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Everything we do is for the cat and dog. Our research centre and extensive network of pet health professionals means we understand cats and dogs, and we want you and your pets to benefit from our knowledge. Read these articles to find out more.


Kitten Insurance

Find the right cover for your cat Every owner wants to do the best for their cat, and vets try their hardest to keep costs reasonable, but there is no denying that accidents or long-term illnesses can cause the veterinary bills to mount up. Insurance offers peace of mind that you will be able to…
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Neutering Your Cat

A decision you need to make Neutering is one of the most responsible decisions any pet owner can make, and is usually done at around the age of 6 months in the UK. Neutering not only protects against unwanted pregnancies (and with so many pets in rescue, that’s essential) but it also offers protection against…
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Oral Health for Kittens

Milk teeth Good oral health starts off when your kitten is young! When she comes home, she will still have her milk teeth, which she will enjoy using to nibble at anything she can find. These baby teeth are quite fragile, so her kibble needs to be softer and easier to break open than an…
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Kitten Behaviour and Training

How kittens learn Kittens learn first through imitation of the mother cat and then through trial and error. If the outcome is positive, then this is likely to influence their future behaviour. The ideal environment for your kitten is one where she can socialise easily and familiarise herself with people. In order to socialise your kitten…
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Kitten Nutrition and Diet

Little and often Find out what your kitten is eating before she comes home, and keep her on that for a week or so before you change it. The most important thing to remember in feeding kittens is that their digestive systems are still immature – so they can be prone to upset tummies. The…
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Bringing Your New Kitten Home

A safe journey Choose the date you pick up your new cat carefully. The ideal time is a quiet weekend when there are not too many people around. For the journey, a cat box is essential – travelling with your kitten loose in the car can be dangerous. Choose a cat box that will accommodate…
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Kittens – From Pre-Weaning to Weaning

As growth and development continues the kittens requirements will change After the colostrum received during the first hours of his life, the kitten suckles maternal milk. In the event of a large litter, or the queens ability to provide milk is insufficient or in the case of orphaned kittens, you may be directed to use…
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Kittens – From Birth to Weaning

A period of amazing development During this short period a few weeks long, which goes from birth through weaning, the frail kitten weighing about one hundred grams, completely dependent upon its mother, is going to acquire most of his/her adult skills as well as determine certain dietary preferences. Giving birth After covering, the female cat’s…
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How to Choose Your Kitten

A kitten will cheer up the home... but will grow up! Once the decision has been made to choose a companion, this becomes a commitment for several years – and perhaps even decades! Choosing a kitten is therefore a matter for the brain as much as for the heart. Once you have decided that an…
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How to Choose Your Puppy

The decision to have a dog as a pet has long term consequences and should not be taken lightly. A dog lives more than ten years on average and therefore you should aim to choose a dog whose specific requirements and needs (e.g. exercise, training, grooming etc), you will be able to meet, but you…
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Dog Body Condition Check

Please note that some breeds and different lifestages may have different ideal body condition scores. Always consult your vet if you are unsure. Click here to check your dog’s body condition.
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Preventing Excess Weight in Dogs

Keeping your dog in shape Excess weight corresponds to an imbalance between energy intakes and energy outputs. Excess food consumption (greater than an animal’s requirements) is usually central to this problem. If the trend continues, weight gain will lead to obesity: a recognised disease. A weight-loss plan which includes a specifically adapted diet will best…
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