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Take part in PTES's #BigCatChat tomorrow!


If you're a fan of big cats (and let's face it, who isn't?!) you'll be pleased to know that the People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) are holding a #BigCatChat to round off their Big Cat Month. 

As a wildlife conservation charity, PTES fund research and run projects to save and protect endangered animals and their homes in the UK and many other countries worldwide. For the last few weeks they have been raising awareness for wild big cats and the imminent dangers they face, with their current projects focusing on snow leopards, lions and jaguars - all iconic species but all also at risk of extinction.

Throughout the Big Cat Month, PTES have posted some amazing footage of snow leopards in the wild, guess the species and caption quizzes, along with updates from each project. They will be ending the month with a Twitter Q&A called #BigCatChat tomorrow (Friday January 30)- where the scientists from each project will be online to answer questions about their species. The line up for the #BigCatChat is:

10am-11am: Snow leopards with Bayara, PTES grantee, in Mongolia

12pm-1pm: Lions with Bernard, PTES grantee, in Tanzania

2pm-3pm: Jaguars with Nela, PTES grantee, in Paraguay

Don't miss out on the chat - be sure to follow the hashtag #BigCatChat and the PTES Twitter page to keep up with the exciting chat! 

To find out more about PTES and the work they do, the PTES website here

Cat competition!

Win 1 of 4 Igloo Starter Kits!

This week we're giving away an Igloo Starter Kit to four lucky readers. The Starter Kit includes includes the 2 in 1 Igloo cat loo and carrier, eco liners, filters, one month's supply of Igloo Snow Litter, a scoop and Crystal Clean Cleaner and Ice Fresh Deodoriser - everything you need to keep your kitty (and your home) clean and happy! The winners can select their chosen colour from the nine colours available.

The Igloo 2 in 1 is a unique cat loo and carrier. Designed in a unique shape unlike other carriers and litter trays, it is the perfect shape for your kitten to turn comfortably and arch his back, as well as being enclosed to eliminate smells. When it is used as a carrier to collect your kitten, he will already feel in a safe environment and will be unafraid of getting in for those little trips to the vet in the future. 

The Igloo comes with eco-friendly liners and filters along with the starter kit which includes Snow Litter - a fine silica that instantly coats the faeces, so all you remove is the faeces, ensuring there is no waste. It absorbs and dries quickly so there is no smell - and it doesn`t stick to paws so no tracking around the house!


The Tucker Trial Video

With only 3,200 wild tigers left on earth, money raised from the event will aim to stop the senseless slaughter of tigers by significantly increasing the anti-poaching patrols on the ground, support undercover work to trap and prosecute illegal traders, and educate people to stop using tiger parts in medicine. It is hoped that the power of our combined voices will be used to pressure governments at home and overseas, and to increase the numbers of tigers in the wild.

Celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Ricky Gervais, Mel C, Sir Roger Moore, Gemma Atkinson, Abi Titmuss, Stephen Fry and Susan Sarandon have already put their name to the campaign at www.isupport.tigertime.info

Joanna says: 'If the tiger disappears from the wild because of our behaviour we humans shall have lost all claims to be called civilised and compassionate. The greatest enemy is indifference. Please join TigerTime right now to help to save the lives and habitat of these magnificent creatures. This is extremely urgent. The clock is ticking: real time is running out.'

For more information visit www.davidshepherd.org and www.tigertime.info

Cat health

Why does my cat have diarrhoea?

Why does my cat have diarrhoea?

Many cases of diarrhoea are mild and short-lived, only lasting for a few days, and will resolve on their own.

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.

Cats in the home

Will they be happy indoors?

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

Should I keep my cats and baby separate?

Cat and new baby

Worried about introducing your cat to your new baby? Vet Richard Allport gives his advice and top tips. 

Outdoor cats

What plants will my cat enjoy?

It's not just catnip that cats enjoy. Garden expert Graham Strong lists other plants that felines may enjoy.

A cat owner's guide to wild bird care

Top tips for wildlife-loving cat owners who want to feed the birds without risk from their pets.

Kitten care

Why is my kitten such a fussy eater?

Kittens fed a variety of foods after being weaned from their mother will develop varied tastes. 

How to litter train your kitten

Avoid accidents and keep your home fresh with our essential guide to litter tray training your kitten.