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How can tourists help stray cats abroad?

If you’re heading somewhere hot this year, there’s a good chance that your hotel, apartment or villa will have a local cat - maybe even a handful. And if you’re an animal lover, you’ll quickly become attached. You’ll feed them every day, pet them, and leave out water. You may even consider bringing ... Read more

Jonathan and Angela Scott from Big Cat Diary talk big cats, Cecil the lion and the future of conservation

When the news broke that Cecil the lion had been killed by recreational big game hunter Walter Palmer, there was a worldwide outcry. Politicians and celebrities waded into the argument, and Palmer and his wife went into hiding. Talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel helped raise $150,000 in donations in less ... Read more

How to successfully move house with a cat in tow

Moving house is always exciting - it's a new start for you and your family. Unfortunately, your pets might not see it that way - and cats, who love their routines and bond strongly with their home territory, are especially prone to taking the upheaval in their lives badly. We've spoken to the Blue ... Read more

World Malaria Day: What is it, and how can you avoid catching it?

Here's the lowdown on the killer disease that around 2,000 UK travellers contract every year. What is malaria? Malaria is a serious tropical disease spread by mosquitoes; it can be fatal if not caught and treated in time. Those infected are dealing with a parasite in their blood; an intermittent f... Read more

Ten cats who took solo travel to the next level

They wander to the end of the garden. They wander to the end of the street. And sometimes you receive a weary phone call. ‘Hello? Is that Mouser’s owner? He’s at my place in [insert next town], eating my cat’s food and sleeping in my child's bed.’ Cats enjoy a bit of a mooch; this much is true. But... Read more

Insure your pet can come on holiday

Almost half of UK households own a pet and, with the summer holiday season approaching, many will be considering taking their dog or cat away with them. According to recent research by a pet retailer*, one quarter of UK adult pet owners are prepared to pay the same amount as an extra adult on holid... Read more

Making the most of Barcelona's nightlife

An exceptional nightlife is one of the reasons why Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in the world. The Catalan capital is home to a variety of establishments to suit any evening; from avant-garde superclubs to underground parties, Barcelona boasts a lively and colourful scene. Why Barcelo... Read more

The ultimate guide to 2015's best festivals

The word 'festival' almost invariably brings to mind images of welly-clad punters squelching through the mud 'somewhere, somewhere in a field in Hampshire' (as Pulp so memorably put it). Just thinking that festivals start and end with the likes of Glastonbury is to do the others a disservice. After... Read more

Catching British nationals out abroad

FCO encourages people to be better prepared by researching the local laws and customs of their holiday destination before travel. Every year British nationals risk getting caught out by local laws and customs when travelling overseas.  From driving a dirty car in Russia, to wearing camouflage cloth... Read more

Columbus Direct employees celebrate National Pet Month by bringing their pets into the office

Columbus Direct employees are preparing for a month of animal love in the office in order to celebrate National Pet Month, which runs from today until May 4. Dogs, cats and rodents are welcome, but exotic pets and fish are not allowed onto the office floor as their specialist equipment could be pro... Read more

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