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How to plan ahead and make bonfire night fireworks more bearable for your cat, dog or rabbit

A golden retriever looks scared

Fireworks are a great antidote for the cold weather blues, and can be enormous fun for all of the family. However, one member who may not be so enamoured is your pet.

Cats, dogs and rabbits have no understanding of what’s going on, and things such as bright flashes and loud noises may spook animals of even the most relaxed dispositions.

This will manifest itself in scared or stressed behaviour such as attempting to run away, toileting in the house, refusing to eat, destructiveness and trembling.

It doesn’t have to be this way though and by ignoring the problem -such behaviours can manifest year on year. Thankfully, there are things you can do in the weeks building up to the event to reduce your pet’s distress during this time, and build up their tolerance to loud noises and flashes…

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Top tips for moving house with a cat or dog

A stripy cat looks out of a window

Moving home can be an incredibly difficult time – and if you add a cat or a dog into the mix then things become even more challenging.

It’s often stressful enough when you understand what’s going on, so imagine how it must be for your pet, who has no comprehension of what the upheaval is all about.

Their home is being emptied, there are strange noises, unusual smells and new people entering and leaving – and that’s all before you’ve actually moved.

However, there are various ways to help minimise the stress of moving house for your pet. Here are Petplan’s top tips to do just that…

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Pet paw care: how to ensure your cat or dog’s feet are pedicured perfection

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Golden Retriever looking puzzled

The way cats and dogs scamper over concrete, grass and sand without a care can give the impression their paws are tough as old boots – but the reality is very different and it’s vital you make sure their paws are well looked after.

Here are Petplan’s top tips for making sure your pet’s feet stay in top condition all year around…

It’s important to remember the below is general advice for looking after your pet’s paws. If you have any concerns or are worried about your pet, then your first port of call should always be your vet.

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Is it a good idea to have more than one cat in your home?

Two cute black and white moggie kittens

Deciding whether to get a cat is a big decision that requires plenty of careful consideration – and if you’re thinking of adding another into a home that already has one (or getting more than one), then there are even more things to deliberate.

All of the things you initially took into account – such as expense and your ability to care for them – are still vitally important, but this time around there is more than one pet to think about.

Petplan takes a look at the considerations of having two (or more) cats in your home…

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Pedigree cats: What to consider when buying Persian cats, Ragdolls and more

Blonde Burmese Cat looking relaxed

Owning a pedigree cats can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience for many cat lovers – but there are plenty of things that need careful consideration before getting one of your own.

The added expense, additional care and potential ethical concerns in relation to breeding practices are all things that require further investigation.

Petplan takes a look at these topics and several others to help you decide whether owning a pedigree cat is right for you…

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Summer BBQ pet safety: how to keep your cat or dog safe

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White Jack Russell playing in the sun

In the summer time, our pets can often appear to enjoy a BBQ just as much as we do.

The opportunity to be surrounded by lots of meat sizzling away, smelling fantastic and tasting great can prove irresistible.

However, it’s important to remember that BBQ’s can also be dangerous for pets, so here are Petplan’s top tips for keeping your cats and dogs safe and happy during the BBQ season…

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Dog and cat grooming: why it’s not just Crufts entrants that need care and attention

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Brown Labradoodle dog

Pet grooming is often perceived as being purely for beauty, but in reality it’s hugely important for their health and wellbeing – even if you’re not planning to enter them in Crufts.

How often you groom your pet will depend on a number of factors (such as the length of their coat) but it’s an important part of every pet’s routine.

Grooming can help you spot fleas, bumps and cuts as well as skin problems – and will also help you bond with your pet.

Petplan has put together some useful tips to help you get started with dog and cat grooming…

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What should you do if you find a stray cat?

Black and white moggy cat

According to the Blue Cross, the number of stray cats in the UK is on the increase and a stray can often be hungry, frightened or even sick or injured.

Because of the often difficult decisions that need to be made if you come across an injured cat, it’s important to know what to do should you find one.

Petplan has put together some useful advice should you find a stray cat with some help from our friends at the Blue Cross…

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Petplan Find a Pet: top 10 most popular cat breeds

Grey cat sleeping

Petplan’s free Find a Pet service allows you to search for kittens, puppies, cats and dogs for sale and rehoming across the UK.

It’s a wonderful place for responsible breeders to advertise and find new homes for their animals and for would-be owners to find themselves the perfect pet.

We’ve put together our 10 most popular cat breeds from the site along with some helpful information about the typical personality and temperament of each breed…

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Petplan’s key points for responsible pet ownership

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Getting a pet can bring a lot of happiness to both you and your new cat, dog or any other furry friend you welcome into your home.

However, it’s also a serious commitment with many important duties to consider that may not be immediately apparent – responsible pet ownership consists of more than simply feeding and playing with your pet.

Here are some things to bear in mind before and after you get a new pet…

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