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July 24, 2014 6 Comments

Don’t Believe These 5 Common Myths About Cats

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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 Answers.com, I debunked five of the most common myths about cats. Click here to read the full article.

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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.

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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."

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July 23, 2014 3 Comments

Five Pillars of a Healthy Feline Environment

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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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July 22, 2014 2 Comments

What Is IMHA and How Did My Cat Get It?

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Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is a condition where the cat’s immune system turns against itself and attacks the patient’s own red blood cells. The immune system’s antibodies (blood proteins that are designed to counteract substances the body recognizes as alien, such as viruses and bacteria) target red blood cells for destruction.

IMHA is a serious condition with a high mortality rate. Patients are often unstable, and treatment can be lengthy and costly. Cats who are susceptible to IMHA may have recurrences months or years into the future.

I recently wrote about IMHA for Answers.com, click here to read the full article. Continue reading…

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July 21, 2014 14 Comments

Do Cats Get Colds?

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Sneezing, runny nose, runny eyes, lack of appetite, fever – most humans know these symptoms only too well. If you see them in your cat, chances are, your cat has contracted an upper respiratory infection very similar to a cold.

Cold like symptoms can be caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. The two most common viruses that cause upper respiratory infections in cats are herpes and calici. Bacterial infections are most commonly caused by mycoplasma pneumoniae, bordatella bronchiseptica, and chlamydia psittaci bacteria.

In a recent article for Answers.com, I provided information on how cat colds are diagnosed and treated and whether they’re contagious. Click here to read the full article. Continue reading…

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July 20, 2014 5 Comments

Conscious Cat Sunday: The Value of Taking a Break

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No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it. – Harry Emerson Fosdick

When you run your own business and work from home, the way I do, you don’t have a set work day or work week. It’s easy to forget to take breaks, especially when you’re doing what you love. Thankfully, I have Allegra and Ruby to remind me to take frequent breaks throughout the day, but sometimes, I feel like I need a whole day off – and that’s what I’m going to try to do today.

Taking a break can help you gain perspective, recharge and refocus. Continue reading…

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July 19, 2014 No Comments

The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives Winner

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Congratulations, Toni! You’re the winner of an autographed copy of The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives by John Clement!

Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives is available from Amazon or your favorite book seller.

*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 19, 2014 5 Comments

Mews and Nips: Cat Saves Woman’s Life by Tapping on Neighbor’s Window

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Slinky Malinki, a two-year-old cat from Cornholme, Lancashire, saved his  human’s life by tapping on the neighbors’ window to get their attention. Slinky’s human had collapsed in her home. “”He saved my life,” Janet Rowlison told the Daily Mirror. “I was drifting in and out of consciousness for five days.” Slinky tried to get the neighbor’s attention by sitting on the fence, tormenting their dog, and eventually, tapping on the window. Read the full story on The Daily Mirror.

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

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July 18, 2014 No Comments

SmartCat Cat Litter Winners

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Congratulations, Cindy Began and Donna! You’re the winners of a 20 pound bag of SmartCat All Natural Cat Litter!

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 18, 2014 4 Comments

Review: I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats, Plus an Interview with the Author

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I’ll be honest: I had my reservations about this book. I appreciate a good humor book as much as the next cat lover. But I balked at the title. To me, there’s just nothing funny about a cat peeing on things. I get far too many emails from desperate cat guardians who are dealing with this problem. That’s why I hadn’t even picked up I Could Pee on This when it first became a bestseller.

I do, however, enjoy author Francesco Marciuliano’s internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth, so when his publicist asked me whether I’d be interested in interviewing him, I agreed to take a look at the book. And I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. Continue reading…

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July 17, 2014 67 Comments

ASPCA’s New Mobile App Puts Pet Safety First – Enter to Win a Pet First Aid Kit for Your Cat

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The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has launched its first interactive mobile application, which is available for free download on iPhone and Android. This mobile app offers a new tool to help reunite pet owners with lost pets. It includes step-by-step instructions on what to do if a pet goes missing, tailored to each specific circumstance and a pet’s individual personality. The app also allows pet guardians to store medical records, and it provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters. Continue reading…

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July 16, 2014 6 Comments

Can Cats and Pet Birds Live Safely Together?

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Cats and birds are natural enemies, and anytime you put a predator and its prey together, you’re probably asking for trouble. Even the friendliest and laid back house cat may find her hunting instinct triggered by a high-energy bird. For this reason, cats and birds don’t usually make good housemates.

If you want to keep both, it is imperative that you carefully manage all interactions between the two species. In a recent article on Answers.com, I provided some tips on how to ensure that cats and birds can safely live together. Click here to read the full article. Continue reading…

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