Cat Camp NYC: Celebrating All Things Cat


The inaugural Cat Camp NYC, a weekend that was all about celebrating cats and the many ways they enrich our lives, was a huge success. From educational lectures to informal roundtable discussions covering topics ranging from how to save orphaned kittens, help feral cats, design a home to provide an enriched environment for cats that is also pleasing to the human eye, to a keynote address by none other than Jackson Galaxy, the event drew thousands of cat lovers. In addition to the educational offerings, there were lots of vendors offering their cat-themed products. Continue reading…

How the Assisi Loop Helped a Cat Run Again After Amputation Surgery


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When your cat is extremely ill or in pain, there’s probably nothing you wouldn’t try to get him or her to stop hurting. Unfortunately, treating pain in cats is often challenging. For starters, cats are masters at masking pain. Then, once pain is diagnosed, there are very few medications that are approved for long-term use in cats that don’t also carry some serious risks.

As an alternative to pharmaceuticals, many cat owners have turned to non-drug modalities like Reiki and acupuncture.  Another therapy that is garnering more widespread use is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (tPEMF™). This therapy can benefits cats with pain associated with arthritis, pancreatitis, wounds, or post-surgical swelling as well as many inflammatory conditions. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Meet Nacho, Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay’s Cat


You may have seen the gorgeous Maine Coon on CBS Sunday Morning last week. Reportedly, the orange tabby kitten crossed celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s path while he was looking for space for his New York City restaurant, which he named Gato. Nacho now has his own sizeable following on Instagram, although it’s doubtful that Flay himself is posting to the account, given how busy he is. According to the CBS segment, Flay has a long history of loving cats. Click here for more about Nacho.

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

Review: The Comeback Cat


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Diabetes in humans has reached epidemic proportions, and sadly, this trend also affects our cats. Diabetes affects as many as 1 in 50 cats, and appears to be more prevalent due to factors such as diet and low activity levels. Male, neutered cats are at increased risk, as are cats who are overweight or obese. A diabetes diagnosis can be overwhelming for cat parents. In The Comeback Cat: Cleo’s Incredible Journey Through Feline Diabetes to Remission, Heather Peden shares her experience  with this disease. Continue reading…

Giveaway: Laurel Burch Gold Cat Pendant and Drop Earring Set from


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I’ve always had a soft spot for Laurel Burch’s cats – there’s just something about the unique way in which she portrays cats. This gorgeous cat pedant and gold drop earrings set is a wonderful way to show your love for cats!

These pieces are sterling silver with 14K gold plating. The pendant and earrings are hypoallergenic and nickel and lead free. All Laurel Burch jewelry sold at is authentic. Continue reading…

New Study Busts Myth About Cats and Mental Health Problems


After years of misinformation spread in the mainstream press and prior research suggesting that people infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii are at an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, a new study finally confirms that cats do not pose a risk to anyone’s mental health.

Of course, we’ve known all along that not only do cats not pose a threat to our mental health, they actually help improve it. After all, that’s what our Sunday columns, Conscious Cat Sunday and Sunday Purrs of Wisdom, are all about! But it’s still nice to see that there’s finally research that debunks all the ridiculous and plain wrong information that’s been circulating. Continue reading…

Ask the Vet With Dr. Kris: Dr. Kris Answers February’s Questions


On February 1, we launched our new “Ask the Vet With Dr. Kris” segment. Once a month, we’ll post a reminder for you to post your questions for Dr. Kris. He’ll answer as many of them as he can each month, and I’ll publish his answers in a subsequent post.

Dr. Kristopher Chandroo is a veterinarian, scientist, photographer, animal welfare advocate, and creator of Stress to Success (STS): The Essential Guide to Medicating Your Feisty, Grumpy or Reluctant Cat.  Dr. Kris wants  your cats to be twenty years old. And counting! And he wants to provide medication and therapy to them in a way that respects the bond between cat and human. Continue reading…

What You Need to Know If Your Cat Is Hospitalized


Few things are more upsetting to cat parents than the thought of a beloved cat having to spend the night, or even several days, in the hospital. Not only do we worry about their health, we worry about how they’ll cope with being in a strange, scary place, away from human loved ones and fellow animal companions. Knowing ahead of time what to expect can help ease the stress of a hospitalization for you and your cat. Continue reading…

Conscious Cat Sunday: Why Spring Cleaning is Good for You


Do you have a tradition of spring cleaning? To me, there is something very satisfying about the process, especially since cleaning on a physical level can also help clear mental and psychic energy drained by a cluttered environment. Just think about the last time you organized your desk or cleaned out a closet – remember how you not only felt a sense of accomplishment, but how you also felt somehow lighter? Continue reading…

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