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Tag Archives: cat

Body scoring: how to check your pet’s weight

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Body condition scoring is a useful method to determine whether your dog, cat or rabbit is at a healthy weight. This can be especially useful at this time of year; the indulgences of the festive season can affect our pets just like us. But being underweight is unhealthy too. Here, vet Brian Faulkner takes us through the 3 simple steps of body scoring your four-legged friend.

There isn’t a single ideal weight for pets. Greyhounds are slimmer than St Bernards, while Siamese cats tend to be thinner than large breeds like the Bengal.

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Why does my pet have whiskers?

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Pets are intriguing, which is part of the joy of ownership. Questions about why they do certain things or why they have certain features are abundant. Take whiskers for example; why do our pets have them? Here we investigate the science behind something seemingly so normal.

As ships and aeroplanes have radars, pets have their own navigational tools – whiskers.

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Customer story: Chewie strikes back

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The Parmee family were devastated when their beloved cat Chewie was diagnosed with lymphoma. But thanks to his vet and lots of love, he’s now well again.

Mum-of-three Elizabeth Parmee welcomed Chewie into her family six years ago, and he has been a cherished member ever since.

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Christmas presents for pets

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What treats has Santa got in store for your dog, cat or bunny this year? Sophie Mackenzie finds out about great gifts for your furry friends this winter.

A pet isn’t just for Christmas, but many of us like to make the festive season as special for our furry friends as it is for us.

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The 12 tips for Christmas with your pet

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The trees are going up, the presents are being wrapped, the food preparations are beginning, and the excitement is escalating – Christmas is just around the corner!

The festive season provides many exciting opportunities for our furry friends too; decorations to play with, wrapping paper to hide in – the choices are endless!

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November charity prize draw winner

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At Petplan, we are passionate about animal welfare, which is why we work with more animal re-homing charities than any other pet insurance provider – in fact over 1,200 throughout the UK.

With the rising cost of animal care, we realise that helping these charities with their valuable work is more important than ever before.

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Bringing home baby

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How do you help your pets adjust to a brand-new member of the family? Hazel Davis, dog-lover and mum of two, shares some advice from her own experiences about how to live together safely and happily.

When I became pregnant with my first child, people gently suggested that our dogs might object to an unannounced arrival – neither is especially known for calmness.

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Scary season: what spooks your pet?

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Whether it’s things that go bump in the night or things that go bang in the sky, autumn can be a stressful time for pets and their owners. Julian Hall identifies some common causes of fright for our furry friends at this time of year, and how to avoid them.

The autumnal season is that little bit more hectic now with the growing popularity of Halloween and the various activities, from ‘Trick or Treating’ to the early onset of fireworks, which make up what is now effectively ‘Bonfire Fortnight’.

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Does your pet like to pinch?

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Here at Petplan we adore our animals, but some of them steal more than just our hearts. Sophie Mackenzie reveals the reasons behind our furry friends’ thieving tendencies.

Just about anyone who’s had a puppy will know the horror of hunting for a favourite pair of shoes, only to find one of them chewed beyond recognition in the dog’s basket.

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New tricks

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Our feline friends can master tricks just like dogs. In fact teaching your cat some clever tricks can improve their mental agility and wellbeing, as well as strengthening the bond between you.

Pets can learn to perform all manner of tricks, from heeding a potentially life-saving ‘wait’ command to more unusual activities such as skateboarding.

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