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Hill's introduces 'Pill Slimmer of the Year' competition

cat on weighing scales

Pet obesity has become rather a weighty issue recently, with an incredible 50 per cent of pets now classed as overweight. Beating the bulge can be a big challenge, both for pets and for their owners to keep an eye on. Pet slimming success is something which Hill’s Pet Nutrition believes should be rewarded, and so they have launched their Pet Slimmer of the Year 2014 competition – to help owners achieve their animal’s weight goals and to say well done for taking the big step and doing something positive for their pet.

Even as little as 20 per cent of extra weight can increase the risk of serious conditions such as diabetes, joint disease, heart conditions and breathing problems in pets, with those of a healthy weight living longer, happier lives.

Obesity is now the number one health condition in cats and dogs, making it more important than ever for owners to stay savvy when it comes to keeping their pets looking slim and svelte. Maintaining a healthy weight for pets is an endeavour which is at the centre of Hill’s nutritional philosophy and something which the company is committed to helping owners achieve at every opportunity.

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Cat competition!

Win 12kg of Arden Grange grain free food for your cat!

salmon cat foodCats really have it tough. Lying around all day, sleeping, having their tummies rubbed. It’s not easy. Luckily Arden Grange has developed a range of grain free foods, making it even easier for your feline friend to get the food they deserve - naturally hypoallergenic and nutritionally complete.

This week, we’re delighted to offer one lucky cat (and their owner) the chance to win three 4kg bags of Arden Grange adult fresh salmon & potato cat food, worth £75.00. This delicious grain free food contains lots of fresh salmon, a rich source of Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, as well as a unique blend of nutrients, vitamins and natural supplements.

Arden Grange is available from a variety of pet shops. Further details can be found at www.ardengrange.com

HOW TO WIN 12KG OF ARDEN GRANGE GRAIN FREE FOOD:

If you receive the Your Cat newsletter, there will be a link on the email to update your details and a tick box option to enter the competition. Click here to register to the Your Cat newsletter if you don't already receive it. The closing date is 12pm on Thursday October 30, 2014. Good luck! This competition is for UK residents only.

Help with the Your Cat website

main siteWe hope you like the website. Our design has been chosen to reflect modern day web browsers on both traditional computers and tablets (as well as smartphones).

You can now use Facebook to log into our forum and community area. Don't worry if you don't have a Facebook account or would like to keep the two separate... you can still register with us in minutes and be part of the cat fun!

Here are some helpful tips to get started:

1) How do I log in or register?

If you signed up on the old Yourcat.co.uk website, your username is active and you should have received an email from us with a new password. You can log in via the email link.

If you are new to the site, in the top menu you will see 'Members Area'. You will see options to log in or register here. You can register on the site, or if you are a member of Facebook, you can log into yourcat.co.uk via your Facebook log in details and this will then allow you to feed your activity from yourcat.co.uk to your Facebook profile.

2) How do I log out?

If you are in 'Cat Community' there is a little green power button on the right hand side of the menu options. If you are in 'Cat Forum' there is a log out option at the top of the forum threads.

3) My username or password is not working

You can have your password sent to you by clicking on the 'lost password' option during login (and same for your username if you have forgotten that). During the site upgrade, your usernames were transferred across but your passwords were reset therefore your old password will not work and you may get redirected back to the homepage. You should have received an email from us with your new password. Once you have logged in, you can change your password to something more memorable.

4) I saw an error message or I was diverted to the homepage!

As with all new sites, there will be bugs! Try it again, but if you do come across something that isn't working in the way it should, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know! We will try to fix the problem or reply back to you as soon as possible.

5) What is the Cat Community and Cat Forum?

There are two social areas on this site. The forum (click here to go to the Cat Forum) is an upgraded version of what you are used to on the old site. Please note we have been unable to take old threads with the move so we are starting the forum afresh! The forum is ideal for asking other users about problems you may have with your cat and for general advice questions. The forum can be dived in and out, you are able to pick up on threads as you wish.

The Cat Community is new (click here to go to the Cat Community) and works slightly differently. This is for more real-time status updates, uploading photos and videos, commenting on stories, joining/creating groups, and to be honest we are looking to you to see how it is used! With feedback and a few weeks of usage, we will assess how the Forum and Cat Community work together and what our members think of it.

Cat health

Does my cat drink too much?

Does my cat drink too much?

If you want to determine how much water your cat is drinking, allow her only one source of water, our expert explains.

Help! My cat's overweight!

Why is my cat over eating?

When Delilah started piling on the pounds, Andy took his vet’s advice on diet and called in behaviourist Peter Neville.

Cats in the home

Making your home and garden cat-friendly

It's important to fill your home and garden with lots of stimulating items for cats to avoid boredom and roaming.

Will they be happy indoors?

Considering keeping your cats indoors? Read behaviourist Francesca Riccomini's essential advice...

Outdoor cats

Can we stop our cat hunting?

Want to stop your cat hunting wildlife? Follow these tips from behaviourist Francesca Riccomini.

How to introduce a cat flap

Is your cat reluctant to use a cat flap? Read behaviourist Francesca Riccomini's top training tips...

Kitten care

VIDEO: A safe kitten home?

Watch our video to find out how you can prepare your home (and make it safe) for the arrival of your kitten.

My kittens won't stop fighting!

Unsure whether your kittens are play fighting or fighting seriously? There are some key differences.