Dog and cat owners are to face a new “code of practice” for the welfare of their pets and advised how to provide mental stimulation and entertainment to them.

The guidelines come from DEFRA and are intented to support the 2006 Animal Welfare Act and remind owners of their responsibilites.

The BBC reports that: “the code of practice also includes advice on diet and providing “somewhere suitable to go to the toilet”.

It says owners should watch for signs of stress and advises on introducing cats to dogs without the fur flying.

Owners will not be fined for breaking the rules but failure to comply may be used in animal cruelty prosecutions.”

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