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How to Choose a Pefect Name For Your Cat

How to Choose a Pefect Name For Your Cat

Choosing a name for your cat is a big responsibility. It’s what they’ll be called for the rest of their life. You can choose a trendy name for your cat such as Lola, Ziggy, Willow, Luna, Finn or a name with more sentiment. For most people, a pet is a member of the family, so it’s almost as equally important as choosing a name for your child. Cats have an approximate lifespan of 12-15 years (sometimes longer) so it and you will hear this name for a long time. It’s the name that you’ll tell everyone when they ask about your pets, the name you’ll call out to get them back in for their food. It’s the name you’ll say as you greet them, or play with them. It is important to choose the name carefully and take the time you need to select a suitable handle that fits.

 1. Appearance

You could decide to name your cat based on its appearance. When you look at your cat, does a name spring immediately to mind, does it just look like a ‘Max’? Or a ‘Wolfgang’? Depending on the color of fur or specific markings that your cat has, you could name your cat Ginger, Marmalade, Smokey, Misty, Patch, Tabby, Ghost, or Midnight. A cat with a mustache marking could perhaps be named Sherlock. If a cat has a lip that is raised on one side, you may decide to name him Elvis. You get the idea. You could also take into account the breed of cat, for example, ‘Russian Blue’ and select either a Russian sounding name or something based on the color ‘blue’ (and all the different names there are for certain shades).

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2. Personality

The personality of your cat could also determine its name. One woman who had a very hyperactive, naughty cat decided to name it ASBO (Anti-Social Behaviour Order). Whereas a very regal and perhaps aloof appearing cat may want a name that is preceded by ‘Lord’, ‘Lady’, ‘King’, ‘Queen,’  ‘Prince,’ or ‘Princess.’ Naming a cat based on its personality may take a little longer rather than selecting an immediate name based on physical appearance. You have to get to know the animal.  It can be all too easy to swiftly name your cat before you’ve had the chance to form a proper bond with them. Only to later learn their ways and unique personality, and regret the name you’ve chosen.

3. Based on Pre-Existing Name

Sometimes you may acquire a cat that is an older cat, perhaps from a Rescue Centre or from a family member or friend who is no longer in a position to care for it and that cat will already have a name. It could be a name that you’re not personally keen on, and you may wish to give it a new name to signify its new start in life. Some people will argue about whether this is the right thing to do, to change a cat’s name once it has got used to one. It could add to the confusion of changing to a new location and owner. However, if you do decide to do this, a key bit of advice is to select a name that is ‘similar’. For example, a cat that was named ‘Lala’ could become a name that has a similar amount of syllables and structure like ‘Laura’. It’s a change of name which may be pleasing to the new owners, but not so dramatically different that the cat doesn’t recognize who it refers to.

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4. Literary Character, Celebrity or Historical Person

Depending on your interests you may decide to name your cat after a character from your favorite Television series. If you like The Big Bang Theory, you may decide to name your cat Sheldon or Penny for example. If you like the Harry Potter book series, you could name your cat Sirius, Lupin or Snape. There’s always musicians like Dylan or Hendrix and favorite authors: Ellison or Dickens. You may have a particular actor, singer, or person from history that you admire who influences your choice of name. You may decide to name your cat after a famous scientist, inventor, artist, or sportsperson.

5. Place Names

There are many locations that you could decide to name your cat after. A favorite home-town connection, a beautiful holiday destination, the place where you met your partner, the place where you went for a date or honeymoon. If you and your partner are buying a cat together, this could be a lovely way to make that connection stronger, with the constant reminder of a special place. It also makes for a nice story when people ask why you chose the name of your pet. There’s such a wealth of cities, towns, and states from all around the world, you’re sure to come up with some possibilities.

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6. Techniques to choosing a Name

The above points give you suggestions about where to look for inspiration. But, if you’ve come up with a few names, how do you whittle down your list to the one that is correct for your cat? It is sensible to write your proposed names on a page or board. You could then rank them from one to ten to weed out less preferred names. If it really comes to a crunch and you have two names that are tied, then you could put both names into a hat and select one of them randomly. You could try calling the names to your cat, and seeing which one your cat responds to so that your cat has some say in the decision. You also should consider how your pets name will sound if you use a shortened version of it.

One bit of advice for when you’re choosing a name for your cat is to take your time to be as close to 100% certain as possible that the name you’ve chosen suits your pet. This article has covered naming your cat based on its appearance, its personality, making it similar to its pre-existing name, or naming a cat after a fictional, famous or historical character. Ultimately the choice comes down to you and your family. It would be nice to choose a name that is fairly original and suits the nature of your cat, which will have a unique personality all of its own.

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When you’ve finally decided on a name, constantly use it when you feed them, when you shake treats, when you groom them, when you stroke or cuddle them, when you call them in from outside, so they learn that it refers to them. Do also remember to get the name put in the cat’s name capsule on its collar, and registered on a microchip with the vet. Choose wisely for your feline friend!

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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