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Reports of stray or unwanted cats have risen by a third in three years

Cruel for cats: Hard times for humans lead to an epidemic of stray pets

People are letting cats breed to sell the kittens, but if they aren't sold they are often just abandoned

Pudsey's autobiography comes out this week

My life as a dog – the book they all want to read

Two new celebrity pet memoirs join a growing list of canine autobiographies

Slimline pets now fighting fit after PDSA competition

A group of pets has gone from fat to fit after taking part in an animal slimming competition.

Cavalier Jack weighed a whopping 22kg before starting his PDSA diet

Dangerous diets of our fat cats and hefty hounds

Animal welfare group says there are now six million severely overweight cats and dogs in Britain

Connor Sullivan, 16, and his snake Bob. He says: 'I've always liked animals; it started when my friend had a turtle and he took me to a pet shop in Camden with loads of exotic creatures. I bought my first female gecko, then I started collecting from there.'

The pet shop boys (and girls): Children reveal the pleasures and pitfalls of living with a pet

School stress? Classmates being mean? Sometimes an animal can be a child's best friend.

Glad rags: Crystal dressed for the premiere of Hangover II

Blame it on Crystal! Monkey film star sparks new craze

She has sparked a sometimes cruel tend – with 1,200 of the animals now being kept as pets in the UK. Sanchez Manning investigates

Royalty dogs might have an exceptional lifestyle, but they can be a bit aggressive after all

Beware of the royally spoilt dogs

Who's a naughty boy, then? The Queen's corgis stand accused of attacking Max, a Norfolk terrier belonging to her granddaughter Princess Beatrice, almost tearing the 11-year-old pooch's ear off.

Michael Jackson's pet tiger,
Thriller, has died of cancer

Michael Jackson's tiger Thriller dies (but Bubbles is going strong)

One of the stars of Michael Jackson's former Neverland Ranch home – his pet Bengal tiger, Thriller – has died from lung cancer.

Karl Lagerfeld's feline companion has two maids to look after her, eats breakfast and supper at the dining table and has her own iPad to play with

Why Karl Lagerfeld's kitty Choupette is feline good

I've always thought that my cat Mitten has quite a fabulous life. He has a posh fleece blanket to sleep on, myriad catnip-filled mice to play with, a garden full of wildlife to slay and a rather handsome Alessi food bowl. Twice a day, said bowl is filled with the kind of cat food that has a pampered Persian on the packet (rather than a tabby scamp). He's even on the moggy version of Facebook – Catbook.

Sleeping partners: Ikea's 'crash test moggy' and live prototype crowd out the humans

Move over, darling... Tiddles is here

Half the nation's pet owners encourage their animals to share their bed

Trending: A life spent herding cats

How many cats are too many? Well, for one Israeli man (and probably everyone else), 550 was pushing it. He recently divorced his wife after she refused to reduce the number of pets she owned.

Trending: The shaggy-haired beauty Pudsey who's won the heart of Simon Cowell

"I've had a lot of dogs in my life," deadpanned Simon Cowell on Sunday night's Britain's Got Talent, "but never one like this." The mutt in question was Pudsey, the shaggy crossbreed dance partner of 16-year-old Ashleigh Butler.

While eight in 10 consumers have changed their grocery shopping habits to save money, new research shows only one in 10 pet owners have cut back on what they spend on their animals

Pampered pets UK!

Owners would rather spend less on themselves than let their cats go without

Video: 500 caged dogs saved in China

Animal lovers in China helped rescue over 500 caged dogs.

Huge rise in cruelty convictions pushing RSPCA to 'breaking point'

A huge rise in the number of pet owners convicted of animal cruelty is pushing the RSPCA to “breaking point”, the charity said.

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'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
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However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
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After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
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‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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