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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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Christmas presents for pets


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


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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Bringing home baby


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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New tricks


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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How to prepare your home for a new pet


The first few days in its new home can be daunting for a pet – it takes time and some forward thinking to prepare your home to welcome them.

Here’s some advice on putting the new family member at ease.

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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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For the love of Battersea

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'Aladdin A Wish Come True' photocall, the O2, London, Britain - 20 Sep 2012

Millions of animal lovers have been tuning in to ITV1’s Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs to follow the fortunes of the canine residents at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

Having experienced the heartbreak of losing his faithful sidekick Buster in 2009, entertainer Paul O’Grady is no stranger to the sad side of animal life. But, as he says of the programme, ‘People think it’s all doom and gloom but it’s not. Battersea is a magical place.’

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Debate: Are cat cafés a good idea?

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Sometimes we’d all like a cuddle from a kitten or cat, even if we don’t have one ourselves. In cultures where having a pet is costly or impractical, cat cafés offer the chance to cosy up with a cat while enjoying a cup of coffee.

There are currently nearly 40 cat cafés in Japan and earlier this year Europe’s first cat café opened up in Austria.

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All you need to know about pet-proofing your home

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Tired of chewed furniture, dirty upholstery and discovering little surprises? Here’s our quick guide to limiting your pet’s impact on your home.

How to stop kittens shredding the curtains
Loop curtains out of leaping range (but avoid tie-back cords, which can pose a risk of pet strangulation). Re-channel their energy with toy mice and ping-pong balls to bat, and a tunnel of cardboard boxes to race through. Fishing-rod cat toys are a great way to play with a kitten without getting scratched.

Pets vs. pot plants
If you’re having problems with your pet leaving little surprises in the compost of your pot plants, place cobbles on the surface. If your pet nibbles leaves, move plants to a higher level. Avoid lilies, poinsettias, azaleas, amaryllis and ivy,

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