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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.

5 things that can give your cat the best environment

Did you know that one of the best ways to keep your cat happy, healthy and feeling good in your home is to do something called, environmental enrichment. Don’t worry, we, like you, were slightly scared of the phrase until we did a little bit of research and spoke to some experts on the subject.

All that environmental enrichment means is that you create an environment that will stimulate your cat and stop it developing behavioural issues that are sometimes associated when your cat is not mentally or physically stimulated.

From intercat aggression to depression and anxiety a boring environment is something that cat owners must avoid to get keep their cat happy and healthy. An under-stimulated cat can be at risk of over-grooming to self-mutilation, compulsive behavior and loss of appetite. Things, which we are sure no cat owner ever wants to happen.

We have put together a few suggestions to help your create environmental enrichment for your cat. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment or email us, we’d love to hear from you.

Playtime

Like most humans, cats enjoy their playtime. It develops them both physically and mentally and there are various ways that you can create the right environment through different types of play, these include; interactive and object play.

Interactive play involves you interacting with your cat. This could be toys on the end of fishing style rods or strings, like our moggy mobile, the object here is that you cat reverts their nature a little to hunting. You don’t want to put the objects directly in front of them, instead you want drag the objects away from eye line, hide them in different places and use them as a trigger for playtime. Once playtime is over however, hide these kinds of toys away from the cat or they could end up chewing the strings off all together.

Object play on the other hand involves small toys, like fake mice or our crazy creatures that can be utilised by the cat as and when they choose to play. A great tip would be to place these kinds of toys in different locations so your cat will be intrigued to search for them adding to their daily playtime fun.

Vertical Space

Humans live in a horizontal world, that’s fine for us, but cat’s much prefer the vertical space that we leave them. From napping to feeling more secure, cat’s search for the vertical environment as it can also help them establish order in the house, especially in a multi-cat living environment. Elevated environments also provide sanctuary for more timid cats as this will allow them to feel safe as they know it would be very hard for anyone to sneak up on them.

So how do you create vertical space in your home. Sometimes windowsills and bookshelves are great solutions but not always the best ones. They just happen to be there.

Things like cat climbers are a perfect way to give your cats the elevation they need to feel safe and live within that vertical space.

Hideaways and Tunnels

Remember the time you built a fort? If you haven’t and if you’re an adult, you really should. It’s great fun! For those that have, you know the feeling of hiding and scrambling around is a load of fun; well it’s just the same for cats.

Cats need hideaways, especially if they are timid, you can do this in a variety of ways. Our igloo cat beds are a great way to give them that feeling of being hidden away, and not being bothered.

Tunnels are also a great way to create the illusion of play and privacy. You can do this with soft paper bags. Fold a one-inch cuff at the top to make the bag sturdy. Cut the bottoms of the paper bags, fold a cuff around that end and then tape bags together.

Scratching Posts
Cats scratching is a natural thing that they do. If however they are scratching your furniture, then that can also mean that they are not happy with any scratching equipment you may have or potentially they are bored.

Ensure that you have the right kind of scratching gear for them. From scratching posts to even a good scratching pad, this will ensure that they have the choice when it comes to deciding what to go for first, a well designed, well built and attractive scratching post or your table leg.

Companionship

One of the key things that is forgotten when creating environmental enrichment for your cat is this, companionship. Whether that is human or other cats in the house, your cat strives to be in the company of other creatures to continue to stimulate their minds and allow them to feel safer in the right environment.

We understand that not every home can afford to have more than one cat, but make sure you take the time to spend time with your pet when you can. This will allow the cat to feel protected and comfortable enriching their life greatly.

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.

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.