A Visit With Samantha Martin and the Amazing Acro-Cats


I first met Samantha Martin two years ago, when she came through the Washington DC area with her Amazing Acro-Cats. I had been skeptical then. I’m well aware of the controversy that surrounds circus performances, but after talking to Samantha for almost an hour and watching her with her cats, I was able to put any misgivings aside. From the moment I met Samantha, I knew that I had encountered a kindred spirit. Samantha is passionate about cats and their well-being. She knew from the time that she was ten years old that she wanted to work with animals. A renowned animal trainer with a degree in animal husbandry and studies in animal behavioral sciences, Samantha has worked with all sorts of animals, from rats to chickens to groundhogs. Continue reading…

Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty… On a Toast Cat Bed


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You may remember the “breading cats” meme featuring photos of cats’ heads encased in a slice of bread  from a few years ago. My sense of humor must not be mainstream, because I found nothing funny about putting cats through having a slice of bread stuck around their necks. But when I came across this cat bed shaped like a slice of toast, it made me smile. If you love quirky pieces in your living space, this bed is for you. Continue reading…

Ask the Vet With Dr. Kris: Dr. Kris Answers May’s Questions


Welcome to our regular “Ask the Vet With Dr. Kris” segment! Once a month, Dr. Kris answers as many of your questions as he can, and you can leave new questions for him in a comment.

Dr. Kristopher Chandroo is a veterinarian, scientist, photographer, animal welfare advocate, and creator of Stress to Success (STS): The Essential Guide to Medicating Your Feisty, Grumpy or Reluctant Cat.  Dr. Kris wants  your cats to be twenty years old. And counting! And he wants to provide medication and therapy to them in a way that respects the bond between cat and human. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Meet the New York Times Foreign Bureau Cats


According to an article in Tuesday’s New York Times, it’s become a tradition at the paper’s foreign bureaus: far-flung foreign correspondents who populate their sometimes isolated outposts with local feline companions. Visit the New York Times for more on these cats and how they help journalists cope with being posted in war torn areas (includes wonderful photos of the cats.)

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

Review: Rescued Volume 2: The Healing Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes


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There’s no question that cats have healing powers. Simply petting a cat can lower your blood pressure. Research has even shown that the frequency of a cat’s purr can aid with healing of bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles as well as provide pain relief. The cats who share their stories in Rescued Volume 2, edited by Janiss Garza, the human behind Summer, the star of the Sparkle Cat blog, are all testament to the transformative power rescue cats have on their humans.  Continue reading…

Tortoiseshell Cat Decides to Become Therapy Cat at Assisted Living Facility


When a Cambridge, New York man found a stray tortoiseshell cat on the street, he took her in, then realized that she had had kittens under his porch. While he was on the way to the vet with her, he stopped for coffee, and she got out of his car. He was unable to catch her. But this tortie was on a mission: she made her way to the Mansion, a nearby assisted care facility. It soon became clear that she wanted to live there. Continue reading…

Traveling with Your Cat


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Summer is right around the corner, and with summer comes travel for most cat guardians. If asked, most cats would probably prefer staying at home, but sometimes, taking cats along with you when you travel is inevitable. Thorough preparation can turn what may be a daunting prospect for both cats and humans into a positive experience. Continue reading…

The Best Litter Box for Your Cat: My Recommendations


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The average cat uses the litter box three to five times a day. It would make sense that something that is used so frequently on a daily basis requires that we humans put a lot of thought into it. Unfortunately, cat guardians often select a litter box for all the wrong reasons – or at least for the wrong reasons from the cat’s perspective. Choosing the wrong litter box can have dire consequences for cats: litter box avoidance is one of the main reasons why many cats are surrendered to shelters.

Keep the following in mind when choosing a litter box: Continue reading…

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