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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Why do cats love Radiator Beds?

Small Red with Brown Insert Cover
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.

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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.

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!

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!

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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.

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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

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#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.

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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.