Do you have a new kitty? Struggling on a name for the cute little fluff ball?
I, too have struggled to find names for my cats, for Kitt-Katt’s name I have my mum to thank for that, during an off-hand comment (You can read exactly what was said in my post: How Tilly became Kitt-Katt) one night that I decided to take to heart.
Oreo was another easy name to give. My boyfriend was struggling on what to name him and told one of my little sisters to name him for him as he couldn’t decided and without an ounce of hesitation said, “Oreo, because his white paws/chest and black coat reminds me of an Oreo, and I like Oreo’s.” So does my boyfriend… and ever since then Oreo as been known as that, Oreo (and Monster on his grumpy days).
Originally I was going to have Bandit (now my little sister’s grey kitty) and even gave him the name Bandit a week or so after deciding I was going to keep him and using that week to search up names, but then after seeing how much sister adored him and talk with my mum we decided to let my sister have him and I gravitated towards a black ball of fluff with the face of a bear. It was a quick and easy decision to make really.
But through my search of trying to find a name for little Bandit I wrote down a whole list of names that I rather liked, not all are for a male cat as a few of the female names caught my eye too.
My LIst Of Cat Names
If you have any to add I would love for you to pop your name suggestion/s below in the comments!
Hi Little Tinkablee and thank you for having me! I’m a lifestyle blogger over at sophhearts.com where I cover everything from my best beauty buys to travel and style. Although I cover a whole range of topics, I rarely talk about something very special to me, my little cat. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to!
How It Happened
Evie wasn’t planned. My previous job allowed us two days off work per year for actionteering: Charity or giving back to the community. My friend and I decided to volunteer at the local Cats Protection.
“What’s better than skipping work to cuddle animals? “
On the first morning, my partner J literally joked ‘don’t come back with any presents’. Well, you can predict where I’m going with this, right?!
“Cats Protection do such wonderful work. “
The number of cats with background stories is shocking. At this point I’d have identified more as a dog person, we’ve always had plans to get a puppy and still do actually! There were so many lovely animals though, that it was difficult not to want to take them all home.
On my second day, I was introduced to a kitten called Madeline who wasn’t quite old enough for them to advertise as adoptable. As soon as I gave her fuss she licked my hands and meowed for more attention. It sounds pretty crazy but I felt as though we had an instant bond, her big eyes were just saying ‘take me home’.
J took a little persuading, but he eventually agreed to come and visit with me. I had my heart set on adopting her, so thankfully she bonded with him just as quickly and sold him on the whole idea.
So that was that. Cats Protection are fantastic in making sure that all of their animals are micro-chipped and up to date with jabs. We put a reserve on her and went back a couple of weeks later, after the house had been kitten-proofed. Her adoption fee was around £60 which supports the charity further. To us, she didn’t look like a Madeline in the slightest, so we renamed her Evie and I hope you’ll agree that it suits her better.
How To Support Cats Protection For Free
If you’re anything like me then actually volunteering at Cats Protection could be problematic. Thank goodness I only signed up for two days or who knows how many cats I’d have by now! As part of my new blog category ‘Planet Friendly Living‘, I briefly discuss recycling through Cats Protection as a way to reduce waste. They accept a whole range of rubbish from crisp packets to toothpaste tubes which they send off to TerraCycle in exchange for donations. If you wanted to get involved, please have a look at the things they accept to Terracycle. Supermarkets like Tesco host drop off points for them, so it’s super easy to donate and turn your rubbish into money for charity! I hope you like the feature and please do let me know if you need anything else! Best,
This weeks, ‘ Let’s Talk Pet’s ‘ was written by Hannah, a amazing blogger who blogs about books, travel, her experiences among other things. If you’d like to check out her blog then CLICK HERE to be directed to PagesPlacesandPlates home blog page.
So let’s get into it!
What pet do you have?….A Millipede!?
When I tell people that I have a pet they usually jump straight to thinking I have a dog, cat, or some sort of rodent. The reactions I get when I reveal what she is are often varied… Sometimes curiosity, other times a confused look, and occasionally a look of disgust! I absolutely love Chongololo though… my wonderful Giant African Millipede.
