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Does your cat affect your sleep?

More than 80% of cat owners are having their sleep disturbed by their feline friends, reveals latest Omlet survey.

Following a discussion amongst the Omlet cat owners about the close sleeping arrangements with our pets, and the resulting impact on our daytime energy levels, we began wondering whether it is actually normal, or wise, to be allowing our cats to sleep in our beds?

Are we just soft when it comes to letting our cats get cosy at night, or are we a nation of pet slaves who value our cats happiness more than our own sleep?

To find out we decided to conduct a survey to shed light on the sleeping patterns of cats and how their nocturnal habits affect their owners. Over 900 cat owners responded and more than half (56%) said they let their cat sleep on the bed with them at night, with 40% allowing them to do so on the first day! In fact by the end of the first month of cat ownership the number has increased to 71% of owners allowing their cats into their bed at night.

A massive 84% of cat owners who allow their cat to sleep in their bedroom admitted to having their sleep disturbed by their cat – and as a result 1 in 5 cat owners sometimes resent their cat following a bad night’s sleep. Could this cosy sleeping arrangement actually be negatively impacting the nations’ relationship with their cats?

We invited these cat owners to share how exactly their cat disturbs their sleep. Many agreed that the main disturbance is due to their cats lying too close to them, purring, snoring or cleaning themselves. However, here are our top 10 favourite, more unusual, ways that cats are disturbing their owners sleep…

  1. Chasing mice around the bedroom
  2. Patting my face
  3. Trying to eat my toes
  4. Zoomies at 3am
  5. Dribbling on me
  6. Hairballs
  7. Trying to wake me up for breakfast, or asking for a snack
  8. Knocking things off shelves
  9. Licking my eyelid
  10. Restless dreams

A third of cat owners say they have to change their bed sheets more regularly since allowing their furry friend to sleep on their bed. Only a small number of people (12.2%) are aware that allowing cats to sleep in their bed is unhygienic.

Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine found that when you look a bit closer cats can have parasites like fleas and ringworm, which unless treated can cause health issues in humans.  Fleas for example can jump into your mouth leading to owners becoming inadvertently infected by tapeworms. Yuck.

37% of cat owners have made the wise choice to shut their bedroom door at night, saying they can’t allow their cat to sleep on the bed because their sleep gets disturbed.

1 in 4 owners wish their cat would sleep in their own bed at night – which begs the question, why don’t they?

Perhaps they’re so connected to their owner that they can’t bear to be more than 2 inches away from them, or maybe their owner has never found a cat bed which provides the same level of luxurious comfort as a king size bed and a thick, cosy duvet does?

The Maya Nook gives your cat their own little space, complete with a cosy bed, curtains and wardrobe, to create a warm, secluded and calming zone for them to sleep in complete peace, undisturbed by you and most importantly out of mischief.

Designed to look like a piece of modern furniture, the Nook looks great in any room so can be placed in your bedroom if your cat likes to be close to you, or downstairs to give you a truly undisturbed sleep while your cat enjoys a luxurious slumber in their very own cat house.

Overall 52% of cat owners said they may prefer it if their cat slept in their own bed, yet 70% of people say they don’t regret allowing their cat to sleep on their bed. So the Maya Nook might be the purrfect compromise to keep both cats and their owners happy.

Sources –
https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/zoonotic-disease-what-can-i-catch-my-cat

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Keep Your Chickens Hentertained!

No one likes being bored, and that goes for chickens as well! Bored chickens are more prone to start bullying each other, trying to escape the garden or eating eggs. Some also suggest that a bored chicken is more likely to go broody. If you have nothing else to do, why not just stay in bed all day?

You are probably already, without thinking about it, providing your chickens with toys and entertainment. Anything that encourages natural chicken behaviour creates fun for your chickens, even if it’s just perching or pecking for corn. But if you want to give them even more hentertainment – here are some top tips:

Provide perches. We might not see perching on a branch as entertainment, but it’s one of the things chickens love most in the world! Try to vary the perches so that there are a few different sizes at different heights. You could lean a ladder against one side of the run, find some dead branches lying around the park, or use Omlet’s amazingly easy-to-use perches.

Put out heaps of leaves, straw or hay. Chickens hate piles, and will rush straight to it to try and level everything to the ground in search of tasty morsels. It’s yummy if they find anything, and provides them with both entertainment and exercise!

Put up a mirror. Chickens take great pride in their looks, and love checking themselves out, so putting a mirror in the run will most certainly be a hit. However, make sure that the mirror is securely fastened so that it doesn’t fall and hurt your girls, and be careful if you have a cockerel – they really don’t enjoy having another cock in the flock!

