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November 27, 2014 No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving
from
Allegra,Ruby and Ingrid

I keep a gratitude journal all year long, but I do spend a little extra time on Thanksgiving reflecting on everything I’m thankful for. Of course, Allegra and Ruby top the list – followed by you, our Conscious Cat readers!

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

We’re celebrating Thanksgiving on The Conscious Cat Facebook page: post photos of your Thanksgiving kitties!


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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.

November 26, 2014 1 Comment

Cat Print Scarf Winners

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Congratulations, Markella Vavaka, Stephanie B. and sepo! You are the winners of a Cat Print Scarf from Triple T Studios!

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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November 26, 2014 16 Comments

Custom Cat Portraits by Michelle Wolff

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I have been admiring Michelle Wolff’s cat drawings and paintings for quite some time. Six months ago, I received a lovely email from Michelle, thanking me for including her in an article I wrote for Answers.com, titled 5 Cat Artists to Watch in 2014. Michelle offered to draw Allegra and Ruby as a thank you. Needless to say, I said yes! Continue reading…

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November 25, 2014 1 Comment

Natura Pet Recalls 5 Lots of Dry Cat Food due to Vitamin Insufficiency

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Natura Pet Products has initiated a limited, voluntary recall of certain dry cat and dry ferret food lots produced in its Fremont, Nebraska facility. Due to a formulation error, these products contain insufficient levels of vitamins and excess minerals. Continue reading…

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November 25, 2014 3 Comments

Animal Tales: Create an Illustrated Storybook Featuring Your Cat

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Animal Tales is one of the most fun apps I’ve come across. Created by the same folks who brought you the successful ResQWalk, this free IOS app allows you to create custom story books featuring your cats. The storybooks can be created and shared for free, or printed for $12 with 20% of proceeds going to animal rescue.

“Our vision with Animal Tales was to create a unique, easy to use product for animal lovers to have fun with,” said Animal Tales Founder Bailey Schroeder.  I got to try the app and created two books, one for Ruby and one for Allegra (I didn’t want one of them feel left out!) Continue reading…

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November 24, 2014 3 Comments

Reducing Stress for Cats in a Boarding Facility

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Cats have a reputation for being independent, which often leads people to believe that they’ll do just fine on their own when their guardians have to go away for a few days. As long as someone comes in and leaves fresh food and water, that’s all they need, right? Nothing could be further from the truth. Accidents happen. Cats could stop eating while their guardians are away, or become ill. Cats need more than just food and water to thrive – they need human interaction, and a chance to play.

Generally, there are two options for cat owners who have to travel: Continue reading…

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November 23, 2014 157 Comments

Giveaway: Cat Print Scarf from The Tiniest Tiger, and Free Shipping Offer!

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We have a lovely giveaway for you this week, brought to you by our friends at The Tiniest Tiger and Triple T Studios.

These beautiful scarves, as modeled by Annie above and Eddie below, are sure to please any cat lover. The subtle design does not scream “crazy cat lady” but complements the feline finesse of The Tiniest Tiger handbags. The scarf is made of chiffon for a soft and light weight feel and is available in black, beige or light pink. At only $9.99, these scarves are a bargain, and they make great stocking stuffers! Continue reading…

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November 22, 2014 3 Comments

Mews and Nips: Cats Make TV News Better

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We all know how depressing watching the news can be. Perhaps this is why Japanese news program, Shuukan News Shinsho, a weekly news digest, has added cats to their program. This is not an entertainment show, it’s a serious news program similar to our Meet the Press or Face the Nation. The Japanese are known to be huge cat lovers, so perhaps this was simply a ploy to attract more viewers. Perhaps it was a conscious effort to lighten the mood a bit. Whatever the reason, it just proves that everything is better with cats! Read the full story on Kotaku.com.

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

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November 21, 2014 8 Comments

SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ Winner – 2 More Chances to Win!

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Congratulations, Cindy! 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 2 more chances to win! Continue reading…

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November 21, 2014 8 Comments

Review: Purr Therapy by Kathy McCoy

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Research has found that a cat’s purr can heal body tissues and bones, and that simply petting a cat can lower your blood pressure. Those of us who share our lives with cats don’t need convincing that cats have healing powers, and I would bet that for most of us, our feline family members have occasionally served as furry therapists. In Purr Therapy: What Timmy and Marina Taught Me About Life, Love and Loss, psychotherapist Dr. Kathleen McCoy shares her experience of how two very special cats helped her in her work with her patients. Continue reading…

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November 20, 2014 179 Comments

Giveaway: Katris Cat Scratching Block

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Katris is a system of corrugated cardboard shapes that you can arrange in endless configurations. Remember the computer game Tetris? You get the idea. We reviewed the entire system a little while back, and gave it two thumbs and four paws up.

The pieces are hand assembled from 100% recyclable cardboard, using 90% post consumer recycled content. They use only non-toxic starch-based adhesives and no inks or dyes. Each piece is nice and sturdy, and as long as you start out with a solid base, you can build it pretty high. The individual pieces are super sturdy on their own and make great scratchers. Continue reading…

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