The benefits of igloo beds

We at Cleo Pet have a saying, a well rested animal is a happy animal. OK, it’s not our official saying but we believe wholeheartedly that if your pet is well looked after, sleeps in a comfortable and healthy environment then your pet is going to be overall happy, healthier and have more time for fun throughout the day or evening. Today we want to speak to you about a little comparison between different beds. Our Igloo/Duffle Bed and a standard flat pad/cushion bed that you can find in other…

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5 things that can give your cat the best environment

Did you know that one of the best ways to keep your cat happy, healthy and feeling good in your home is to do something called, environmental enrichment. Don’t worry, we, like you, were slightly scared of the phrase until we did a little bit of research and spoke to some experts on the subject. All that environmental enrichment means is that you create an environment that will stimulate your cat and stop it developing behavioural issues that are sometimes associated when your cat is not mentally or physically stimulated.…

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Cat or Dog?

It’s an argument that has raged for centuries, what makes a better pet, Cat or Dog? Search the web and you will find thousands of results that speak of this fractious debate; but never fear, we at Cleo Pet have decided to step into the debate and give you some original paws for thought on which makes a better pet for your home. Supervision The working world has changed dramatically over the last 40 years. With more and more people spending more time at their desks, commuting and away over…

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Why do cats need scratching posts?

Shredded carpet, scratch marks on the leather sofa, claw marks down the wallpaper. As a cat owner, the chances are you have encountered at least one of these situations in the past. Whilst this probably drives you crazy, the last thing you want to do is to deter your cat from scratching. The important thing is to understand  why your cat scratches and what you can do to encourage them to use an appropriate scratching outlet such as a scratching post. Scratching is second nature to cats and is an…

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Antifreeze

The arrival of winter brings a deadly threat for cats that many owners are unaware of; Antifreeze. Antifreeze contains ethylene glycol which if ingested can prove fatal if not treated immediately. The initial signs that your cat has ingested antifreeze include depression and lethargy. These can start to show 30 minutes after ingestion and can last for up to 6 hours. Following on from this they may experience vomiting, seizures, increased thirst and urination, oral and gastric ulcers before eventually suffering kidney failure. The latter can occur 2/3 days after…

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The danger of household plants for cats

We recently received some upsetting news about a kitten that sadly died after chewing on a lily that was on display in the home. Whilst they are attractive flowers to have on show, it is imperative to remember that all parts of the lily are toxic to cats. A small nibble on a leaf or a lick of pollen can be enough to cause fatal kidney failure. Although events like this cause a great deal of concern, it is important to note that such occurrences are rare as cats are…

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Keeping your cat safe during fireworks season

This time of year the night skies are usually lit up with fireworks and whilst they provide excellent entertainment for adults they can be distressing for your cats. It is important that you take extra measures at this time of year to ensure your cat is safe and calm. It is strongly advised that you keep your cat safely indoors with all doors, cat flaps and windows locked and curtains closed. Make sure your cat has access to their bed, usual sleeping spot or hideaway, where they can retreat to…

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Five great ways to keep an elderly cat active

Just like people, cats begin to lose mobility and slow down the older they get. Generally speaking, senior cats will spend more time sleeping and less time outside hunting, and may begin to suffer from health problems and gain weight. Encouraging gentle play at regular intervals throughout the day will help keep your cat happy, healthy and reduce the risk of age-related health conditions. Whilst taking into consideration your cat’s physical abilities, encouraging a more active lifestyle and promoting a healthy weight will keep your feline’s muscles, joints and reflexes…

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5 Things Your Cat Should Do This Spring

Fat Cat

1) Cut out the bad stuff We’ve had a really wet winter, Christmas was filling and Easter is later than usual. Be aware that when your cat starts eating things it shouldn’t, it can be quite hard to wean them off it.  With Easter holidays just around the corner remember, cats shouldn’t eat any chocolate. Some studies suggest switching between dry and wet diets for the warmer months may also be helpful for your cats health. 2) Have a Spring Clean Like humans, a regular clean out of things your…

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A Better Sleep Guide For Your Cat

Cats, would you believe it, sleep a lot. You probably already knew that if you are a veteran cat owner, but to some, the amount of hours a cat sleeps during a day can startle even the most avid cat lover. On average, a cat sleeps up to sixteen hours a day. Yes, sixteen. Put another way, in the average life span of a cat (fifteen years), a cat will sleep for ten of those years. There are lots of reasons as to why cats sleep so much. These are…

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