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How to choose your cats name

Have you ever been stuck when it comes to giving something a name? Imagine that feeling then when it comes to giving your cat a name that it will be called for the rest of its life; it’s OK though, you’re not alone and we understand the trials and tribulations of giving your beloved new family member a name that everyone, including your cat, can enjoy.

Generally, pet owners wouldn’t give their animals the names that they would give themselves or their children. Recent surveys have shown that with pets around the house, they are given either nicknames or non traditional names that you could probably assume has come from a state of the art video game, but no so with cats. In the same surveys it has been shown that cats are lumbered with traditional names such as Felix, Misty and Sooty.

We at Cleo Pet have decided to help by sticking a few tips to give you some direction in giving your cat the name it deserves;

A popularity contest for cats

It is not only babies that have popular names, top ten lists and books dedicated to them. Cats have entire websites dedicated to the subject as well as popular e-books that can help you choose what name to give your cat.

Be inspired by them

If you carefully observe your cat, you will see that they have some character traits that lend themselves to a perfectly suited name. Think of how the seven dwarfs from the Disney cartoon were named; Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey and before you ask, yes, you can name your cat after any of these great characters.

Our top tip is that you want to be able to pick something out from their constant behaviour rather than a one off.

Pop culture
What we mean by pop culture is, what is popular today or has a place in our hearts that we can turn to and identify. For example, in 2013 thanks to the pastry, Cronut, the same name was the 18th most popular cat name in the states for that year. We don’t think any of the owners thought their cat resembled a flaky pastry mix between a donut and croissant but we’re pretty sure they like the name.

From film stars to the characters that they play, musical acts, artists, dancers or even comedians, these can all be inspirational when it comes to pop culture references in your cat’s name.

Don’t make it be a command

One of the things that vets and cat professionals ask you to avoid the most is giving your cat a name that is actually a command. Pets rely on ‘sounds like’ rather than ‘means’ when they try to understand what we are communicating.

Names like ‘Rum,’ ‘Puff,’ ‘Joe’ can end up sounding like ‘come,’ ‘off,’ or ‘no!’

Give your cat a name to be proud of

This is all about embarrassment factor, not so much for the cat but for you as well. You don’t want to be walking into the street shouting your cat’s name when it is an embarrassing name in the first place. You’ve probably heard some horror stories at the park with people giving their dogs a bad name, well it is the same thing here; ultimately, you want to give your cat a name that it can be proud of.

In case you were curious, here is a list of common cat names in 2016 that may be able to inspire you;

Female Male
Angel Toby
Mittens Mikesh
Charlie Oliver
Milkshake Leo
Oreo Milo
Lily Blade
Pepsi Harley
Amber Tigger

 

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A day in the life of a cat!

Dear Human,

I’ve been told you want to know what a day in my life is like. I assume you think that I sit here at the window, patiently waiting for your arrival. I warn you now, the truth can hurt.

In the early hours, I awake whilst you sleep. Apparently 5am is not a good time to play, but that couldn’t be further from the truth; no one can disturb us, it’s all about quality time between you and me buddy, but you still don’t want to conform to my rules. I sense there is much frustration at my actions, but I don’t care, if you don’t play with me, something that emits loud noises, can fall, be dropped or scratched to oblivion will take the brunt of my playfulness. Either way, I’m going to wake you up.

By breakfast time, you will dine on lavishly prepared treats, all of which I don’t understand. Porridge on a Monday because “you were bad over the weekend” and by Friday, a lavishly prepared meat called, bacon. I, on the other hand am fed the same thing every day; dry nugget styled food which begs the question, with all those cookbooks on your shelf do you think you could prepare something more, exotic?

Now our days part, you to work, me to play, rest, eat (more of the dried nugget things) and sleep. You fitted something called a cat flap; it’s like you’re tormenting me with objects named after my species. To add to my confusion, this ‘cat flap’ is also your way of saying, ‘get out, go play’ and yet when I do, you’re not too fond of the mess I bring back. You must treat me as an angst riddled teenager, sending mixed messages is not the best way to elicit the best behaviour from me.

Throughout the day I seek warmth. Much to your annoyance, I climb under your duvet, how you figure this out is bewildering. I proceed to move into every ray of light that shines through these things called, ‘windows.’ They can be a nuisance as I constantly find myself colliding at pace with them, they leave me dazed and confused.

I stretch, the kind of stretch you attempt whilst doing your hilarious thing called, yoga. Phone apps can’t teach you how to be as supple as me, I see the envy engulf your eyes when I’m mid stretch and you’re attempting to touch your toes. Maybe you need a diet of dried nugget style treats you seem to enjoy feeding me so dearly.

In all of this playfulness, I find time to sleep. I dream of a day when cats and humans can be treated as equals but dogs must still be subservient to our needs; don’t bother placing birds in protective custody, or cages as you call them, in my dream world, they sore at great heights, ready to do our bidding.

You return from work, overjoyed to be away from your desk to sit all evening pretending to watch TV whilst reading the latest gossip on your phone. All I want is attention, I will disturb you by jumping on you when you least expect it, this will be when you’re holding a drink of something. Wine, I hear, is a horrible thing to get out of carpets and furniture.

It’s time for bed, for you anyway, I’ve slept all day, I’m good to go but I will guide you to your room. I do this the only way I know how, weaving around your feet whilst you walk. You claim this to be dangerous, you’re not amused, I see it as essential training for the days that we rule the world together.

Lights off, that’s your signal to sleep. I’m a cat, hint as much as you want I’ll still do my own thing anyway.