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The benefits of igloo beds

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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 stores.

We are going to base our analysis on a few key areas that have been identified in what helps a cat get a good rest from International Cat Care.

Warm environments

We understand that cats like warm environments. From the receptors which can be located on their face to their fur having an impact on assessing warm or cold conditions, cats respond differently to temperatures compared to humans.

While we feel pain at a temp of 112 degrees (44C) a cat won’t feel pain until it reaches 126 degrees (52C) which means that cats crave warmer environments through nature. It isn’t uncommon to find cats resting in locations that may have perplexed you until learning about this fact, but if you think of the times you may have seen your cat resting in the sun rays in your home, outside in the garden or even on your car’s bonnet, it starts to make sense.

Compared to a standard floor pillow, our igloo beds provide a fully covered sleeping arrangement that maintains warmth and comfort for your cat.

Our igloo bed provides the right kind of warm and cosy environment that your cat is craving. Our ergonomic shape and design combines a comfortable yet stylish solution for your cats sleeping requirements. Furthermore, our inner fleece lined materials keep the environment a suitable temperature where your cats can sleep in comfort.

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Use of living space

Cats are creatures of habit and changes to those habits can cause a form of distress to the household pet. One of the ways of combating this is to provide an area of your living space that addresses that one primary area of your cat’s life, sleep.

Whilst humans will sleep throughout the evening (usually), cats will use the day to catch up on their sleep, which is why, it is often reported that cats like to disturb their owners in the early hours because they are in a playful mood.

One of the ways to be able to allow them to understand boundaries and where they can and can’t sleep is about tailoring and demonstrating an environment that is suitable for them.

A standard floor pillow can look like other “safe areas” in a home environment and so the cat will see this as an opportunity to try new areas and test living spaces. Whilst our igloo doesn’t necessarily guarantee that a cat won’t wonder, your cat will start to respect the living space that has been created for it and utilise the igloo over alternative sleeping arrangements.

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Creating a routine

This falls under both categories really, but there is a caveat and extension to the other two areas. From creating and maintaining a sleeping schedule for your cat, yes, your cat will respond to it if you create one, to adjusting your environment so that they get plenty of activity throughout the day, your cat needs routine to be able to respond to inputs in the evening when you’re ready to go to bed.

If your cat knows and feels like they have their own environment to sleep in, they’re less likely to disturb you in the middle of the early morning. Surrounded by toys, a litter box and comfortable bedding, this can make all the difference in their environment.

Our igloo bed fulfills the majority of those requirements. We’ve had many examples of customers showing us how their cats have taken their favourite toys into their own personal igloo and played happily and peacefully in their own space.

Our igloo beds can be purchased from our store online. Use this link to take you straight to our igloo bed page.

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.

From intercat aggression to depression and anxiety a boring environment is something that cat owners must avoid to get keep their cat happy and healthy. An under-stimulated cat can be at risk of over-grooming to self-mutilation, compulsive behavior and loss of appetite. Things, which we are sure no cat owner ever wants to happen.

We have put together a few suggestions to help your create environmental enrichment for your cat. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment or email us, we’d love to hear from you.

Playtime

Like most humans, cats enjoy their playtime. It develops them both physically and mentally and there are various ways that you can create the right environment through different types of play, these include; interactive and object play.

Interactive play involves you interacting with your cat. This could be toys on the end of fishing style rods or strings, like our moggy mobile, the object here is that you cat reverts their nature a little to hunting. You don’t want to put the objects directly in front of them, instead you want drag the objects away from eye line, hide them in different places and use them as a trigger for playtime. Once playtime is over however, hide these kinds of toys away from the cat or they could end up chewing the strings off all together.

Object play on the other hand involves small toys, like fake mice or our crazy creatures that can be utilised by the cat as and when they choose to play. A great tip would be to place these kinds of toys in different locations so your cat will be intrigued to search for them adding to their daily playtime fun.

Vertical Space

Humans live in a horizontal world, that’s fine for us, but cat’s much prefer the vertical space that we leave them. From napping to feeling more secure, cat’s search for the vertical environment as it can also help them establish order in the house, especially in a multi-cat living environment. Elevated environments also provide sanctuary for more timid cats as this will allow them to feel safe as they know it would be very hard for anyone to sneak up on them.

So how do you create vertical space in your home. Sometimes windowsills and bookshelves are great solutions but not always the best ones. They just happen to be there.

