KATRIS Introduces Wall Mountable Modular Cat Shelves

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This post is sponsored by Katris

I’ve long been a fan of KATRIS modular cat furniture. KATRIS is a system of cardboard shapes that you can arrange in endless configurations. Remember the computer game Tetris? You get the idea. KATRIS uses super dense paper for the construction of these sturdy pieces, and they also offer covers in multiple colors so you can make Katris part of your home decor.

We reviewed the original Katris system two years ago, and we reviewed KATRIS Lynks, two pieces that can function as standalone scratchers or be added to the existing blocks or furniture, earlier this year. Continue reading…

How The Assisi Loop Helps a Cat With Lymphoma

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This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health

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…

Conscious Cat Sunday: Make Time for the Things That Bring You Light

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Winter can be a difficult time for many. Even people who are not prone to SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) may feel the impact of the shorter days and lack of light of this time of year. Some experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and crave sweets and starchy foods. They may also feel depressed. Add to that that these are arguably turbulent and dark cultural times, and you have a recipe for mental gloom and doom that can be hard to shake.

However, the dark season also brings opportunities to add light into your life Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: At 31 Years, Nutmeg May Be the World’s Oldest Cat

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Even though Nutmeg won’t qualify for a Guiness World Record since his guardians don’t have documents that show his age, he is probably the world’s oldest cat. Bored Panda reports that Nutmeg was taken in as a stray in 1990, and his guardians were told that he was at least five years old then. For more about Nutmeg, including some wonderful photos, please visit Bored Panda.

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

AquaPurr Drinking Fountain Winner – No Cleaning, No Refilling, No Electricity

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Congratulations, Marci DeLisle! You’re the winner of an Aqua Purr Drinking Fountain.

Look for an email from Ingrid.*

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For more information about AquaPurr and to purchase, please visit the Aquapurr.net.

*Winners are selected by random drawing. Winners need to provide a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours of receipt of notification e-mail or announcement of winner’s name(s) on The Conscious Cat. If this information is not received within the timeframe stated, an alternate winner will be chosen.

Review: Making’ Biscuits: Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them

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No matter how much any of us think we know about cats, they will always remain just a little mysterious. And while there are explanations based on behavioral science for many of their habits that we may think of as odd, I would be that for every weird feline habit explained, there’s another quirky one that defies logic. In Making’ Biscuits: Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them, Deborah Barnes explores the lighter side of feline behavior. Continue reading…

Giveaway: Original Cat Painting by Adriana Gasperi

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This giveaway is sponsored by Adriana Gasperi

We have a very special giveaway for you today: an original painting by artist Adriana Gasperi. Adriana is an international artist referred to as “Gatos ilimitados” for her unique and popular portrayal of cats. The artist, who lives in Venezuela, is recognized for personifying the cherished feline and its multi-faceted personalities. Click here to read my interview with Adriana.

“Calico” is an acrylic painting on gallery wrapped canvas. It measures 6×6 inches. Continue reading…

Behavior Study Wants to Learn More About Cats, and You Can Help

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When I was at the American Association of Feline Practitioners annual conference last month, I heard Theresa DePorter, BS, DVM, DECAWBM, DACVB, a veterinarian at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, MI, speak on longterm behavior modification strategies for cats (more on this topic to come soon.) Dr. Porter was one of the veterinarians involved in helping create the new Feliway Multicat pheromone product, which is designed to reduce conflict and tension between cats in the same household.

Dr. DePorter is conducting a new study that is designed to help researchers understand more about cats. Continue reading…

Kitty Cat Condos: The New Wave of Cat Furniture

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This post is sponsored by Kitty Cat Condos*

I first saw Kitty Cat Condos at Global Pet Expo in Orlando in March. These stunning cat condos were hard to miss, even in an exhibit hall the size of five football fields filled with pet products. Created by Robert Lang, a cat lover from Australia who refused to buy low quality and unappealing cat furniture, these unique Kitty Cat Walls are custom built to create an indoor paradise for your feline family members. Continue reading…

Recognizing Signs of Diabetes in Cats

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This post is sponsored by Vetary

Cats can develop diabetes just as humans can, and the treatment and management of the condition are very similar. Treatment may include dietary changes, adequate exercise and insulin.

Feline diabetes mellitus is more common that most people realize. It is thought that the condition is becoming more prevalent in cats 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. Age and underlying health issues may also be components in the development of diabetes. Because cats often mask illness quite well, being aware of the signs of this disease is important. Continue reading…

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