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August 28, 2014 95 Comments

Review and Giveaway: Neko Napper Sleeping Bag


We’re big fans of Nekochan Enterprises here at The Conscious Cat. Allegra and Ruby love the Neko Flies interactive toys (and wait until you see the new one they’ll be be coming out with soon!), and they also adore their Neko Napper Pet House. We were absolutely delighted when the folks at Nekochan not only offered to send their new Neko Napper Sleeping Bag for Allegra and Ruby to review, but they also offered up a second one to go to one lucky reader.

This adorable sleeping bag style bed is made from supersoft corduroy fleece. It’s so soft, you just want to hug it! The bed is nicely cushioned and also contains a crinkly material – the bed was clearly designed by someone who knows and loves cats.


Allegra and Ruby were very intrigued with this giant new cat in the house. Ruby quickly decided that it was a purrfect spot for hanging out and napping, while Allegra was the first to investigate the opening at the front. To date, neither one of the girls has crawled inside, but I suspect as we have it out longer, sooner or later, I will find Ruby, who loves enclosed spaces, napping inside.


Enter to win a Neko Napper Sleeping Bag


To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment letting me know why you’d like to win a Neko Napper Sleeping Bag. For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest, and leave a separate comment for each social network, letting me know that you shared. No need to post the link to your share. This giveaway is open to readers in the United States and Canada. This giveaway ends Thursday, September 4. Winners will be chosen by random drawing*.

For more information about the Neko Napper, and to purchase, please visit the Nekochan Enterprises website. You can also purchase the Neko Napper Sleeping Bag from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members.

*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winner must provide The Conscious Cat with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. Winners will be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review at no charge. I also received a fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.

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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.

August 27, 2014 30 Comments

Allegra’s World: It’s my 5th Birthday


I’m five years old today! Mom says she can’t believe it. She says it seems like only yesterday that I came to live with her as a rambunctious little kitten. Continue reading…

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August 26, 2014 6 Comments

Review: ökocat Natural Wood Clumping Litter


I’ll be honest right from the start: I use clay litter. Even though there’s an ever growing array of more eco-friendly, alternative litters on the market, I have yet to find one that Allegra and Ruby will actually use – and when it comes to cat litter, ultimately, it’s your cats’ call of what goes in the box, right?

I’m always interested to learn about new products, and when we had a chance to test the new ökocat Natural Wood Clumping Litter from Healthy Pet, I was intrigued. Continue reading…

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August 25, 2014 12 Comments

Disaster Preparedness for Cats


How many times have you watched an unfolding disaster on the news and wondered how you would cope if it were to happen to you? Would you be ready to evacuate your home with your cats on short notice if you had to? Continue reading…

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August 24, 2014 8 Comments

A Tribute to Sparkle


The cat blogging universe lost one of its shining stars. Sparkle the Designer Cat, also known as the Dear Abby of the feline world, passed away last week after dealing with multiple illnesses. In a heart touching final post on Thursday, Sparkle thanked her fans for more than eleven years of love and support. Continue reading…

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August 23, 2014 No Comments

Mews and Nips: British Airways Introduces “Paws and Relax”


Flying is going to get a little less stressful for British Airways passengers. The airline figured that since watching adorable videos of cats (and puppies) on the internet is relaxing, why not introduce an entire channel dedicated to light-hearted footage of cats and dogs. British Airways will launch its new “Paws and Relax channel” on long haul flights this September. “We discovered some scientific research that proves watching images of cute animals can actually lower your heart rate and reduces stress levels,” says Inflight Entertainment Manager Richard D’Cruze. And even better, all of the animals used in the launch photos are from the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and are available for adoption. For more about the new channel, and some video footage, visit

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

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August 22, 2014 8 Comments

Ruby’s Reflections: Meditating with Mom


Hi, everyone! It’s Ruby! It’s been forever since Mom let me write something here. I’ve been hard at work helping her with product reviews, being Mom’s office assistant, and, my most important job of them all, keeping my sister Allegra in line. What’s that, Allegra? You keep me in line? <kitty snort>

Anyway, one of my jobs is to help Mom meditate every morning. Continue reading…

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August 21, 2014 74 Comments

Review and Giveaway: SwheatScoop Natural Clumping Litter


The variety of alternative litters on the market now is growing every day. From corn to pine to walnut shells, I find it fascinating what manufacturers are coming up with.

I’m well aware of the controversy around traditional clay litter, but I’ve found that many cats don’t like the alternative litters. And ultimately, if your cat won’t use a litter, it’s no good, no matter how environmentally friendly it may be!

SwheatScoop, a wheat based natural clumping litter, Continue reading…

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August 20, 2014 3 Comments

Animal Planet Casting Couch: Casting Now Open for My Cat From Hell

MCFH Cover

You’ve watched Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy come to the rescue of behaviorally challenged cats and their humans for four seasons. Armed with his signature guitar case filled with cat toys, Spirit Essences and other training aids, Jackson trains the humans as much as he trains the cats, since the majority of feline behavior problems are usually caused by humans who don’t understand cats’ natural behaviors.

If you think your cat could use Jackson’s help, now is your chance. Continue reading…

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August 19, 2014 1 Comment

Review: e-cloth Pet Grooming Mitt


There are numerous benefits to grooming your cat on a regular basis. Grooming increases circulation, it’s kind of like a mini massage. It’s also a great way to bond with your cat. The calming, repetitive motion of grooming can have a relaxing effect on your cat (and on you!). And of course, grooming also helps remove loose hair, which means less shedding.

Not all cats enjoy being groomed. If your cat is not receptive to grooming, start slow, and gradually increase the time you spend grooming. Experiment with different grooming tools. For cats who don’t like brushes, a grooming mitt can be an excellent choice. Continue reading…

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August 18, 2014 15 Comments

Should You Buy Your Cat’s Medication Online?

cat with medication

I’m sure you’ve seen the claims: “Discounted pet drugs! No prescription necessary! Convenient home delivery!” There’s no question that prescription drugs are expensive, but is it really such a good idea to buy your cat’s medications online?

There are reputable internet pharmacies that sell pet drugs at a discounted price, but there are others that violate federal, state, and sometimes international pharmacy laws. Continue reading…

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