Caring for Abandoned Kittens


Raising abandoned kittens can be challenging, but it can also be very rewarding. Kittens may need to be hand raised or because their mother has died, has rejected or abandoned the kittens.

Ideally, kittens should be with their mother until they’re at least five or six weeks old. The longer they can nurse, the better. Young kittens need their mother’s milk not just for nutrition, but also to receive important antibodies that will protect them against disease later in life. Since orphaned kittens don’t have this protection, they can be particularly vulnerable to disease.

In a recent article for, I shared some guidelines to help you raise abandoned kittens. Click here to read the full article.

Have you raised abandoned kittens? Share your experience in a comment.

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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."

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Pot for Pets: How Medical Marijuana Can Help Your Cat


Medical marijuana (or cannabis) has been used for thousands of years across many cultures. More recently, cannabis is used to effectively treat symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions in humans. Use of medical marijuana is controversial.

Drs. Sarah Brandon and Greg Copas, two Seattle veterinarians, pioneered the use of medical marijuana for pets two years ago. They developed CannaVet, a hemp-based supplement for pets. I had a chance to speak with both of them at Global Pet Expo, and I was fascinated by the many possible uses of this natural supplement for cats. Continue reading…

Zen Cats: Meditations for the Wise Minds of Cat Lovers


Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t
anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion. – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Zen Cats: Meditations for the Wise Minds of Cat Lovers opens with the lovely quote above, and it purrfectly sets the tone for this gem of a book. This little volume features gorgeous cat photos alongside excerpts from the Dhammapada, a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Klepto Cat Steals Balls in Sydney Suburb


For the last two years, Chilli, a five-year-old Burmese, has been spending his nights stealing various balls from Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Soccer balls, tennis balls, beach balls – Chilli deposits all of these on Noran Chadhuri’s bed each morning. Chadhuri estimates that at one point, he had almost 100 balls. Attempts to solve the mystery of the origin of the balls have been fruitless. “We’ll leave the window open and he jumps in while you’re asleep and makes this strange meow sound that he only makes when he’s brought back a ball, ” says Chadhuri. “As soon as you wake up, he drops the ball on the bed and never touches it again.” Read the full story on Kitty Army.

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Review and Giveaway: The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers


The Cat Sitter mystery series, featuring Dixie Hemingway, a pet sitter who lives on one of the Florida keys, has been a favorite of mine ever since the first book in the series came out seven years ago. The series was originally written by Blaize Clement. Her son, John Clement, continued the series after her death in 2011. Blaize had been collaborating on plots and characters for future novels with John.

In The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers, Dixie’s heads off early one morning to see her first cat client of the day. Continue reading…

How to Star in Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin’s New Book


If you’ve read Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin’s New York Times Bestseller Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)you’ve no doubt been inspired to tackle a few catification projects of your own. I came away with quite a few ideas; the first one I implemented was our kitchen catification.

Jackson and Kate are working on their new book, Catisfy to Satisfy, and they want to hear from you! All you have to do is show them pictures of your catified space and tell them a little about yourself and life with your cats. Continue reading…

Review: The Ultimate Cat Tunnel


Cat tunnels are a wonderful addition to any home. They can provide a safe hiding space for “bush dwellers,” cats who prefer to stay low to the ground and tend to seek out spots that are hidden, such as under an end table, or even under the sofa or bed. Tunnels also provide endless hours of play. Allegra and Ruby were very excited when they got a chance to review the Ultimate Cat Tunnel from Pets Can Play. Continue reading…

How to Keep Your Cat’s Teeth Healthy


Dental disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem for cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, an astounding 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3.

What is dental disease?

Normal teeth should be white or just a little yellow. Gums should be light pink and smooth (except in breeds with pigmented gums). Oral disease begins with a build up of plaque and tartar in your cat’s mouth. Without proper preventive and therapeutic care, plaque and tartar buildup leads to periodontal disease, which manifests in red and/or swollen and tender gums, bad breath, and bleeding. When the gums are swollen, they can be painful – a good rule of thumb is that if it looks like it might be painful, it probably is. Cats are masters at masking pain – when in doubt, assume that your cat is experiencing at least some discomfort. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Cats Don’t Like Human Music


Research has shown that cats respond to music. A study at Colorado State University is investigating whether classical music could make veterinary visits less stressful for cats, and it’s been shown that music and sound therapy techniques can calm feline anxiety. My own highly scientific research has proven that cats to not enjoy loud heavy metal, and as a result, I only play this particular genre in my car… A new study recently published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science believes that in order for our feline friends to enjoy music, it has to be species-specific music. When played songs developed specifically for cats, researchers found that the cats showed a “significant preference for and interest in” the cat-appropriate music compared to the two human songs that were used as a control. For more information on this fascinating study, please visit

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