Introducing ‘Animal Welfare Month’

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Welcome to our ‘Animal Welfare Month’. This September we are shifting our focus to a subject that is close to any animal lover’s heart, animal welfare. This topic is something that we are very passionate about, Animal Friends Pet Insurance was actually set up to raise substantial amounts for animal welfare charities and helping animals in need is at the very core of our business.

Throughout the month we’ll be featuring four brilliant animal welfare projects that are Lothian Cat Rescue, Mane Chance Sanctuary, Pup Aid and SPANA. In addition to running features on the projects, taking a look at what kind of work they do and how they dedicate their lives to helping animals, we have also included them in September’s ‘Vote for a Charity’. (more…)

‘Cat Month’ Recap and Resource Hub

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Throughout August we have been running ‘Cat Month’, placing all of our focus upon the delightfully mischievous animal that is the feline. We’d like to thank you all for your enthusiasm on this subject and are over the moon that you responded to the topics so well. The amount of comments received and discussions created concerning cats on our Feel Good Park Facebook page has been wonderful.

Here we have a contents table of sorts that recaps the subjects we looked at; please do feel free to take a further look, comment, and share because although ‘Cat Month’ is coming to end, these little animals are too purrfect to stop talking about. (more…)

How to Care For for an Old Cat

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As cats start to get older they begin to exhibit signs of their age that you’ll need to look out for. A decrease in activity mixed with a tendency to sleep more is usually the very first sign that a cat is beginning to age. Older cats may start to suffer from more serious conditions, many lose the use of senses such as sight and/or hearing, while others can suffer from senile dementia and can experience a loss of memory, accidents involving urination/defecation, increased vocalisation or a reduced ability to cope with changes in their routine. (more…)

Indoor Cats: Is it Right to Keep a Feline Inside?

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For many first time cat owners a major thinking point is whether to let their cat go outside once it is ready to. Whilst some owners can’t bring themselves to allow their beloved friend out of their sight and support having indoor cats, others will let their friend be an outdoor cat. (more…)

Abandoned Cats; Abandoned Dogs; Why Are Pets Left Alone?

Puppy in Box smallAnimal lovers; brace yourself for some awful news…15 kittens have been found abandoned in a suitcase outside the PDSA in Southampton, whilst in a Watford scrapyard a German Shepherd cross pup was found locked in a windowless van with a note on her collar saying: ‘My name is Valarie and I’m six months old, take me too’. Unfortunately, it seems that heartbreaking stories such as these are becoming more commonplace in today’s society, so what drives people to abandon their pets?

Of course, we can start by talking about the unbelievable lack of compassion shown by those who simply leave their vulnerable pets to fend for themselves. But what makes them even think about abandoning them in the first place? (more…)

Signs That You Have a Pregnant Cat

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Continuing on with ‘Cat Month’, this week we’ll be taking a look at some things to consider as your cat grows from a kitten to an adult. If you have a female cat and haven’t had her spayed then there’s a chance that she may become pregnant. Let’s take a look at some of the telltale signs of feline pregnancy.

Recognise the Symptoms of Being in Heat

Cats that are pregnant or in heat will have enlarged nipples and be affectionate towards other living creatures. However, only a pregnant cat will be highly vocal whilst rolling around on the floor. Cats that are in heat tend to walk differently, usually with their backsides pointed up into the air and their tails slightly off to the side. (more…)

10 Cat Myths Unlocked

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Continuing on with our ‘Cat Month’ we thought we’d take a look at some of the more common cat myths and set the record straight.

1.) Cats Always Land on Their Feet

This is perhaps one of the most well-known myths of them all and most of the time it’s actually true. However, from time to time cats can land on their chins and if their fall is from a great height then they can injure their pelvis even if they do land on their feet. (more…)

Internet Cats: Why Are Felines so Popular Online?

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Whenever and wherever you go online now it seems highly likely – if not impossible – that you won’t spy a funny feline video or a cute cat picture. According to Google, the term ‘cats’ gets searched 30 million times a month; to put that into context ‘Kim Kardashian’ is searched 11 million times a month. Cats have become the rulers of the digital waves that we all so regularly ‘surf’. So how and why have internet cats such as ‘Grumpy Cat’ become such a hit on the internet?

To tackle this question we have to look at where the majority of the furry action comes from; social media. (more…)

Kitten-Proof Your Home

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Help to Make Your Home Safe for Kittens

Bringing home a kitten for the first time is very exciting and as your new friend starts to settle in you’ll need to be ready to keep them safe and happy. To help with this we have brought together some essential tips on how to kitten-proof your home so that you can ease any worries when your mischievous kitten goes exploring. Read on for in-depth tips. (more…)

The Life Cycle of Cats: Introducing Cat Month

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This month we’re going to be placing our focus on the wonderful and majestic animal that is the cat. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at the life cycle of a cat, from kitten, to adulthood and then old age. Using this structure we’ll aim to cover a wide range of subjects including specific care for each stage of the cycle, common health issues, changes in behaviour and ownership. (more…)