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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

 

Cat or Dog?

cat and 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 night, having a pet, any pet, means that responsibility on supervising the animal is required.

However, it is also impractical to expect someone to be able to look after your pet whilst you’re working the hours, or having to take overnight stays in a different location altogether.

Winner: Cat

Why? Cats can be left unsupervised for quite a long period of the day, and whilst we don’t advise you should do this long term, as long as cats have all the necessities provided for them, mainly access to water and food as well as into your home, cats are predominantly self sufficient and can manage their time on their own.

Change can be a good thing

The modern day environments are constantly changing as our social lives as well. From visiting friends and family a few hours away in the car to having to move for work into new and different cities, being a pet owner can also mean having to consider how well your pet can adapt to these changes.

From the environment that surrounds them to their new daily routines, if your pet is settled, and the quicker it settles, the better it will be for both you, the pet and the family.

Winner: Dog

Why? Dogs are more adaptable than cats in new environments and changes to their routines more so than cats. In essence, your dog’s behaviour is more philosophical than a cat to these changes and can provide great company in those times of change for you as well in your new environment.

Keep fit and healthy

It is recommended that everyone does at least 30 minute exercise, five times a week that gets your heart pumping and your lungs working to stave away diseases related to being overweight and generally unfit. Things such as heart disease or diabetes can be countered with such exercise routines and measures.

Winner: Dog

Why? Have you ever tried to walk a cat? Probably not, and nor should you. Cats are independent and develop their exercise skills in a host of different ways; including toys, cat climbers and general tom foolery in their own private time and space. But dogs help get you off the couch and out into fresh air every day, guaranteed. Yes, the downside is when it’s cold and wet you need to go with them, and that’s not a pleasant thought but overall, you will reap the rewards with daily exercise that your dog helps provide.

Size of home

Homes are getting smaller. As reported in February 2016, the average size of a home in the UK is four square meters smaller than the recommended sizes given as a guideline by the government. When you also consider that the cost of buying homes is going up and people moving into apartments to save on cost and space factors, you need to think of what pet would be best suited to these smaller, cosier spaces.

Winner: Cat

Why? Cats, no matter what size, can find a way to be able to live in a small environment without causing any or much distress whilst dogs, even the smallest ones, need space to move around and explore their territory. Cats can live in small homes or even studio apartments and will be comfortable in their smaller spaced environment.

There are many different reasons to have a cat or dog as your new pet, either however can make great company when it comes to being a treasured member of the family. Keep in mind your environment and lifestyle before making a decision on owning a pet as all pets require time, patience and lots of love.

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.

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.

Meet the cat enthusiast with over 1,000 cats!

Lynea Lattanzio sold her car and her wedding ring to look after feral cats, of which she has a thousand of them. Currently she is living in a trailer on the grounds of her property simply to lend her cats some more space- the five bedroom house she owns is actually for the cats to roam about. She has got a six acre property and a 4200 square foot house to allow those cats to run freely. The Cat house on the Kings, which she calls it now, is one of the California’s largest no-cage and no-kill sanctuary for the abandoned, untamed and homeless cats.

She started the process of fostering cats back in 1992 and had 96 six cats by the end of the same year. Her love and care for those cats helped her re-home and resettle all of them successfully. After her decision to continue to foster cats and look after them, she went a step ahead and became a veterinary technician herself, which not only helped her to look after them in a more befitting manner but also reduced the medical cost for the treatment of the cats. The number of fostered cats kept growing as her fascination with them was multiplied over some period of time. She is sixty seven years old now and has lived with over 28, 000 cats over the period of 24 years and happily calls herself the most eccentric cat-lady that has ever existed.

