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November 24, 2014 No Comments

Reducing Stress for Cats in a Boarding Facility


Cats have a reputation for being independent, which often leads people to believe that they’ll do just fine on their own when their guardians have to go away for a few days. As long as someone comes in and leaves fresh food and water, that’s all they need, right? Nothing could be further from the truth. Accidents happen. Cats could stop eating while their guardians are away, or become ill. Cats need more than just food and water to thrive – they need human interaction, and a chance to play.

Generally, there are two options for cat owners who have to travel: having a friend, neighbor or professional pet sitter come to the house, or boarding the cat at a boarding facility. Since cats dislike change, boarding can be a stressful experience. Boarding facilities who wish to attract cat owners need to be aware of cats’ unique needs, and take measures to reduce stress for their feline guests.

I believe that for most cats, a cat sitter is a better option than boarding, but there will be situations where boarding may be your only option. Selecting a good boarding facility for cats can be challenging, especially since most boarding facilities cater to both cats and dogs.

I recently wrote an article on how to reduce stress for cats in a boarding facility for Pet Boarding and Daycare Magazine. While the article was written for operators of cat boarding and grooming establishments, the tips I provided can also help cat guardians in choosing a good boarding facility for cats.

Click here to read the full article.

Photo by Rocky Mountain Cat Rescue, Flickr Creative Commons

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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.


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.

November 23, 2014 138 Comments

Giveaway: Cat Print Scarf from The Tiniest Tiger, and Free Shipping Offer!


We have a lovely giveaway for you this week, brought to you by our friends at The Tiniest Tiger and Triple T Studios.

These beautiful scarves, as modeled by Annie above and Eddie below, are sure to please any cat lover. The subtle design does not scream “crazy cat lady” but complements the feline finesse of The Tiniest Tiger handbags. The scarf is made of chiffon for a soft and light weight feel and is available in black, beige or light pink. At only $9.99, these scarves are a bargain, and they make great stocking stuffers! Continue reading…

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November 22, 2014 3 Comments

Mews and Nips: Cats Make TV News Better


We all know how depressing watching the news can be. Perhaps this is why Japanese news program, Shuukan News Shinsho, a weekly news digest, has added cats to their program. This is not an entertainment show, it’s a serious news program similar to our Meet the Press or Face the Nation. The Japanese are known to be huge cat lovers, so perhaps this was simply a ploy to attract more viewers. Perhaps it was a conscious effort to lighten the mood a bit. Whatever the reason, it just proves that everything is better with cats! Read the full story on

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

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November 21, 2014 8 Comments

SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ Winner – 2 More Chances to Win!


Congratulations, Cindy! You’re the winner of a SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ !

Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

And if you didn’t win this time, don’t worry: you’ll have 2 more chances to win! Continue reading…

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November 21, 2014 8 Comments

Review: Purr Therapy by Kathy McCoy


Research has found that a cat’s purr can heal body tissues and bones, and that simply petting a cat can lower your blood pressure. Those of us who share our lives with cats don’t need convincing that cats have healing powers, and I would bet that for most of us, our feline family members have occasionally served as furry therapists. In Purr Therapy: What Timmy and Marina Taught Me About Life, Love and Loss, psychotherapist Dr. Kathleen McCoy shares her experience of how two very special cats helped her in her work with her patients. Continue reading…

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November 20, 2014 171 Comments

Giveaway: Katris Cat Scratching Block


Katris is a system of corrugated cardboard shapes that you can arrange in endless configurations. Remember the computer game Tetris? You get the idea. We reviewed the entire system a little while back, and gave it two thumbs and four paws up.

The pieces are hand assembled from 100% recyclable cardboard, using 90% post consumer recycled content. They use only non-toxic starch-based adhesives and no inks or dyes. Each piece is nice and sturdy, and as long as you start out with a solid base, you can build it pretty high. The individual pieces are super sturdy on their own and make great scratchers. Continue reading…

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November 19, 2014 5 Comments

5 Careers with Cats


You’ve heard the saying “do what you love and the money will follow.” If you love cats, you’ve probably dreamed of finding a career that will allow you to combine your passion for felines with making a living.  I’m here to tell you that it is possible – but being a cat writer is not the only way to turn your love for cats into a profitable business.

In a recent article for, I explored 5 careers that will allow you to turn your passion into a profession. Working with cats doesn’t have to be a dream. Explore the possibilities, research options online, and meet with professionals who hold the position you’re interested in.

Embarking on a career with cats will require hard work and dedication, but the rewards are immeasurable.

Click here to read the full article.

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November 18, 2014 6 Comments

Review: Holistic Select Grain-Free Canned Cat Food


If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m passionate about bio-appropriate nutrition for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, and they need meat not only to survive, but to thrive. The optimal diet for a cat is a properly formulated raw, home-cooked or grain-free canned diet.

Allegra, Ruby and I recently had the opportunity to evaluate Holistic Select’s new line of canned paté recipes. Continue reading…

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November 17, 2014 22 Comments

When a Client’s Cat Dies: A Tribute to Belle


As a Reiki Practitioner, I rarely work with young, healthy animals. Most of my feline (and canine) clients suffer from degenerative diseases. Some are terminally ill. Reiki can help bring healing and balance to these animals by reducing stress, providing pain relief, alleviating side effects of conventional treatments, and strengthening the immune system.

Unfortunately, working with older animals also makes it inevitable that eventually, I’m going to lose these clients. Continue reading…

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November 17, 2014 7 Comments

Coping with Pet Loss: Rituals Can Help


Losing a beloved cat is devastating, no matter what the circumstances. Grief is a very individual experience, and no two cat guardians will grieve in exactly the same way. Rituals can play an important role in the healing process. There is something about acknowledging grief through a tangible action that can help soothe raw emotions.

Rituals can take many different forms. The best ritual is the one that has the most meaning for you. Find something that resonates with you, and add your own personal expression to it. Continue reading…

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November 16, 2014 5 Comments

Conscious Cat Sunday: Support Charities That Don’t Test on Animals


Conscious choices make a difference. Last month, I wrote about how informed and conscious choices about the cosmetics you use benefit not just you, but also your cats. Today, I’d like to encourage you to use the same diligence when you decide what charities you support with your donations.

It’s difficult to say no to all the requests that all of us see almost every day to donate to charities that are seeking a cure for a disease. Often these requests come from friends who are supporting the charity through walks, bike races, and other activities. And how many of us really take the time to find out how our donation will be used? We want to think that our money goes toward reducing suffering, but if the charity supports animal testing, that may not be the case. Continue reading…

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