Things like cat climbers are a perfect way to give your cats the elevation they need to feel safe and live within that vertical space.

Hideaways and Tunnels

Remember the time you built a fort? If you haven’t and if you’re an adult, you really should. It’s great fun! For those that have, you know the feeling of hiding and scrambling around is a load of fun; well it’s just the same for cats.

Cats need hideaways, especially if they are timid, you can do this in a variety of ways. Our igloo cat beds are a great way to give them that feeling of being hidden away, and not being bothered.

Tunnels are also a great way to create the illusion of play and privacy. You can do this with soft paper bags. Fold a one-inch cuff at the top to make the bag sturdy. Cut the bottoms of the paper bags, fold a cuff around that end and then tape bags together.

Scratching Posts
Cats scratching is a natural thing that they do. If however they are scratching your furniture, then that can also mean that they are not happy with any scratching equipment you may have or potentially they are bored.

Ensure that you have the right kind of scratching gear for them. From scratching posts to even a good scratching pad, this will ensure that they have the choice when it comes to deciding what to go for first, a well designed, well built and attractive scratching post or your table leg.

Companionship

One of the key things that is forgotten when creating environmental enrichment for your cat is this, companionship. Whether that is human or other cats in the house, your cat strives to be in the company of other creatures to continue to stimulate their minds and allow them to feel safer in the right environment.

We understand that not every home can afford to have more than one cat, but make sure you take the time to spend time with your pet when you can. This will allow the cat to feel protected and comfortable enriching their life greatly.

Why do cats love Radiator Beds?

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Small Red with Brown Insert Cover

If there is one thing we understand at Cleo Pet it’s this; a better rested pet, is a happy pet. And we stand by that statement being a company of pet owners and lovers over the last few years. If there is anything that is guaranteed to make your nights rest easier, it’s going to be because your pet is well rested.

Today’s blog is about understanding how one of the most common household items you have, a radiator makes for a great place for your cat to rest next to.

From providing the right environment to giving your cat a private space to rest and play in, our radiator beds provide the solution that you will have been searching for.

Cats like warm environments

Whilst most humans will start to suffer with heat exhaustion and general fatigue induced by warm temperatures over the 44C mark, cats won’t start to feel the same until the temperature gauge hits 52C. This means that whilst cats love the warm environment, they are also prone to being burnt as their fur isn’t that much more a protection against UV rays as they would like to think.

It’s not uncommon to see your cat lying in the sun, in areas of your home where the sun is shining through the window or lying underneath your car after you’ve been out for the day.

Radiators happen to be on the places that they love the most indoors because of this reason. When your radiator is on, it’s like an internal homing beacon for cats to get up and find the warmest spot in the house, that happens to be rooms where the radiators are on, making a nice and cosy environment.

Large Bed with Fawn Insert Cover
Large Bed with Fawn Insert Cover

Elevated surfaces

Have you ever noticed that your cat enjoys jumping on to surfaces that are particularly elevated? From the tops of couches, bookshelves to the windowsills in your home, your cat is trying to find locations that provide both comfort, but the best view of the room. Don’t forget, cats are predatory animals so they like to understand an environment and assess all the areas of the living space before they settle.

There was some research conducted in 2011 which indicated that cats like high surfaces because it helps establish a pecking order when other cats are around, and because heat rises it allows them to feel more comfortable.

Private space

Cats enjoy their private space as much as any human does. This goes to back the theory of establishing their own patterns and movements throughout the day as well as setting up their own environment so they can sleep in peace.

If you give your pet the right environment and conditions to rest and play they will benefit from this greatly. This also means being able to let your cat get on with things in peace even when you’re not at home.

So why do our radiator beds make for the best sleeping spots in the house? Their ergonomic and functional design allows you to set up a great spot for your cat wherever you choose and as long as there is a radiator there for them to use.

Whether it’s in the main living quarters or in a spare room, you will create a space that they know will be warm, elevated and private, allowing them to be able to sleep in peace throughout the day.  Plus, our beds come in two sizes, which means that you can choose the appropriate size for your cat or cats depending on the space they take up.

Our radiator beds can be purchased from our store online. Use this link to take you straight to our radiator beds page.

Sleep, sleep and more sleep!

Cats sleep on average 16 hours a day!
Cats sleep on average 16 hours a day!

Cat owners will not be surprised to hear that cats enjoy a good sleep but did you realise that on average cats sleep a staggering 16 hours a day? That equates to spending two thirds of their lifetime asleep! The question is why do they sleep for so long?

