Can Cats Catch A Cold? We Answer the Question Once and For All!

Has your poor cat been sneezing and sniffling all the time? Have you asked yourself can cats catch a cold? Luckily for you, we have all the answers!

can cats catch a cold
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We can’t count the amount of times people have come up to us and said, can cats catch a cold? For some reason, many people find it hard to understand that kitties, just like humans, can fall ill at a moment’s notice. If your cat is sniffling or generally looks unwell, it’s important that you do something about it sooner rather than later.

Sadly, if you leave a condition like this one for too long, your pet runs the risk of becoming iller and iller. That’s the last thing that you want. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. We have all the information you need about cat colds you could possibly need. So, sit back, grab yourself a cup of tea, and get reading.

So, can cats catch a cold? And, if so, how?

The short answer is, of course, yes. Cats can get colds just like we can. When you see them sneezing away, it’s down to a little something that experts call ‘upper respiratory disease’. Don’t let the name fool you. It’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. In reality, this condition is very similar to the human strain of cold you or I get.

The problem is that the virus may never leave your cat’s system once they get it. This is the reason why there are cats out there who get colds again and again. Since the virus is still dormant in their system, the cold itself will come back at any given chance.

As for why cats actually get colds, there could be a whole host of reasons out there. These types of infections can be both bacterial or viral. That means that they can pick them up from other cats, through the air, or just by being out in the cold for too long. You shouldn’t be mad at yourself for failing to prevent the cold because doing so is pretty much impossible.

What you really need to do is make sure that you catch the virus as soon as possible. The moment that you see your cat is sick, it’s important that you do something about it. A few sneezes here and there are likely no massive problem. However, if your cat is sneezing all the time, you may find that they need medical attention right away.

What are the symptoms of cat colds?

Of course, the first step is identifying the fact that your kitty actually has a cold. There are some common signs that you should look out for when your cat starts to seem unwell in anyway. If they show the following signs of a cold, you should take action:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Dripping (discharge) from the eyes and nose
  • Dyhydration
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tiredness
  • Fever
  • Ulcers around the eyes, nose, or mouth
  • ‘Mouth breathing’

In general, you should be able to tell when your cat is ill. All of the above signs don’t have to be there, but if some are, you need to do something about it. When people ask ‘can cats get a cold’, they are often surprised to find out that they can. It’s what you do next, though, that really does count.

What should you do next?

When you’ve figured out that, yes, your cat most likely does have a cold, what should you do? Well, there are a few home remedies that you may well want to try. These will help your cat to feel better and make the illness easier for them to cope with.

Please note: When your cat is seriously ill, you absolutely have to take them to the vets. They need an expert’s opinion sooner rather than later!

Give them a little steam!

Now, your cat may not like spending a whole load of time in the bathroom, but it could be a good idea right now. When the room gets all steamy (after you’ve had a shower or the like!), get your cat to sit in there for a while. The steam and heat will help to open up their nasal passage making it easier for them to breathe.

Give them a little extra food

Do you remember that old saying? ‘Feed a cold and starve a stomach bug.’ Well, that’s what you need to do here. Your cat’s body is fighting off an infection, and so they need as much energy (and food) as possible. Give them a little extra food in their bowl each day. It might just make all the difference.

Groom your cat

When your cat has a cold, you may notice that their eyes, nose, and mouth starts to run with clear liquid. You should be sure to clean this liquid away as soon as possible. Basically, this will make your cat very uncomfortable and that’s the last thing you want. Get a bowl of warm (ish) water and a clean dry cloth. Dip the cloth in the water and gently wipe around the areas where there is liquid.

How to treat cat colds

All of the above remedies are the perfect way to help your cat deal with their cold, however, they probably need medical help as well. If your take your pet to the vets, they will be able to look them over and see just what’s wrong. Much of the time, a cat with a cold will need a prescription to help treat it. You may find that your vet suggests an antibacterial oral medication and perhaps even some eye ointment as well.

Hint: To get your cat to take oral medication, wrap it in a bit of meat or cat food. They will swallow the tablet in no time at all!

