Allegra and the Slicker Brush


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


This post is sponsored by Castor & Pollux*

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


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…

Mews and Nips: Cat Inspires Toronto’s First Feline-Themed Park


13-year-old Dizzy has long been a fixture on historic Draper Street in downtown Toronto. Now, the portly feline inspired the city’s first cat-themed park. Designed by Montreal-based landscape architect Claude Cormier, the cat-themed promenade will feature 15 to 20 statuettes of cats in various poses and positions, including noble Dizzy likenesses that will greet pedestrians at the north and south entrances. There will also be mice statuettes hidden throughout the promenade “like a treasure hunt,” says Cormier. For more about Dizzy and the park he inspired, please visit Toronto Metro.

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

Giveaway: Win a Case of Ziwi Venison Canned Food


This giveaway is sponsored by Ziwi

We previously introduced you to Ziwi’s line of natural cat foods. Ziwi is one of the brands that has long been included on my list of recommended foods.

Ziwi gives your cat the equivalent of a raw, wild prey diet and is made using 93% fresh meat, organs and bone to mirror a whole-prey, nutrient dense diet. To keep the formula as natural as possible, they do not include TSPP, BPA or carrageenan in any of their canned products. Ziwi includes 3% New Zealand Green Mussels in all formulas to provide high levels of natural glucosamine, chondroitin, and omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids to supports joint health. All recipes are complete & balanced for cats at all life stages. ZiwiPeak canned food comes in venison, lamb, beef, lamb and rabbit, and lamb and mackerel formulas.  Continue reading…

Cat Spinner Ring from Triple T Studios


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You’ve probably heard about fidget spinners, one of the hottest new toys on the market. They are small, ball-bearing devices that can be rotated between the fingers. The momentum of the toy is said to provide a pleasing sensory experience, and they are marketed as beneficial for individuals with autism, ADHD or anxiety because they are supposed to help manage fidgeting, ease stress and increase focus. While the jury may be out on whether they actually accomplish all of this, they also make excellent cat toys…

Triple T Studios created a beautiful ring based on the spinner concept. Continue reading…

How the Assisi Loop Is HelpingTwo Paralyzed Kittens


This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health*

We’ve featured several case histories over the past several months of how the Assisi Loop has helped cats with various conditions. Today, we’re featuring two kittens, both with hind leg paralysis, who’ve made remarkable progress thanks to the Loop. Max, a four-month-old kitten, was found near a trash can in Kuwait when he was about 5 weeks old. Chloe was rescued from a Washington DC shelter at the age of 6 weeks by Hannah Shaw aka the Kitten Lady. Continue reading…

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