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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.

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.

From scratching to jumping – our Cat Climbers have it all!

Colorado

When it comes to your cat, we know that you will do anything to keep it happy, healthy and in the safest environment possible. We know that because we are cat owners and lovers, just like you. We understand a thing or two about what it feels like to make sure that you are giving your cat the best care and attention it needs to get through the day.

One of the best pieces of advice that was shared with us many years ago was how cats need to be stimulated by their environment. Environmental enrichment as it is known is a way to ensure that your cat is mentally and physically trained on a daily basis to avoid the development of behaviour issues which can have long lasting effects.

There are plenty of ways to enrich your cat’s environment, but we have one solution that we know your cats love and think you’ll love just as much; because a happy cat is a happy cat owner.

Our cat climbers are a great solution for your cat and your home for many different reasons and we’d like to take the next few paragraphs to explain why.

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Your cat loves vertical space

Cats love their vertical space. That sounds strange but there are many reasons for this. Firstly, in multi cat homes, there is an evolutionary tale of how cats use different elevations to establish themselves as leader of the pack, it’s a natural process that most felines will go through especially in the company of others.

Think about the amount of times you will have found your cat on your bookshelves or windowsills there are two main reasons for this. Firstly, protection. Cats, especially socially shy ones, want to feel that they are protected at all times, especially when they may be dozing off. Being higher up will allow for them feel more protected.

The second reason why cats love vertical space so much is, heat. You guessed it, heat rises and cats like the warmth and respond to warmer conditions better than many humans.

Our cat climber ensures that you can develop the height that is right for your feline friend and if there is more than one cat in your home, it’s a fun and multi-storey vertical playing spot for them.

Oregon

From claws to scratching your cat needs practice

Have you ever wondered why your cat likes to get the claws out when things get a little more, boisterous? Well, it’s nature and it’s not a bad thing at all; the more time dedicated to using their claws and the dexterity required to catching what they think is prey, the better it can be for them according to many independent studies.

One of the tell tale signs that your cat may be suffering from a mental well being condition is when they scratch furniture or worse humans with no prior warnings. Keeping your cat mentally stimulated is going to be key to ensuring that you or your furniture doesn’t receive such treatment.

Our cat climbers have built-in scratching posts that will allow your cat to stretch and scratch helping them stave off any boredom that is associated with their mental well-being and conditions that bring out scratching furniture or humans.

Final Thoughts

Cat climbers have a wide range of uses and as we’ve hopefully shown you, it will help in the development of your cat’s overall well being.

From jumping and using different platforms helping them physically, it can prove to be a place of comfort and support for your feline friend making them feel happier and healthier in your home.

For our full range of cat climbers, visit our website today.

Cat had doubled in size after living in pet food factory!

After a family cat disappeared for fourteen months, it has finally been found and appears to have gained a few pounds after residing in a pet food factory nearby.

In 2014, Clive, a two-year-old Norwegian forest cat vanished from home leaving its caregivers Tanya and Jonathan Irons devastated. Upon realizing the cat was missing, the couple; who also a have a two-year-old daughter named Elizabeth, to no avail put up posters of the cat in the neighbourhood. They went further to launch an appeal on Facebook but still there was no sign of the cat.

However, Clive was found at a pet food factory by the staff who had noticed that treats were mysteriously disappearing. When the family got reunited with their cat, they could not help but notice that Clive had packed on a few pounds almost to double his original size during his absence.

According to Tanya Irons, who is a marketing manager, the cat was only nine months old when he disappeared, and he was a lot smaller back then. When Clive got returned to them, they were shocked to see just how big and fluffy he had become. Tanya added that Clive must have been living a luxurious life at the pet food factory.

On another note, Tanya described Clive as a naughty cat who loved going outside. In fact, she thought the cat had been taken in by someone since he was a very friendly cat. Tanya said that since the posters and the Facebook appeal to find him had bore no fruit, they had lost the hope of ever seeing him again. However, on a Wednesday, the family received a call from a veterinarian who informed them that Clive had been found.

After inquiring whether Clive was ok, she learned that he was in good condition almost as if someone had been looking after him. However, it was the opposite since Clive had been doing a good job of feeding himself at the pet food factory.