Here’s How Stroking Can Cause Signs Of Stress In Cats, According To Science

We all love to pet our kitties, but could we be doing more harm than good? Research suggests those little cuddles could cause signs of stress in cats!

signs of stress in cats
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As a pet lover, the very last thing you want to do is see your kitty looking anxious. When we notice any minor signs of stress in cats, we often end up taking them to the vets to be checked over. And we’re right to worry. Emotional distress can be just as harmful to the feline species as it can to us humans. When your pet is stressed out like crazy, it can quickly lead to a whole host of other medical issues.
So, what should we do?

The first thing you can do is notice the symptoms of stress. If your cat displays any of the following behaviors, you may well have cause for concern:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting (or persistent hairballs)
  • Isolated behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Hiding away (or, indeed, running away)
  • Continual meowing or crying

When you notice any of the above, you should take action. One of the best and most effective things we can do as cat owners is try to identify the cause of our kitty’s distress. We already know that cats don’t like changes to their environment or lifestyle, but what if something else is to blame? According to a recent study, there could be a rather unexpected cause for your pet’s mental state.

Here’s the scientific bit:

The research was completed by a team at by University of Lincoln. The original aim was merely to find out something we’ve all wondered from time to time. That is, how felines cope when they have to live with other cats and humans. Along the way, though, the researchers there claim to have found that stroking your cat too much could be the reason they are anxious.

While most of us believe that cats enjoy being stroked, the fact of the matter is that some just ‘tolerate’ this experience. According to Professor Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine at the University of Lincoln, this is the reason they become stressed. In short, tolerating the constant petting process gets tiresome and starts to annoy them!

“We chose stable households to look into this question and were quite surprised by the results. Despite typically living on their own in the wild, we have known for some time that cats come together when resources like food are concentrated in a single area, for example when people feed strays,” explains Professor Mills. “However, it might be that they do this out of need and it is still stressful for them, because they are not a naturally social species.”

So, since cats aren’t ‘social’ when they are out in the wild, the fact that they have to adapt to being so could be enough to make them anxious. The researcher went on to explain that it is not the cats that dislike being petted who become the most stressed. Instead, it is the cats who ‘tolerate’ it.

“Many people keep groups of cats in their home and although they might seem happy together, some people have argued that because this is an unnatural set up, it is not good for their welfare. Our research shows this is not necessarily the case. It seems even if they are not best friends, cats may be able to organise themselves to avoid each other without getting stressed. Also, and I think very intriguingly, our data suggests that cats who tolerate, rather than enjoy or dislike being petted, seem to be the most stressed,” says Professor Mills.

Should you stop stroking your cat?

The short answer is no. After reading this study, you don’t have to immediately stop petting your cat forever. That would be a little extreme. However, as a cat owner, it’s important to be aware of whether your cat wants to be stroked. You should pay close attention to their body language and how they act when you touch them. These things will indicate whether they enjoy the process or not. It’s all about not ‘imposing’ yourself too much on your kitty.

“It seems that those cats on whom the owner imposes him or herself are the ones we need to be most concerned about,” explains Professor Mills. “The results also reinforce the importance of ensuring that you give all individuals control over their environment, so if you have several cats you should give them the choice of sharing or having their own special areas to eat, drink and go to the toilet.”

So, do you pet your cat too much? Are you seeing signs of stress in cats? Or do you think you should stroke them more? Let us know in the comment section! We’d love to hear what you have to say!

101 of the Most Unique Cat Names we all Love

So, you’ve just got yourself a new kitty, but you’re not sure what to call it? Here are some of the most unique cat names in the whole world for you.

most unique cat names
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Choosing a name for your pet is kind of a massive deal. When you first bring your cat home, you will want to make sure that you decide on a name pretty damn fast. After all, you will be calling your cat this name time and time again. Plus, the sooner you start using it, the sooner your cat will get used to what they are called. There’s just one problem; you don’t want a name that everyone else has picked. Well, why not check out the most unique cat names instead?

Of course, most of the common cat names are already taken. From Simba to Lola, there are loads of names out there that you basically hear all the time. Pet owners generally go for cute sounding names that invoke images of a sweet little pet. And that makes a whole load of sense when you think about it. But wait… What if you don’t want to be like everyone else? If you want to be different? Or, you want your cat to have a really unique and different name? Well, if that’s the case, you just so happen to have come to the right place.