I haven’t always loved millipedes – in fact, I used to be quite scared of them before I’d interacted with them properly. Living in England they’re not something you really come across… We have centipedes, but they’re tiny and bitey and so fast that they can freak you out a bit. My uneducated younger self made the assumption that a millipede was a bigger, leggier, faster version of that, when in fact I was very wrong.
If you know
me then you’ll understand that I strive to love and appreciate every being,
whatever species it is. I have a fascination with invertebrates and when I have
a fear of an animal I do my best to overcome it. I’d never hurt an animal
unless it was either about to injure me badly (or for some reason it was the
only food source available but I’m hoping that situation won’t occur!).
The start of
my fear removal of millipedes happened purely by chance, as I attended a bug
handling show in Colchester with my grandmother when I was much younger. She
was around 76 at the time and despite being petrified of tarantulas volunteered
to hold one, describing it as “quite soft and nice, really.” Once I saw the
unnerving millipedes getting ready to be handled I knew I had no excuse not to
interact with them. I plucked up the courage and let the keeper place one on my
hands… And I was quite surprised.
Millipedes are the biggest species of millipede in the world, growing up to
38.5cm, and are really quite docile (unless you attack them, in which case
they’ll spray you with a light acid, but it takes a lot of provoking for that
to happen). They walk slowly, their myriad of legs flowing in tandem like a
Mexican wave, and they’re really quite timid. They can’t bite as they have no
teeth – they have to dissolve their food before they can eat it. I likened the
millipede crawling over my hands as similar to the feeling of Velcro, and it
instantly made me relax.
12 or so years to 2017 and I find myself in Kenya, a stunning African country
teeming with wildlife. I’m in awe as I realise that millipedes are everywhere!
Not just Giant Africans, either… smaller, stripy ones can be witnessed within
the foliage along with larger, red-legged ones – everywhere I looked I would
see them. I became fascinated, watching them slowly inch across the ground
exploring their surroundings. When the camp leaders weren’t looking I’d let
them crawl onto my hands, feeling their pointy feet grip onto my skin. As weird
as it sounds, I quite fell in love with them.
When I got back home I knew I had to have more interaction with these creatures, so I made the decision to throw myself into the exotic pet world and purchase one. We got her as an early Christmas present… She arrived curled up in a plastic pot from Pembrokeshire, complete with a heat mat and some symbiotic mites. My friend, owner of various exotic creatures, helped me get her set up, and I quickly settled into being something of an invert Mum.
(which is Swahili slang for Giant African Millipede) is by far the most
fascinating creature I’ve ever owned. She’s not cuddly and she doesn’t love me
like a dog might, but I’ve learnt so much about her kind just from being able
to observe her. She’s almost completely blind, relying on her sense of smell
and her antennae to understand the world, and she gravitates towards dark
spaces for protection – when I’m taking photos of her she’ll often headbutt my
phone thinking it’s a cave! She eats overripe fruit and veg but also loves
hardwood leaves, so I go out every so often to collect them from my town (you
can imagine the looks from the locals). Sometimes you’ll hear this tiny
crunching noise and it’ll be her feet traversing over the leaf debris.
lack of sentience, she’s also got a fair bit of character… I’ve had to rescue
her before as she got her head stuck in a tomato skin! She can be incredibly
shy, making me wonder why I feared them in the first place – any interaction
will at first cause her to curl into a tight swirl, protecting herself from
danger. She’ll relax after a while and will freely explore, though sometimes
she’ll refuse to unfurl until I place her back in her coconut hut, which is a
personality trait I completely identify with.
may be a bit different but I love having her as a pet, and hopefully I’ll have
her for a few more years (Giant Africans tend to live for around 5-7 years on
average). If you’ve never considered an exotic pet before but find yourself
intrigued then they’re a really great option – a different kind of rewarding,
but a fascinating creature to observe. And if you’re currently fearful of them,
I urge you to have a go at interacting with one… Once you see first-hand how
timid they are you might just feel okay about them.