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Animal charities pledge support for new global giving movement

giving tuesday

#GivingTuesday, the international movement asking people to give their time, money or voice to charity, is gathering support from animal charities around the UK. 

The RSPCA, Scottish Wildlife Trust, the Born Free Foundation and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust have all pledged to support the campaign to help strenghten donations and awareness for animals everywhere.

The #GivingTuesday event falls on 2 December this year, directly after the big shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday is a day devoted to giving something back by committing to do one simple charitable act in the run up to Christmas.

Partner organisations – be they charities or businesses – are also getting involved with the campaign and doing something of their own with it. A prime example includes an ice cream parlour in Baltimore which created its very own #GivingTuesday ice cream and gave the proceeds made from sales to a local charity - delicious and for a good cause! 

The #GivingTuesday campaign was originally launched in the US in 2012, and became a success with the help of support from business partners such as Google and Facebook.  It has since become a global movement with Canada, Mexico, Israel, Australia, Singapore and Latin America all getting on board in 2013.  Last year the campaign had 10,000 partners worldwide and received support from the White House, as well as big names actor Kevin Bacon and model Heidi Klum.

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Cat competition!

Win a 'No More Odours' spray!

no more odours

This week we have six fantastic 'No More Odours' sprays to give away, to keep your house smelling fresh and clean, and keep pet odours at bay. 

Correct house training is the first thing we usually face with a new kitten or rescue cat. Getting it right takes patience, consistency, praise and a good odour remover for when things don't go to plan.

'No More Odours' is an innovative and powerful cleaner that neutralises and deodorises urine quickly. 

Created by Furniture Clinic; a company specialising in home care and repair products, 'No More Odours' is guaranteed to work when all others fail. The advanced cleaning formula reacts with the urine, killing the enzymes upon direct contact, destroying the odour and preventing it from reoccurring. 

What's more, regardless of how old the contaminated area is (we've all found those hidden stains, worrying if they're days, weeks or even a months old...), 'No More Odours' will remove the smell.

If used immediately after the stain is formed, it will also remove the stain as well as the smell, completely eradicating all evidence in a few easy steps.

HOW TO WIN A 'NO MORE ODOURS' SPRAY:

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 November 27, 2014. Good luck! This competition is for UK residents only.

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

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

Will they be happy indoors?

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

How do I keep my cat's scratch post clean?

How to keep my cat's scratch post clean

Cats use their scratching post a lot, especially if they spend most of their time indoors. But how do you keep them clean?

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

My kittens won't stop fighting!

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

My cat won't accept a new kitten

Is your cat showing aggression towards your new kitten? Behaviourist Francesca Riccomini shares her advice.