Here at Alley Cat, we’ve got your back. The very last thing that we want you to do is stress yourself out when it comes to naming your kitty. Nobody has time for that nonsense… least of all you. Instead, we’re here to help. We’ve scoured the world for some of the weirdest and most wonderful names out there. That means that you don’t have to use your imagination to come up with an original name (because, who has time for that?).

You can just take a look at our fabulous list and pick one of the most unique cat names from it. Aren’t we good to you guys, eh? So, without further ado, here are some of the great names you may want to consider.

Most Unique Cat Names 1-101


1. Ariel
2. Aria
3. Apple
4. Ali Cat
5. Armani
6. Bebe
7. Bliss
8. Bourbon
9. Brody
10. Chanel
11. Ciao
12. Chiquis
13. Camelot
14. Digger
15. Dodge
16. Domino
17. Ditzy
18. Della
19. Ebony
20. Emu
21. Elvis
22. Eton
23. Ferrari
24. Faira
25. Flint
26. Flitz
27. Flame
28. Guru
29. Gee gee
30. Guinness
31. Garfield
32. Hippie
33. Hero
34. Hugo
35. Hanni
36. Ivy
37. Inferno
38. Itsy
39. Ickle
40. Jeronimo
41. Jerry
42. Jaguar
43. Jelly bean
44. Kiks
45. Keema
46. Karma
47. Knight
48. Kipper
49. Lemur
50. Lynx
51. Logo
52. Limmy
53. Lester
54. Minx
55. Mocha
56. Mai Tai
57. Mars
58. Mystery
59. Mia
60. Moonbeam
61. Nacho
62. Nemo
63. Nero
64. Nilo
65. Niko
67. Nips
68. Noodle
69. Ninja
70. Onyx
71. Onion
72. Omega
73. Old boy
74. Pollux
75. Polker
76. Piston
77. Pyro
78. Ping pong
79. Quill
80. Qwerty
81. Quiz
82. Rizzles
83. Rizz
84. Radar
85. Rocket
86. Sage
87. Salem
88. Sila
89. Storm
90. Sega
91. Siri
92. Sheeba
93. Tiffy
94. Tiffen
95. Tufty
96. Terror
97. Vegas
98. Vips
99. Ying yang
100. Zipper
101. Ziggy (a la Ziggy Stardust!)

As you can see, the most unique cat names tend to have one thing in common; you haven’t heard of them as cat names. Many of these are words, celeb names, and even brands. When it comes to choosing a name, those are all great places to start. Not sure what to call your kitty? Name it after your favorite cocktail! Struggling to pick a name? Why not call your cat something weird like Pepsi or Sega? No one ever thinks to use these names, but they can sound really different and quirky.

If you’re still finding it hard, remember one thing. You are the person who is going to need to say this name time and time again. That means that you need to make sure it’s something you are a) comfortable with and b) don’t mind repeating. With any luck, our list will have helped you along the way!

So, what are you going to call your cat? Is it going to be one of the most unique cat names the world has ever seen? Let us know in the comments section!

If you still cant decide or these names are just not cool enough you could always have a look at: The 71 Most Hipster Cat Names Ever

The Complete Guide To Caring for Newborn Kittens and their Mother

Congrats! You’ve got a family of kittens! It’s an exciting time. Here’s everything you should know about caring for newborn kittens and their mother.

caring for newborn kittens and their mother
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There’s nothing like the pure joy you feel when your cat becomes a mother. At this special time, it’s all very new and exciting. Suddenly, your home is overrun with baby kittens everywhere. Frankly, it can be a whole load to take in. You might find that the change in lifestyle is a bit much when you first start out. Don’t worry. Caring for newborn kittens and their mother doesn’t have to be a chore. If anything, it should be nothing short of a true pleasure. Yep, you get to look after some of the cutest little animals ever! Here’s what you need to know.

Make sure the cats have privacy!

As any mother would be, your cat is likely to be kind of protective over her young. These kittens are her babies, and so she’s going to want to look after them on her own. That means that you need to give her and the little ones some privacy now and then. Give them the space that they need so that they can nurse and relax. You might want to give them a room of their own where they can all be together as a family. Failing that, set up a quiet corner in one of the rooms in your home. Leave the kitten and momma alone whenever you can so as not to hassle them. Trust us, doing so will make a world of difference.

