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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.

Britain’s Cleverest Cats

Since the book titled ‘Test Your Cat: The Cat I.Q Test’ by E.M Bard became a bestseller on Amazon many cat owners have been eager to find out how intelligent their cat as are. Below are four examples of intelligent cats.

Pinky can open a can of treats

Carol Hack and her husband Dave live in Middleton, Cumbria with their moggie named Pinky. According to Carol, just a few weeks after receiving Pinky; two years ago, when she was just a kitten she realized that Pinky was unique. Carol has owned Somali cats for about 15 years and at one time she had eight of them simultaneously and so far she says Pinky is the smartest of them all.

Pinky uses her intelligence to get treats for herself. According to Carol, the first time she realized this was at night and the cat had managed to climb onto a 5ft high cabinet to get a can that contained treats. Upon reaching the can, the cat used its nose to pop open the lid.

Carol then decided to place some boxes on the can to see what would happen. Upon realizing there were boxes on the can, Pinky seemed to be thinking of how to go about the new challenge. After a few moments, she used her paws and nose to push the boxes aside then proceeded to pop open the can lid with her nose.

Carol then decided to get a new container which had a seal around the neck. This time around Pinky knocked over the can then used her nose and paws to knock it against the wall until the can opened. Carol has attested to carrying out some tests from the book by E.M. Bard titled ‘Test Your Cat: The Cat I.Q Test’ and Pinky passed with flying colours.

Honey plays hide and seek

Another unusual cat is Honey, who lives with Sophie Fletcher, her husband Mike and their two children Gabriel, 9, and Oliver, 7. Honey is Maine Coon, which is a breed known for being friendly as well as curious.

According to Sophie, Honey seems has always seemed intelligent, and she favour her right paw; a sign that she is aware of her body. Honey also likes to ‘miaow’ along when music is playing as well as pouncing on anything that moves. Sophie also says Honey likes playing games. The first game they played was ‘fetch’, however, the game somehow evolved into ‘hide and seek’.

When someone hides or conceals themselves behind a door, curtain or under the bed then call out “Honey…hide and seek!” the cat instantly understands the game is on. Honey then proceeds to search every room in the house to find them. Once she finds them, she pauses for a moment before jumping in the air and running off to find her hiding spot for the second leg of the game.

As a result, Gabriel and Oliver’s friends are impressed by Honey to the point they realize they have never met such a cat before.

Kuffa knows how to knock on a door

Hayley Toyne and her husband Andy live in Lincoln with their two daughters Poppy and Scarlet as well as their 10-year-old moggie Kuffa. According to Hayley, Kuffa has to be fed on the porch because their dog, Eddie has a tendency of stealing her food. The moment Kuffa is done feeding she knocks on the door almost as well as human. She does so by standing on her hind legs and using the metallic-door-knocker to indicate she wants to come back inside.

Hayley says when there are visitors over, she asks them to open the door and to their surprise they find Kuffa standing there. Kuffa is also time conscious. She knows she is fed three times a day at 8:00 am, 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm. When Hayley gets up at feeding times, the cat follows her expectantly into the kitchen. However, if the time isn’t a feeding time the Kuffa barely moves a muscle.

Milly Moos does schools runs every day

Victoria Dutton and her husband Simon live in Sandy, Bedfordshire, with their two children William and Amber as well as a tortoiseshell and Persian cat crossbreed moggie named Milly Moos.

Milly is eight years old and according to Victoria, the cat used to keep herself until the moment Victoria was pregnant with William. During the time, the cat used to sleep net to her with her paws on her baby bump. When William was born the cat became more attached to him as she would sneak in his Moses-basket and nap next to him.

On Williams first day of school, Milly was intently watching him as he got prepared. As Victoria and William left for school, Milly followed them for half a mile to William’s new school. According to Victoria, Milly had never followed them before anywhere.

Thinking it was a one-time occurrence when it was time to pick William from school at midday, Milly followed Victoria all the way to school. Since then; eighteen months ago, the cat has made went to and from the school run every single day without missing.

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.