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Welcome to Petplan’s blog, a space where you can read up on the latest pet-news, find out interesting facts and tips about keeping your pets happy and healthy, and share your views on hot topics.

Does your quiet cat need to see the vet?

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Q: Our cat seems to have a silent purr. We have never heard him make any purring noises, but we have felt a vibration in his throat when he is content. Is this common?A: It is likely that your feline is purring, but at such a low volume that you

Why has my house rabbit started to wee outside his litter tray?

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Q: My three-year-old dwarf lop house rabbit was perfectly house trained and used his litter trays with no any 'accidents' until he went into a rabbit boarding hotel for a weekend 18 months ago. After that, he continued to use his tray but occasionally urinated just outside it, too. Recently, he has

Is your jealous pet ruining your relationship?

Is your jealous pet ruining your relationship?
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Pets often demand a lot of care and attention – and this can put a strain on other relationships in your life. We take a look at what to do when your pet becomes a green-eyed monster. From the PetPeople magazine archiveWhen your dog insists that you cuddle up to him and not your new partner, or your cat disappears in a huff every time your partner shows their face, it could be down to a case of pet jealousy. The problem of jealous pets is now of such sensitivity that Battersea Dogs & Cats Home have offered their advice to pet owners about how to best to bring your pet and new partner together. ‘Jealous pets can be a deal-breaker for relationships, especially in the early stages,’ says Pat Moore, Battersea’s behaviour unit manager. ‘Over-compensating by mollycoddling them doesn’t work either,

Woofers and tweeters? The very latest doggy technology

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As if the range of technology available to humans these days wasn't mind-boggling enough, now it's time to bring your beloved dog into the 21st century.

Is your pet a bit of a loner or prone to going for long walks on his or her own? Then why not try the new Retrieva tracking collar? Yes, sat nav for dogs. It's the world's most advanced tracking and anti-theft dog collar and has a whole host of features including detailed topographical mapping, and even the ability to follow your pooch's direction and speed of travel.

It works on most smartphones, where you can study the tracker's history and you'll even get a text if the battery's running low or Rover roams into or out of safe areas. Bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase 'tracker dog'. Or should that be 'track-a-dog'?

Look out for Puppy Tweets too. It's a little electronic device that attaches to your dog's collar and transmits tweets about his or her physical activity. The software then interprets your dog's actions, sending updates to a Twitter account via your internet connection! It's available on Amazon or eBay.

How to make your cat use its scratching post

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Q: I've had both my cats for a long time. One of them uses their scratch post, but the other uses my (now virtually non-existent) carpet instead, and meows constantly. Can you help?A: Some cats prefer to scratch horizontally, whilst others scratch vertically, so this probably explains why your cats differ in their behaviour. I suggest that you try
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