Keep everything as clean as possible

Sadly, newborn kittens are prone to infection and the like. They are still very young and in their developmental stages. That’s why germs and bacteria can be so very harmful to them right now. The last thing you want or need is for them to catch a virus or the like. So, how can you avoid this awful problem? Well, one of the things that you should try is keeping the home environment as clean as can be. That means regularly washing things that the cats come into contact with on a regular basis. From their baskets to the carpet, you want to ensure that everything is in tip-top condition. When you’re caring for newborn kittens and their mother, this is rule number one, after all.

Make sure that there is plenty of fresh water

While the kittens will be getting their nutrients from the momma cat, you need to provide them with one vital thing; water. They need fresh water as often as possible. You should never underestimate the thirst of these little cats. They are full of energy and life right now. That means that they also need as much water as they can possible drink. You may need to change their water bowl about two or three times per day. This may seem time-consuming and, frankly, a little over the top, but you have to do it. You see, water can get dirty very fast, especially when there are loads of animals around. The fresher the drinking water is, the healthier your newborn kittens will be. If you remember that golden rule, you should be just fine.

Sort out fleas as soon as possible

Eek! Unfortunately, kittens are often prone to something called ‘flea anemia’ which is a very serious condition. You should make sure that you get rid of fleas the moment you spot them. If you see them on momma cat or the kittens, you need to get a treatment right away. Your vet will be able to advise you on the best treatment for your cat, and so you should have no problem getting the right one. Remember, you will need to wash all the bedding, rugs, and carpets of your home when your kittens have fleas. Those little bugs (and their eggs!) can get everywhere. You can get flea powder that you sprinkle around your home at most pet stores. That stuff should kill the bugs off in no time at all.

Handle the kittens when they are young

Handling the kittens when they are young is absolutely essential. The truth of the matter is that cats need to be socialized at a very young age or you run the risk of them becoming scared around people. Remember, momma cat will not love you handling the kittens the first time around. You have to be as slow and gentle as possible with the little ones to show that you are not a threat to them. Hold and pet each in turn so that they can see that you are friend not foe. Doing so will mean that they grow up to be calm around people, rather than fearful of them! Good luck, fellow cat lovers.

Hope you think of this guide to caring for newborn kittens and their mother next time you welcome a few new little kitty members to the family!

How to Introduce a Cat to a Dog (Without them Fighting)!

So you’ve got a new cat and can’t wait to bring them home, right? Well, there’s just one problem; your dog. Here’s how to introduce a cat to a dog.

how to introduce a cat to a dog
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If you’re an animal lover, you may want as many pets as you can physically have. There’s a few issues with that, though. You see, not all animals get on. Not by any means. In fact, there’s some truth in that old saying; “fighting like cats and dogs”. If you’re hoping to introduce these two creatures, you’ve thankfully come to the right place. Here’s how to introduce a cat to a dog without them getting upset, anxious, or, indeed, fighting!

Hint: Things you should consider first!

Before you even think about getting another pet, there are a couple of things that you honestly need to consider. First of all, you need to be absolutely certain that you have room for both a cat and dog in your home. If you have a small living space, take the time to really think about how things will pan out. Where will the animals sleep? Will they have their own space in the home? If the answer is no, you may want to reconsider getting an extra pet after all. As sad as it may be, the truth of the matter is that both of your pets’ welfare is the most important thing here.

The second, an equally important thing you should think about is what personality your original pet has. For example, if you already have a pup, are they shy or nervous? Are they angry and aggressive? If you already have a cat, do they like their own space? Before you consider how to introduce a cat to a dog, you need to think about how the animals themselves will react. You know your pets better than anyone else, and so you’re best qualified to answer these burning questions.

Separate the animals for a few days

When you first bring the cat or dog home, you will need to separate them from the other animal. There is just no sense in rocking the boat too soon. Trust us, doing so will lead to disaster and it’s the last thing that you actually need. Instead, you should separate the two animals for just a few days. Keep them in separate rooms and rotate them now and then. That way, they will get used to the scent of one another without actually meeting! That means that when they do come face to face, it won’t be such a massive shock.

