Who Gets Custody of the Cat in a Divorce


Divorce is an emotional minefield, and custody issues make a difficult time even more challenging. Most cat guardians consider cats family members, and cat custody can turn into a battle very much like child custody.

Even though pets are considered property in most jurisdictions, courts are starting to recognize the relationship with a pet is different than the relationship with other property. Since a pet isn’t something that can easily be replaced or have a monetary value assigned, courts may be more open to considering custody arrangements for pets. Continue reading…

Fairy Felt Houses for Cats


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I recently came across these adorable felted wool fairy houses, and I just had to share them with you. Handmade by Ukranian artist Yuliya Kosata, these gorgeous cat caves are little works of art. No two are alike, and they can be custom made for your kitties. They will be especially enjoyed by cats who are cavers. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Animals Affected by Recent Hurricanes Still Need Your Help


We usually feature a heart-warming cat story as the lead story in our weekly round up, but today, I’d like to focus again on what we can all do to help the animals displaced by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. You can find information on rescue organizations that help with post Harvey efforts here, and post Irma efforts here. If you know of other organizations that are also helping with post hurricane recovery, feel free to post them in a comment.

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

Go See Samantha Martin and the Amazing Acro-Cats


If you haven’t seen Samantha Martin and her Amazing Acro-Cats, you’re in for a treat if you live in the greater Washington DC area. The troupe is performing in Baltimore, MD through Sunday, September 24, and will be in Herndon, VA from October 5 through October 9. I had a chance to see the show earlier this year when I was visiting a friend in Florida, and I’m looking forward to seeing them again in October. Continue reading…

How Hurricane Irma Was the Ticket to a Forever Home for This Lucky Cat


When Bernadette stopped at the Ormond Beach, FL pet supermarket on Labor Day weekend to stock up on food for 15-year-old Lucy to prepare for Hurricane Irma, she certainly did not expect to come home with another cat. She and Lucy were still mourning the loss of Diz, who died suddenly a month ago, just three days before his 18th birthday. But, as she does at every visit to the pet supermarket, Bernadette stopped to visit the rescue cats at the store. That weekend, the Halifax Humane Society had doubled up the cages in anticipation of the storm. Continue reading…

Daisy and Pam: How the Assisi Loop is Helping an 18-year-old Cat with Severe Arthritis


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We previously featured 18-year-old Daisy, who belongs to Pam Wheelock and her family. Pam is the founder of Purrfectplay. Five years ago, Daisy started having difficulty urinating and defecating. She was diagnosed with severe hip arthritis and spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the open spaces within the spine, which can put pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that travel through the spine.) Daisy’s spinal nerve impingement causes her to retain urine and bowel material. When there is a big enough volume, the “stretch reflex” allows her to empty her bladder/bowel. “Daisy had no idea when this might happen,” says Pam. “It used to happen even when she was sleeping.” Continue reading…

How to Recognize Deafness in Your Cat


Cats can lose their hearing for many reasons, just like humans do. Deafness can be caused by inflammation or infection, degenerative nerve changes, traumatic injury or certain drugs. Some cats are born deaf. It appears that white cats with blue eyes are particularly prone to congenital deafness. There is also a breed connection; some of the breeds that are at higher risk are white Persians, Ragdolls, Cornish and Devon Rex, Oriental Shorthairs, Manx and Turkish Angora. Continue reading…

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