Your Cat’s Vet Records

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Your relationship with your cat’s veterinarian is one of the most important relationships in yours and your cat’s life. This relationship should be based on trust, and honest and open communication is important not only to ensure that your cat gets the best possible care, but that you understand every aspect of her care. Your vet will keep a detailed medical record for your cat.

What should be included in my cat’s record?

Your cat’s medical record should include detailed information about your cat, including

  • a thorough medical history
  • detailed account of each physical exam, including treatment recommendations and outcome
  • a detailed description of any surgeries your cat may have had
  • test results of all diagnostic tests, including bloodwork, urinalysis, radiographs and ultrasound
  • a history of all prescription medications, including dosage and length of treatment
  • a detailed account of any hospital stays, which should include daily progress reports

Why you should have a current copy of your cat’s record

If your cat has a chronic health condition or is a senior cat, having a copy of your cat’s record can save valuable time in an emergency. Emergency vet visits tend to happen at the most inconvenient times, and your regular vet may be closed. Having a complete current record may save your cat’s life, especially if she is on multiple medications.

Veterinary records are confidential, and laws about releasing records vary from state to state. Most states require the client’s authorization before a veterinary practice can release records.

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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.

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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.

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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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Zen Cats Winner

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Congratulations, Betty Wells! You’re the winner of a copy of Zen Cats: Meditations for the Wise Minds of Cat Lovers!

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Happy Memorial Day

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To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. ― Thomas Campbell

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, a day when we honor the memory of the men and women who have died in military service.

For many people, it’s also a day to remember all departed loved ones, and for most of us, that includes our beloved felines. I’m remembering Amber, Buckley and Feebee today. All three of them changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. I miss them every day, and I treasure the legacy they’ve left behind.

I believe that one of the greatest sacrifices our military personnel make when they deploy is having to leave their beloved pets behind. Thankfully, there are organizations like PACT for Animals, who assist members of the military in finding temporary foster care for their pets during deployments. The video below shows the joyful reunion between two cats and their soldier mom.

As you remember your lost loved ones today, please take a moment to recognize the sacrifices of our military personnel and thank them for their service.

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Conscious Cat Sunday: How to Motivate Yourself

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Ever have one of those days where you just can’t seem to get yourself motivated to do anything? You’re not alone. I bet even Tony Robbins occasionally has one of those days. Whether it’s starting to exercise, or tackling a huge new project, sometimes, it’s just tough to get up and go. These motivational slumps are not to be confused with clinical depression, which requires intervention from a medical professional. I’m talking about those “blah” days that most of us face at one time or another. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: A Wedding With Lots of Tortitude

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There have been plenty of reports of dogs being part of wedding celebrations, but cats usually aren’t all that thrilled with these sorts of festivities. This apparently was not the case for Coco, a beautiful dilute tortie, who bride Danielle Hunger described as “”viciously beautiful and beloved” (tortitude, anyone?) in the Huffington Post. After the ceremony, which took place in the couple’s home, photographer Luciana Justice noticed the beautiful cat, and asked whether Coco could be in some of the formal photos. I realize that the story is two years old, but it’s too good not to share. For more photos of Coco the wedding tortie, visit Luciana Justice’s blog.

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

NVR Miss Litterbox Winner

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Congratulations, Susan P.! You’re the winner of a NVR Miss Litterbox!

The NVR Miss Litterbox can purchased directly from the NVR Miss website.

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*Winners are 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 or announcement of winner’s name(s) on The Conscious Cat. If this information is not received within the timeframe stated, an alternate winner will be chosen.

Giveaway: PawNosh Glass Pet Bowl

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PawNosh  glass pet bowls look more like a piece of art than a utilitarian food or water bowl. These gorgeous bowls are made from 100% recycled glass. Using recycled glass helps keep renewable resources out of landfills, and reduces energy usage by 20-30% compared to creating a bowl using raw materials. More importantly, glass is the safest material you can use for food and water because it is naturally free of harmful chemicals that can sometimes be found in plastics, metals, and ceramic. Each bowl is hand-pressed in the USA and is accompanied by a lifetime warranty against breakage. Continue reading…

Prince Pangur Ban the Fluffy: The Collected Series

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I first “met” Prince Pangur Ban two years ago, when Holly contacted me because he had been having issues with a sensitive tummy and some itchiness. In the course of our initial conversation, I found out that Pangur is not only a stunningly handsome and much loved Himalayan, he is also the star of his own comic strip.

From 2011 to 2015, Holly shared Pangur’s life with her wonderful, silly puff of fluff on her webcomic page, and now, she is collecting all of the strips for a full color paperback book. She’ll also add a few new, never before seen comics created just for the book. I am in awe of Holly’s ability to capture Pangur’s personality with just a few strokes of a pen, and I was delighted when she asked me to write the foreword for the book.

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The book will be published as a Limited Edition, and is sure to become a collector’s item. It will only be available to Kickstarter backers and clients of Holly’s studio. You can pre-order the book on Kickstarter and receive some amazing perks, ranging from a signed edition of the book to t-shirts, pens and totebags featuring Prince Pangur. A limited number of backers will receive a cartoon or watercolor portrait of their cat. Holly will even create a brand new comic strip featuring you and your cat – this perk is only available for ten lucky backers. Here’s a sample of one of the many perks:

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For more information about the book and the perks, please visit Holly’s Kickstarter page.

Check out the adorable cartoon of Allegra and Ruby,
drawn by the amazingly talented Holly G

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Review: Organic Cat Toys from PurrfectPlay

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Cat toys don’t get much better than the ones from PurrfectPlay. Made in the USA from 100% natural and organic materials, these durable and safe toys are not only fun for pets, they’re made by a company that prides itself on earth-friendly business practices. Their motto is “if Mother Nature didn’t make it, we don’t use it!”

PurrfectPlay does not use any synthetics or plastic. The toys are dye and toxin free, they are sustainable and fair trade, and they donate 5% of each sale to dedicated rescue organizations.

The organic catnip used in these toys must be pretty potent, because Allegra and Ruby were both interested in the box from PurrfectPlay before I even opened it. They couldn’t wait to get their paws on these toys!

We received a box of Teabag Tumbler Cat Toys and a bag of Organic Wool Dust Bunnies. The Teabag Tumblers are adorable, and, as you can see in the video below, Allegra approves of the potent catnip they are filled with!

Ruby goes nuts for the Organic Wool Dust Bunnies and chases them all over the house. When I toss them for her, she goes flying after them, and you can just hear her going “wee!!!”

I loved everything I heard about these toys: they make the girls happy, they’re safe, and they’re made by a company whose business practices I admire.

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For more information about PurrfectPlay, and to purchase, please visit PurrfectPlay.com.

FTC Disclosure: I received these products for review at no charge. I also received a fee for writing this review. Receiving the free product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest and unbiased opinion. Or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest and unbiased opinion.

Allegra, Ruby and the Secret Birthday Post

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Hi everyone, it’s Allegra and Ruby! Mom had one of her super smart posts about some super important topic scheduled for today, but we snuck out of the bedroom once she was fast asleep last night, and rescheduled it for next week. At first we were going to delete it, but then we realized that maybe Mom would get mad at us if we did that….

Allegra: Ruby, you know better than that. Mom never gets mad at us.

Ruby: She does at me! Continue reading…

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