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Should I take my cat on holiday?

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Taking your cat with you on holiday may seem like a great idea – but would likely cause a lot of unnecessary distress for your furry friend.

Cats are very territorial and therefore feel most secure in familiar surroundings. Put simply, they’re homebodies.

Petplan takes a look into how your cat can be cared for, so that both of you can relax and enjoy your breaks!

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Stories from the surgery: spotting Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease in cats

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Petplan vet Brian Faulkner has once again taken time out of his busy schedule to tell us all about some of the strange, funny and sometimes difficult cases he encounters in his surgery…

One issue that crops up regularly in the surgery is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, otherwise known as FLUTD. It’s not a specific condition, but is a term used to describe conditions that may affect the urinary tract and bladders of cats.

It’s a common problem area in cats and something that owners need to be aware of.

Let’s look at it in more detail…

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What to know if you are buying a… Maine Coon Cat

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Maine Coon cat sitting outside a red door

There are many aspects that potential cat owners need to consider before acquiring a cat or kitten and each have their own unique personalities and health care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the Maine Coon…

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New Year’s Eve pet safety: how to keep your dog, cat or rabbit calm during the fireworks

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While many of us will be all too aware of the unease that bonfire night and the surrounding period can cause our pets, it can be easy to forget that New Year’s Eve can also be a time of stress for our furry friends.

Petplan looks at tips to help keep your pet calm and safe during this New Year’s Eve…

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Black cats: separating the myths from the facts

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Black cats are sleek, dazzling and dressed with a coat to impress.

However, black and black-and-white cats made up 45% of the total cats coming into Cats Protection’s care during 2015, and on average, took 22% longer to find a home than cats of other colours.

For centuries, black cats have played an important role in superstition, mythology and folklore – with many of these superstitions continuing to this very day.

In fact, in a survey conducted by Cats Protection in 2015, it was found that, rather than dying out, some myths about black cats being unlucky have some currency with young people. Twelve percent of those surveyed aged 18-24 said that black cats were unlucky, while only 2 per cent of over 55 year old people did.

Petplan takes a look at the origins of black cat superstitions and separates the myths from the facts.

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What to know if you are buying a… Bengal Cat

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There are many aspects that potential cat owners need to consider before acquiring a cat or kitten and each breed has their own unique personalities and health care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the Bengal cat…

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What to know if you’re buying a… British Shorthair cat

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There are many aspects that potential cat owners need to consider before acquiring a kitten or cat, with each breed having their own unique personalities and health care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the British Shorthair…

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Winter paw care for cats and dogs: shoes, balms and more

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The weather may still be someway off its winter worst, but now is the perfect time to start preparing your pet for the colder months – and one thing that needs plenty of attention is their paws.

Despite cats and dogs appearing to stride around on harsh terrain without a care in the world, their paws can be sensitive and require lots of care.

Petplan takes a look at how you can ensure your pet’s paws come through the winter months unscathed…

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How to keep your pets safe and healthy during autumn

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Autumn can be a great time of year – the chunky scarves and thick coats come out, your garden becomes a blaze of reds and yellows, and, of course, there’s the joy of letting your cat or dog leap about in piles of crisp leaves.

However it’s vital to keep in mind that, while autumn can be fun, it can also play host to a variety of problems for your pet.

Petplan looks at some of the things you need to keep an eye out for…

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Injured cats and dogs: what to do if you find an animal in distress

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Finding a sick or injured cat or dog can be an incredibly distressing experience and presents a myriad of difficult questions.

Should I approach them? Who should I call? Do they have an owner?

Petplan takes a look at the things you should do to ensure that you stay safe and the animal receives the best possible care and attention…

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