At the Kennelgate Pet Superstore located in Stapleford, Notts, workers were surprised when they discovered evidence supporting the possibility of a cat-burglar living in the store. Thus, the worker decided to set a trap. They placed a trail of treats leading to a suspended basket rigged to a pressure pad so that the culprit would be caught in the basket once it dropped.

On a Tuesday morning as the workers were checking in for work, they noticed the trap had been triggered, and the culprit was in the basket. They took Clive to a vet and after his microchip was scanned it was revealed that he belonged to the Irons family.

The production manager at the store, Diane Gaskill said she had been trying to catch him for weeks after Clive had run past her many times. She further added that it was a team effort to catch.

Colin Lewis, the retail director of the company, said the store has 20,000 square feet and thus there should be a few boxes with holes in them.

Once the cat was taken home, during an interview, Tanya said she was yet to introduce him to his two brothers named George and Leon. She continued to add that the Clive and his brothers were very close before he went missing. Tanya said she had planned on reintroducing the cats on an hourly interval.

As for Elizabeth, Tanya did not tell her that Clive was back as she would not understand that he had been missing; thus, she was told that it was a new cat. According to Tanya, Elizabeth was very excited with the news of a new cat.

When the cat was found it was reported that he was smelly, but according to Tanya he is doing fine, and the only difference is that he was fatter. Tanya added that Clive had been enjoying himself for the past year by feasting.

According to Tanya, Clive did not have much of an appetite around the time he went missing. Nonetheless, he has developed quite an appetite, and she has to leave him with a bucket of food since he doesn’t stop eating. Tanya says she has no intention of placing him on a diet saying he is just a bit rounder but happier.

Can cats live without humans?

With the bond between cats and humans lasting through thousands of years, it is no wonder that our furry feline friends have become the most popular pet throughout Europe and the US. However, recent studies have shown that unlike dogs, cats do not actually need humans to feel safe or even to survive. Even domesticated cats which live with us from birth and have no experience in the wild feel very independent in life and can look after themselves without looking to their human companions for help.

Self-Reliance in Cats

Unlike dogs that are pack animals, studies have shown that cats do not pine for their owners or suffer from anxiety when left alone. Naturally living alone, cats are not used to depending on anyone else. A study by animal behaviour experts at the University of Lincoln shows that cats prefer to look after themselves and will feel safe and secure even when separated from their owner. This however does not mean that cats do not love their owners, as many have the freedom to leave whenever they want. The simple fact that they stay in your home at all is a choice because they want to, even though they are independent animals.

Cats have become the most popular pet mostly due to their independence. For people that work long hours or travel often, they are the ideal pet as they do not need constant care and attention. Cats do recognise their owners with feelings for them and a strong bond, but the studies have shown that cats do not need their owners to feel secure, unlike dogs that need their owners to feel safe. A cat will attach itself to a home and owners, but will not rely on them completely.

Behaviour with Humans

In other studies, animal behaviour specialists have concluded that cats react very differently with humans compared to the way dogs do. When playing or interacting with humans, dogs change their attitudes and behaviours compared to when they are playing with other dogs. Cats however, act very much the same. Although they know we are different, and certainly much larger, they do not act any different as they would when socialising with another cat. Examples of this are rubbing their bodies against us, keeping their tail in the air, kneading their feet and grooming next to us. This proves that cats do not see us particularly dissimilar to other cats. Even in a wild environment cats do not look to others for help or protection, they are generally lone animals, so humans are therefore no different.

When feeling anxious, a cat will find a safer place such as under the bed or on top of a tree to hide, rather than looking for their owner for protection. There is no dependence on the owner so cats just feel like they need to look out for themselves. Stray cats all over the world live in a range of environments and manage to live just fine. The domesticated cats of today could still have this freedom if they wanted it, but they prefer to stay in a comfortable, happy home as they have a bond with their owner and life is much easier in a warm, safe place with constant food and cuddles.

If it came down to the question of whether cats actually need their owners to survive, the answer would most probably be no. Cats have before and do now, live without humans. Even the most spoiled felines could still live without us. They have much stronger souls than dogs and can carry on living life alone or alongside humans. Obviously life with humans is much easier and more enjoyable for them, but if they had to survive without us they could. Cats do not need stroking all day, bowls of milk, constant food and brushing; it is just a luxury that they have become accustomed to. In reality, who would say no to that.

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

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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.