Pampered cats piling on the pounds during the pandemic

According to the Cats Protection charity, one in five feline pets in the UK have put on weight  due to their owners over indulging them at home over the past year
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UK coronavirus LIVE: Delaying second Covid vaccine ‘saved lives’ as MPs told to prepare for Budget tax rises
The decision to delay second doses of Covid vaccines in an effort to jab more older people has been credited with saving a “large number” of lives, after Public Health England data suggested hospital admissions are being greatly reduced by the rollout.
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Will Mellor thinks Two Pints is ‘bigger than Gavin and Stacey’ as he calls for reunion
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Emmerdale's pregnant teen Gabby Thomas collapses in agony after cruel discovery
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France reverses stance on Oxford Covid jab which Macron labelled ‘quasi-ineffective’
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US must stick to two-shot strategy for coronavirus vaccines, Anthony Fauci says
The US must stick to a two-dose strategy for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, top infectious disease official Anthony Fauci has said.
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Republican goes on Fox to complain about ‘big media’ not reporting Cuomo story broken by NYT
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Mum's heartbreaking warning after she only got to cuddle baby daughter once
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BBC backlash: Corporation sparks fury over offensive anti-Semitic debate
THE BBC is facing criticism over anti-Semitic content discussed in a debate on Politics Live.
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Asian stocks sink after Wall St rises
Asian stock markets have declined after Wall Street rose as a wave of investor concern about possible higher interest rates receded
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Manchester City XI vs Wolves: Confirmed early team news, predicted lineup, injury latest for Premier League
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Rio Ferdinand recalls Ruud van Nistelrooy moment that highlighted priorities
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Man City vs Wolves: Premier League prediction, TV channel, team news, lineups, h2h, live stream, odds
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Michael Stuhlbarg: ‘I hope the Call Me by Your Name sequel happens’
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Myanmar police fire stun grenades at protesters ahead of regional talks
Police clear protesters in parts of Yangon as ministers from regional Asean grouping seek end to violenceMyanmar police have fired stun grenades to disperse protesters in the city of Yangon, witnesses said, as foreign ministers of neighbouring countries were due to hold talks with the military in an effort to quell the deadly violence.The talks on Tuesday will come two days after the bloodiest day of unrest since the military removed Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government a month ago, unleashing anger and mass street protests across Myanmar. Continue reading...
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FTSE 100 set to fall despite Rishi Sunak plans boost for UK tech floats in Budget this week
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Man City starting line up vs Wolves discussed
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Tuesday briefing: Green jobs now, not fusion later, Sunak urged
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Hancock explains one jab brings dramatic 80 percent drop in hospital cases for over 70s
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Where parents can order and collect rapid Covid tests to use at home
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Almost 300 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria are free, says state governor
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Bobby Lashley wins WWE Championship on Raw after 16-year wait
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Nashville music club owners recall night the music died
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Victims of anti-Asian attacks reflect a year into pandemic
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EXPLAINER: Japan to try US men accused of helping Ghosn flee
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Beyond Order by Jordan Peterson review – more rules for life
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The rich v the very very rich: the rebellion at Wentworth golf club
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Weatherwatch: Oman's hot, dry climate has rainy exceptions
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Kings of Leon: 'There are no punches being thrown any more!'
The Nashville rockers drank and fought their way through two decades of stardom. But today, it’s their daughters who do the fighting. They reveal how they accidentally recorded an album of Covid anthemsSomething remarkable happened during the making of the eighth Kings of Leon album. For the first time ever, the four Followills – brothers Caleb, Jared, Nathan and their cousin Matthew – got through the recording sessions without any fistfights. “Our bodies don’t work like they used to,” says singer and guitarist Caleb, speaking over Zoom from his home in Nashville. “So there’s no punches being thrown.” Drummer Nathan and guitarist Matthew are joining us from their respective houses a few miles away, with bassist Jared checking in from a holiday in Florida.“We have kids now,” says Nathan, the eldest. “We leave the fighting to the duelling eight-year-old girl cousins.” Continue reading...
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Sarah Plays a Werewolf: a biting drama about theatre and teenage terror
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The Great British Art Tour: mystery of an old boy with a head for heights
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