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October 25, 2014 1 Comment

Mews and Nips: Therapy Cat Provides End of Life Care for Veterans


Tom, a 7-year-old rescue cat in Salem, VA, provides hospice care to patients at the VA Hospital in Salem, VA. Tom freely roams the hospice ward like a doctor making his rounds, nibbles treats sneaked to him by patients, and brings comfort to old soldiers and their families during an emotional time. When the staff first adopted Tom, they weren’t sure whether patients would approve. Now, it’s hard for them to imagine life in the ward without Tom. Families have thanked the staff for Tom’s calming presence. He’s even become the subject of a children’s book written by a local first-time author, whose own father died in the hospice and palliative care unit in 2012. For more about Tom and his amazing gift, read the full story on The Roanoke Times.

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we offered tips on how to reduce the stress of Halloween for your cats and to keep them safe and we introduced you to a new food bowl design by Dr. Catsby, on Tuesday, Allegra and Ruby reviewed a super comfy cat bed, on Wednesday, we told you about a campaign sponsored by Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter to leave cancer in the dust, and on Friday, we reviewed Clea Simon’s new book, Stages of Grey (and you can win an autographed copy.) And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for an assortment of toys from the new Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate!

I am impressed by the cat in today’s video – now that’s how you play Jenga!

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Have a great weekend!

Photo via The Roanoke Times

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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.


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."

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October 24, 2014 29 Comments

Review and Giveaway: Stages of Grey by Clea Simon


I always look forward to a new installment in Clea Simon’s Dulcie Schwartz mystery series, featuring the Harvard graduate student, along with her kitten Esme and the spirit of her departed cat, Mr. Grey. This series has become one of my favorites. In Stages of Grey, the eighth book in the series, Dulcie is still working on her doctoral thesis about a mysterious 19th century author of two gothic novels. Her relationship with her boyfriend Chris finally seems to be on an even keel, and her black and white spirited cat Esme, and the spirit of her beloved Mr. Grey, are both guiding her through life as best as they can. Continue reading…

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October 23, 2014 9 Comments

SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ Winner – 4 More Chances to Win!


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

Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

And if you didn’t win this time, not to worry: you’ll have 4 more chances to win! Continue reading…

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October 23, 2014 128 Comments

Review and Giveaway: The Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate


I got a first look at the new Jackson Galaxy Collection from Petmate at Global Pet Expo in March, and again at Superzoo in July. I couldn’t wait to get my  hands on some of the products for Allegra and Ruby, so the girls and I were excited when the package from Petmate arrived last week. We got to test the Mojo Maker Ground and Air Wands, and the Natural Playtime toy assortment. Continue reading…

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October 22, 2014 5 Comments

Catification Winners


Congratulations to Summer, Fur Everywhere and Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal! You won an autographed copy of Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin.

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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October 22, 2014 10 Comments

Cats Against Cancer: Precious Cat Litter Wants to Leave Cancer in the Dust


When it comes to cat litter, I have yet to find a litter I like better than Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat. This litter has been our go to litter for many years. It clumps better than any other clay litter, it has virtually no dust, and, most importantly, my cats like it. And yes, I’m well aware of the controversy around clay litter, but I’ve found that many cats don’t like the alternative litters – certainly, none of mine ever have. And no matter how much the human “in charge” may like the idea of these more environmentally friendly litters, ultimately, the cat calls the shots. Continue reading…

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October 21, 2014 3 Comments

Review: Sugarboy’s Paca Pet Pouf


I met Shelly Habel, the creator of Sugarboy’s, at the National Capital Cat Show in September. Her booth displayed some of the most beautiful handmade cat products I’d seen in quite some time, including the fabulous Paca Pet Pouf. Shelly makes toys and beds for cats and dogs. I was thrilled when she offered to send an Original Paca Pet Pouf for review.

The Paca Pet Pouf by Sugarboy’s is a unique handmade pet bed, inspired by Shelly’s three cats, Poni, Beemer and Mowgli, Continue reading…

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October 20, 2014 7 Comments

Dr. Catsby Food Bowl Provides Relief from Whisker Stress


Have you noticed your cat pulling food out of the bowl, throwing it next to the bowl, and then proceeding to eat it? Perhaps your cat uses her paw to “fish” food out of her food bowl? Does she constantly demand food even though her bowl is half full? Does she consistently finishes only part of her meal? If you notice any of these signs, your cat may be experiencing whisker stress. Continue reading…

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October 20, 2014 5 Comments

Keep Your Cats Safe and Happy at Halloween


I bet if cats had their say, they’d abolish Halloween. From a cat’s perspective, there’s not much to love about a holiday when strangers come knocking at your door, your humans dress up in weird outfits and scary looking masks, and some  humans even try to put you in costumes. The following tips will help you reduce the stress of this holiday for your feline family members and keep them safe so everyone can have a happy Halloween. Continue reading…

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October 19, 2014 7 Comments

Better With Pets Summit Celebrates Human Animal Bond


Earlier this week, I had a chance to attend the Better with Pets Summit in New York City. The summit was sponsored by Purina*, and while my nutritional philosophy differs greatly from that of Purina when it comes to species-appropriate nutrition for cats, I appreciate the work the company is doing to foster the human-animal bond. This year’s summit focused on how technology and scientific advances are leading to a brighter future with our pets. The daylong event featured 15 expert presentations on why our lives are better with pets – not that any of us at the summit needed experts to convince us of that! Continue reading…

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October 18, 2014 No Comments

Mews and Nips: Cat Receives Lifesaving Blood Transfusion from a Dog


Buttercup, a Florida cat whose red blood cell count had fallen to dangerously low  levels, received a transfusion of canine blood that save her life. Buttercup’s veterinarians didn’t have ready access to feline blood, and time was of the essences. Cross-species transfusions are a risky procedure. “You can’t give type A blood to a type B blood cat because it’ll cause a severe immune reaction,” said Dr. Sean Perry, who performed the procedure at Marathon Veterinary Hospital in Florida.”It was actually safer to give the cat dog’s blood.”  Buttercup came through the rare procedure without any problems and has made a full recovery. Read the full story on The Daily Mail.

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

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