Could Your Cat’s Name Predict Their Health?

Have you ever wondered if your cat’s name could have a bearing on their future health? If so, you might have been right as a pet insurer has released their claims data for the last 12 months and cats named Oscar, George and Charlie are in amongst some of the unluckiest cat names.

The findings, issued by the Co-op Insurance reveal the top 10 unluckiest cat names and highlights that boys really are far more unlucky than girls, with 8 boys names and only 2 girl names making the list.

The pet insurer also revealed that domestic short-haired owners are more likely to claim for their cat’s woes.

Here are the top 10 unluckiest cat names:

  1. Oscar
  2. George
  3. Charlie
  4. Alfie
  5. Felix
  6. Max
  7. Leo
  8. Molly
  9. Billy
  10. Coco

Usually known for their dexterity and agility, it seems unlucky cats called Oscar really do need their nine lives, with the most claimed for condition being road traffic accidents, followed by gastrointestinal disorders, with mouth and oral problems also being common issues affecting their health.

David Hampson, Head of Pet Insurance at the Co-op, spoke about the findings saying, “Any pet can come with its fair share of misfortune, landing you with an unexpected trip to the vets or causing mischief around the house, however based on our claims data Charlie and Oscar certainly aren’t the luckiest names you can give your pet.

“Regardless of the name of your pet, making sure you have a pet insurance policy in place to cover these eventualities can be the best way to protect them and avoid unwanted vet’s bills, or ongoing treatments for life.”

This article has been sourced by Co-op Insurance

What is the Best Cat Magazine

We know a lot of our cat loving visitors love to read cat magazines and one of the questions we get asked the most is; what is the best cat magazine?

As you would probably expect, here at cat advice we get through a lot of cat magazines and pet publications in general and there are certainly some excellent cat magazines out there. But let’s change the question around a bit and ask; what cat magazine should I buy? And on this, we have an answer that might surprise you…none of them! Continue reading “What is the Best Cat Magazine” »

Most Popular Cat Names

Consider this, you have just got this cute little kitten, you are prepared, you have got a nice warm home for it, the litter tray is ready and waiting for action, the kitten’s toys are on standby and your cupboard is stocked with food and drink for the little one.

‘What’s it called?’ some one says, you stare expressionless at them, tumbleweed blows across your living room.
The naming of your cat is one of the first steps in creating a long lasting bond with your cat, it is not a decision to be taken lightly, give the matter some thought, and whilst you are thinking, read these tips, they may help you, they may not.

If you are going to choose a ‘Fifi Trixibelle’ type name for your cat, try to make sure that the name can be shortened, preferably to no longer than two syllables. Make sure that you are comfortable with the shorter version, as you will probably find that you use it more. A shorter name is also easier for the cat to learn.

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How to Find a Lost Cat

ginger cat - cat advice.co.ukIf you have ever lost your cat it can be an upsetting experience. Most cats don’t actually run away or stray from home. We all know cats like to explore new places, sometimes, though, this could end up with them getting trapped.

They can also get lost if they are investigating new territory, and even sometimes they can be taken away by circumstances not of their own doing. When a cat is ill or injured it may seek haven in a safe dark place but very rarely do cats leave their home, even if badly treated. Try not to panic too much if you can’t find your cat, but start a thorough search as soon as you realise as any delay could put your cat at risk.

It is sometimes advisable to take a minute to think like your cat; after all, you will probably know where it tends to be, and what it tends to do on a day-to-day basis. Cats are excellent at hiding so I would be advise that you look around the house carefully, then double check. Even in spaces you think that a cat couldn’t fit there is a chance that they can. Listen for any sounds of stress, as cats like to explore weird spaces and can be innocently drawn to dark places. If your sure the cat is nowhere in the house, then check your front and back gardens and in the shed or green house if you have one.

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