Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado: Mikel Answers June and July’s Questions

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Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado” segment. Once a month, we’ll post a reminder for you to post your questions for Mikel. She’ll answer as many of them as she can each month, and I’ll publish her answers in a subsequent post.

Mikel 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 obtained her PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley, where she studied animal behavior and human-pet relationships. Mikel is co-author of Jackson Galaxy’s forthcoming book, Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat, due out October 31 Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Science Proves That Cats Are Amazing

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I know none of really need scientific studies to tell us that cats are the most amazing creatures on the planet, but it’s still nice to see that there are more and more studies confirming just how awesome cats are. A recent article on cbc.ca rounded up a number of studies of how smart they are and how good they are for us. Read more about how awesome cats are on cbc.ca.

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

Review: Cooking With Cats Coloring Book

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I love coloring – it’s so relaxing, and it takes me back to early childhood memories, sitting in the kitchen coloring while my Mom was getting dinner ready. Studies show that the structured, rhythmic motion of coloring eases you into a meditative state, which allows you to push negative thoughts and worries out of your mind, and which induces a profound sense of relaxation. Coloring is also a great way to explore your creativity. It’s no surprise that coloring books have become so popular – and what’s even better is that there are a lot of cat coloring books available! Continue reading…

Allegra and the Slicker Brush

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Hi everyone! It’s Allegra! It’s been too long since I got to write anything here! The other day, when Mom was brushing me, she said “Allegra, you’re so cute when you’re being brushed,” I thought maybe I should tell you about our “brushies routine.” I don’t know about being cute, but I do love being brushed. Mom brushes me every day at lunch time. When she gets out of her office chair and walks toward the kitchen, I know it’s time! Continue reading…

Review: Castor & Pollux Organix and Pristine Wet Food

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I try to eat mostly organic foods, especially when it comes to produce, and in an ideal world, I would feed Allegra and Ruby only organic food as well. Unfortunately, truly organic cat food is hard to find. The term “organic” is sometimes used interchangeably with “natural,” and while organic food is natural, not all natural food is organic. As with all food, be it human or pet food, consumers not only need to read labels, but also, understand what the language used on labels really means.

The “USDA Organic” or “Certified Organic” seal means that contents should be 95% or more certified organic, meaning free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes, and must not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, or genetic engineering.

Castor & Pollux makes two lines of natural food, Organix, which, to my knowledge, is the only line of USDA organically certified pet food currently on the market, and Pristine, a line of food made from responsibly sourced ingredients. Continue reading…

Exclusive Interview: Rita Mae Brown Talks About Cats, Writing and How to Live a Simpler Life

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I have been a fan of the Mrs. Murphy mystery series by Rita Mae Brown (co-written with her cat Sneaky Pie,) featuring tabby cat Mrs. Murphy and her friends Tee Tucker the Corgi and Pewter, a rotund grey kitty who is sensitive about her weight, since the first book in the series came out in 1991. Ms. Brown just released the the twenty-sixth installment in the series, A Hiss Before Dying. Today, I am absolutely thrilled to bring you this exclusive interview with Rita Mae Brown. Continue reading…

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