5 Facts About Cats We Bet You Didn’t Know

Cats make excellent pets. Not only are they loving and affectionate, but they are also very independent animals. They clean themselves and they don’t need to be taken outside. You can even leave the house for a few days as long as you leave enough food and water for your cat before you leave.

But before you start visiting breeding catteries in Kent, you should know all you can about cats. Chances are, there are a few things about these adorable creatures that you don’t know.

5-facts-about-cats-we-bet-you-didnt-know-aboutCats Have the Ability to Tolerate Heat

All cats come from their ancestor, the big cats. These cats were often found in deserts hundreds of years ago. Today, big cats such as lions and tigers live in Africa, where the temperatures can reach up to 120 degrees. Thanks to their ancestors, domesticated cats can tolerate high temperatures. They pant to cool themselves down. It’s just not as obvious as when a dog pants, but cats still do it. Cats can even sweat through the pads on the bottoms of their feet.

Cats are Farsighted

If you get too close in your cat’s face, he may not be able to tell that it is you. This is because cats cannot focus on anything unless it is at least a foot away from them. This is why cats have whiskers. The whiskers allow them to sense things that they cannot see clearly.

Cats Sleep A Lot

If you bring your new cat home and all he does is sleep, don’t worry. He isn’t sleeping so much because he is sick or depressed. It is normal for a cat to sleep a lot. On average, cats spend about two-thirds of their lives asleep. If your cat is napping, let him sleep, it’s normal.

Your Cat Can Fit Anywhere

If you find that your cat is able to escape from the home or from a room, it doesn’t mean that he is a magician. It just means that his body makes it possible. Cats don’t have collarbones, which means that they can squeeze out an opening the size of his head. As long as he can get his head through a tight spot, his body will get through as well. If you are trying to confine your cat to the house or to just one room, just make sure that there are no small places for him to squeeze through. Cats are very tenacious. If your cat wants to go out, he likely won’t stop until he succeeds.

You Aren’t Actually Allergic to Your Cat

Many people believe that they are allergic to cats. This is not the case. You aren’t even allergic to your cat’s fur. It is actually his dander that causes an allergic reaction. Cats produce a hormone in their saliva that can trigger allergies in humans. Because cats are constantly bathing themselves, the saliva spreads to their fur and this is what can cause your allergies. If you do have an allergy to cat dander, it doesn’t mean that you can’t own a cat. There are certain breeds of cat that are hypoallergenic. This means that even if you have a cat allergy, you won’t be allergic to these breeds.

If you are considering adopting a cat, you should be sure that you have the time to spend with him. While cats may be independent, they still need love and attention for them to be happy. If you are considering adopting, you should first do your homework and make sure that you have everything that your cat will need.

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Pet Wearables – Tabcat & Whistle

Pet Wearables – Tabcat & WhistleThese days wearable tech isn’t only for us humans, pets have their share of the market too. GPS or activity trackers are actually super useful and can make our everyday life so much easier! Easier for us and more secure for our beloved pets. To date we have tried two different types of pet tech, Tabcat for cats and Whistle for dogs, they both work in a different ways and serve a different purpose.

Tabcat RRP: £69.99

Tabcat is a tracking device which works on RF technology for accurate, energy efficient tracking (one battery will last up to 12 months). It comes as a standalone unit; one transceiver plus two homing tags with plastic protectors, which you can attach to just about anything you want, your cat included 🙂 There is an option to purchase additional tags as the device can track up to four subjects on one unit. The homing tags are super lightweight (only 6 grams) so your cat shouldn’t even notice it.

Pet Wearables – TabcatIn general I really like the idea of Tabcat but its 122 meter distance isn’t far enough for us. I know cats are territorial creatures but as it ended up ours wonder much further so I am still losing track of them. I think Tabcat would be ideal if you cats like to hide and you struggle with finding them around the house or nearby garden.

Whistle RRP: $79.95

Whistle offers two options, GPS tracker or an activity monitor. We tested the activity monitor version and I have to admit, I totally love it.