Remember, scent is highly important to animals; it’s how they get to know one another. Exposing them to one another’s scent in this simple and straightforward way should make all the difference and mean that the two of them feel comfortable on the initial meeting. The best case scenario is that they both get comfortable with the smell of one another, and so the fear factor goes away. Simple.

Keep your pets on leashes!

Okay, when the actual introduction happens, you should keep both animals on a leash. Doing so means that you have 100% control over the situation. Remember, you have no idea how each of the animals will react here. There’s likely to be a whole load of fear and worry. One (or even both!) of your pets is likely to panic. The fact that you have a hold of them means that they can’t attack or run after one another. Instead, you can keep them at an arm’s length away from each other. That distance should give both of them the space to survey one another without being too threatened.

When it comes to how to introduce a cat to a dog, you need to remember, that these two animals are territorial. Neither one will one to give up their power. Your resident pet may feel highly threatened by the introduction of a new animal. For that reason alone, you can expect a whole load of trouble. Patience is key. The calmer and more patient you are, the smoother this whole thing will be.

Watch out for the telltale signs

You will likely have to have a fair few ‘leashed’ interactions between these two animals before they can be off the leash together. Be as patient as you can. What you need to do is look for the signs that they are happy with one another before you allow them off the leads. So, what are the things that you need to watch out for?

Well, one of the main signs that the two are content in one another’s company is that they appear relaxed. Rather than being on edge or looking stressed, your animals may sit down and chill out a little. If you see them looking away from one another, it means that they are no longer threatened in a serious way. (Because, as we know, animals focus on those who they feel threaten them!) When your pets can sit in the same room without hissing, growling, or staring intently at one another, they might be ready to be let off the lead!

Warning: If your animals appear anxious, stressed, or indeed aggressive, you should not leave them alone together. These pets are prone to fighting and that’s something you want to avoid at all costs.

Where to Pet Your Cat to Make Them Happy as Larry!

We all want to pet and cuddle our cats now and then, but how can we be sure they actually like it? Here’s where to pet your cat to keep them happy.

Where to Pet Your Cat
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When you get home from a long day at work, there’s just one scamp that you look forward to seeing again and again. Having a cat waiting at home for you is one of the best feelings in the world. The very first thing that you’re going to want to do when you walk through the door is go ahead and give them a massive cuddle. After all, they really do deserve it! Still, there are some places that kitties just don’t like to be touched. If you want to make them love you and feel secure, here’s where to pet your cat. You’re welcome.

Under the chin

Around the jawbone area and under your cat’s chin, you will find that there are a whole load of nerves. That means that your cat will really love a cuddle here. You need to make sure that you start off as soft as possible. You don’t know how sensitive your pet is and the very last thing that you want to do is alarm them. Start with one or two fingers and gently rub just beneath the chin area. As you do so, make sure that you watch your cat’s reaction. If they like it, they will likely lift their chin upward so that you can really get in them and give them some love.

Behind their ears

Another place that some cat lovers tend to neglect is just behind the ears. Here, your cat has a whole load of fur which means that they can often get quite itchy from time to time. By stroking this area, you are relieving the itch for your cat and giving them some much needed comfort. Often, you will find that your pet lets you know where they want to be cuddled. They may present a certain area to you or show you where to pet your cat in a way. Be sure to pay close attention to them to see what they do. That way, you can be certain that they will be happy and content with you.

Around the cheek area

You should really be focusing on the head area when it comes to petting your cat. Felines like to know that they are in control and they need to see your hands much of the time. That’s why they feel most comfortable with you scratching around their cheeks and giving them a big old rub there. Again, this area might be quite fluffy, and so you will also help them to relieve any itches that they may have there too. When your pet likes having their cheeks rubbed, they will crane their neck forward to let you know about it. That little sign is one that you want to watch out for when cuddling. It means that you’re doing a seriously great job!

On the forehead

Tracing the line of your cat’s forehead with your fingers is a cute way to show them just a little affection. After that, you might want to move things up a scale and go for the whole hand. Remember, you don’t want to be too rough with your cat. Kitties can be quite precious about the way that you touch them (unlike dogs!), and so the more sensitive you are, the better they will enjoy the attention. When considering where to pet your cat, you should also think about how hard or soft you need to stroke them.

