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Do cats with wild roots make good pets? Bengals, Toygers and more

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Unless you happen to own a zoo or safari park, then having your own wild cat will have to remain a daydream.

However, an increasing number of people are buying cats that are descended from cross-breeding domestic cats with wild cat breeds.

Petplan takes a look into the five most popular domestic cat breeds with wild roots, and reveal all about their suitability as pets…

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Springtime dangers for cats: poisonous plants, fleas and more

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After the long, dark days of winter, the warm evenings and brightly coloured flowers of spring often can’t come quickly enough – and we’re not the only ones who look forward to this time of year.

Spring also means our cats can get outside, bask in the sun and explore our gardens and beyond.

However, with the sun and the flowers comes a few extra risks for your cat. Petplan takes a look at some of the additional issues your cat may face during the spring months…

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Are cat collars safe? Petplan looks at the pros and cons

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While a collar is a helpful accessory for a dog, in cats they can be problematical and may not be the best option for your beloved pet.

Petplan takes a look at the common reasons for fitting cats with a collar and what you need to consider…

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The mystery of chocolate unwrapped

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Following the post-Christmas lull, chocolate is big on the scene again with Easter just round the corner. But before you decide to treat your cat, dog or rabbit with a taste of your chocolate egg, remember that it’s toxic for them. But why is the treat, which we consume more at Easter than any other time of year, so bad for our pets?

The active ingredient in chocolate is the cause of the problem. Theobromine is a stimulant similar to caffeine and is very difficult for cats, dogs and rabbits to break down.

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Common illnesses in cats

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Here at Petplan, keeping pets healthy and happy is our number one priority. Many pet owners assume that injuries are the biggest risk their pet faces, but 90% of the claims Petplan receives are for illness rather than injury.

We pride ourselves on our pet health knowledge and sharing this expertise with you.

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Spring in their step

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Spring is a glorious time of year, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than being outdoors with your pet. Following on from our first blog about spring-cleaning for you and your pet, here we remind you of the importance of lifestyle changes and springtime dangers to be aware of.

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Just as you pack away the winter wardrobe, and lay off the gloves and hats, your pets have lifestyle changes too, to accommodate the change in seasons.

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Time for a Spring clean

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Spring has nearly sprung! For our pets, the excitement of the new outdoor ventures to come is nigh, and for us it’s an opportunity to put the last signs of winter to bed.

In the first of our two-part blog about the advent of spring, we explore how to spring-clean and dust-bust your home for you and your pet.

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New interactive Pet Health profiles

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Over the past 36 years Petplan have helped millions of pets through all kinds of illnesses and injuries – and all this experience has enabled us to gain a unique insight into pet health.

We’d like to share this knowledge with you, so we’re delighted to announce the arrival of the new Pet Health section on our website.

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Spread the love

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Roses, hearts and cuddly toys fill shop windows as the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day approaches. Our four-legged friends provide us with unconditional love every day of the year, so who better to spend this Valentine’s Day with? Why not pamper them with their favourite things. And if you are looking for Cupid’s bow to strike, you could find a soul mate in another pet lover with online dating sites created for likeminded people.

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In order to spoil your cat, dog or rabbit, set some playtime aside. For cats and rabbits, toys – whether homemade or newly bought – are a fantastic way to spend time together.

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Top five pet events of 2014

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There are many exciting pet events taking place in the UK this year, whether you want to show off your prize pooch, raise money for pet charities, or just find out more about your four-legged friends – there’s something for everyone. As we don’t want you to miss out, we’ve selected our top five for you to pop into your diary:

1. National Pet Month
1 April-5 May, throughout the UK
Spread the word about responsible pet ownership and celebrate life with your pets by taking part in National Pet Month.

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