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September 2, 2014 2 Comments

Review: Double Sided Scratcher from The Meow Mommy

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When it comes to scratchers, more is better. And while most cats will develop a preference for a certain type of scratcher, you never really know whether your cats will like a particular scratcher until you let them give it a try.

I had a feeling Allegra and Ruby were going to love The Double Sided Scratcher from The Meow Mommy, and I wasn’t wrong. I could barely get it out of its plastic shrink wrap before Allegra gave it a go, as you can see in the video below.

At 3 inches, this scratcher is nice and thick, and the cardboard is sturdy, which I expect will make it last for quite some time. One side has a wavy design, the other side is straight. It comes with a pack of catnip, but I didn’t even have to use it to get the girls to use the scratcher. If you do use catnip, be aware that it will fall through the scratcher, so if that bothers you, you may want to keep a rug or blanket underneath.

Ruby thought the scratcher was the coolest new toy she’d seen in a while, she rolled all over it and proceeded to thoroughly “mark it” as hers, after Allegra had given it the initial scratching test.

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I love having a variety of different scratchers around the house, and this new addition has quickly become a favorite of both girls, and gets daily use.

The Double Sided Scratcher from The Meow Mommy is available from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members. You can learn more about The Meow Mommy on her website and Facebook page.

 


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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."

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September 1, 2014 10 Comments

Happy Labor Day

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We’re celebrating Labor Day in the United States today, and my two hard-working girls, Allegra and Ruby, are observing the holiday by taking a well-deserved break. Continue reading…

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August 31, 2014 12 Comments

Conscious Cat Sunday: Don’t Doubt Yourself

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When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt. – Honore de Balzac

We’ve all had those days, when it feels like nothing we do is good enough. We question our abilities, feel like we’ll never be successful, and, to make matters worse, berate ourselves for feeling that way. Self-doubt is insidious – it’s that little or not so little voice that keeps telling  you that “you’re just not good enough.” I don’t think cats experience self-doubt in quite the same way we humans do, but some cats are definitely less confident than others.

When it comes to helping cats who lack self-confidence, Continue reading…

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August 30, 2014 4 Comments

Mews and Nips: Pizza Hut in Japan Run by Cats?

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There’s no question that cats own the internet, and advertisers are catching on. Pizza Hut recently launched a new campaign in Japan that features cats taking orders, delivering pizzas, cleaning the floors and managing the money. Whether the campaign will actually sell pizza remains to be seen. I’m not a fan of putting outfits on cats unless they’re photoshopped, and while I suppose the videos are funny, I find them almost painfully absurd at times. For more about the campaigns, and to see the videos, please visit AdWeek.com, and let me know what you think!

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

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August 29, 2014 1 Comment

SwheatScoop Natural Clumping Litter Winners

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Congratulations Renee, Jerri Berg and Susan Hazard! You’re the winners of a bag of ShweatScoop Natural Clumping Litter.

Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

SwheatScoop is available from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members.

*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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August 29, 2014 3 Comments

How to Keep Peace Between Your Cat and Your Dog

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Despite the stereotype of “fighting like cats and dogs,” cats and dogs can live together peacefully in the same household and even become best friends. If you are thinking of adding a canine companion to your feline household, some simple common sense precautions will ensure that everyone gets along.

In a recent article for Answers.com, I provided suggestions for how to ensure peace and harmony between your feline and canine family members. Continue reading…

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August 28, 2014 147 Comments

Review and Giveaway: Neko Napper Sleeping Bag

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We’re big fans of Nekochan Enterprises here at The Conscious Cat. Allegra and Ruby love the Neko Flies interactive toys (and wait until you see the new one they’ll be be coming out with soon!), and they also adore their Neko Napper Pet House. We were absolutely delighted when the folks at Nekochan not only offered to send their new Neko Napper Sleeping Bag for Allegra and Ruby to review, but they also offered up a second one to go to one lucky reader. Continue reading…

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August 27, 2014 32 Comments

Allegra’s World: It’s my 5th Birthday

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I’m five years old today! Mom says she can’t believe it. She says it seems like only yesterday that I came to live with her as a rambunctious little kitten. Continue reading…

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August 26, 2014 6 Comments

Review: ökocat Natural Wood Clumping Litter

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I’ll be honest right from the start: I use clay litter. Even though there’s an ever growing array of more eco-friendly, alternative litters on the market, I have yet to find one that Allegra and Ruby will actually use – and when it comes to cat litter, ultimately, it’s your cats’ call of what goes in the box, right?

I’m always interested to learn about new products, and when we had a chance to test the new ökocat Natural Wood Clumping Litter from Healthy Pet, I was intrigued. Continue reading…

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August 25, 2014 12 Comments

Disaster Preparedness for Cats

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How many times have you watched an unfolding disaster on the news and wondered how you would cope if it were to happen to you? Would you be ready to evacuate your home with your cats on short notice if you had to? Continue reading…

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August 24, 2014 8 Comments

A Tribute to Sparkle

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The cat blogging universe lost one of its shining stars. Sparkle the Designer Cat, also known as the Dear Abby of the feline world, passed away last week after dealing with multiple illnesses. In a heart touching final post on Thursday, Sparkle thanked her fans for more than eleven years of love and support. Continue reading…

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