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Bumbles is back in good health

Bumbles is back in good health
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When Stephanie Carrington's rescue cat Bumbles was diagnosed with asthma, Petplan ensured that her vet bills were covered...

My cat Bumbles has been diagnosed with feline asthma, and I'm so glad I went with Petplan for insurance.

I adopted Bumbles about nine months ago from Cats Protection - she had unfortunately been abandoned. She needed lots of love and attention to build her confidence back up, but she soon settled in and became part of the family. Bumbles was very happy but, as an indoor cat, she started to put on weight and was coughing. The vet confirmed that she had asthma.

Petplan were brilliant and helpful all the way, explaining everything to me and paying the vet directly, saving me £500 - and that was before Bumbles has even begun any treatment. She's now gradually losing weight and is a lot happier and more active. It's great to know that Petplan is covering her and will be there for any eventuality.

I wouldn't have been able to get Bumbles through the tests without Petplan. You've given me reassurance during a sad time that otherwise could have been an absolute nightmare.

Stephanie Carrington, via email

If you'd like to tell us your Petplan Customer Story, just email us at petplanblog@petplan.co.uk

 

Debate: are boy and girl pets really that different?

Debate: are boy and girl pets really that different?
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This article contains: cat dog pet gender stereotypes debate

Here's what Amanda Riley-Jones found in her recent report on gender stereotypes for PetPeople magazine. Let us know what you think by commenting below!

Q: Are boys really that boisterous? And are girls more affectionate?Many parents argue that boys are more energetic than their female peers. But what about animals?Dog trainer and psychologist June McNicholas says that the dogs and bitches she trains have the same energy levels, but cat behaviourist Celia Haddon says: 'I don't know of any scientific research to back this up, but I have a gut feeling that neutered males are more playful than neutered females. But maybe that is some sort of feline sexism in me! Perhaps I treat male cats differently, and that makes them more playful?'

Petplan prize draw: Best in Show card game

Petplan prize draw: Best in Show card game
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This article contains: petplan prize draw gift Christmas customer offer

Here's an original Christmas gift - the Best in Show card game, featuring beautiful illustrations of pedigree dog breeds by author and illustrator Polly Horner. Written and researched by canine expert Emma Aguado, they're informative, too. Each breed is scored for things such as top speed, grooming requirements and how easy they are to train.

And if you're a Petplan customer, you could win one of 10 sets. Just click here and enter your policy number. What's more, if you really can't wait, there's a 35% discount.

Entries close 31 January 2012.

Real-life story: one cat's amazing sense of smell

Real-life story: one cat's amazing sense of smell
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This article contains: cat behaviour smell customer story
We've received this extraordinary account of a cat's sense of smell from Petplan customer Margaret Wendy Harris of Northwich, Cheshire, and we just had to share it with you. Hope you like it!Dear Petplan,I have just discovered that a cat's incredible sense of smell could play an important role in helping people to identify their kith and kin. Many years after being adopted as a baby, I made contact with my natural brother for the first time. Incredibly, my six-year-old shorthaired cat, Megan, has confirmed that we are from the same flesh and blood. Normally, she runs upstairs when strangers - particularly men - call to our home.

Is this Cat App for you?

Is this Cat App for you?
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This article contains: cat Cats Protection

If you miss your cat when you're out at work or down the shops, Cats Protection have come up with a clever solution - their MyMog app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

MyMog allows you to create your own digital cat, with his own colours, style and facial expressions. You can share your cat with friends by uploading him to Twitter and Facebook, equip him with useful things like glasses and a top hat, and even give him a calming stroke by running your fingers across the screen. He'll purr if he likes it, and hiss a warning to you if he doesn't - just like the real thing (but without the claws).

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