Monthly Archives: February 2014

Our Top Ten Favourite TV Cats

Why are cartoon cats so popular in kids and grown up TV? Some have shaped our childhoods whilst others have stood the test of time. Here’s a run-down of our Cleo Pets favourite TV cats… in no particular order.

1) Tom (From Tom and Jerry)

If you, like us, was reared on Tom and Jerry I bet you are asking yourselves “how did Tom not suffer worse injuries with all the frying pans to the face?”. This cat literally went through all nine lives in one episode, and he never had the better of Jerry… ever!

Tom and Jerry
Will he ever win?

2) Snarf

Children of the 80’s unite, Snarf is on this list for good reason. Forget the high pitched voice and just think to the days of Panthro, Cheetarah and Jaga; you’re already there aren’t you. Ironically, the thundercats were feline, and snarf was an alien, but he was the pet of the grown up human-esque cats; thus he’s definitely a TV cat. Go on, enjoy the intro by clicking here.

Snarf thundercats
Just chilling

3) The Cat for the Three advert

We tweeted Three the other day, no response. But THAT cat, in the basket, singing along to Starship’s “We Built This City” is by far away on the coolest, cutest cats we’ve ever seen. Well done, Three, well done. #SingItKitty

Three Cat
#SingItKitty

4) Scratchy (The Simpsons)

Based on Tom, from Tom and Jerry (see point no.1 again), Scratchy was the Simpsons’ way of paying homage to cartoon brilliance and exorbitant violence. Scratchy like Tom never got the best of Itchy, although debate rages in the office as someone thinks Scratchy does win, once.

Itchy

5) Custard

Children of the 70s don’t despair. We have not forgotten about you, Custard. Rhoobarb may have been the king of the show, but there is no Rhoobarb without Custard. Case closed!

There is no Roobarb without any custard
There is no Roobarb without any custard

6) Top Cat

How can a cat who wears a waistcoat live in a bin and still look like the coolest creature in town? If you’re Top Cat, the answer is equally obvious and simple, it’s Top Cat. He also had a gang, he really was one cool cat.

Just look at that waistcoat!
Just look at that waistcoat!

7) Bagpuss

If one of your earliest memories is that of seeing a purple coloured cat, then Bagpuss must have been a firm favourite in the house. Only ten episodes were ever made, but his inception into our collective psyche remains. Bagpuss, we salute you.

Don't be sad, Bagpuss
Don’t be sad, Bagpuss

8) The Coronation Street Cat

How many times did this cat grace our screens from the 60’s to the mid 2000’s? We’ve lost count, all we say is, well done to the producers who have cleverly included a new variation to compete with those pesky Meerkats.

His name was, Frisky, the cat!
His name was, Frisky, the cat!

9) Stimpy

In the days of Nirvana and grunge ruling the airways, one cat represented a new TV generation, Stimpy. Ren was a dog, constantly battling with his best pal. Stimpy wasn’t the brightest but we still loved him.

Stimpy is on the right.
Stimpy is on the right.

10) Cat (Red Dwarf)

After a millennia of evolution, the human formed character of Cat featured on our TV screens in the TV series, Red Dwarf. Cool, collected and more feline that most domestic cats who haven’t evolved how could this cult sci-fi comedy character not make it on our list?

One cool cat!
One cool cat!

Who are your favourite TV Cat characters? Why not leave us a comment and let us know.

 

A Better Sleep Guide For Your Cat

Cat Sleeping
Image courtesy of Sleeping Polly by Marina_in_Wonderland on Flickr.

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 mainly;

  • Genetics. Cats would spend a lot of time hunting a gathering prey using up all of their energy, so it is only natural that they sleep so much. Of course, in a home environment, there is no need to use up that energy, but the genetics remain the same.
  • Nature. Cats are very light sleepers, spending most of their lives in light sleep, once again caused by an evolutionary tale of being alert against larger predators.
  • Boredom. Cats, like humans can get very bored. Boredom in the animal kingdom can lead to prolonged hours of sleep. If you can keep your cat regularly exercised and entertained with toys and games, this will cut down the amount of hours a cat sleeps.
  • Diet. Have you noticed how much food they eat and what kind of food it is? Full of nutrients and protein from meats and fish, cats are the carnivore kings of the animal world. If they don’t have a balanced diet, this will lead to longer hours of cat sleep time.
  • Time of day. Cats are crepuscular which means that they are most active during the twilight hours of dawn and dusk. They tend to lay low in the darker night-time and day-time hours, when other predators may be hanging about.

So what can you do to help your cat get the best possible sleep and ensure that they are getting enough exercise to fill their day?

  • Give them plenty of exercise. Unlike dogs, cats are a lot harder to walk, but activities which involve climbing, scratching, chasing items and general play will help keep their activity high levels high during the day.
  • Feed your cat before bed time. A warm meal isn’t only good for humans, but for your cat as well, it helps relax them and automatically helps their body clock adjust to sleep time.
  • Give them attention. A few minutes of gently stroking before bed time will help set them off for the evening.
  • Set a time. If humans have a regular bed time, so do cats. Keep a regular time for bed set, this will help your cat sleep through the night.
  • Set a good environment. Make sure that the room is quiet; that their cat bed is in a warm well ventilated area. Turn down the lights and cut out noises. Remember, your cat sleeps on average for sixteen hours a day, so if the environment isn’t distracting they will rest comfortably.
  • Give them a comfortable sleeping area. Cat’s seek the warmth, even in summer, so a comfortable and warm environment is ideal. Our Cleo Pet radiator and Duffle Beds are ideal solutions.

These are of course just some general sleep facts about a typical cat sleeping behaviour and should help with abnormal sleeping patterns or behaviours. If you notice any changes in their sleeping behaviour, whether it is more or less than they should be getting, then contact your local vet and get them in for a regular check up.

Five Things A Cat Friendly Home Should Have

How much time do you spend at home thinking “that would be a good idea for our cat” after seeing another amazing home renovation on TV? Well, you’re not the only ones. Luckily we’ve been searching the internet so you don’t have to. These are just some of the things we have discovered.

1) A library fit for a cat
We all love books, and admittedly looking really clever by having a few too many on our shelves. Well, have no fear. This solution means that your cats can exercise and rest whilst you get to pick from your favourite writers.

cat library
Dickens or Marie Claire?


2) Re-inventing the wheel

OK, we know that cats need exercise and that’s fine if you have an adventurous outdoorsy cat. But for the more reserved feline companion, exercise is usually the last thing on their mind. This exercise wheel is both a great idea, and style wise you have to say, pretty awesome!

cat exercise wheel
You spin me right round baby…

3) A cat transit system
You may have a large or small residence, either way cats like roaming from one room to another. In that case, why not make it a little more challenging and fun at the same time. We thought this design was amazing, just don’t put any vases on the beams…

cat transport
New age Krypton Factor?

4) A Home in A Home
We love how a unit can be used for a cat only area and yet still be utilised by us humans for our interior decor and design. Now, imagine a cleo duffle bed inside that unit… perfect!

cat boudoir
Enter my boudoir…

5) The All in One cat bathroom

Don’t just think it’s humans who are private when it comes to personal matters, cats can be as well. This design means that your cat is fully catered for the moment, and you the cat owner have plenty of surface space to work with.

cat loo
Some privacy please

furniture5b
So what do you think? What other things would you like to see incorporated into your living environment for you and your cat? Let us know, someone may just agree with you.