When she bought that 4200 square foot house a few years back she was single and had no kids, but, perhaps, she knew the way she was going to use the house: to turn it into a heaven for abandoned, stray cats. When she started taking in cats, her intention, she said, was not to take more than a thousand cats in her home, but with the passage of times things happened and she just kept on stretching the limit and the number is well over a thousand now. And even in her trailer, which she swore will not have any cats, there are 20 kittens and four puppies now. Her justification for altering and, according to her, improving her decision was: “You can take the woman out of the shelter but you can’t take the shelter out of the woman.”

Well, it took Lynea some great sacrifice and passion to turn her home into a cat-sanctuary. When she started the process of transformation she had barely any external financial aid, and in times of crisis, had to sell her car and wedding ring as well. For nearly seven years she kept the endeavor alive by selling out such precious things, whenever needed. Now, Lynea and her team of volunteers she deservedly attracted, take care of 800 adult cats and 300 small kittens. Not only the cats get food and shelter, they are also provided with medical care in case of serious illness. The sanctuary has got an ICU of itself and there is a vet who makes weekly visits and examines the cats for any signs of illness etc.

Her love for cats however, does not make her too possessive about them, she has launched an adoption procedure for those cats and does not intend to keep them in the sanctuary forever. At the moment she has got 500 cats which are prepared and ready for adoption and anyone who is interested in adopting them can go Lynea’s website and fill the form for adoption. She says that she loves cats because they are beautiful and graceful but she does not want to keep them bound to her sanctuary. The only purpose of her sanctuary is to take care of those cats which are left unattended and homeless and help them resettle. Whoever thinks they can adopt some cats has to follow a simple procedure of adoption in order to own one of these cats

Do cats like music?

If you are a pet owner, the chances are good that, at some point or another, you have played music around your animal. Although it is quite obvious when a dog likes or dislikes something, the cat is a much more subtle animal, capable of expressing its emotional framework with an array of behaviours and mannerisms that are infinitely more nuanced that dogs. With that in mind, it is, perhaps, more difficult to understand when your actions are either pleasing or displeasing the animal in your life.

Interest in the types of music that animals prefer has been steadily growing over the past few years, thanks in large part to the efforts of inquisitive pioneers such as David Teie, a classically trained musician who has begun to seek out supporters for his newest initiative, a recording project designed exclusively for cats.

Given the fact that cats devote 25% of their brains to auditory sensations, Teie believes it is definitely worth the effort to provide cats with tunes that they will enjoy. The project began when, in 2008, an article published by the Washington Post caught his attention. In it, a reporter had stated that researchers had used two songs recorded by Teie as part of a study in which they were played for cats. According to the results obtained by the scientists, 77% of the cats who were exposed to Teie’s music reacted in a positive manner.

Although it might simply be flattering enough for an individual to know that animals enjoy their music, Teie sought to understand exactly why this reaction may have occurred. Following his research, he concluded that, much like humans, animals respond later in life to many of the sounds they hear while in the womb. Given the fact that monkeys often hear high pitched voices while in the womb, Teie hypothesised that they would enjoy music which figure vocal-like, high-pitched lines. His hypothesis was proven correct.

With cats, Teie observed that some of the earliest sounds these animals are exposed to is the sound of birds chirping and their mothers purring. Because of this, Teie sought to create music that had a natural, relaxing atmosphere. If this was the environmental ambience that cats were exposed to prior to birth, Teie postulated, than this must also be the sound world they experience during listening in order to ensure maximum enjoyment. In order to ensure that the sounds are as accurate as possible, Teie has had to stretch his creative imagination. In order to mimic the sound of a cat purring, for example, Teie wrote harmonically dense lines for harp which create audible sonic vibrations, much like the physical feeling of a cat purring.

With this idea in mind, the idea of writing music for animals may not seem so far fetched after all. If we operate under the assumption that scientific research can help shed light on even the strangest questions we may ask ourselves, then it should come as no surprise that Teie has been able to more accurately understand exactly what kind of music his cat, as well as other cats at large, may enjoy. Therefore, an album devoted to music written specifically for cats isn’t such a radical idea. In fact, it seems reasonable to assume that Teie could devote his entire artistic career to developing albums for any number of animals, assuming he has the ability to properly research their earliest sonic experiences.

