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Practical tips on common cat problems

How to body condition score your cat video

Our veterinary surgeon, Su, shows you how to body condition score your cat in a simple step –by –step video guide.

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Five tips to stop cats from scratching up the furniture

Are you feeling that sometimes having a cat has a small downside, at least from the furniture’s point of view? Then you’re not alone. Cats love scratching, so we have to find the best way for all of us live together: cats, owners and sofas.

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“Smile!” How to take the perfect picture of your cat

Every cat is unique and, in the eyes of every 'pet parent', the most beautiful animal to ever walk the earth. And that's just how it should be. But how do you capture that spirit, that personality, that 'special something' about your cat in a photograph that you'll always treasure? Well, the good news is that the advent of affordable digital cameras has made it easier than ever… The techniques for capturing a stunning image of your cat are pretty much the same that you'd use for taking photos of any other kind of wildlife - immense patience; flexibility over lighting and exposure; awareness of the feelings of the animal; and lots and lots of shots! With a digital camera it doesn't matter how many images you take, so you can snap away to your heart's desire - the more shots you take, the better chance of catching that one perfect image.

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People with allergies and cats

You may want a cat but are concerned about any allergies you or someone in your family may have. Perhaps you already have a cat and have found your allergy is a problem. The good news is that people with allergies and cats can live together! Allergies to cats are caused by a reaction to certain proteins found in oils secreted from her skin and in her saliva.

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Travelling with your cat

Most cats are not particularly happy travellers - they are usually bonded strongly to their own territory and feel very vulnerable off home ground. The rewards of staying with the family 'pack' or the potential of exploring or walking somewhere new at the end of the journey do not excite the average feline in the same way as its canine cousins.

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Adopting an Adult Cat

With an adult cat you'll have a very good idea of the cat's temperament straightaway. A kitten may behave one way in its youth change significantly (and not always for the better!) as it grows up.

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Soiling Indoors

The cat is usually fastidious about its toilet habits and will consistently use a litter tray indoors, if it is provided, or soil in the garden. If she is soiling indoors it can therefore be very worrying. Occasionally a one-off accident can occur if a cat is ill, trapped in a room or suddenly frightened.

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Moving house with your cat

If there's one thing more stressful than moving house, then it's moving house with your cat. With some careful planning though, everything should go smoothly. Cats develop strong bonds with their environment so house moves are potentially stressful.

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Dealing with hairballs

Almost all cat owners have seen a hairball or heard the disturbing sound of their cat trying to cough one up. Hairballs are easy to recognise as they take the distinctive form of cylindrical (tube shaped) masses of hair.

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Summer Heat and warm weather tips

Much like us humans, cats need special care when it comes to hot, sunny weather. Sunburn, heat exhaustion and dehydration can affect indoor as well as outdoor cats, so make sure you and your cat are fully prepared for the summer heat.

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Grooming your cat

Cats are extremely clean animals, but even the most fastidious cat will benefit from a little help with grooming. Especially if they have long hair. Grooming your cat is also an excellent way to bond. It's a good idea to get your cat used to being brushed and combed from an early age.

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How to groom and bath your cat

Anyone who has a cat knows they are meticulous groomers. Most cats will spend a large part of the day grooming themselves but sometimes they may need a little extra help – for example, if they have been injured or if longer hair becomes tangled.

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