Peck toys. Rather than feeding your chickens from a dispenser or a container, you can mix it up and make them work for their treats! Pecking and foraging are natural behaviours for chickens, and they will love Elvis and Rocky, Omlet’s super fun peck toys. They will randomly scatter treats when pecked, and provide mental stimulation for your chickens while also improving flock behaviour!

Chicken specific toys. There are several products on the market that are specifically designed to entertain hens and keep them busy. The Chicken Swing is a must in every chicken run or enclosure, and your pets will love pecking at this Manna Pro Mealworm Medley to get to the treats.

Don’t be scared of change! It’s easy to think you’re finished once you’ve got your coop and your run in place, but chickens really benefit from variation. Maybe you could move your Eglu to a different part of the garden, introduce some hanging toys or get a new dust bath for the chickens to roll around in?

Spend time with them. All chicken keepers know that spending time together with the chickens is both fun and very therapeutic, and the chickens feel the same. Even if they just see you as a rather large food dispenser, they will certainly enjoy having you around.

 

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FREE DELIVERY On Our Brand New Fido Studio Dog Crates

You heard that right, we are offering you FREE DELIVERY until the end of August on our Fido Studio Dog Crate range. To celebrate the launch of this fantastic product we are offering to pay the shipping for you, all we ask is that when you receive your fabulous new Fido Studio please tell all of your poochy pals about how much you love it and also please share your perfect pawtraits on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to tag us @OmletUSA!

What’s so great about the Fido Studio I hear your ask? Well, let me tell you!

Designed like a piece of contemporary furniture, the fantastic new Fido Studio is more than just an indoor dog crate. It’s the perfect compliment to your home and fulfills your dogs natural instinct to have a den that they can call their own.

The Fido Studio also brilliantly solves the issue of where to store all of your dog’s accessories.  The optional wardrobe is a versatile and incredibly practical solution for storing your dog’s coat, treats, favourite toy and lead all in one handy place.With the innovative Fido dog crate, your dog will have a comfortable and durable home for life.  Whether you want a quality indoor house for your adult dog that is more than just a bed on the floor or are trying to train a puppy, the Fido dog house offers everything your pet needs to feel safe, secure and part of the family.

Order now and you will receive FREE DELIVERY, offer only valid until the end of August!

Terms and Conditions: Free Delivery promotion is only valid from 5pm 08/17/17 until 23.59 08/31/17, whilst stocks last. Offer is only valid to US customers. Subject to availability. Omlet Inc. reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any point. Discount is automatically applied, no code needed. Discount cannot be transferred to cash. Offer is only valid on fully priced items and cannot be used on existing discounts or in conjunction with any other offer.

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Omlet US Tour!

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We’re very excited to announce that Omlet USA are heading out on the road to show our products at a variety of County Fairs and Agricultural Shows. Please see below a list of the shows we will be appearing at and for tickets or more info about each show please click on the links. We’ll have a variety of different products on display at each show and maybe even a few special discounts…..

Look forward to seeing you soon!

  1. Americas Family Pet Expo, 28-30 April, Costa Mesa, CA http://www.petexpooc.org/
  2. Mother Earth News Fair, 6-7 May, Asheville, NC http://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/north-carolina/
  3. Tour d’Coop, 20 May, Raleigh, NC http://tourdcoop.com/
  4. Mother Earth News Fair, 10-11 June, Burlington, VT http://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/vermont/
  5. Sonoma-Marin Fair, 21-25 June, Petaluma, CA http://www.sonoma-marinfair.org/
  6. Mother Earth News Fair, 5-6 August, Albany, OR http://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/oregon/
  7. Dutchess County Fair, 22-27 August, Rhinebeck, NY http://dutchessfair.com/
  8. Columbia County Fair, 30 Aug-4 Sept, Chatham, NY http://www.columbiafair.com/index.php
  9. Mother Earth News Fair, 15-17 Sept, Seven Springs, PA http://www.motherearthnewsfair.com/pennsylvania/

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1 day…

She’s got the keys and it looks as though Mrs Barbara is ready to move in… 1 more sleep until we can reveal Mr and Mrs Barbara’s new home. Who’s eggcited?! #MovingDay

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3 days….

Mr Barbara has followed the chickies and has managed to send us a clearer image of where they’re headed, he sounds very excited about it and can’t wait for you to see it.

“I can see clearly now”…..well not quite but almost there! Hang on, only 3 more days until the big reveal….

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6 days…

It appears as though our little chickies have seen something intriguing….can you work out what it is? Their camera can’t quite pick out the details from this far away but we hope to bring you some clearer images as they get closer over the next few days.

#WatchThisSpace

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