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January 30, 2015 6 Comments

Review: Pure, Cat Portraits by Lucas

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In this day of e-books and internet videos, it’s rare to come across a really beautiful “coffee table” type book of cat photographs, so I was delighted when I received a review copy of Pure, Cat Portraits. The photos in this book are taken by Lucas, cat photographer and creative director of cat brand Catit.

What makes this book different from other cat photo books is that all the pictures were taken against a simple white background. Lucas let the cats pose however they wanted to, and the result is nothing short of stunning. The photos are magnificent, and with nothing in the photo’s background to distract the eye, the beauty of each individual cat is captured purrfectly (okay, couldn’t resist that one.)

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Most of the cats in the book are purebred cats, but Lucas shares in the book’s introduction that his first feline model was Thelma, a semi-feral cat rescued by a friend of his at a very young age. Thelma taught Lucas that cats can’t be told what to do, and this intriguing experience inspired him to continue with cat photography.

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This gorgeous book is a treat for any cat lover, and makes a wonderful special gift.

Pure is available from Amazon. You can find more information about the book, and the photographer, at www.LucasandCats.com.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. Interior images provided by the publisher and used with permission.

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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.

January 29, 2015 42 Comments

Giveaway: Heart Print Scarf and Silver Cat Jewelry from Triple T Studios, Plus Free Shipping Offer

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, our friends at Triple T Studios are offering a beautiful assortment of silver cat jewelry and a pretty heart print scarf to delight the cat lovers in your life, and you have a chance to win this lovely collection.

The scarf is made from light weight chiffon with a subtle heart design. It measures 30 by 65 inches and is available in light pink or beige. Retail price is $9.99. Continue reading…

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January 28, 2015 No Comments

Why Is My Cat Spraying and How Can I Stop It?

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Inappropriate elimination (urinating outside the litter box) is one of the most commonly reported problems in cats. Some of these cats have issues with some aspect of their litter box, others have a medical condition that may make urinating painful, and some are urine marking, a behavior that is also known as spraying.

Cat guardians often confuse urinating and spraying. Continue reading…

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January 27, 2015 13 Comments

Enter the Tidy Cats® Littervention Contest to Win A Two-Year Supply of LightWeight Litter

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If you’re getting tired of lifting heavy litter, this contest may be just what you’ve been looking for. Tidy Cats® teamed up with  design enthusiast and lifestyle expert Jenni Pulos to make over one lucky cat’s litter box area.

“Like most things in your home, cat litter isn’t a one-size-fits-all – different lifestyles call for different types of litter,” said Jenni Pulos. “Through this contest, Tidy Cats and I are showing the lighter side of litter by bringing Tidy Cats LightWeight to cat lovers and creating a new space for one lucky winner to enjoy with their feline friend.” Continue reading…

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January 26, 2015 5 Comments

Fear in Cats: More Than Just an Emotional Problem During Veterinary Visits

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Did you know that you can actually find the word “scaredy-cat” in the Merriam Webster dictionary? If you have one of those fearful cats, you already know that her fear may be affecting her quality of life. A fearful cat is a stressed cat. Fear or anxiety is more than just an emotional problem for cats. It can also cause many serious physical health problems and aggravate others. Continue reading…

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January 25, 2015 2 Comments

Conscious Cat Sunday: Why Your Mindset Matters

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I’ve been spending quite a bit of time lately thinking about how important it is to maintain a positive mindset – and how challenging it can be in a world that constantly bombards us with messages that are anything but positive. Continue reading…

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January 24, 2015 1 Comment

Mews and Nips: Cat Saves Baby from Freezing to Death

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Masha, a long-haired tabby cat, saved the life of a baby abandoned in the streets of Russia — after she climbed into the box he was discarded in and kept him warm, health officials said. The New York Post reports that Masha got the attention of passers by by meowing. “She is very placid and friendly, so when I heard her meowing, I thought that perhaps she had injured herself,” said Obninsk city resident Irina Lavrova. “Normally she would have come and said hello to me. You can imagine my shock when I saw her lying in a box next to a baby.” The baby was rushed to a local hospital, and was declared to be healthy. Read the full story on The New York Post.

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

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January 23, 2015 1 Comment

Sushi Float Hello Kitty Lucky Cat Bracelet Winner

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Congratulations, Esme! You won our giveaway of a Hello Kitty Lucky Cat Bracelet from Sushi Float!

Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

To see more of Sushi Float’s magical products, please visit Sushi Float on Etsy.

*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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January 23, 2015 32 Comments

A Farewell to Cat Fancy Magazine

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Earlier this week, I received Cat Fancy’s 50th Anniversary issue in the mail. It’s also, sadly, the magazine’s final issue. I had known about the magazine’s demise since the beginning of December, when I received a call from editor Susan Logan-McCracken. As a contributing writer, I very much appreciated that Susan took the time for this personal notification. Continue reading…

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January 22, 2015 22 Comments

It’s National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

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Cats communicate in many different ways. Their primary means of communication is body language, but they also communicate vocally. It’s up to us as their guardians to learn how to interpret their communications, but no matter how well trained a human may be in learning to speak feline, sometimes, we all wish our cats could talk. Apparently, somebody felt that this wish for better interspecies understanding deserved a national holiday, because believe it or not, today is National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day. Continue reading…

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January 21, 2015 1 Comment

Kitten Bowl Returns to Hallmark Channel

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Now that this year’s Super Bowl is set to take place in Arizone between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, we can all star to focus on the game that really matters: Kitten Bowl II will premiere on the Hallmark Channel on Super Bowl Sunday! This is the biggest showdown in feline sports, and you don’t want to miss the cuteness! Continue reading…

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