The Cost of Owning a Pet

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Throughout September we are running ‘Animal Welfare Month’ and placing our focus upon topics such as endangered species, animal welfare charities and environmental issues that affect billions of animals around the world. Owning and raising an animal is something that falls under the label of animal welfare and we thought we’d take a look at the cost of owning a pet. (more…)

The Manchester Dogs’ Home Fire: And the Two Sides to Human Nature

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Upon hearing the news that Manchester Dogs’ Home was set alight last night (Thursday 11th September) killing 60 dogs (at the time of writing), everyone here at Animal Friends Pet Insurance is in a state of shock. When you think that literally millions of people in the UK alone dedicate their everyday lives to helping animals in need, this just intensifies the sadness around the destruction of a charity that carries out vital work in helping the dogs of Manchester. (more…)

Taking a Look at Animal Heroes

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Today marks thirteen years since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Almost 3,000 people were killed and more were injured. The shockwaves affected all of us, politically and personally, and the repercussions are still visible today. While soldiers and law enforcement work hard to keep us safe they do have a little help from our animal friends. Dogs and horses have been involved in combat for hundreds of years. We only need to look to tapestries and paintings to see depictions of horses riding into battle, and William Wallace had a Spaniel who aided him in conflict. Having grown up as part of a military family, with my dad and uncle still serving, I thought I’d take a look at some of the animal heroes who have saved lives and the dogs who work every day to help their families live more freely. (more…)

The Badger Cull: What Do We know?

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Today the badger cull was reinstated in areas of Somerset and Gloucestershire despite vociferous opposition by celebrities, the RSPCA, scientists, charities and members of the public. The government has set a target to shoot at least 316 badgers in Somerset and 615 in Gloucestershire. Marksmen involved have said that they are confident that they will meet these expectations despite failing to make their goal of 70% last year, even after up to five weeks of extensions. 1,861 badgers were killed at an approximate cost of £4,100 per badger. (more…)

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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Right click on this link and then click ‘Open link in new tab’ for the full-size infographic: http://www.animalfriends.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/How-to-Care-for-an-Old-Cat-Inforgraphic-PNG.png

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…)