Blue Collar Cats, an innovative program by Washington DC’s Humane Rescue Alliance, pairs rescued feral cats with local businesses to help with pest control. Since DC was recently named the third most rat-infested city in the nation, this program should fare well and save unadoptable cats. “That’s always the first goal: we want to place animals in adoptive homes,” Lauren Lipsey, the Alliance’s vice president for community programs, told Washingtonian Magazine. “But cats that don’t exhibit a lot of social behavior towards humans don’t have a lot of options, particularly if they don’t have a safe community or colony to go back to.” Learn more about the program on the Humane Rescue Alliance’s website. And even though I realize that the headline of this post practically begs for political commentary, please remember that the Conscious Cat is a politics-free zone and comments referencing politics will be deleted.
If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, I shared a deeply personal story about how my first cat Feebee literally saved my life, on Monday, we told you about a new study that confirms that dry food increases the risk of diabetes for cats, on Tuesday, we shared important information about cat carrier safety, on Wednesday, we talked about the little pockets on your cat’s ear, on Thursday, we shared some adorable cat pens with you, and on Friday, we reviewed The Lost Cats and Lonely Hearts Club.
Today’s video needs no comment – can I have an “awww,” please? Enjoy!
Have a great weekend!
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Reading contemporary romance novels is one of my guilty pleasures, and when the book features a cat, so much the better! The Lost Cats and Lonely Hearts Club by Nic Tatano is one of the most delightful books in the genre that I’ve come across in quite some time, and what’s even better, it’s part of a series. And it features a tortoiseshell kitten – how much better can a book get! Continue reading…
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Over the years, I’ve accumulated quite a collection of cat pens, and I’m always looking for new ones. The three pen designs shown above rank high on my cuteness scale. I use them to journal, and they even make writing my daily to do list more fun. Continue reading…
A cat’s sense of hearing is much better than that of a human. A human ear can hear sounds of very low frequency of 20 Hertz to a very high frequency of 20,000 Hertz. Cats’s hearing is about the same on the low end, but they can hear high pitched sounds of up to 100,000 Hertz. Everything about a cat’s ear is designed by nature to aid her in hunting, and that includes the ability swivel her ears. But what is the purpose of those small pockets on the side of your cat’s ear? Continue reading…
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For most cat parents, putting a cat into the carrier is stressful. We may try to train our cats to accept the carrier, we may try to manage our own energy so that our cats don’t pick up on our stress, we may use calming remedies such as Stress Stopper and Feliway, but the reality is that, while all of these help, it’s still going to be a challenging experience for most of us. But have you ever given any thought to whether your cat’s carrier is safe, should you get into an accident? Do you know which carriers are safe and which aren’t? Do you know what the safest place in the car for your carrier is? Continue reading…
There are many reasons why cats should never eat dry food. Dry food is the equivalent of junk food for cats, it is the leading cause of most urinary tract problems, and it is responsible for the obesity problem among cats. Dry food has also been implicated as one of the contributing factors to diabetes, which is reaching epidemic proportions. 1 in 50 cats may be affected, with overweight cats being at increased risk. Continue reading…
A new lip gloss from Japanese beauty brand Felissimo will make you feel like you just kissed a cat’s nose. According to Teen Vogue, Hin-Yari Ohana Lip Gloss achieves its effect by scenting the gloss with kitten milk replacer and using a cooling rollerball applicator. Those two elements combined mimic the feeling of a loving kitty nose. The lip gloss is available from Felissimo’s website.
If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: Continue reading…
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Do you keep a journal? Do you still take notes by hand? I do both. As much as I love my computer and tablet, I feel that when it comes to journaling, there’s something about writing by hand that enhances the benefits of the practice. As for note taking, I find that I retain more when I take notes by hand, and there are actually some studies that support this.
And of course, note taking and journaling is way more fun when you do it in cat-themed journals or notebooks! I’ve rounded up a few favorites for you. Continue reading…