Cats and Emotions


I doubt that any of us need scientific proof that cats can show emotions: all we need to do is look into our feline companions’ eyes to know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they do. Since cats express emotions in different ways than humans, being able to read and interpret feline emotion is a key to understanding cats better, and to preventing and correcting behavior problems.

The question whether cats feel emotion has become a much debated topic among feline behaviorists and scientists. The topic of emotions in animals is controversial in science because emotions are hard to quantify. However, recent studies have shown that the feline brain works very similar to the human brain. This supports the notion that even just based on physiology, it is reasonable to assume that cats feel emotions.

I think it’s critical that we are aware of and in tune with our cats’ emotions. Not only will this increase understanding between the species, it will strengthen the bond between cat and human, and ensure a stress-free and happy life for both.

In an article I wrote for, I explored the topic of cat and emotions. Click here to read the full article.

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Weight Loss Tips for Cats


A survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity in 2012 found that a staggering 58% of America’s cats are overweight or obese. These statistics mirror the equally disturbing increase in human obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one third of adults in the United States are obese.

The serious health problems in cats which result from obesity are the same as in humans: Continue reading…

Giveaway: Feline Philosophy Bracelet, 20% Discount for Conscious Cat Readers


This giveaway is sponsored by Triple T Studios

We’re taking a break from our regular Conscious Cat Sunday feature to bring you a wonderful giveaway from Triple T Studios. Our usual Conscious Cat Sunday columns are all about feline wisdom, one purr at a time. Today, we’re taking a break from our usual Sunday fare to bring you this very special giveaway from Triple T-Studios, because it fits in purrfectly with what we’re talking about every Sunday. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: A Street Cat Named Bob Comes to the Big Screen


I am so excited that one of my favorite cat books of all time, A Street Cat Named Bob, is coming to the big screen. I fell in love with James Bowen and Bob when the book was first published in 2012, and it has been such a joy to watch the pair’s incredible success over the last few years. Filming for “Bob, The Movie” (a title has yet to be announced) will begin in October. The part of James will be played by British actor Luke Treadaway. It’s still a mystery who will play Bob, although when I asked James about this in an exclusive interview two years ago, his response was ” He would have to play himself I think. There’s no one quite like him.”  Click here to read more about the upcoming movie in The Guardian.

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

Vesper Cat Furniture Now Widely Available


The Vesper Cat Furniture line from Hagen is quite possibly the most beautiful line of cat furniture I’ve seen, and I see a lot of cat furniture. We reviewed the V-Base model earlier this year and gave it our sought after Conscious Cat Seal of Approval. The girls use this gorgeous piece of cat furniture every single day. When we wrote the review, Vesper was still a little difficult to find, but it is now widely available. Continue reading…

Review: Felix Katnip Tree Company Scratching Beam


This post is sponsored by the Felix Katnip Tree Company

Scratching is a natural behavior for cats. Cats scratch to groom their claws, the scratching motion helps remove dead sheaths from their front claws. They scratch to mark their territory. Their front paws contain scent glands, and scratching leaves behind their unique signature on the object being scratched. They scratch for exercise; scratching stretches the muscles in the front legs and all along the back. And they scratch simply because it feels good. Continue reading…

Friskies® Pull ‘N Play: Cat Toy and Treat Design Fail


I get multiple requests to review toys and treats almost every day. The majority of these requests are for clever, innovative and fun designs, and I share the ones that I think you’d be most interested in on this site. Every once in a while, I get a request to review a toy that just doesn’t look good to me, so I politely decline, and that’s the end of that. Reviews, by their very nature, are always in part opinion: just because I don’t like something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a good product. Continue reading…

Conscious Cat Sunday: A Change of Scenery


No matter how much you love your life, your environment, and your routine (and I do), sometimes, it’s good to have a change of scenery. Changing your environment can get you out of a rut and stimulate your creativity. A change of scenery can be as small as taking a different route to work and as big as a trip around the world.

I got to do something somewhere in between the two last weekend: I visited friends in New York City. New York City is my favorite city in the whole world. I love that you can walk everywhere you need to go, there are a so many great restaurants on every block, there’s Central Park, and there’s the incredible energy of a city of millions of people. But my primary purpose for this visit had a cat theme: I got to meet my friends’ new kittens for the first time! Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: It’s National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day


America’s cats are not getting the healthcare they deserve. 83% of cats are taken to the vet during the first year after they’re adopted, yet over half of them don’t return for subsequent wellness visit. Given that cats age more rapidly than humans and are masters at masking illness, these statistics are disturbing. National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day is designed to improve awareness about the importance of regular, routine check ups. Click here to learn five reasons why routine veterinary care is a vital part of your cat’s health.

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

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