One of the main reasons is to conserve energy. It is sometimes easy to forget that cats are essentially predators and therefore their natural instinct is to go out hunting. This usually takes place around dusk and dawn when their prey is likely to be most active. The hunting process requires a lot of energy, which explains why cats spend a lot of their day sleeping before coming alive at night.

It will also come as no surprise to hear that like us humans, cats do not appreciate cold or wet weather. For this reason, they may often retreat inside for a nap when adverse weather arrives.

On the whole cats are very sociable animals and appreciate company, so when this is not available, such as during the day when you’re at work, they often get bored and pass the time by having a snooze. Cats are also more likely to have a nap after a meal, after exercise or if they find a nice warm spot to curl up in, such as our laps!

As designers of cat beds we take great interest in where cats sleep. The truth is, cats very rarely stick to one sleeping spot, and wherever they choose it may not always be the lovely new bed that you have recently purchased for them!! They are often just as happy sleeping on the sofa, the radiator, your bed, your lap or even in a cardboard box!

 

What are the struggles that cat owners face?

Cats are wonderful pets however they are known for making their owners life difficult at times!

One of the many things that cat owners often struggle with is not being able to find the cat in the house because it has found another hidden spot to sleep at. This is actually from personal experience, as I can recall having to search for the cat for over half an hour after realising it has found its way inside a cupboard shelf and was sleeping between a two layers of clothes!

Another feature of cats is their attraction to small objects. They tend to find pieces of paper, screws, decorations, rubbers and other suitable-sized items which they like carrying around the house and sometimes stopping to play with it a bit, leaving a range of unwanted things lying around the house.

Then there is the well-being of your sofa….. You can buy various accessories for the cat to scratch, but it will completely ignore those and go for the precious furniture and clothes to ruin. This leads to the idea that cats basically love replacing the things that are theirs with those they are banned from. Slightly human-like to say the least.

And that’s not all. A cat is one of the hardest animals to give water to. You can buy loads of expensive bowls for the cat to drink from, but it will completely ignore those and drink from places like taps, aquariums, dog bowls, vases and the toilet of course.

If you own a cat you soon begin to realise that it is not the owner who tells the cat what to do, but it is the cat that gets in charge. You can sit at your desk doing some work, but if your cat gets bored of it, it might even decide to take a nap on the book or laptop in front of you. Plastic bags are basically adored by cats in any shape and form. They play inside them, poke them around, get stuck in the handle and of course make beloved holes on them with their claws.

Beyond all these lovely features of cats, they are very sweet animals that make our lives better and eventually we realise that all these irritating habits are actually cute and acceptable. At the end of the day life wouldn’t be the same without a cat!

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5 Things Your Cat Should Do This Spring


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.

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2) Have a Spring Clean

Like humans, a regular clean out of things your cat doesn’t need or are ruined should happen this time of the year. Your cats may have for example destroyed the litter box or worse, big pieces of furniture! Cluttered areas, lack of space or just anything inhibiting your cat from having a good run around, or general laze can cause a bit of feline stress. We love this cat shelving mixed with err hmm, facilities.

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You wanted privacy…

3) It’s all about the relaxation

Cats cannot unfortunately laze in a hammock like a good human. We’ve checked videos on YouTube and definitely know that is the case. Cats will still sleep for 16 hours daily on average, even in the summer months. The right sleeping environment is crucial, so make sure they have the best bed possible. We’re not even going to sneak in a link, our duffle and radiator beds are 100% cat approved, and look stylish in any home.

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A little too relaxed

4) Play more!

Most cats do not exercise enough, simple. A study in 2012 showed that cats with owners were twice less likely to get enough than stray cats. But there is something that you the owner can do, and hopefully your willing cat can do about it… Play more often. Think of it this way, if something is active and fun, you’d do it more often, cats are no different. Fun little games, chasing mice or playing with springy toys is a great starting point.

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GOTCHA!

5) Pamper session required

Spring, its all about new beginnings, change, a chance to take a step forwards and be rejuvenated. A trip to a day spa is what most of us may decide to day, a cat cafe’ is what our feline friends can aspire to. Unless Starbucks changes its no pet policy however, the later may be harder for both cat and owner to achieve. The most important thing? Keep those claws clean and not too long, a scratch post can help achieve both and don’t require a trip to Japan for a cat friendly coffee.

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Do I look like a film star yet?

A Better Sleep Guide For Your Cat

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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.