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How often do you say 'I love you' to your cat?

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A report put together by Pets at Home has revealed that a considerable 42 per cent of pet owners tell their pets they love them at least twice a day - proving that we're not just a nation of pet lovers, but pen fanatics! 

The findings also revealed that one in five owners (22 per cent) confessed to sharing a bed with their pets as often as with their partner, and 17 per cent even went as far as to say that they trusted their furry friends more than they trusted their own partners. Would you say the same? 

A third of owners go on holiday with their pets, paying on average an extra £126 for the privilege. And, even if they can't take their pets away with them, a whopping 67 per cent of pet-owning holiday makers call home to speak to their pet! 

Pets also have a considerable presence on social media, which is growing by the day. A staggering 88 per cent of owners regularly upload photos of their pets onto internet sites, while 86 per cent talk about their pets on social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Cat competition!

Win a signed copy of Anthony Smith's book plus original artwork!

blog competition learn to speak cat

This week we have a fantastic signed copy of artist Anthony Smith's 'Learn to Speak Cat' book, as well as some of his original artwork up for grabs! 

Anthony Smith's 'Learn to Speak Cat' has been a runaway success, and after regularly appearing in The Metro the series went on to be published in book form. The perfect funny read for anyone who has ever wondered what their cat is trying to tell them, 'Learn to Speak Cat' is a collection of comical illustrations that aim to teach the reader just how to speak cat! 

To celebrate Anthony Smith's popular 'Learn to Speak Cat' cartoon joining the magazine, we're offering one lucky reader a signed copy of the book, along with some amazing original artwork by the man himself. 

HOW TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF 'LEARN TO SPEAK TO CAT' PLUS ARTWORK:

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 23, 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

Cat scratching furniture advice

Does your cat scratch your furniture? Find out how to save your home furnishings, and keep your cat happy, here...

Can chocolate poison cats?

It's always tempting to treat your cat, but chocolate is toxic and should never be given to pets. Find out why here...

Outdoor cats

Making your garden as cat-friendly as possible

cats in garden

Want to make your garden as attractive as possible to keep your cat in? We have all the tips and tricks you need, as well as a how-to on building your own garden chalet for your cat. 

How can I stop cat intruders?

Lots of cat owners have problems with other people's cats. We find out how to deal with cat bullies and intruders.

Kitten care

Adopting the right rescue kitten for you

They may have had a rough start in life, so here’s some advice on making sure adopting a kitten goes smoothly.

How do I choose a healthy kitten?

What should you look for when choosing a kitten? Read our guide to choosing and bringing up a healthy kitten.