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Black cats: separating the myths from the facts

Black cats: separating the myths from the facts
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This article contains: Cats Protection cats
Black cats are sleek, dazzling and dressed with a coat to impress.

However, black and black-and-white cats made up 45% of the total cats coming into Cats Protection’s care during 2015, and on average, took 22% longer to find a home than cats of other colours.

For centuries, black cats have played an important role in superstition, mythology and folklore – with many of these superstitions continuing to this very day.

In fact, in a survey conducted by Cats Protection in 2015, it was found that, rather than dying out, some myths about black cats being unlucky have some currency with young people. Twelve percent of those surveyed aged 18-24 said that black cats were unlucky, while only 2 per cent of over 55 year old people did.

Petplan takes a look at the origins of black cat superstitions and separates the myths from the facts.

Stories from the surgery: Spotting Alabama Rot and Seasonal Canine Illness

Stories from the surgery: Spotting Alabama Rot and Seasonal Canine Illness
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Petplan vet Brian Faulkner has once again taken time out of his busy schedule to tell us all about some of the strange, funny and sometimes difficult cases he encounters in his surgery.This month, he tells us about very two similar but very dangerous and largely unknown conditions that every dog owner needs to be aware of; Alabama Rot and Seasonal Canine Illness.

Dog training: How to ensure you develop a good relationship with your puppy

Dog training: How to ensure you develop a good relationship with your puppy
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This article contains: Puppy training clicker training
It’s important that training starts within a few weeks of your new puppy settling in to their new home. Teaching basic commands will give you better control of your puppy, and help them understand what you want them to do.Petplan takes a look at useful training tips to help you and your puppy build your relationship…

What to know if you are buying a… Persian cat

What to know if you are buying a… Persian cat
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There are many aspects that potential cat owners need to consider before acquiring a cat or kitten as each breed has their own unique personalities and heath care needs.

Petplan takes a look at the origins, temperament and common health problems of the Persian cat.

Bringing home a kitten: the first 24 hours

Bringing home a kitten: the first 24 hours
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This article contains: Kittens first 24 hours getting a kitten
Whether you are an experienced cat owner or it’s your first time adopting a kitten, it’s vital to properly prepare for the arrival of your new kitty to make it as stress-free as possible for the both of you. Petplan takes a look at your kitten’s first 24 hours in their new home and offers some advice on how to make settling in as easy as possible.
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