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Kidney disease, an overactive
thyroid gland and diabetes are very
common disease entities seen in
cats as they age.
The theme that occurs with these is
that increased water consumption occurs
and is a good indicator that all is not well.
Water consumption can therefore be used
as a monitoring tool as a cat ages.
The normal daily fluid intake for a
standard sized cat of 4kg is approximately
250mls or 1 cup.
Fresh, clean water should always be
available and if you are able to estimate
water usage for pets in your house you
are more likely to pick up the above issues
earlier than you otherwise would.
When daily water consumption gets
above 100mls per kg of bodyweight
(400mls for a standard cat) then veterinary
attention should be sought.
Because some cats have that roaming
nature they may also be getting fluid from
other sources so the possibility of this
should be factored in when estimating
their water intake.
With the above disease issues early
detection and appropriate treatment
certainly helps in prolonging quality of life.
Where possible monitoring water intake
by measuring how much is given and how
much is left in the bowl every 24 hours will
allow early detection of these common
H.R. Bowsher BVSc.
Taihape Veterinary Services Ltd
Kotare Street 06 388 0863
Taihape Veterinary Services Ltd
Kotare Street, Taihape Phone (06) 388 0863 Fax (06) 388 0657
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Another A&P Show not to be missed • Family Fun for Everyone
101st Taihape and Districts
SHOW DAY 2012
Saturday 28th January 2012
At the Taihape Recreation Grounds
Gates Open At 8.30am • Entry: Adults $5.00 - Children FREE
Thank you to the Home Industries Sponsors:
Al Centro, Brown Sugar Cafe, Cafe Le Telephonique, George Edward,
Greenhaus, Gumboot Manor, H D Bond Ltd, Piccadilly & Co, Little Blue Lamb, Spacey's,
Taihape New World, Taihape Pharmacy, The Quilted Gumboot, The Wool Company
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Site bookings still available phone
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The Taihape and
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• Dog Trials
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Blooming: The native red mistletoe became hard to find
but possum control means it is now back in some areas.
By Jocelyn Fannin
Continued page 7
The summer programme run by the Conservation
Department throughout January provides excursions
into areas not often accessed by the public.
Various levels of fitness are catered for and DOC staff
have an intimate knowledge of the places being visited,
which they are happy to share.
Around October each year, the programmes are
advertised through the DOC summer programme site or
can be accessed through information centres.
Popular trips book out very quickly so speed is
necessary to secure a place.
On January 6, 52 people from throughout the country
went by bus into the heart of back country army land,
Waiouru, to view the Kaimanawa wild horses.
The first of these horses were probably introduced by
Samuel Marsden around 1814 but more were brought in
for the British Army fighting the Maori wars.
Originally dark brown or black in colour, there are now
greys, thought to have come from station hacks or
ponies released into the wild.
Most foal around October and all foals have arrived
In the early 1980s some locals from Taihape, including
historian the late Tony Batley, and local vet Grahame
Joyce, felt numbers had increased so much that some
form of control was necessary.
The horses were thin and mares were having difficulty
feeding their foals and coping with pregnancy.
The food available was not enough to sustain the herd
of around 2000 and the horses were causing concern,
both for the army and traffic on the Desert Road.
The army has control of 63,000 hectares [155,676
acres] and these horses now range in the southern third
of this land.
In 1983, the first muster took place, with 183 horses
A muster is held every two years in April and numbers
are kept to between 300 to 500. A third to a half of the
muster are able to be rehomed, with the foals showing
great promise. However, the muster is expensive, with
helicopters used, at a cost of $70,000 to $100,000.
Horses are randomly brought into the yards, a form of
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