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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.