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October 31, 2014 5 Comments

Happy Halloween


Happy Halloween
Allegra, Ruby and Ingrid


We’re celebrating Halloween on our Facebook page today: post photos of your Halloween kitties!

Make sure you keep your kitties safe tonight! If you open your door to trick or treaters, keep your cats in a safe room so they can’t dash outside. Click here for more Halloween safety tips.


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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."

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.

October 31, 2014 20 Comments

Review and Giveaway: The Adventures of Coco Le Chat

Coco Le Chat

In The Adventures of Coco Le Chat: The World’s Most Fashionable Feline, Coco, a tortoiseshell Cornish Rex cat, travels to New York City. Over the course of a week, this fashionable feline visits the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York City Ballet, Coney Island, Central Park, the Plaza Hotel, and, of course, being a feline fashionista, a number of famous department stores. Continue reading…

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October 30, 2014 85 Comments

Giveaway: SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™: 3rd Chance (of 6) to Win!


The SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ is a great way to exercise your kitties, and it provides endless entertainment for the humans. This innovative toy works at the push of a button. The wand whirls and swirls, mimicking prey and inviting kitties to pounce. The toy has a constantly changing pattern that never repeats itself, so cats won’t get bored. Non-toxic and safe for cats and kids, the SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ is made of durable BHA-free plastic so your cat can grab, chew, pull or bite all he or she wants and it won’t break. Continue reading…

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October 29, 2014 6 Comments

Allegra, Ruby and the Great Bug Hunting Adventure


The other night, the girls had a big bug hunting adventure, and they wanted to share it with you. I don’t know who had more fun: the girls or me. They were utterly fascinated by this new “toy” in our living room. I was thoroughly entertained watching them try to catch the bug. The level of teamwork they displayed was remarkable; I swear I could hear them strategize on how to best approach this hunt!

But why don’t I let them tell you in their own words. Continue reading…

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October 28, 2014 8 Comments

One Day Only: Free Download of Adventures in Veterinary Medicine


I’m delighted to be able to offer you my newest book, Adventures in Veterinary Medicine:What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love, and Myself  as a free download for Kindle. If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry. You can download a free reading app to read this and other Kindle books on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet and smartphone.

The book offers a unique look at what really goes on in a veterinary hospital through the eyes of a former veterinary hospital manager, Continue reading…

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October 28, 2014 2 Comments

Review: Neko Flies Birbug and the Telescoping Rod


Allegra and Ruby love their Neko Flies toys. The toys are developed and created by Ellen Tsuyuki, a multiple cat owner who was dissatisfied with toys available in the cat toy marketplace. Her company, Nekochan Enterprises, Inc., specializes in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of unique, high quality pet products. All of the Neko Flies attachments mimic critters cats might encounter in the wild – and let me tell you, the likeness to the real thing is almost a bit eerie, especially for someone like me who is not at all fond of creepy crawlies! Continue reading…

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October 27, 2014 4 Comments

The Cost of Veterinary Care: A Vet’s Perspective


Guest post by Elizabeth Colleran, DVM

Three weeks ago, a long standing and wonderful client of ours scheduled a long-awaited dental procedure for her cat Lily. Until we could get her scheduled, she was on pain medication for the cavities we had previously diagnosed. Since we know that dental pain is the same in the cat as it is in people, we knew she was uncomfortable despite the fact that she was still eating. The only significant change the client noticed was that she tilted her head just slightly to one side while eating. Continue reading…

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October 26, 2014 2 Comments

Catification is a New York Times Bestseller


I am beyond excited for Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin: their new book, Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) made the New York Times Bestseller list! The book debuted at number 17 in the Advice, How To and Miscellaneous category. Continue reading…

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October 26, 2014 3 Comments

Conscious Cat Sunday: Embrace Life with Awe and Gratitude


What is the first thing you think of when you first get out of bed? What is the last thought before you go to sleep? How you start and end your day sets the tone for how you get through each day, and for the quality of your sleep at night. Research has shown that gratitude is a powerful force. Dr. Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis found that  people who practice gratitude are 25% happier. They are more optimistic about the future and feel better about their lives. Combine gratitude with awe, and you’ve got an even more powerful combination to shift your energy. Continue reading…

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October 25, 2014 6 Comments

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: Continue reading…

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October 24, 2014 40 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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