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…)

Taking Your Dog to the Beach

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When thinking about fun things to do with your dog during the summer why not consider taking them to the beach. Being creatures that are led by their keen sense of smell and hearing, the beach can provide dogs with an amazing day out full of interesting sights and sounds that they’ll absolutely love. Thousands of owners and their dogs flock to the beach every year and with this in mind we thought we’d take a look at some things to consider if you’re going to be taking your dog to the beach. (more…)

Looking After Senior Pets in Summer

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Summer is a wonderful time for nature with everything coming to life. This is perhaps the most exciting time of the year for cats and dogs as there are so many things for them to explore and enjoy. Senior pets are no different to younger pets in this regard and they’ll enjoy the sights and smells just as much as when they were younger. However, it is important to remember that older pets are at more risk during the hotter months and with that in mind we’ve pulled together a few tips to help keep your senior pets safe this summer. (more…)

Dogs and Cars: Keeping Your Dog Safe This Summer

Lab in CarNow that July is upon us we’re going to be focusing on the topic of ‘Pets in Summer’, taking a look at a range of subjects and issues that affect pets and owners during one of the hottest months of the calendar year. An important part of this is pets and travel.

Something that we must discuss from the very off is dogs and cars. (more…)

Pets in Summer: How We Can Help Our Animals

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Now that July is upon us we’re going to be focusing on the topic of ‘Pets in Summer’, taking a look at a range of subjects and issues that affect pet owners during one of the hottest months of the calendar year.

There is so much to think about when talking about your pets this summer that it would be hard to take it all in at once. So we thought we’d break it down a little bit for you and space out all of the topics throughout the month. (more…)

The UK’s Attitude to Microchipping Revealed

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Lost or stolen pets, and should vets check? Our survey results are in!

Losing a pet is every owner’s nightmare, and since microchipping is intended to help lost pets be returned quickly and safely, you might assume it’d be one of the first things owners would do. But since vets don’t currently check pets for microchips when they’re admitted into their care, is chipping seen as the right thing to do?

Animal Friends recently carried out a survey of pet owners to find out more about who does and doesn’t microchip and why, and also to gauge the UK’s attitude to vets not routinely checking microchips. Here is a full run-down of our findings: (more…)