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Kitten Academy: Discovering new sights, sounds and smells

Four-week-old Apple and her sister Apricot are starting to get much more energetic as they grow up! Apple, in particular, loves to chase her toys around at top speed and then instantly fall asleep when she gets worn out.

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Kitten Academy: Getting the kittens used to different people

Apple and Apricot are now three weeks old and already looking much bigger and fluffier than they did just a week ago. Apple, in particular, is very fuzzy and still twice the size of her sister Apricot, who is now looking more grey than black as her fur grows.

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How to train your cat to use the litter tray, cat flap and cat carrier

While training your cat to do tricks can provide them with valuable mental stimulation and impress your friends, it’s best to start by teaching them some essential life skills before you tackle tricky stuff. Here’s some advice on how to get your cat used to the litter tray, cat flap and the dreaded cat carrier!

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Kitten Academy: Preparing kittens for life in their forever homes

The first two months of a kitten’s life are crucial for preparing them for the big wide world. Known as the ‘socialisation period’, this is when their brains and senses are still developing and they learn what is normal and safe.

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Why do cats knead?

Although you may refer to it as 'pawing', ‘making biscuits’ or ‘playing the piano’, the behaviour commonly known as kneading is when cats repetitively push each forepaw into a soft surface, often the owner that they happen to be standing on at the time.

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Is it ok to kiss my cat?

This National Kissing Day (Friday 22 June) you might be tempted to give your moggy a peck or smooch, but is this wise for you and them? Cats Protection’s Behaviour Manager Nicky Trevorrow offers some advice…

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Why does my cat stare at me?

If you’ve ever walked into a room to find your cat staring at you, or witnessed them gazing at you wide-eyed as you eat, then you’ll know it can be a little unnerving.

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How long should it take for my indoor cat to settle in?

Cats can take a while to adjust to a new territory as they rely on scent signals and familiarity to keep them safe. To help him settle in, provide lots of scratching posts for him to leave his scent and try to keep a routine.

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Kids and kitties: Keep your cat in the family

The arrival of a new baby in the home is a major upheaval and unfortunately some parents mistakenly believe they should give up their pets because of this. New findings show that around half of expectant parents have concerns about cats and children, yet few seek advice on the topic.

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How to choose the right cat

One of the most exciting parts of getting a new cat is a visit to your local centre, where you’ll have the chance to meet many cats looking to be homed.

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