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Spot celebs and their pets in photography exhibition

Virginia McKenna

Cat and photography enthusiasts will love this upcoming exhibition.

Media photographer Maria Slough is showcasing 30 of her favourite black and white photographs from her times and travels jetting all over the world photographing the love between owners and their pets.

Each photo in the exhibition, entitled Pawtraits, tells the story of the relationship between the animal and their human and each picture raises awareness for a different animal charity.

Just some of the famous faces featured in the exhibition include Dame Eileen Atkins and her cat Groucho, Michelle Collins with her dog and cat and Virginia McKenna was photographed with a life size Big Cat (pictured), carved by wood sculpture Simon O'Rourke for Born Free.

The Pawtraits exhibition launched with a private view at Cafe Royal London and then was exclusively on board the Queen Elizabeth ship and with supporters Carnival UK for a month. It will tour the UK later this year. The online gallery can be seen at www.thepawtraitsexhibition.co.uk

Cat competition!

Win a Cheshire & Wain 'Colour-Pop' cat collar!

The ‘Colour-Pop’ collection is a brand new range of leather safety collars from Cheshire & Wain.

Made from Italian, vegetable tanned leather chosen for its superior quality and low environmental impact. The leather has been processed without the use of harsh chemicals and has been pigmented using vegetable based dyes.

Adding to Cheshire & Wain’s current range of luxury collars, the new ‘Colour-Pop’ collar comes in a choice of six contemporary shades. The design is complete with solid brass hardware, contrasting leather lining, a brass bell and a hidden breakaway safety buckle.

Cheshire & Wain collars are made in small batches in London, priced at £35. An ID tag engraving service is available for an additional £10 - the tags are 22mm across and have room on the reverse for two lines of text (perhaps your cat's name and your contact telephone number).

For more information or to order online, visit the Cheshire & Wain website.

To celebrate the launch of the new 'Colour-Pop' collection, we have one leather collar and one personalised ID tag up for grabs, worth a total of £45! The lucky winner will be contacted about their collar colour preference and the words they'd like engraved on the tag.

Win a Cheshire & Wain 'Colour-Pop' cat collar!

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 August 21, 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!

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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.

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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.

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