Review: New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats

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If you’re reading The Conscious Cat, you probably already have an interest in holistic modalities. I believe in an integrative approach to medicine, both for myself and for cats (and dogs.) The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) at the National Institutes of Health, defines integrative medicine as “combining mainstream medical therapies and CAM therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.” In other words, integrative medicine lets you pick the best of both worlds. Continue reading…

Introducing a New Cat

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While there is never a guarantee that two cats will get along, proper introductions are the key to creating a harmonious relationship between your resident cats and the newcomer. Cats are territorial creatures, and more often than not, bringing a new cat into a home creates at least temporary stress for everyone. Doing your homework before bringing a new family member home greatly reduces the likelihood of problems down the road. Continue reading…

How to Help Homeless Cats During the Holidays

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In an ideal world, every cat would have a home where she’s cared for and loved forever. The sad reality is that millions of cat don’t. Municipal shelters and private rescue groups are working hard every day to find homes for these cats, but most work with limited resources, and there’s only so much they can do. The holiday season is a time for giving, and there are ways you can help homeless cats even if you’re not in a position to adopt right now. Continue reading…

Conscious Cat Sunday: Believe in the Magic of the Season

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I love this time of year – for me, there’s something magical about the holiday season, despite everything that is happening in the world at large. Maybe it’s because this time of year takes me back to childhood memories – especially to that moment when I got my first glimpse of the Christmas tree my parents always decorated on Christmas Eve. In a child’s eyes, that was pure magic – an ordinary tree that had been sitting in a bucket on our balcony, transformed into a miracle of lights. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Meet Evie and Ossie, the UK Cabinet Office’s Newest Staff Members

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Is the British government going to the cats? Larry the Downing Street Cat has long resided at the Prime Minister’s residence, and more recently, the British Treasury employed Gladstone as the agency’s official mousecatcher. Last week, rescue cats Evie and Ossie began working at the Cabinet Office. For more on the UK’s hard working feline government employees, visit CNN.com.

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

Foraging Puzzle Toys Bring out the Hunter in Your Cat

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Foraging toys, also knows as food puzzles or puzzle toys, are a great way to engage cats’ senses by bringing out their natural hunting instinct. I love the concept behind these toys, but for obvious reasons, they can’t be used with canned or raw food. I am a firm advocate that cats should never eat dry food, but you can still take advantage of these toys by using freeze dried treats instead of dry food. And while I don’t recommend feeding a lot of fish based food or treats, tuna flakes work well for these toys, since you only need a very small amount to satisfy your little hunter. Continue reading…

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