Mews and Nips: Blue Collar Cats Help Washington DC with Pest Control


Blue Collar Cats, an innovative program by Washington DC’s Humane Rescue Alliance, pairs rescued feral cats with local businesses to help with pest control. Since DC was recently named the third most rat-infested city in the nation, this program should fare well and save unadoptable cats. “That’s always the first goal: we want to place animals in adoptive homes,” Lauren Lipsey, the Alliance’s vice president for community programs, told Washingtonian Magazine. “But cats that don’t exhibit a lot of social behavior towards humans don’t have a lot of options, particularly if they don’t have a safe community or colony to go back to.” Learn more about the program on the Humane Rescue Alliance’s website. And even though I realize that the headline of this post practically begs for political commentary, please remember that the Conscious Cat is a politics-free zone and comments referencing politics will be deleted.

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Review: The Lost Cats and Lonely Hearts Club


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Reading contemporary romance novels is one of my guilty pleasures, and when the book features a cat, so much the better! The Lost Cats and Lonely Hearts Club by Nic Tatano is one of the most delightful books in the genre that I’ve come across in quite some time, and what’s even better, it’s part of a series. And it features a tortoiseshell kitten – how much better can a book get! Continue reading…

What Are the Small Pockets on Your Cat’s Ear?


A cat’s sense of hearing is much better than that of a human. A human ear can hear sounds of very low frequency of 20 Hertz to a very high frequency of 20,000 Hertz. Cats’s hearing is about the same on the low end, but they can hear high pitched sounds of up to 100,000 Hertz. Everything about a cat’s ear is designed by nature to aid her in hunting, and that includes the ability swivel her ears. But what is the purpose of those small pockets on the side of your cat’s ear? Continue reading…

How Would Your Cat’s Carrier Fare in a Car Crash?


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For most cat parents, putting a cat into the carrier is stressful. We may try to train our cats to accept the carrier, we may try to manage our own energy so that our cats don’t pick up on our stress, we may use calming remedies such as Stress Stopper and Feliway, but the reality is that, while all of these help, it’s still going to be a challenging experience for most of us. But have you ever given any thought to whether your cat’s carrier is safe, should you get into an accident? Do you know which carriers are safe and which aren’t? Do you know what the safest place in the car for your carrier is? Continue reading…

Study Confirms that Dry Food Increases Risk of Diabetes for Cats


There are many reasons why cats should never eat dry food. Dry food is the equivalent of junk food for cats, it is the leading cause of most urinary tract problems, and it is responsible for the obesity problem among cats. Dry food has also been implicated as one of the contributing factors to diabetes, which is reaching epidemic proportions. 1 in 50 cats may be affected, with overweight cats being at increased risk. Continue reading…

When a Cat Literally Saves Your Life


Some cats change our lives. Cats like A Street Cat Named Bob, who helped James Bowen go from down on his luck drug addict to bestselling author. Cats like Lil BUB, who started her “Dude” Mike Bridavsky, on an amazing, magical journey that is helping raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for special needs pets. And then there were my own three life-changing cats.

Amber inspired this blog. Buckley inspired an entire book, Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher. Between the blog and the book, my life changed in ways I never could have imagined.

But it was Feebee, my first cat, who arguably had the biggest impact on my life: he literally saved it.

Pawculture recently published my article about this deeply personal experience.

Click here to read “My Cat (Literally) Saved My Life”

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Mews and Nips: New Lip Gloss Makes You Feel Like You Just Kissed a Cat’s Nose


A new lip gloss from Japanese beauty brand Felissimo will make you feel like you just kissed a cat’s nose. According to Teen Vogue, Hin-Yari Ohana Lip Gloss achieves its effect by scenting the gloss with kitten milk replacer and using a cooling rollerball applicator. Those two elements combined mimic the feeling of a loving kitty nose. The lip gloss is available from Felissimo’s website.

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Laurel Burch Gold Pendant and Earring Set Winner


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Cat Journals and Notebooks


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Do you keep a journal? Do you still take notes by hand? I do both. As much as I love my computer and tablet, I feel that when it comes to journaling, there’s something about writing by hand that enhances the benefits of the practice. As for note taking, I find that I retain more when I take notes by hand, and there are actually some studies that support this.

And of course, note taking and journaling is way more fun when you do it in cat-themed journals or notebooks! I’ve rounded up a few favorites for you. Continue reading…

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