Mews and Nips: World’s Oldest Living Cat


Just three weeks ago, we reported on Tiffany Two, the 27-year-old tortie from San Diego who currently holds the Guinness World Record for being the world’s oldest living cat. It looks like Tiffany won’t hold her title for very long. Missan, a 29-year-old Swedish farm cat, has Tiffany beat by two years. According to The Telegraph, Åsa Wickberg found Missan as a kitten in 1985, and quickly adopted her. “I read an article about another cat that was supposed to be the world’s oldest, and I just thought to myself: ‘mine is older!’,” she told the TT news agency. Read the full story on The Telegraph website.

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we explained how to check your cat’s vital signs, on Tuesday, we announced that James Bowen is raising funds to open Bob’s World Cat Café in London, on Wednesday, we answered the question whether it’s okay to feed your cat table scraps, on Thursday, we gave you seven reasons to keep cats indoors, and on Friday, we reviewed Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes.

Like so many of you, I am utterly and totally in love with Lil BUB. Today’s video shows BUB being dried after a bath. The bond between her and her Dude just melts my heart. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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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.

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Review: Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes


For every rescued cat, there’s a story. Some rescue stories are heartwarming, inspiring and joyful. Some make you weep for what some cats had to endure before finding their forever home, and others make you marvel at the serendipity that is so often part of a rescue.

The twelve cats in Rescued, a collection of stories edited by Janiss Garza, the human behind the late Sparkle the Designer Cat and publisher of the Sparkle Cat blog, come from all sorts of backgrounds. They’re library cats, bloggers, and mystery stars. Their true life rescue stories are told in the cats’ voices. Continue reading…

7 Reasons to Keep Cats Indoors


Keeping cats indoors can be a controversial topic. Some cat lovers believe that it’s not natural to keep cats indoors, and that they should have the freedom to go outdoors. However, the fact is that indoor cats live longer and healthier lives, and contrary to what outdoor cat proponents believe, indoor cats can be perfectly happy as long as cat guardians provide a stimulating environment for them.

In a recent article for, I provided 7 compelling reasons why cats should be kept indoors. Click here to read the full article.

Are your cats indoor cats, or do you let them out? What are your reasons for letting them outside?


Is It Okay To Feed Your Cat Table Scraps?


Pet food manufacturers would like you to believe that the only food your cat should ever eat is a “balanced” food coming out of a bag or can. These commercial, often highly processed, foods are labeled as “100% complete,” and pet guardians are cautioned against feeding table scraps.

However, if you’re eating a reasonably healthy diet of lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs and fresh fruit and vegetables, and as long as you keep in mind that cats are obligate carnivores, an occasional table scrap for your cat is not going to be a problem. It may, in fact, enhance her nutrition. Continue reading…

James Bowen to Open Bob’s World Cat Café in London


James Bowen and his cat Bob have been capturing hearts ever since A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life was first published in the UK in the spring of 2012. The book has since become an international bestseller. There are reports of a movie deal, and just last week, news broke of a licensing deal for Bob themed merchandise. I’m a huge fan of James and Bob, and for me, it’s been a joy to watch this unlikely success story of a former drug addict and his rescued cat unfold. James and Bob’s latest venture will be a cat cafe in London. Continue reading…

Conscious Cat Sunday: Weather Anxiety


The extremely cold and snowy weather in many parts of the United States has caused a lot of anxiety for many. Our friends to the north have been buried under up to 100 inches of snow in some places, and others have been experiencing temperatures as much as 40 degrees below normal values for this time of the year. Even Floridians have experienced record breaking low temperatures. As if all of this wasn’t enough, the media contributes to this anxiety with its warnings about dangerous cold, named winter storms, and all sorts of other weather hype. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Cats Have Been Covered by the New York Times for Centuries


There’s no question that cats have taken over the internet in recent years, but it may be more surprising that they’ve also been covered for centuries in one of the most venerable newspaper in the world, the New York Times. Science Daily reports that Matthew Ehrlich, a journalism professor from the University of Illinois, compiled hundreds of cat-related tales from the Times’ digital archives. Stories date back as far as the 1870’s, and Ehrlich’s findings show just how much our views about cats have changed over the course of time. In recent years, cat stories in the paper have averaged almost once a week, he said. Read more about Ehrlich’s research on Science Daily.

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

Review: My Street Cats by Raphaella Bilski


Street cats, usually referred to as community cats or feral cats in this country, are very much a part of most communities, even though many people may not even notice them. These cats tend to live in alleys, hide in shrubbery or storm drains, and generallyshy away from human contact. The number of community cats nationwide is estimated to be about 60 million. Considering that the estimated number of pet cats in the US is between 75 and 90 million, I find that number shockingly high.

Thankfully, there are caring individuals who do what they can to feed and provide basic health care for these cats. Continue reading…

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