Down their spine

If you want to go in for a big cuddle, this is what you need to do. Cats like a strong hand running down their back or spine. Be sure to be firm but not press down too hard (or you could run the risk of hurting them!). What you really want to do is start from their head and move your hand backward quickly. If your kitty likes this, they will arch their back. Watch out for this telltale sign as it signifies the fact that your cat is enjoying the affection and would like a little more.

Warning! Avoid the tale and tummy

Now that we’ve covered where to pet your cat, there’s one other thing that we need to mention. There are actually a couple of places that your cat will hate you touching. Of course, you need to avoid these areas at all costs, unless you watch to get scratched and hissed at! It’s important that you take note of what your cat likes and dislikes. While all felines are different, you can use these hints as general rules.

You should always avoid the tummy area as this place is often too sensitive to be cuddled at all. Felines tend to want to protect their stomach at all costs and the last thing you want to do is take that away from them. You should also never play with your cat’s tale. As tempting as it may be, this is uncomfortable for your kitty and they will not like it!

Revealed: Here Are The 71 Most Hipster Cat Names Ever

Not sure what to call your new kitty? Never fear! We take a look at the 71 most hipster cat names of all time.

Hipster Cat Names
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These days, it seems like everyone out there is a hipster wannabe. Whether they’re growing a ridiculous sailor-esque beard or turning vegan as a fashion statement, these people just will not quit. The whole point is that they have to prove just how different and special they really are. And, apparently, the only way to do that is to be as different (or weird!) as humanly possible. That includes everything from wearing odd socks to calling their cats the most bizarre names. So, what are the most hipster cat names around?

Well, luckily, you just so happen to have come to the right place. Since we just adore cats (yes, even hipster cats!), we’ve spent a fair amount of time researching this area. Some of the names that people give their felines are certain to surprise you. From Abe to Zola, we’re ready to take a look at some of the weirdest and, frankly, most wonderful cat names that you will have ever heard. Brace yourself because things are about to get cool AF. Here are some of the most hipster cat names so far:

Hipster Cat Names 1-71


1. Abe  
2. Angus  
3. Axi
4. Bear  
5. Bob  
6. Byron 
7. Charlie 
8. Carlton 
9. Casper 
10. Dante 
11. Delilah 
12. Devon
13. Earl
14. Eddie
15. Elfie 
16. Felix
17. Flora
18. Frank
19. Gray
20. Griffin
21. Gus
22. Hans
23. Harlow
24. Harold 
25. India
26. Ira
27. Iris
28. Jeff
29. Jasper
30. Jagger
31. Kai
32. Kipper
33. Kev
34. Lenny
35. Leon
36. Lexy
37. Mae
38. Marnie
39. Margot
40. Nelson
41. Niko
42. Norma
43. Olive
44. Opal
45. Otis
46. Pablo
47. Pierre
48. Piper 
49. Randy
50. Rowan
51. Rufus
52. Savannah
53. Scarlet
54. Sia
55. Tabi
56. Theo
57. Tobby
58. Uno
59. Vera
60. Viola
61. Van
62. Wesley
63. Watson
64. Waldo
65. Wern
66. Xander
67. Xavier
68. Xena
69. Zara
70. Zola
71. Zooey

As you can see, the whole point, is that these names are not the first to spring to mind. Forget ‘Fluffy’ and ‘Millie’, these are names that could easily be little children as well. Of course, now that these names have made our list, they are no longer cool. Simply by calling them hipster, we’ve ruined them. They can no longer be hipster because they are ‘known’. The word is out there and the cat… Well, the cat is very much out of the bag.
How to choose the most hipster cat name

If you’re looking for a hipster cat name for your own kitty (and you’re not gonna use one from this list), we have a little advice for you along the way. Here are a few rules that you need to keep in mind when it comes to choosing your feline’s brand new name:

1. Avoid the obvious!

This one should go without saying, but in case you’re not catching on just yet, you need to go for obscure names. Don’t just choose a name that you’ve heard a thousand times before now. And, please, don’t choose a name that actually sounds like a cat name. Both of those things are major faux pas. The most hipster cat names are usually ones that you would never, ever associate with animals. Try a simple noun like ‘Chair’ or ‘Tree’, and you’ll be along the right lines.

