2014 in Review

2014 year end review

2014 has been a very good year for all of us here at The Conscious Cat. Our readership and fan base grew rapidly, thanks to all of you who read this blog every day, comment here and on our Facebook page, and share what you read with your friends and followers. Allegra, Ruby and I appreciate your support more than words can say.

With more than 365 posts, it’s hard to highlight only a handful of posts. I choose some of our most popular ones for this year end review. I hope you enjoy this look back.

January

pet_trusts_and_wills

Estate Planning for Pets: Provide For Your Cat
in Case Something Happens to You

Nobody wants to think about becoming ill, incapacitated, or dying, but as responsible cat parents, we owe it to our cats to think ahead and make arrangements for their care in the event of death or any other emergency. Making arrangements before they’re needed means peace of mind not just for you, but for family and friends who may not know what to.

February

cats_violins

Cats Are Part of the Family Business at Wood Violins

This feature of acclaimed musicians Mark Wood and Laura Kaye’s feline assistants turned out to be one of our most popular “working cats” columns. Wood Violins handcrafts absolutely amazing electric violins, and Mallomar, Melody and Ziggy Stardust are an integral part of the business..

March

cat-vet

Chronic Vomiting in Cats is Not Normal

Vomiting in cats is not normal. Period. Far too many cat guardians rationalize occasional, or even chronic, vomiting with explanations such as “he just eats too fast,” “she has a sensitive stomach,” or “it’s just a hairball.” Chronic vomiting can be an indicator of serious diseases of the small intestine, including inflammatory bowel disease and intestinal lymphoma.

April

cats_lawn_chemicals

How Lawn Chemicals Affect Your Cat – Even Indoor Cats

There is no question that lawn fertilizers and pesticides are hazardous to pets and humans. Pets especially can absorb pesticides through their paws or lick them off their bodies. In addition, pets can be exposed to pesticides when they eat grass. Lawn chemicals tracked indoors contaminate air and surfaces inside the home. But that’s not where the danger ends. You also bring some of the chemicals found in fertilizers and pesticides indoors on your shoes.

May

whisker_stress

Does Your Cat Suffer from Whisker Stress?

Have you noticed your cat pulling food out of the bowl, throwing it next to the bowl, and then proceeding to eat it? Perhaps your cat uses her paw to “fish” food out of her food bowl? If so, then your cat is probably experiencing whisker stress.

June

cat_euthanasia

Euthanasia: A Vet’s Perspective

This post by feline veterinarian Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, was one of our most read posts of the year. Dr. Colleran shares what euthanasia is like for a caring and compassionate veterinarian.

July

Shasta_Abbey_cats

The Cats at Shasta Abbey

This feature ranks up there as one of my favorite posts of the year. Located in a rural area on 16 forested acres at the foot of Mount Shasta in Northern California, Shasta Abbey is a Buddhist monastery of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives. Founded in 1970, the monastery serves as a training center for Buddhist monks and a place of practice for lay people. It is also home to 12 cats

August

cats_eating

Lifestages and Lifestyle Diets: Does Your Cat Really Need Them?

Feeding your cat a species-appropriate diet is the most important thing you can do for her lifelong health. You can’t control your cat’s genetics, but you can control what you feed her. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat not only to survive, but to thrive. Even though cat food manufacturers would have you believe differently, a cat’s diet needs don’t change all that much over the course of her life.

September

tortitude

“Tortitude” – The Unique Personality of
Tortoiseshell Cats: Fact or Fiction?

Not surprisingly, this post about torties and their unique personalities was one of our most popular posts. Jackson Galaxy and two feline vets chime in on whether tortitude is fact or fiction.

October

cost_of_veterinary_care

The Cost of Veterinary Care: A Vet’s Perspective

Feline veterinarian Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, shares what really goes into the cost of veterinary care, and how vets help clients make the best possible decision for the care of their cats.

November

Belle

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

A week before Thanksgiving, one of my longterm cat clients passed away suddenly. Unfortunately, this is part of this work I’ve chosen to do. I try to support the cat’s guardian in their grief, and I cry a few tears myself. I’m comforted by the knowledge that even though I wasn’t able to delay or prevent death, my Reiki sessions contributed to better health and quality of life for my feline client. And I tuck the memory of Belle, and all the others, into a special corner of my heart.

December

cat-eating

Ask a Vet: What Should I Feed My Cat?

Feline veterinarian Fern Crist, DVM, explains why cats are healthiest when consuming a diet which mimics a whole small prey animal as closely as possible, and what that means in terms of what you feed your cats.

I hope you enjoyed this look back over the year. We’re looking forward to bringing you more of the best cat-related content on the web, ranging from cat health and nutrition to lifestyle to product and book reviews. We’ll continue to have lots of fun giveaways, and we have a few surprises for you!

As you review your own year, and get ready for 2014, we wish you the happiest and healthiest New Year!

6 Comments on 2014 in Review

  1. Sue Brandes
    December 31, 2014 at 7:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy New Year Ingrid. I really enjoy the variety of posts you have. I always learn something new.

    Reply
  2. Random Felines
    December 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm (3 years ago)

    we love all the information that you provide….and the cute torties. purrs for a happy 2015

    Reply
  3. Esme
    December 31, 2014 at 11:45 am (3 years ago)

    Happy New Year Ingrid to you and all the girls. Thank you for your support this year. It was hard losing little Penelope so close to the holidays and I miss her terribly. Magellan is thriving as an only cat and loving all the attention. xoxo

    Reply
    • Ingrid
      December 31, 2014 at 3:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Happy New Year, Esme. I know it was a rough year for you, and I’m sure the holidays were difficult for you this year. I’m glad to hear that Magellan is doing well.

      Reply
  4. Margaret
    December 31, 2014 at 8:30 am (3 years ago)

    How well thought out this was, a good reminder of just a few of the things you have covered in your lovely website, and easy to click on and read the full post as and when.

    I personally have found it all very healpful.

    At this time, although it has yet to be confirmed, I am facing the possibility that my 15 year old Ella may have chylothorax….. I hope I’m wrong of course; we lost a cat with this a few years ago and the symptoms are similar. She is already on a “renal” diet (comments noted about special diets!) which has only just begun and seems to be enjoying it. Facing up to the possibility of losing any animal is not easy – they never live long enough.

    I say all this because, as I said earlier, I find ALL your articles most helpful and well put together.

    A very healthy and happy New Year to you, Allegra and Ruby

    Reply
    • Ingrid
      December 31, 2014 at 9:32 am (3 years ago)

      I’m so glad my website has been so helpful to you, Margaret. I’m sorry to hear about Ella’s possible chylothorax. It’s such a rare problem. My first cat, Feebee, had it. Luckily, it resolved after a couple of months of treatment, but it was very worrisome.

      Happy New Year to you, too, and all my best to Ella!

      Reply

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