Whistle’s Activity Monitor is a health tracker for your dog. It attaches to any collar and measures your dog’s activities, giving you a new perspective on the day-to-day behaviour and long-term trends.

Pet Wearables – WhistleThe device is app based and it can be highly personalised. In addition to tracking the activities or sleep duration of your dog, you can also track food or medication; all the data comes in the form of graphs so it’s super easy to track the progress and if you want there is a Whistle community you can join too.

The Whistle itself is a round disk 1.5” in diameter, it might be a bit big for very small dogs but for Bunk is just perfect. It comes with a collar attachment and a USB charger. The battery last around 7 days, which isn’t bad. It takes about 1 hour to fully recharge it and the device provides a clear green light indicator when it is fully charged.

I am not able to fault it in any way. Even in the UK climate with all its tons of rain it still works well and is still performing as intended so its waterproof feature is spot on. If you fancy a kind of Fitbit for your pet, I think Whistle might just be just the way to go.

Have you ever used any wearable tech for your pet?

Can you recommend something new we haven’t tried so far?

How to disappear your neighbour… well their cat anyways

Hi, I am Ode, so called Evil Cat. Frankly I have no idea why I got this nickname but who cares, right?

Today I want to tell you a story, my big plan for getting rid of a rival.

How to disappear your neighbour… well their cat anyways #PETPEEVESYes, you are reading it right, I was planning to get rid of a rival cat, I was planning an assassination, I even hired (kind of) two assassins… or so I thought but let’s go back to the beginning!

So, I while back my neighbours brought home a grey ball of fluff, super cute British Blue, they called him Harry (how stupid is that by the way). The little fellow was growing up fast and before I knew it he was outside checking out my digs in the bushes, by the fence, up in the trees… wherever I went, I could smell the little… wonder.

It was definitely time to get rid of him.

How to disappear your neighbour…. well their cat anyways #PETPEEVESI’ve tried sneaking into his house and scaring him, I’ve chased him any chance I could but this has had very little effect… well no effect at all, let’s be honest… Finally it was time for a different plan!

I know that my human pals have been known to react badly to uninvited creatures posing as guests in the house, especially when they are my guest… last time I brought a girl home for a lovely dinner they were less than impressed with the entire situation, reactions noted for future plan. So as they say, keep your friends close but your enemies closer and as times were hard so I really had no other option…. I became Harrys’ friend….

He was adorable, our friendship would be adorable (for adorable read Yuck! obviously)

Really there was no other option! Trust me…

You see in addition to me and Mr. Ginger who truly doesn’t give a **** about anything, especially adorable Harry, there are two potential cat killers in the house, aka Bunk and Lilly! Every time they spot Harry outside the house, they chase him like he just stole their bags, also noted for my plan. So the cunning plan was simple… make friends, get the adorable grey ball of fluff into the house and then just let the silly and amazingly gullible dogs do the rest and all whilst I was fast asleep with one eye open just enough to see my masterly plan come to fruition (insert maniacal laugh here)… clever hey?

How to disappear your neighbour….. well their cat anyways #PETPEEVESWell, not really 🙁

My dog pals are just plain stupid!

I befriended Harry for days, I show him how to get into the house (super sneaky entrance in the humans basket-room which also just happens to be where we get our food… they are hardly ever upstairs during the day so it was kind of easy), I shared dinner with my nemesis (so he is full up and easier to catch), then I may have accidently poked a window latch a little so the attached window became shut…. Ooops.

After a short nap on my humans’ basket, Harry arose and went for a wonder… this was it, the moment of truth when victory was within my reach. I sat there unable to breath with anticipation. And I sat there still waiting for the symphony of barks, meows and screams but…. nothing, nothing happened!

Told you… silly, stupid dogs! They just let him wonder around the house, watched some telly with him and I even caught one of them licking him, I know gross right! So where was the teeth and claws when you need them, where was the “chasing him around the house” action scene I was expected to see? Oh no not today, today they are treating him like their best friend forever!

