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August 1, 2014 5 Comments

Review: Sal Everybody’s Pal: Sal Finds a Forever Home


Soul cats come into our lives in all sorts of different ways. Diana Alvear found hers at an animal shelter. Salvatore Valentino Alvear was a special needs kitty: he had a heart murmur and was hyperthyroid. He was quite the social cat, charming both cat and non-cat people. He was Diana’s best friend, and when he passed over, she wanted to create a legacy in his memory, so she wrote Sal Everybody’s Pal: Sal Finds a Forever Home, a beautifully illustrated childrens’ book. From the publisher:

It’s visiting day at the animal shelter and all the kitties are hoping to find loving homes! Their coats are clean and shiny, their whiskers groomed and their eyes are filled with hope. One cat, Sal, has been at the shelter for a long time. Will today be the day he finds a forever home? In the first story of the new series, “Sal, Everybody’s Pal”, kids will fall in love with sweet Sal and his pals Stormy and Lucky, while learning important lessons: that it’s best to adopt pets from shelters, not buy them from stores, and that all animals deserve love, dignity and respect, no matter their age or health.


You don’t have to be a child to enjoy this book. The charming illustrations, along with the carefully selected captions that guide the reader through Sal’s story, captured my heart from the first page. This book is a treasure for children and adults alike.

Sal Everybody’s Pal: Sal Finds a Forever Home is available for Amazon Kindle. Hardcopies can be ordered directly from the author’s website at

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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.

July 31, 2014 58 Comments

Giveaway: PawCheck At Home Kidney Failure Test Kit


A urinalysis is a simple urine test to assess your cat’s overall urinary tract (kidneys and bladder) health, liver function and screen for other metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Veterinarians recommend a yearly urinalysis for middle-aged pets of eight years or older. In addition, if you observe the following symptoms on your pet: excessive water consumption, increased frequency in urination, pain on voiding, then a urinalysis is indicated.

PawCheck® is a home-test for the detection of Urinary Tract Infection, Diabetes or Kidney Failure. Continue reading…

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July 30, 2014 9 Comments

Less is More When it Comes To Handling Cats in the Veterinary Clinic


The findings of a feline health study conducted by Bayer Health Care revealed that 52% of America’s 74 million cats are not receiving regular veterinary care. I would bet that the actual number is probably much higher, since this study only captured data from cat guardians who do seek some veterinary care, not those who never take their cat to the vet. And while some of this may be due to cat guardians not understanding how vitally important regular veterinary care is for your cat’s health, it may also be due to the fact that most cats hate going to the veterinary clinic.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has been educating veterinarians and veterinary staff on how to make practices more cat-friendly Continue reading…

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July 29, 2014 5 Comments

Hypoallergenic Cats: Do They Really Exist?


Cat allergies are one of the top five reasons why cats are returned to shelters. However, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, nearly 10 million people choose to share their homes with cats and dogs despite being allergic.

Being allergic to cats does not have to mean that you can’t share your life with cats. In addition to numerous things you can do to manage your cat allergies and still have all the benefits of sharing your life with cats, there are several breeds that produce fewer allergens. No cat breed is completely “hypoallergenic.” Continue reading…

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July 28, 2014 14 Comments

Lymphoma in Cats


Lymphoma, also known as lymphosarcoma, is one of the most common cancers in cats. It accounts for 90% of all blood cancers in cats, and for about a third of all tumors overall in cats. Lymphoma affects the lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that plays a critical role in the immune system.

Since the lymphatic system transports lymph fluid throughout the cat’s system, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells, lymphoma can appear almost anywhere and affect different organs. Continue reading…

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July 27, 2014 23 Comments

Conscious Cat Sunday: The Waste of Worry


I admit it: I’m a recovering worrier. I have a long history of worrying, and I learned from the master. My dad had elevated worrying to an art form. It wasn’t until the final months of his life when he truly learned to live in the moment. During my last visit with him, when he was already very ill, he told me how he’d learned to “appreciate every flower, and every butterfly.” It sounds trite, but it resonated deeply with me, coming from a man who had spent so much of his life doing the exact opposite.

I was also fortunate that I had a feline master teacher who showed me Continue reading…

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July 26, 2014 5 Comments

The Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate Lets Cats Play the Way Nature Intended


I got a closer look at the new Jackson Galaxy Collection from Petmate at the Superzoo pet product expo in Las Vegas earlier this week. The line, featuring toys, tunnels, wands, hideaways and more, was first introduced at Global Pet Expo in March of this year. This groundbreaking collection of toys was developed by Jackson and is based on his 20+ years of experience of working with cats. Continue reading…

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July 25, 2014 2 Comments

Pet First Aid Kit Winner


Congratulations, Raine! You’re the winner of a Pet First Aid Kit from the ASPCA.

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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July 25, 2014 5 Comments

Review: A Tiger’s Tale by Laura Morrigan


As is often the case for me, the cover of A Tiger’s Tale is what initially drew me to the book. My eye immediately went to the little black kitten on the rock! When I read the synopsis, I was hooked:

When a normally mellow tiger at a rescue facility trees a terrified vet, animal behaviorist Grace Wilde needs to use her psychic ability to get to the root of the problem…

A Tiger’s Tale is the second book in Laura Morrigan’s Call of the Wilde series, featuring veterinarian and animal behaviorist Grace Wilde. Continue reading…

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July 24, 2014 6 Comments

Don’t Believe These 5 Common Myths About Cats


Cats don’t have nine lives, and they don’t suck the breath out of babies. While it’s pretty obvious to most rational human beings that these two myths are not true, there are a many other tall tales about cats that may not be as obvious, but are also completely false. Perhaps this is because cats, despite having lived with humans for thousands of years, still remain a mystery even to those of us who know and love them.

Some myths and misconceptions are simply silly, but many can be dangerous and may actually harm cats. In a recent article for, I debunked five of the most common myths about cats. Click here to read the full article. Continue reading…

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July 23, 2014 3 Comments

Five Pillars of a Healthy Feline Environment


At their core, cats are still wild animals, and while we’ve invited them into our homes to share our lives, we can’t expect them to completely give up all their instincts. We have to look at our living space from the cat’s point of view and provide an environment that keeps them stimulated. Feline behavior experts agree. Jackson Galaxy introduced the concept of catification on his hit show My Cat From Hell. Catifying your environment means providing a space for your cats where they can exercise their natural instincts in the safety of our homes.

The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) introduced the five pillars of a healthy feline environment Continue reading…

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