How to Tell Your Cat I Love You

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I bet we all tell our cats we love them a thousand times a day. We tell them with words, we tell them with touch, and we tell them by taking care of them and keeping them happy and safe.

Allegra doesn’t like to be picked up, so I tell her I love her by kissing her nose (she kisses back!) and by gently petting her for short periods of time. Ruby, on the other hand, loves to be held, so I can snuggle her to my heart’s content, and she reciprocates by rubbing her face against mine.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be timely to share a video of Jackson Galaxy explaining four ways you can tell your cats that you love them. Jackson explains the “cat I love you” slow blink, the how you doing, the bow, and the 3-step handshake.

Have you used the techniques Jackson explains in the video? How do you tell your cats that you love them?

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."

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Hospice for Cats

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In the past, euthanasia was often the only option for cats with terminal illnesses. Today, hospice or palliative care is a very real alternative.

Hospice involves providing supportive care to cats in the final stages of their lives so that when the time comes, they can pass naturally and peacefully. The primary goal is to keep the cat comfortable and free of pain, with a focus on quality of life.

Palliative care should not be considered a last resort. It is not about dying, but rather, about finding ways to help the cat live comfortably with a terminal illness. Continue reading…

Conscious Cat Sunday: Lessons from the Super Bowl

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We’re not huge football fans here, although Ruby has been talking about wanting to join the Carolina Panthers. She says she would make a great wide receiver: after all, she’s fast, and she’s great at catching flying objects! We’ll probably watch at least part of the game for the commercials, and of course, we’re looking forward to the Kitten Bowl. Since I’m always looking for the lessons in everything, I spent a little time reflecting on what lessons we might find on Super Bowl Sunday. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Train Station Cat is Promoted to Senior Pest Controller

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A beloved black and white cat who has spent almost five years patrolling a West Yorkshire, UK railway station has been given a promotion for her dedication to her job. The Daily Mail reports that Felix has been named Senior Pest Controller and given a new high-visibility jacket and a name badge. Felix has been working at Huddersfield Railway Station since 2011, catching mice, making friends with commuters on a daily basis and getting paid in cat treats. 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…

Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude in Stores Today

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Today is a very big day for Allegra, Ruby and me: today is the official launch day for Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude! This means that the book will be in stores today.

The book is currently an Amazon Bestseller, and we hope it will do really well in stores, too. Please tell all your cat loving friends about the book. If you don’t see it in your local bookstore, you can ask the store to order it for you. And of course, the book is available from Amazon and other online retailers. Continue reading…

Are You Ready for Some Adorable Football? Kitten Bowl III Takes Place This Sunday!

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This post is sponsored by The Hallmark Channel

Now that this year’s Super Bowl is set to take place in California between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, we can all start to pay attention to the game that really matters: Kitten Bowl III, a celebration of all things adorable and cat-letic, will air on Supurr Bowl Sunday at 12pm ET/PT on the Hallmark Channel. Continue reading…

Give the Gift of Tortitude for Valentine’s Day

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I can’t think of a better gift for cat lovers on Valentine’s Day than a book filled with photos of gorgeous torties – can you? There’s still plenty of time to order Tortitude: The BIG Book About Cats With a BIG Attitude from Amazon and get it in time for Valentine’s Day.

If you’d like to gift a personalized and autographed copy, send me an email. Cost for autographed copies is $19.95 plus $8.95 shipping and handling. I ship via USPS Priority Mail, and I can ship directly to the recipient. Continue reading…

Cat Art Show LA Comes Back for a Second Year in March

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“Night Out,” by Marc Dennis. Oil on linen mounted panel, 2013

Those of us who love cats already know that cats are works of art. Susan Michal, the curator of CatCon LA, brought together 104 works of art in the forms of painting, sculptures and even a quilt for the inaugural show in 2014. The sequel, Cat Art Show LA 2, will be even bigger and feature more than 70 globally-recognized artists. All of the artwork will be available for sale including both originals and limited editions and a portion of the proceeds will go to Kitten Rescue. Continue reading…

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