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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

 

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

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!

The danger of household plants for cats

We recently received some upsetting news about a kitten that sadly died after chewing on a lily that was on display in the home. Whilst they are attractive flowers to have on show, it is imperative to remember that all parts of the lily are toxic to cats. A small nibble on a leaf or a lick of pollen can be enough to cause fatal kidney failure.

Although events like this cause a great deal of concern, it is important to note that such occurrences are rare as cats are generally pernickety about what they will eat. However, it is still strongly recommended that you take the necessary precautionary action and remove all hazardous plants from your household, particularly if you have a kitten or an indoor cat as they are most likely to come into contact with any indoor plants. It isn’t just lilies that are hazardous for cats; the International Cat Care website contains a comprehensive list of hazardous household plants. It is strongly advised that you read this list to check that your home is safe.

If you suspect that your cat has been poisoned you should contact your vet immediately. Signs to watch out for include; repeated vomiting, severe diarrhoea, signs of excessive irritation of the throat, skin or mouth, or if you cat suddenly collapses. If you see your cat eating something which you suspect is poisonous then take them to your vet immediately, ideally with as much information regarding the plant as possible (a label from the plant would be ideal).  DO NOT encourage the cat to vomit.

Keeping your cat safe during fireworks season

This time of year the night skies are usually lit up with fireworks and whilst they provide excellent entertainment for adults they can be distressing for your cats.

It is important that you take extra measures at this time of year to ensure your cat is safe and calm. It is strongly advised that you keep your cat safely indoors with all doors, cat flaps and windows locked and curtains closed. Make sure your cat has access to their bed, usual sleeping spot or hideaway, where they can retreat to and feel safe and comfortable. My cat usually sleeps on our bed but can often be found hidden underneath the bed at this time of year as she finds it more calming under there. So we make sure the area is free from clutter and easily accessible for her.

With your cat safely inside make sure they have access to a litter tray. Help to try and mask any loud bangs and noises from outside by turning the TV up or playing soothing music. Finally, make sure you stay calm and act normally. Cats who are distressed prefer to be left alone and not fussed over.

Identification

By Cleo Pet

cat looking up in paper side torn hole isolatedAs cat owners the thought of our cats going missing is not something we want to contemplate but it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure their safe return should they go walkabouts.

The first thing you need to do is make sure your cat has an identification tag on their collar. There are risks involved with cats wearing collars but to minimise these risks, ensure your cat is wearing a quick release collar, which will pull apart if the cat gets stuck or entangled. Alternatively collars with elastic in are also available. The identification tag should contain the cats name along with your address and telephone number.

A more permanent form of identification is microchipping. A microchip is a tiny chip (no bigger than a grain of rice) that is inserted under the cats skin between the shoulder blades and is a very simple and painless procedure that can be done by your local vet. The microchip will contain a unique number which is stored on a national database. Once scanned the owners details are then displayed and the cat be reunited with its owner.

Choosing the ‘purrrrfect’ cat for you

In my last blog post I gave an insight into what cat ownership entails. Here are some tips and advice, which will hopefully help in deciding on the right cat for you.

The main points that need consideration when making your choice are :-

  • How much time will I be able to dedicate to looking after my cat?
  • How will young children in the home interact with the cat?
  • What type of house and location do I live in?
  • What will the monthly cost of cat ownership be?

All these will need to be answered in order for you to ascertain the type of cat best suited to you.

Lifestyle

If you work during the day and also have a busy social life then you might think about an adult cat. They generally require less attention and human interaction and are able to play and explore by themselves. In these circumstances you may wish to consider having two cats as they will provide companionship for each other.

If you have a little more free time then having a kitten can be very rewarding. They provide hours of entertainment and following their progress into adulthood is fun. Kittens do require a little more attention than adult cats, and they shouldn’t be left alone for long periods of time. Kittens require more feeding during their first year as this is when they are growing. They will eat at least four meals a day.

Long or Short Hair Cats?

Long-haired cats require grooming every day otherwise their fur can become matted which can cause distress. If left, this may result in a trip to the vet to get them trimmed. Short- haired cats still need grooming with a brush or comb but not as much as long-haired breeds. Some cats groom themselves excessively, and as cat fur is not digestible it can become a fur ball in their stomach which can lead to vomiting. All cats should be groomed regularly as this helps them to shed their coat and can help to prevent problems with fur balls.

Children

If you have children selecting the age of cat you choose is very important. If there are toddlers and pre-schoolers in the house I would recommend an older cat as they tend to be more settled and more tolerant of rough handling than a kitten. Older children are generally more gentle and nurturing. A less manic home will be less stressful so a kitten could also be considered.

Living conditions

When choosing a cat please consider the surroundings your cat will have to live in. If you live in a flat or alongside a busy road then you an indoor cat may be more suitable.  If you choose an indoor cat then be aware that your cat will need to be entertained more than a cat that has outdoor access. Therefore make sure your cat has plenty of space to run and jump about and plenty of toys, scratching posts and climbers to stimulate them. Many rehoming centres will have some cats that need indoor homes, due to age, illness or disability.

Costs

As stated in my previous blog it is important to realise that owning a cat does incur some expense. Besides the costs I mentioned in my first blog post you know that indoor cats will always need a litter tray and cat litter as well as a supply of toys and scratch posts to entertain them. By comparison, outdoor cats are more likely to require visits to the vet as they are more susceptible to the dangers that the outdoors provide from infection or fast moving vehicles.

‘Things you need to know about owning a cat’

Are you are thinking of joining the reported 8.5 million cat owners in the UK?

If so there are lots of things you need to consider before committing to Cat ownership.

My wife and I have owned twenty cats, and I have fostered over seventy more, which gives me lots of knowledge and experience to share with you. Hopefully this will help you and give you an insight into what cat ownership really entails. Here are a few basic details about keeping a cat…

  1. Cats generally live between 10-20 years.
  2. If you intend to get a kitten you will need to get them spayed or neutered when they are about four months old.
  3. Your cat will need to be vaccinated (two injections initially then yearly boosters). These are for ‘Cat Flu’ and ‘Feline enteritis’. A third jab is available for FELV (Feline Leukaemia).
  4. It’s a good idea to get your cat micro chipped so it can be easily identified. And don’t forget to update your details up to date on the chip register, if you move house or details change.
  5. Regular flea treatments will be needed. I recommend every four months.
  6. You will need to worm your cat with an oral tablet every six months. I recommend using a vet to make sure you get the correct type.
  7. Consider the cost of pet insurance. Medical treatment can be very expensive, so do not underestimate the potential cost if something goes wrong and budget accordingly.
  8. Feeding your cat will cost in the region of £30 a month. Cats eat wet or dry food, cats have their own preferences.
  9. Indoor cats require a litter trays and cat litter. Most cats and kittens are litter trained by the time they are available as a pet.
  10. If your cat is to have access to the outdoors it’s a good idea to fit a cat flap. There are many on the market and if you do not want neighbouring cats to gain entry it might be worth choosing one which opens with a collar magnet, or with your cats microchip.
  11. If you are going on holiday you will need to ask a friend or neighbour to feed your cat for you, or find a well respected cattery nearby.
  12. Cats need toys, scratching posts which will need replacing regularly and quality bedding which should be cleaned regularly.

So, there are lots of things you need to consider when owning a cat, and also you need to realistically budget for food, litter and treatments.

Owning a cat is an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding experience, however it is so important that you are aware of these things before taking a cat in to your home. I have fostered many cats where the owners have underestimated what ownership entails, and my hope is the above information and my future blogs will be informative and help you make the right choices.

My next blog will be about choosing the ‘purrfect’ cat for you!