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Tag Archives: behaviour

Cat health: a guide to kidney disease


Despite their reputation for having nine lives, cats are susceptible to many ailments and illnesses just like other pets.

With this in mind, we’ve filmed a series of short videos (available on our website and YouTube Channel) about pets’ health with Petplan’s Vet of the Year 2008, Brian Faulkner.

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What’s the best book for pet lovers?


At Petplan, we are always keen to discover and share all things to do with pets. With this in mind, for this week’s blog we’ve collected some of our favourite cat, dog and rabbit books.

From My Family and Other Animals to Marley and Me, pets have taken a starring role in many stories over the years. Here are some of our top reads from recent times

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Debate: should cats be allowed out at night?

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Not so long ago, most cats were let out each evening to roam as they pleased while their owners slept peacefully. Nowadays it’s becoming less common. With around one in four cats killed on the road, should all our feline friends be locked in at night? Sophie Mackenzie examines the issue for Petplan.

If you are a cat owner, you will be familiar with the feeling of being jerked from sleep in the small hours by needle-sharp claws kneading your body.

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Do our pets understand us?

A kitten looking surprised

“Just look at him – he understands every word we’re saying!” It’s a boast we often hear from doting dog owners, but how much do our canine companions and their feline friends really comprehend?

Scientists have been studying pets’ language learning ability for decades, with some remarkable discoveries.

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Catch up with Hounds for Heroes puppy, Bunker

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‘Puppy parent’ Grace Brandon shares the latest achievements of her trainee assistance dog, Bunker. The two have been paired up by Hounds for Heroes, a charity that trains dogs to assist former emergency service and armed forces employees who’ve been injured in the line of duty. Petplan continues to follow their story.

Bunker is now 13 months old and is growing into a very handsome boy!

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Is it fine to share your bed with your pet? Debate update


Does snuggling up with your pet help you both to get a good night’s sleep, or is letting your companion into bed strictly off limits?

From pusses on pillows to dogs under duvets, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

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Is it sensible to keep rabbits indoors?


The answer is yes, providing you take the right precautions. Kim Sullivan talks to one man who says his bunnies are a delight to have in the house.

‘There is nothing nicer than coming home to find your two rabbits lying on the carpet looking completely content,’ says Alan Wilson, who has shared his home with his pet bunnies for 10 years. ‘They surprise us every day with their cute antics.’

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Are our pets’ personalities programmed at birth?

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Rachael Garside investigates whether nature or nurture has the greater influence on our companions’ behaviour.

Mike Mullan is used to seeing people cross the street to avoid him when he’s out walking his dogs. He’s the proud owner of two impressive Rottweilers, Lazer and Ross, but admits that he gets frustrated when people assume his pets are aggressive and unpredictable.

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Caring for dogs in their later years

Fosterer Lisa with Skye, a five-year-old Lurcher, and 10-year-old Greyhound Duke

We all love our pooches, but what happens to them when their owners are no longer able to look after them? Michele Simmons meets the Oldies Club, a registered charity with 40 dogs in its care.

It all started back in 2005 with a 13-year-old Collie called Ted. He was blind in one eye and was found wandering the streets of Warrington, looking very thin and terrified of the cars.

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Does your pet have the winter blues?

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Winter blues

If you’re finding it hard to cope with the cold, grey winter days, then spare a thought for your pet, who might be suffering too. Julian Hall investigates.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is the medical name for what many people call ‘winter blues’. If you have SAD, you may find that your sleep pattern, energy levels and mood change during the winter months.

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