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All cat lovers should buy this monthly magazine at least once in their lives. I like it for so many reasons. One being that it is full of contributions from readers; not just in the many letters pages but in the cat photographs pages, and focus groups where they test products for cats, such as litter trays. I find it so interesting reading the letters pages. They always seem to be from people with common sense and I am simply fascinated by cats. The editorial content is beautiful. There are always interesting articles of high journalistic standard. They have a hilarious column every issue where a fictional cat answers fictional cat problems, such as "my owner sprays me with a hose when I chase the birds in the garden". Maybe it's just my sense of humour. Every issue they do a "spotlight" on a specific breed of cat, for example the Persian or the Ragdoll; full of clear, specific information regarding the breed, like whether it is a generally affectionate breed, or whether they are a more intelligent cat. They always have a big part of the magazine devoted to cats' health, where readers can write in with any concerns they have about their cat, and a trained, experienced vet and cat lover will answer them. They also always advertise the many boarding catteries cat rescue organisations and show various cats that are up for adoption in the UK. At the back they have a classifieds section where cat breeders can advertise. Depending on your opinion this can be a good or bad thing. It's a bit steep at £3.50 but reading the magazine never fails to put me in a good mood and I highly recommend it. You can pick it up in WH Smith or any newsagent that likes to stock lots of different magazines.
The magazine YOUR CAT first appeared in the shops eleven years ago. It is a glossy magazine for cat lovers and contains articles on celebrities (and their cats of course), gardening, crafts, kitten-care and, of course, cats! Regular columns are: "Cat's Eye" which is several pages of news items, competitions, new products, gossip and other snippets, freebies, etc. "Caught in the Act" is a picture gallery of reader's cats and "Cat Chat" is about four pages of letters. There is also "Feline File" including the kitten buyers' guide which is advertisements for kittens for sale and also a pen pals column. This is followed by the classified section. This is a magazine that should appeal to anyone who has the slightest interest in cats, from the complete beginner to the expert, as it has breed profiles and expert advice on veterinary and behavioural problems. The experts being: Sarah Heath (Behaviour), Alison Jones (Nutrition), Megan Kearney (Homoeopathy)and Martha Cannon (Veterinary) - these are all veterinary surgeons and are joined by Barry Kirk (Showing), Claire Bessant (General care), Jo-Ann Dono (Bereavement). There are also true stories and fiction and even a craft section which at present is running a series of cross-stitch designs with a theme of cartoon cats. Generally speaking, it is a magazine that you can pick up and just 'dip' into - or read from cover to cover if you have the time. Of course, one of the most attractive features is the abundance of beautiful photographs, plus the fact that you can send in photos of your own cats for inclusion in the "Caught in the Act" page - or "Rascal of the Month" which is sponsored by Felix. The winner of this each month receives a selection of Felix products. YOUR CAT magazine is published monthly - usually about 15th of the month and costs £2.85 although there is usually a substantial reduction if you take out a subscription - sometimes also including a free gift. The U.K. subscription at the moment is £34.20 for 12 months. I would recommend this to any cat lover. Thank-you for reading
Your Cat is the magazine for cat lovers everywhere.