tortoise are best friends who love to lounge in the sun together

The couple adopted Zelda after finding her by chance when they moved with the then-one-year-old Milo to Dubai for work at the end of 2016.Michelle said: ‘We lived in an apartment before moving to our house in Dubai and one day I noticed a tortoise had wandered into our garden.

These common home and garden plants are actually poisonous to dogs

These common home and garden plants are actually poisonous to dogs

Daffodils Tulips Clematis Geranium Hydrangeas Bluebells Snowdrops Rhododendrons Irises Azaleas The charity advises that owners also need to watch out for substances such as insecticides and poisons used in treating common garden nuisances (used by 39% of dog owners) that can be potentially toxic to dogs.

Dog best friends with cat who knocks on door to 'ask if he can play'

Dog best friends with cat who knocks on door to 'ask if he can play'

The 35-year-old says the cat – who they refer to as ‘Black Cat’ and appears to arrive from a nearby house – is in her garden every morning to do her ‘daily yoga’ stretches with Benji and will follow her and her dog on their walks into town for 20 minutes.

A war evacuee shares her recollections... and reveals how well it works

A war evacuee shares her recollections... and reveals how well it works

We talked in the garden and, as Spitfires from the local war museum droned overhead, giving rich folk a taste of danger, she remembered two young brothers whose mother had ordered them to return to London to be with her.

Tim Dowling: is the dog’s friendship with the fox sweet – or a bad omen?

Tim Dowling: is the dog’s friendship with the fox sweet – or a bad omen?

My wife sits up in bed.“What’s going on?” she says.“The dog is barking,” I say, standing up to look out the window.If you open the front door at night, the dog will often run out between your legs to chase the fox down an adjacent lane.

Escaped dogs put down after mauling great-grandmother to death in her garden

Escaped dogs put down after mauling great-grandmother to death in her garden

Lucille Downer, 85, who had dementia, was pronounced dead at the scene (Picture: West Midlands Police)Two dogs who killed a great-grandmother in a vicious attack in her own garden have been ‘humanely destroyed’.

Springtime Safety Tips

Springtime Safety Tips

Spring has sprung, and with the change of season, our thoughts turn to Easter celebrations, spring cleaning and much-needed home improvement projects.It may be wise to confine your dog or cat to a designated pet-friendly room during home improvement projects.

‘Britain’s most destructive dog’ covers walls, furniture and sofa in blue paint

‘Britain’s most destructive dog’ covers walls, furniture and sofa in blue paint

Rescue dog Max, one, has earned a reputation for destruction (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)Lorna Lowery left her dog Max alone for just two minutes when she popped into the garden to tidy away her children’s toys.

'Looking for a flamingo?': bird trafficking in Iraq – photo essay

'Looking for a flamingo?': bird trafficking in Iraq – photo essay

Flamingos belonging to Mustafa Ahmed Ali. He sells up to 10 birds a month.Ali, the bird seller, buys his flamingos from poachers in Sheeb, a large swamp area close to the Iranian border.

Woman, 25, ‘savaged to death by dog she rescued’ is pictured

Woman, 25, ‘savaged to death by dog she rescued’ is pictured

Keira Ludlow is thought to have rescued the dog after finding it in a garden (Picture: Keira Ladlow/Facebook)No one else was inside the property at the time of the attack, but neighbours told how they could hear Ms Ludlow screaming and shouting for help.

Woman kicked dognapper in shin as he snatched lead from her hand

Woman kicked dognapper in shin as he snatched lead from her hand

Owners have been told to ‘not let their dogs out of their sight’ (Picture: North News & Pictures Ltd nort)A woman kicked a dognapper in the shin after he tried to snatch her dog’s lead from her hand.

Man jailed for slashing his dog’s throat and leaving it to bleed to death

Man jailed for slashing his dog’s throat and leaving it to bleed to death

The dog’s lifeless body was discovered under a tyre in the garden (Picture: RSPCA)A man who slashed his dog’s neck and left it to bleed to death has been jailed for 26 weeks.

Westminster dog show ditches Madison Square Garden for 1st time in a century

Westminster dog show ditches Madison Square Garden for 1st time in a century

Breed and group judging will be held both days, and best in show will be chosen June 13 and televised by Fox. The 67-acre Lyndhurst site has hosted dog shows over the years.“The Lyndhurst estate is absolutely gorgeous and even with the show moving outside, I think it keeps with the prestige of being Westminster, if not even adds to it,” said Clint Livingston, who has handled dogs at Westminster every year since 1983.

Man turns his back garden into peaceful paradise for his poorly dog

Man turns his back garden into peaceful paradise for his poorly dog

Along with a waterfall and massive koi pond, the garden has a Tiki bar (Picture: William Lailey / CATERS NEWS)Chris transformed the garden with help from his wife and some friends from the building trade.

Family offer £4,000 reward after 17 dogs and puppies stolen from kennels

Family offer £4,000 reward after 17 dogs and puppies stolen from kennels

Meanwhile, Melissa and Darren are offering £2000 each for the safe return of chocolate-coloured cocker spaniel Annie, and grey and white cockapoo Betsy, to their home in Chippenham, near Newmarket.

Country diary: magpies are not to be seen in black and white terms

Country diary: magpies are not to be seen in black and white terms

For several years, the ivy’s inner reaches have been home to a pair of magpies, whose calls one eminent ornithologist unkindly compared to the sound of machine-gun fire.I counted five magpies flying towards the shot bird.

40 animals are being dumped across the country every day in lockdown

40 animals are being dumped across the country every day in lockdown

It has received more than 112,000 calls from members of the public and there are now more than 4,600 animals in RSPCA care.A spokesperson for the charity said: ‘Although much of the country is in lockdown, sadly there are still thousands of animals who need our help, including abandoned pets.

Woman creates obstacle course for chickens and dogs in her garden

Woman creates obstacle course for chickens and dogs in her garden

Joe Collings Nutkins ,40, had been meaning to set up the course for a while, but as she has Myalgic Encephalitis (ME), which causes extreme pain and fatigue if not managed, and often needs to rest between playing and training her dogs, she had yet to find the time.

Cat looking for a home after no one turned up to her birthday party

Cat looking for a home after no one turned up to her birthday party

She’s a sweet girl who loves a snuggle (Picture: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)Battersea’s Cattery Team Leader, Chrissie Grindrod, said: ‘It’s always a shame to see one of our cats be repeatedly overlooked, especially one so young and with so much to offer as a pet.