Review: A Cat Named Swan

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I’ve often thought that the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is especially true for a well-illustrated childrens’ book. Some artists just seem to have a way of capturing deep emotions, and Holly Hobbie does it masterfully in A Cat Named Swan.

Aimed at ages 3 to 7, this book chronicles the story of a rescue kitten’s adoption and the transformative joy he brings to his family. Continue reading…

Ruby Goes to the Dentist: In Her Own Words

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Hi everyone, it’s Ruby! If you’ve read Mom’s four-part series titled “Ruby Goes to the Dentist” last week, you already know what happened to me. In case you missed it, here are the four posts:

Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part One: Diagnosis and Choosing a Veterinary Dentist

Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part Two: Preparation

Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part Three: Our Day at Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery

Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part Four: Returning Home and Recovery

Mom did a pretty good job describing everything that happened, but I figured you’d want to hear about the experience from me. After all, I’m the brave little kitten who lived through this awful trauma – and lived to tell you the story! Continue reading…

New Zealand’s Best: Help Your Cat Feel Young Again

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This post is sponsored by New Zealand’s Best*

You may be surprised to know that 61% of cats over the age of 6 suffer from arthritis. As cats age, this number is even higher: 90% of cats over the age of 12 have some form of arthritis. Since cats spend a lot of their time jumping and climbing, their joints, especially weight-baring joints like the shoulders, hips, elbows, knees and ankles, are repeatedly absorbing a lot of impact, and this can lead to joint damage – particularly in larger cats or overweight cats. Continue reading…

Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part Four: Returning Home and Recovery

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This is the last installment of our four-part series “Ruby Goes to the Dentist,” in which I share my recent experience with Allegra. I’m hoping that it will not only put your mind at ease if you’re faced with a cat who has to have a dental procedure, but that it will also help you ensure that your cat gets the optimal level of care before, during and after her dental work.

If you’ve missed the first part in this series, please read Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part One: Diagnosis, and Choosing a Veterinary Dentist

If you’ve missed the second part in this series, please read Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part Two: Preparation

If you’ve missed the third part in this series, please read Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part Three: Our Day at Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Continue reading…

Conscious Cat Sunday: Take a News Break

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We live in a world where we’re bombarded with news 24/7, and most of it is bad news. It’s everywhere: at airports, in line at the supermarket, even in some doctor’s offices (and don’t even get me started on how insane that is!) It’s becoming increasingly difficult to balance the desire for information with taking care of our mental health. It’s enough to make you wish you where a cat! Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Cats for Hire

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Best Friends LA’s working cat program gives cats who are not bonded to humans a chance at being placed with adopters who are looking for natural rodent deterrents for enclosed properties such as barns, warehouses, churches, factories or other facilities. This program is a win-win on a lot of different levels: shelters benefit because it makes more room for socialized, friendly cats who need homes, adopters benefit because they can save their property from rodent damage without spending a lot of money, but most of all, the cats benefit, because the program allows them to safely live in an environment where they can thrive. For more about this wonderful program, visit the Best Friends Blog.

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

Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part Three: Our Day at Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery

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This is the third installment of our four-part series “Ruby Goes to the Dentist,” in which I share my recent experience with Ruby. I’m hoping that it will not only put your mind at ease if you’re faced with a cat who has to have a dental procedure, but that it will also help you ensure that your cat gets the optimal level of care before, during and after her dental work.

If you’ve missed the first part in this series, please read Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part One: Diagnosis, and Choosing a Veterinary Dentist

If you’ve missed the second part in this series, please read Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part Two: Preparation Continue reading…

Giveaway: Berkley Bestiary Collection Prize Pack from Galison

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This giveaway is sponsored by Galison*

Galison was founded in 1979 to work with museums to make artist imagery widely available in the form of well-designed paper products. Galison first published calendars and a few books before focusing primarily on fine art stationery, boxed notecards, greeting cards, personalized Christmas cards (for individuals and businesses), journals, and other gift products for writers. Galison features a line of cat-inspired products, which includes notebooks, greeting cards, and even a 1,000 piece Cool Cats Puzzle. Continue reading…

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