According to Teie, the album devoted specifically to pets will likely be made available at some point this year. Those who are interested in learning more about the project and possible contributing financially to the endeavour can do so at Teie’s website. Stay tuned for more updates on this altogether fascinating musical endeavour

What exactly is catnip?

If you are a cat owner, you know well enough the unique effect this particular product has on your animals. Catnip has proven to be an alluring, near irresistible attractor for cats, and yet pet owners often have no idea what this mysterious, potent concoction actually is! On an equally important note, the question must also be asked: why do cats enjoy catnip as much as they do? Here are a few interesting research notes which may be prove to be helpful in this investigation.

The first inquiries into the quasi-magical powers of catnip began with the Etruscans, who noticed that a particular weed, Nepeta Cataria, was capable of a number of surprising results, including the treatment of various skin ailments, colds and fevers. Soon enough, individuals began to notice that Nepeta Cataria also stimulated their domestic cats in a very unique fashion.

Nepeta Cataria, also known as catnip, can be found across southern and eastern Europe, as well as the Middle East, central Asia, and certain locations in China. Its relative abundance have allowed this product to be market across the world at large. On a fundamental level, the chief explanation as to why catnip serves as such a powerful stimulant for cats is due to the fact that the weed emits a strong scent that closely mirrors that of cat’s sex pheromones Because of this, cats who come across catnip are often completely overtaken by its presence. Pet owners who provide their cats with catnip should not be surprised if their pets suddenly seem overtly ‘physical’ with the item in question. Common behaviours including rubbing against the catnip-laden item or licking/chewing it. The effects of catnip often last for approximately 20 minutes. Therefore, catnip is often considered to have a ‘short-term’ effect on animals that have been exposed to it.

Although Nepeta Cataria is now commonly referred to as “Catnip”, at one time this weed was also labelled “Cat mint” due in large part to the fact that many individuals consider the smell of this plant a close match to mint.

Pet owners should take note, however, that catnip can be used in excess. Cats who have been exposed to excessive levels of catnip may appear confused, groggy or begin uncontrollably drooling. Although these effects are largely temporary, those who do notice these behaviours in their animals are advised to reduce the presence of catnip in their residence in order to ensure that their animals behaves normally in the future.

Catnip has not always been solely a luxury for animals. In fact, it was not uncommon for catnip to be incorporated into various condiments throughout European kitchens many years ago. Humans, too, enjoyed the unique aroma of this weed. Catnip has also been found to be a natural repellant against various common pests, including mosquitos, termites, fleas and cockroaches, among others.

Ultimately, catnip should be considered a fun diversion for your pets. There is little to no harm that this weed can cause your animals, and should therefore be used at the discretion of the pet owner. Those who may be tempted to worry that their cat has been overexposed to catnip can take comfort in the fact that no lasting health effects have been observed in animals that have been repeatedly exposed to catnip.

As an interesting side note, it is also worth mentioning that catnip is considering an excellent bee-foraging plant and is, therefore, often incorporated into public gardens and other large open spaces. With all of these ideas in mind, it seems reasonable to declare that the benefits of catnip far outweigh any critiques some may have of this naturally occurring “guilty pleasure” for cats. We hope your pets enjoy it!

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!

Why do cats like cardboard boxes?

You know what it’s like. You spend your hard earned cash on a brand new bed or climber for your cat, they take one look it and then jump straight into the box that it came in! Sound familiar? If so then you may find this recent article in The Daily Telegraph an interesting read as it goes some way to explaining the reasons behind this.

Whilst a cardboard box may seem boring to humans, scientists in The Netherlands have discovered that a cardboard box offers security and comfort to cats, as their recent studies found that stress levels in cats decreased when they were in a box. So next time your cat decides to jump inside a cardboard box, hopefully this article may help understand why they do it.

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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.