2. Check if it’s been used

Of course, as a hipster, the very last thing you want to be accused of is copying someone else. Before you name your cat, you need to make sure that no one else out there has done the same. Do a quick Google search to make sure that there’s no other kitty called the same thing as yours. Trust me, you will thank us later for this one. When people hear your kitty’s name, they will be so utterly impressed at how original you are, they will likely be lost for words.

3. Don’t be afraid to make up words

It might be that there is no word that sums up the sheer beauty and grace of your pussycat. If that’s the case, it might be just about time that you made something up. Take the time to create a word, such as ‘Frickelben’, and just go with it. The more you insist that it’s totally a real thing, the more people will start to question themselves and believe you.

4. If all else fails, choose a foreign word

Finally, if all else fails, you will just have to rely on this old fail-safe. Just go for a foreign word. In reality, some of the most hipster cat names out there are not English at all. From ‘Queso’ (Spanish for cheese!) to ‘Chat’ (French for cat!), there are a whole load of options out there. Don’t be afraid to choose a silly name; that’s kind of the entire point anyhow. Just go wild and call your cat something utterly ridiculous, you big old hipster, you!

Here’s Why Taylor Swift Has The Best Cats Ever

Have you seen her two little bundles of fur? We take a look at Taylor Swift ’s cat breed and just how cute the little scamps really are!

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Love her or hate her, the first lady of pop is something of a phenomenon. Over the last five years or so, this songstress has won the world’s hearts by creating some of the catchiest tunes of our time. Whether you’re a Swifty or not-y, you will have noticed one rather brilliant thing about this lady. She has some pretty cute kitties. Here’s what you need to know about Taylor Swift ’s cat breed and her very lovely feline friends.

First of all, these aren’t just two regular cats. Oh no, these are kitties with full names, just like we have. In case you didn’t know, Taylor’s cats are called Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey. You’ve likely spotted a glimpse of these two beauties before now. Even if you don’t follow Taylor on Instagram, you may have seen them in the press. You see, these little kitties lead the same jet-setting lifestyle as their main lady.

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They’ve come a long way since the hourly cat fights of the past.

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When they’re not flying around the world on Taylor’s personal jet (which, by the way, they have their own luggage for!), they’re chilling out with the girl herself. The two cats have very different personalities, actually.

Meredith seems to be the grumpy one. In every picture, this beautiful little feline looks as though she’s frowning her little face off all the time. On the other hand, Olivia is far more happy-go-lucky. She’s the one who always seems to be hanging out with Taylor and enjoying the high life. Regardless, it seems as though the two felines are always loving life.

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Just a little cat in a big world.

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If you follow Taylor on Instagram (Go! Do it now!), you will notice that you get some pretty funny updates about these two kitties. From time to time, they both act… well… weird! The two of them seem to have the dream life and perhaps that’s why they feel so comfortable all the time. From exposing their well-fed bellies to generally larking around, these cats are just so adorably funny that you won’t be able to take your eyes of them.

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U ok bro?

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One of the questions that many people ask time and time again is about Taylor Swift’s cats breed. So, what are these little beauties, eh? And why do we all love them so very much? Well, we can reveal that Olivia is actually a Scottish Fold breed kitty. Sadly, though, the breed of Taylor’s other cat, Meredith, remains a mystery! Who knows, eh? For now we will just have to keep on guessing as we flick through many pictures of the kitties. It’s a hard life!

Revealed: 7 Signs of Cat Anxiety, Is Your Kitty Stressed Out?

If your kitty is acting a little odd, watch out for these telltale signs of cat anxiety

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No pet owner likes to think of their cat being stressed out or anxious. Typically, we tend to think of these as solely human traits, but that is not the case at all. Knowing the signs of cat anxiety is the best way that you can help your kitty! But wait, what if you don’t even know where to begin?

The truth of the matter is that many things can affect and show signs of cat anxiety in ways that we simply just don’t understand. For example, if you move something in their home or start feeding them a new brand of cat food, they may start to feel anxious. Of course, some cats are more susceptible to this emotion than others. If you want to keep your kitty content and happy, look out for these telltale signs of cat anxiety:

1. Digestive issues

Think about it. When humans are anxious, they often tend to suffer with stomach aches and digestive problems. Spoiler: Cats are no different. When your kitty starts to feel anxious, one of the major signs is that they will have either diarrhea or some other problem. It’s never a nice symptom to notice, but you have to keep an eye out for this one.

