Wet Food Puzzles for Cats

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Food puzzle toys are a great way to keep your cats entertained. They range from treat balls to complex platforms with tubes and tunnels to entire feeding systems. These puzzles help cats exercise their natural hunting instincts. The problem with most food puzzles is that they can only be used with dry food – something I don’t recommend for cats, not even as an occasional treat. I recommend using freeze-dried meat treats in food puzzles.

The challenge of making a food puzzle that can be used with wet food is, of course, the “mess factor.” You certainly don’t want your cats to drag the puzzle all over your house, spilling wet food as they go! That’s why I was thrilled when I recently came across a couple of puzzle toys that can be used with wet food. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Best Friends Adoption Center Opens in New York City

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On April 4, 2017, doors opened at the brand new Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in New York City. While Best Friends has been working to save pets in NYC for some time through adoptions and large-scale events, the center’s opening is a new beginning. The state-of-the-art space welcomes visitors to meet adoptable cats and dogs, and engages them in Best Friends’ mission to end the killing of pets in shelters by 2025. For more about the new adoption center, visit BestFriends.org.

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

Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificate from Animal Hearted Apparel

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This giveaway is sponsored by Animal Hearted Apparel

Animal Hearted Apparel is a clothing company with a conscience that is dedicated to saving the lives of shelter pets: 25% of proceeds from each purchase on their site goes to help animal rescue and shelter organizations. Animal Hearted carries an extensive and ever-expanding collection of cat t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and hats/beanies in unisex, women’s, and youth sizes. Check out their full line of cat products here. Continue reading…

Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado

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We’re super excited to introduce a new regular feature on The Conscious Cat: Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado! We introduced you to Mikel last week. She is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant at Feline Minds, offering on-site consultations for cat guardians, shelters, and pet-related businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, and remote consultations around the world. She is currently completing her PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley, where she studies animal behavior and human-pet relationships. Continue reading…

How the Assisi Loop Helps Cats With Arthritis

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This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health

When your cat is sick or in pain, there’s probably nothing you wouldn’t try to get him or her to stop hurting. Unfortunately, treating pain in cats is often challenging. For starters, cats are masters at masking pain. Then, once pain is diagnosed, there are very few medications that are approved for long-term use in cats that don’t also carry some serious risks.

As an alternative to pharmaceuticals, many cat owners have turned to non-drug modalities like Reiki and acupuncture.  Another therapy that is garnering more widespread use is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (tPEMF™). This therapy can benefits cats with pain associated with arthritis, pancreatitis, wounds, or post-surgical swelling as well as many inflammatory conditions. Continue reading…

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