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December 22, 2014 No Comments

Ask a Cat Vet: How Do I Transition My Cat to a Healthy Diet?

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Guest post by Fern Crist, DVM

You have done your research. You know that cats are obligate carnivores who need meat in their diet not just to survive, but to thrive. You understand why cats should never eat dry food. You’ve found the right premium grain-free canned or raw diet.

Now you have a case or a frozen bag of this great new food – and your cat “won’t eat it.” He puts up his nose and walks away, and you are left with a stack of useless cans or bags and a strong sense of annoyance. You feel frustration, because you are now acutely aware of what you should be feeding, but just exactly how are you supposed to convince your “finicky” cat that it’s good for him and that he needs to eat it? Continue reading…

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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."

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.

December 21, 2014 1 Comment

Conscious Cat Sunday: The Holiday Edition

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My two little elves and I have been busy getting ready for the holidays, and we ran out of time to get a brand new Conscious Cat Sunday column ready for you, so instead, today we’re bringing you a round up of a few of our favorite holiday columns. We hope they’ll help you find the time to slow down and enjoy the true meaning of the season in the middle of all the “busyness.” Continue reading…

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December 20, 2014 3 Comments

Mews and Nips: Cartier’s Winter Tale Brings Fantasies To Life With Baby Panthers

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I’ve loved Cartier’s panther campaigns since they released their ”L’Odysée de Cartier” commercial two years ago. The gorgeously produced fantasy featuring a crystal-encrusted panther come to life and his adventurous journey through spectacularly beautiful scenery, accompanied by a dramatic musical score, took my breath away. Cartier has since used the panther in its product line and advertising in a lot of different ways. This year’s “Winter Tale” features two adorable baby panthers frolicking in the snow and delivering presents. Their gift delivery technique may need a little work, but I dare you not to squee at the beautifully shot video at the end of this post. Continue reading…

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December 19, 2014 No Comments

Review: 67 Reasons Why Cats are Better than Dogs

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I’m not a big fan of the “cats are better than dogs” meme, because I’m not a fan of anything that polarizes people rather than brings them together. For that reason, I was a little hesitant to take a look at 67 Reasons Why Cats are Better than Dogs by Jack Shepherd, the editorial director of the massive social media and entertainment company Buzzfeed. I’m glad I decided to check this book out.

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December 18, 2014 46 Comments

Giveaway: SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™: Final Chance to Win!

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The SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ is a great way to exercise your kitties, and it provides endless entertainment for the humans. This innovative toy works at the push of a button. The wand whirls and swirls, mimicking prey and inviting kitties to pounce. The toy has a constantly changing pattern that never repeats itself, so cats won’t get bored. Non-toxic and safe for cats and kids, the SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ is made of durable BHA-free plastic so your cat can grab, chew, pull or bite all he or she wants and it won’t break. Continue reading…

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December 17, 2014 16 Comments

Allegra and Ruby’s Kitchen Catification

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While reading Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin’s new book, Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You), I found myself re-evaluating every room in my home, making small changes as I went along, and taking notes for more complex projects that I want to tackle in the future. I also discovered at least three areas that needed immediate catification improvements. Continue reading…

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December 16, 2014 52 Comments

Review and Giveaway: Simple Solution Pet Hair CleanUp System

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When you share your life with cats, cat hair is a fact of life, and you pretty much have two options: you give in to the inevitability of it, or you keep trying to find different solutions.

Simple Solution has launched a new system of products to make pet hair clean up easier. The system is made of up three products. Continue reading…

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December 15, 2014 15 Comments

Ask a Cat Vet: What Should I Feed My Cat?

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Guest post by Fern Crist, DVM

In veterinary school, I was taught to feed cats breakfast cereal.

This is not a joke. It is hard to imagine anything further removed from a cat’s evolutionary diet (small animals of the feathered and furred varieties) than a diet consisting of corn, wheat, rice, squash, peas, tapioca, carrots, apples, sage, oregano…. The list goes on. Many trendy cat foods today have ingredient lists that look just like this. Sounds like the makings of a wonderful Thanksgiving feast – but not for a cat. Continue reading…

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December 14, 2014 9 Comments

Allegra and Ruby Write a Letter to Santa

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Allegra and Ruby finished writing their letter to Santa last week, and they gave me permission to share it with you.

Dear Santa, Continue reading…

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December 13, 2014 9 Comments

Mews and Nips: Dying Woman Reunited With Her Cat

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It’s not often that I come across a story that is as heart-breakingly beautiful as that of Isis, a two-and-a-half year old cat, and Joan, a terminally ill woman in a South Florida hospice. It’s the kind of story that restores your faith in mankind. Joan knows she won’t be able to be home again with Isis, but continues to pay the rent on her empty apartment so Isis would have  place to stay until a permanent home could be found for her, but with once daily visits from a caretaker, Isis was lonely. When Dorian Wagner, the founder of the Cute Transport Network and Santa Paws Drive, heard about this situation, she went to work and launched a social media miracle. Within days, she not only had a foster home for Isis, but she was also able to arrange for Isis to visit Joan. Visit Isis and Joan on Facebook for more about the two of them, along with some wonderful photos. Continue reading…

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December 12, 2014 7 Comments

SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ Winner – One More Chance to Win!

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Congratulations, Nancy Dloughy! You’re the winner of a SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ !

Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

And if you didn’t win this time, don’t worry: you’ll have one last chance to win! Continue reading…

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