2. Constant grooming

We all know that cats love nothing more than to lick and groom themselves, but what about when this act becomes a little obsessive? If your pet is constantly grooming themselves all day and all night, it’s likely a sign of cat anxiety. Why? Well, you see, they are using the grooming ritual as a way to comfort themselves!

3. Appetite loss

Again, cats share many of the same traits as people do. When they feel nervous, they may lose their appetite or even stop eating altogether. Needless to say, if your cat won’t eat the food you give them, you should really take them to the vets sooner rather than later.

4. OTT meowing

Some cats are simply more vocal than others. If your kitty has always had a thing for meowing loudly, that is likely nothing to worry about. However, if your cat becomes more vocal overnight, there could be a dark reason. When cats are stressed, they tend to vocalize their woes. Don’t ignore this sign as it’s sure to get worse and worse.

5. Hiding away

It’s easy to see when a cat is healthy and happy. If your kitty is comfortable around you, they will sit near you and relax in your presence. That’s a seriously good sign. However, if your cat hides away from you all the time, it’s a cause for concern. This is a symptom of an animal that fears their environment.

6. Oversleeping

This next one is quite tricky since our lovely little kitties like to sleep much of the time anyway. Still, if you notice that your cat starts to sleep more and more, it could quite easily be a sign of cat anxiety. Be sure to keep an eye on them to see if their condition improves.

7. Aggression!

Finally, this is perhaps the most common sign of cat anxiety. When your pet starts to feel uncomfortable or stressed, they may lash out at you. They could become angrier and angrier for no real reason. Aggression is always a troubling sign and it’s honestly one that you must not ignore. Contact your vet and talk to them about what you should do next.

50 of the Cutest Male Cat Names Ever For Your Little Tom

From Aslan to Zippy, we take a look at some of the cutest male cat names ever!

Cutest Male Cat Names
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Let’s be honest for a second here. There’s nothing more exciting than bringing home your very first kitten. When you get your little Tom cat and bring him into your home, it’s one of the most wonderful things in the world. After all, from that very moment, you have a new member of the family! Still, there’s one thing that might bug you… What should you call your cat? Luckily for you, we’ve listed some of the cutest male cat names ever.

Remember, when it comes to choosing the perfect (or purr-fect!) name for your cat, it really does pay to spend a little time thinking about what works and what doesn’t. This is a name that you will end up using each and every day, and so you need to make sure that the one you choose is right for your kitty. Thankfully, there are loads and loads of fantastic and cutest male cat names out there. You really should have no problem at all finding the one that you love the most.

From Aslan to Zippy!

Hint: Once you choose a cat name that suits your brand new pet, remember to start using it right away. The sooner you start calling your kitty by the cute cat name, the sooner they will start to respond to it. Cats typically get used to a name when they are a kitten. If you want to teach your pet to respond to you, you should make sure that you begin to use the name as soon as you can. That way, your cat will have no problems knowing when you want their attention. So, without further ado, here are some cute male cat names you might just love:

Cutest Male Cat Names 1-50


1. Tiger
2. Simba  
3. Aslan  
4. Buster  
5. Monkey  
6. Domino
7. Hunter
8. Felix
9. Oliver
10 .Salem
11. Romeo
12. Tobby
13. Teddy
14. Max
15. Milo
16. Gizmo
17. Leo
18. Oreo
19. Sam
20. Jasper
21. Simon
22. Jack
23. Boots
24. Oli
25. Socks
26. Bandit
27. Rusty
28. Chester
29. Harley
30. Spike
31. Merlin
32. Pumpkin
33. Bear
34. Elvis
35. Harry
36. Junior
37. Ozzy
38. Gus
39. Nemo
40. Yoda
41. Mittens
42. Blue
43. Whiskers
44. Hobby
45. Zippy
46. Rascal
47. Garfield
48. Oscar
49. Charlie
50. Buddy

So, what do you think? Do you know what cute male cat name you’re going to give your brand new pet? With any luck, the names on this list will have given you just the inspiration you need to choose the right name for you. Good luck choosing your kitty’s new name, guys!

Now, take a look at: 50 Of The Cutest Female Cat Names Ever