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October 22, 2014 No Comments

Catification Winners


Congratulations to Summer, Fur Everywhere and Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal! You won an autographed copy of Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin.

Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

*Winners were selected by random drawing. Winners need to provide a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours of receipt of notification e-mail. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen.

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Welcome to the Conscious Cat!

The Conscious Cat is an award winning website published by writer and cat expert Ingrid King, author of Buckley's Story and Purrs of Wisdom. Here at The Conscious Cat, we're passionate about cats. Our mission is to educate cat guardians so that every cat, and every cat's human, can have a happy, healthy life together.


On this site, you will find expert advice from a seasoned cat consultant. The Conscious Cat features articles on cat health, cat nutrition, cat behavior, cat lifestyle, pet loss, and, of course, pictures of cats. We'll bring you product and book reviews, as well as news from around the cat world.

We'll also share Purrs of Wisdom: lessons in conscious living, inspired by the cats who share our lives. Other features include our Mews and Nips; fascinating feline stories from around the globe, and Allegra's World and Ruby's Reflections; written from the perspective of Ingrid's two feline companions. After all, who better than a cat to teach us a thing or two about how to live a joyful life!

And let's not forget, we have a soft spot for tortoiseshell cats and their unique personalities, also known as "tortitude."

We hope you'll enjoy our site. Please join our community of cat lovers: sign up for our newsletter and join us on Facebook. Your comments and feedback are always welcome.

October 22, 2014 8 Comments

Cats Against Cancer: Precious Cat Litter Wants to Leave Cancer in the Dust


When it comes to cat litter, I have yet to find a litter I like better than Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat. This litter has been our go to litter for many years. It clumps better than any other clay litter, it has virtually no dust, and, most importantly, my cats like it. And yes, I’m well aware of the controversy around clay litter, but I’ve found that many cats don’t like the alternative litters – certainly, none of mine ever have. And no matter how much the human “in charge” may like the idea of these more environmentally friendly litters, ultimately, the cat calls the shots. Continue reading…

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October 21, 2014 3 Comments

Review: Sugarboy’s Paca Pet Pouf


I met Shelly Habel, the creator of Sugarboy’s, at the National Capital Cat Show in September. Her booth displayed some of the most beautiful handmade cat products I’d seen in quite some time, including the fabulous Paca Pet Pouf. Shelly makes toys and beds for cats and dogs. I was thrilled when she offered to send an Original Paca Pet Pouf for review.

The Paca Pet Pouf by Sugarboy’s is a unique handmade pet bed, inspired by Shelly’s three cats, Poni, Beemer and Mowgli, Continue reading…

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October 20, 2014 6 Comments

Dr. Catsby Food Bowl Provides Relief from Whisker Stress


Have you noticed your cat pulling food out of the bowl, throwing it next to the bowl, and then proceeding to eat it? Perhaps your cat uses her paw to “fish” food out of her food bowl? Does she constantly demand food even though her bowl is half full? Does she consistently finishes only part of her meal? If you notice any of these signs, your cat may be experiencing whisker stress. Continue reading…

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October 20, 2014 5 Comments

Keep Your Cats Safe and Happy at Halloween


I bet if cats had their say, they’d abolish Halloween. From a cat’s perspective, there’s not much to love about a holiday when strangers come knocking at your door, your humans dress up in weird outfits and scary looking masks, and some  humans even try to put you in costumes. The following tips will help you reduce the stress of this holiday for your feline family members and keep them safe so everyone can have a happy Halloween. Continue reading…

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October 19, 2014 6 Comments

Better With Pets Summit Celebrates Human Animal Bond


Earlier this week, I had a chance to attend the Better with Pets Summit in New York City. The summit was sponsored by Purina*, and while my nutritional philosophy differs greatly from that of Purina when it comes to species-appropriate nutrition for cats, I appreciate the work the company is doing to foster the human-animal bond. This year’s summit focused on how technology and scientific advances are leading to a brighter future with our pets. The daylong event featured 15 expert presentations on why our lives are better with pets – not that any of us at the summit needed experts to convince us of that! Continue reading…

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October 18, 2014 No Comments

Mews and Nips: Cat Receives Lifesaving Blood Transfusion from a Dog


Buttercup, a Florida cat whose red blood cell count had fallen to dangerously low  levels, received a transfusion of canine blood that save her life. Buttercup’s veterinarians didn’t have ready access to feline blood, and time was of the essences. Cross-species transfusions are a risky procedure. “You can’t give type A blood to a type B blood cat because it’ll cause a severe immune reaction,” said Dr. Sean Perry, who performed the procedure at Marathon Veterinary Hospital in Florida.”It was actually safer to give the cat dog’s blood.”  Buttercup came through the rare procedure without any problems and has made a full recovery. Read the full story on The Daily Mail.

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: Continue reading…

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October 17, 2014 6 Comments

Review: Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat by Dawn White


When Dawn White first saw the photo of a sick, pathetic looking tabby on Facebook, she was looking for a companion for her then almost three-year-old black and white Lexy. At the time, Lola was being cared for at Manhattan Cat Specialists after being rescued from a kill shelter. As happens to so many of us, there  was something in Lola’s eyes that drew Dawn in. She visited Lola at the veterinary clinic, and it was, as she writes in Lola: Diary of a Rescue Cat, “the second best decision I ever made,” the first being, of course, adopting Lexy eight months earlier. Continue reading…

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October 16, 2014 131 Comments

Giveaway: SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™: 2nd Chance (of 6) to Win!


The SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ is a great way to exercise your kitties, and it provides endless entertainment for the humans. This innovative toy works at the push of a button. The wand whirls and swirls, mimicking prey and inviting kitties to pounce. The toy has a constantly changing pattern that never repeats itself, so cats won’t get bored. Non-toxic and safe for cats and kids, the SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ is made of durable BHA-free plastic so your cat can grab, chew, pull or bite all he or she wants and it won’t break. Continue reading…

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October 15, 2014 2 Comments

Review: Stylish Printable Pet Planner


Keeping your cats’ records organized can be essential for everyone’s health and safety, whether it’s for travel, medical emergencies, natural disasters, or simply keeping track of important dates. Allegra and Ruby each have a file folder, but to access anything, I have to flip through a lot of papers. When Stylish Printable Planners approached me about reviewing their pet planners, I was intrigued.

Planners are one of the best tools I know of to stay organized. Continue reading…

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October 14, 2014 214 Comments

Giveaway: Autographed Copies of Catification by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin


It’s finally here! Today is the official launch of the long-awaited book Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin. This beautifully designed book is chock full of tips and tricks to catify every living space. Filled with creative examples, Catification is meant to inspire cat guardians to catify their own homes. The projects featured in the book can be adapted to any style or budget, and you don’t have to be a master carpenter to implement the ideas. The book also takes a look behind the scenes of My Cat From Hell to get a closer look at some of the projects Jackson and Kate have tackled together. Continue reading…

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