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September 19, 2014 1 Comment

Review: I Knead My Mommy And Other Poems by Kittens

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Francesco Marciuliano has a unique ability to capture cats’ personalities. He proved this in his New York Times Bestseller I Could Pee on This And Other Poems by Cats, and I know I wasn’t the only cat lover who was eagerly awaiting publication of his new book, I Knead My Mommy And Other Poems by Kittens. While I had reservations about the first book based on the title (reservations that turned out to be completely wrong,) the title of this book, which the author called “sort of a sequel – or a prequel, depending on how you look at it,” combined with the ridiculously adorable cover, generated an “awww” response for me that is probably hardwired into most cat lovers.

This collection of poems bares the kitten soul in all its sweetness, featuring all the big events in a kitten’s life, from discovering the world to doing battle with human toes. With titles like “What Will I Be,” “And Then You Said No,” and “Maybe I’m Confused,” these little feline poems give us a glimpse into the minds and hearts of kittens. One of the most heart touching poems in the book is “Not Goodbye,” in which a kitten expresses his refusal to accept that his older feline buddy is gone.

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The combination of the poems and the adorable full  color photos make this book a keepsake, and a wonderful gift, for cat lovers everywhere.

For more information about the author, please read my recent interview with Francesco Marciuliano, and visit his website.

Interior image via the author’s website


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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.

September 18, 2014 57 Comments

Giveaway: Win Litter Lifter Litter Scoops for Your Cats and Your Favorite Shelter

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I keep our litter boxes scrupulously clean. I pretty much scoop as soon as Allegra or Ruby deposit something in one of our two boxes (especially if it’s in the one right outside my office). And you better believe I make sure I do a good job, because Allegra, our official box supervisor, always follows behind and makes sure I’ve done it right.

I’m a firm believer that if there’s something you have to do every day, multiple times a day, you should have the best possible tool to do it with to make it easy on yourself. When it comes to litter scoops, I have yet to find a better product than Litter Lifter™. Continue reading…

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September 17, 2014 8 Comments

What to Do When Your Cat Won’t Eat

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Cats can be finicky eaters. Some cats simply decide from one day to the next that they no longer like a food they’ve been happily eating before. This can be frustrating for cat guardians, and it’s not something to take lightly. A cat who stops eating should always be cause for concern. A cat who hasn’t eaten anything for more than 24-48 hours may be developing a potentially life-threatening condition called hepatic lipidosis, also known as fatty liver disease.

Ruling out any underlying medical issues first is critical when a cat stops eating.  Regardless of the cause of your cat’s inappetance, there are things you can do to encourage your cat to eat. In a recent article for Answers.com, I offered several tips. Click here to read the full article. Continue reading…

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September 16, 2014 5 Comments

Review: Pet Fusion 3 Sided Vertical Scratcher

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Of all the product reviews Allegra and Ruby get to participate in, scratchers are probably their most favorite. They both tend to like a variety of scratchers and scratching surfaces, so we have a lot of different ones throughout our house. They couldn’t wait to get to work to test Pet Fusion’s 3 Sided Vertical Scratcher.

This eco-friendly scratcher is made from recycled corrugated cardboard. The unique sloped design is perfect for cats who like vertical scratchers – it adds a little extra interest to the traditional “straight up” vertical models. Continue reading…

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September 15, 2014 4 Comments

Nightmares Can Be Murder Winner

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Congratulations, Allison C! You won an autographed copy of Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy.

Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

Nightmares Can Be Murder is available from Amazon, other online book sellers, and bookstores.

*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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September 15, 2014 6 Comments

New 3-Year Non-Adjuvanted Rabies Vaccine for Cats Now Available

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There is no question that vaccines save lives, but there is also compelling evidence that implicates vaccines in not just triggering various immune-mediated and other chronic disorders, known as vaccinosis, but also injection site sarcomas. Thankfully, new vaccine guidelines have reduced the recommended frequency of vaccinations for cats, and many cat guardians are choosing to forego even the recommended three-year intervals for most vaccines by choosing titer testing instead. Continue reading…

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September 14, 2014 19 Comments

The Conscious Cat Wins Three Certificates of Excellence

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I’m delighted to announce that I was awarded three Certificates of Excellence in the Cat Writers Association’s annual contest. Each year, the contest recognizes the best of the best in the field of professional writers, broadcasters, photographers and graphic artists who have chosen cats as their subject.

The certificates were awarded for the following articles: Continue reading…

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September 13, 2014 4 Comments

Mews and Nips: Could Cat Feces Help Cure Cancer?

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Could there be a cure for cancer in your cat’s litter box? Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite whose primary host is the cat. T. gondii causes toxoplasmosis, a rare disease whose highest risk does not come from cat feces, but from eating raw or undercooked meat or unwashed fruit and vegetables, or from gardening in contaminated soil. Cats have been much maligned in the press in recent years for being carriers of this parasite, but a recent study may change this perception. The study found that T. gondii stimulates the immune system a manner that parallels how the immune system attacks a tumor. This means that T. gondii could be a building block for a future cancer vaccine. Read the full story on Science Daily.

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

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September 12, 2014 4 Comments

Spirit Essences Holistic Remedies: How to Help Your Cats Find Their Mojo

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I’ve been using Spirit Essences successfully for several years, both for my own cats and for my clients’ cats, with results that sometimes seem to be almost miraculous.

Spirit Essences are the first and only line formulated by a holistic veterinarian and an animal behaviorist. The company was founded in 1995 by Dr. Jean Hofve, a holistic veterinarian with more than a dozen years’ experience working with essences in a wide variety of species and settings, and Jackson Galaxy, who helped develop and refine the remedies Continue reading…

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September 11, 2014 6 Comments

Tiki Cat Launches New Gourmet Carnivore Line

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Tiki Cat has long been one of our recommended brands. They use quality ingredients, and their foods contain mostly protein with no fillers or vegetables added. They’re also high in moisture, and you can actually recognize the ingredients when you look at the food.

Tiki Cat recently launched a new line of foods. The Gourmet Carnivore selections feature 100 percent human USDA Grade products that are grain-free, carb-free, whole shredded meats cooked in natural consommé juices, not gravy. These new varieties nicely complement the existing 17 varieties of Tiki Cat Gourmet Whole Foods. Continue reading…

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September 10, 2014 22 Comments

Allegra and Ruby On Taking Care of Mom

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When I got sick with a nasty head cold a couple of weeks ago, I was once again reminded of the healing power of cats. Allegra and Ruby were clearly worried about me, and their quiet presence was the best medicine I could have asked for. But why don’t I let them tell you in their own words. Continue reading…

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