Mews and Nips: Do You Have a Cat With an Incredible Story?

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A new cat documentary, produced by Flare Entertainment for Amazon Prime, will feature cats across all areas of life, from charity, business, adventure, sport, fashion, art, emergency service, entertainment and beyond. The producers want this documentary to be a heartwarming celebration that highlights the powerful bond between cats and humans. They’re looking for stories about exceptional cats from around the world. Of course, we know that every cat is exceptional! If you think your cat has a fascinating story, the producers want to hear from you. Submit your story to cats@flarebbdo.com.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we told you why anesthesia-free dental cleanings can do more harm than good, on Tuesday, we reviewed the Scratching Tree from Pet Tree Houses, on Wednesday, cat behaviorist Mikel Delgado answered your questions, on Thursday, we featured some Mother’s Day gift ideas for cat lovers, and on Friday, we reviewed Cats for the Genius.

Today’s video is quite possibly the cutest cat video on the internet right now. I can’t stop watching, it’s so adorable. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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Review: Cats for the Genius

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I’ve never liked the “for dummies” or “idiot’s guide” series of books, available on just about any topic you can think of, including cats. While they certainly seem to be popular, and while they often provide good information, the self-deprecation implied in the titles just doesn’t resonate with me. Wanting to learn more about something doesn’t make you a dummy. The newer “for the Genius” book series takes a somewhat more positive, tongue-in-cheek spin on this approach, but I’m still not crazy about it.

However, setting aside my admittedly very personal opinion about the book’s title, Ramona Marek’s Cats for the Genius is a fantastic, comprehensive guide Continue reading…

Cat Behaviorist Mikel Delgado Answers April’s Questions

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Earlier this month, we launched our new “Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado” segment. Once a month, we’ll post a reminder for you to post your questions for Mikel. She’ll answer as many of them as he can each month, and I’ll publish her answers in a subsequent post.

is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant at Feline Minds, offering on-site consultations for cat guardians, shelters, and pet-related businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, and remote consultations around the world. She is currently completing her PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley, where she studies animal behavior and human-pet relationships. Continue reading…

Review: Scratching Tree from Pet Tree Houses

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Scratching posts are a vital part of sharing your living space with cats. Cats scratch for a variety of reasons: they scratch to groom their claws, the scratching motion helps remove dead sheaths from their front claws (they usually chew them off their back claws). They scratch to mark their territory. Their front paws contain scent glands, and scratching leaves behind their unique signature on the object being scratched. They scratch for exercise; scratching stretches the muscles in the front legs and all along the back. And they scratch simply because it feels good.

When it comes to scratching posts, bigger is usually better. The Scratching Tree from Pet Tree Houses is a beautifully made, solid vertical scratcher. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Happy Earth Day!

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We’re all about conscious living here at The Conscious Cat, and green living is a big part of living a conscious life. Earth Day is a great day to remember that green living isn’t just good for us and the planet, it’s also good for our cats. For some tips on how you can celebrate Earth Day (and beyond,) read Going Green With Your Cat.

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

Wet Food Puzzles for Cats

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Food puzzle toys are a great way to keep your cats entertained. They range from treat balls to complex platforms with tubes and tunnels to entire feeding systems. These puzzles help cats exercise their natural hunting instincts. The problem with most food puzzles is that they can only be used with dry food – something I don’t recommend for cats, not even as an occasional treat. I recommend using freeze-dried meat treats in food puzzles.

The challenge of making a food puzzle that can be used with wet food is, of course, the “mess factor.” You certainly don’t want your cats to drag the puzzle all over your house, spilling wet food as they go! That’s why I was thrilled when I recently came across a couple of puzzle toys that can be used with wet food. Continue reading…

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