How to disappear your neighbour...… well their cat anyways #PETPEEVESI hate dogs! My plan failed. Harry simply walked out the front door after humans decided that it is time for him to go home, another epic fail, salt in the wound, a finger in the eye. Where was the shoo shoo shooing, the rolled up newspaper or even the slipper when you need them. That’s right… oh no not today, today Harry is perfect. I wonder if it’s because he only has 4 paws…

And so in conclusion to my tale of tragedy I am still stuck with this super handsome, soft and shiny super cat next door! What’s my pet peeve I hear you ask… don’t get me started….grrrr.

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This post is our contribution into #PETPEEVES campaign run by the RSPCA as I truly, truly hate when my cats bring a friend home and then lets them sleep on MY bed after stuffing their belly full of our cats’ food.

Yes, all pets have their quirks, weird likes or dislikes but at the end of the day, they are OUR pets, they are members of OUR family and they should be treated as such, no matter what their wacky personalities entail.

From this story Ode might sound like a mean killer but in reality he wouldn’t hurt a fly (well, actually this might not be the case, bad example maybe but you get the point…) Pets can be cunning, thoughtful and resourceful but it is our responsibilities to take care of them, so never forget that it is up to us to provide the right pet protection.

World Cucumber Day – Cats vs Cucumber

The cucumber biologically speaking is a creeping vine that bears cylindrical fruits that are widely used as culinary vegetable. It’s just a fruit used as a veg so how come over a third of cats on the planet has an irrational fear of cucumbers?

The cucumber biologically speaking is a creeping vine that bears cylindrical fruits that are widely used as culinary vegetable. It’s just a fruit used as a veg so how come over a third of cats on the planet has an irrational fear of cucumbers? Hendrick's Gin enlisted the help of animal behaviourist Dr Roger Mugford to create a fool-proof cucumber exposure programme to help our feline friends cope with this irrational fear.Hendrick’s Gin enlisted the help of animal behaviourist Dr Roger Mugford to create a fool-proof cucumber exposure programme to help our feline friends cope with this irrational fear.

According to Dr Mugford, the suspicious nature of cats is what leads to the innate fear of the mighty cucumber – the oddness and unusual persona of the green fruit makes them feel uneasy.

Have you ever seen any of the “cats Vs cucumber” videos on YouTube? They are simply hilarious! I love my cats and I would never test them versus a cucumber but I have to admit that the reaction of some cats is simple unreal, have a look:

Funny isn’t it?

At this point you might ask why Hendrick’s Gin is spending its time trying to get to the bottom of a cats fear of cucumbers. Well:

“The cucumber is at the core of our gin, which is oddly infused with cucumber itself, the gin that is, not the cucumber – a cucumber is wholly made of cucumber”, says David Piper, Hendrick’s Global Brand Ambassador. “Cats have an illogical fear of cucumbers – so as inventors of the cucumber garnish, we have to act responsibly and ensure cats feel at ease as we enjoy our Hendrick’s libations garnished, of course, with a cucumber, on World Cucumber Day. Did I mention the importance of cucumbers?”

Hendrick’s Gin created their own cats versus cucumbers video which is full of tips on how to keep your cat calm and comfortable on this World Cucumber Day.

So when it comes to cucumbers, cat friendly tips include:

  1. Storing cats away from cucumbers
  2. Play some suitably serene music to help cats relax and forget about cucumbers
  3. Incremental exposure may acclimatise cats to cucumbers – limiting their fear
  4. Disguise a cucumber for feline use (for example put it into a paper bag and let them discover it themselves in their own time)
  5. Try not to appear frightened yourself when confronted by a cucumber – the more loyal cats out there may jump to your defence
  6. Rest assured that once the cucumber is submerged in a Hendrick’s and tonic, cats will not experience anxiety of any kind

I hope you will find these tips useful! After all we all love a good laugh but as responsible pet owners we do have to take the wellbeing of our cats into consideration too.

Have a wonderful World Cucumber Day!