Welcome to the Conscious Cat

The Conscious Cat is an award winning website published by writer and cat expert Ingrid King, author of Buckley's Story and Purrs of Wisdom. Here at The Conscious Cat, we're passionate about cats. Our mission is to educate cat guardians so that every cat, and every cat's human, can have a happy, healthy life together.


On this site, you will find expert advice from a seasoned cat consultant. The Conscious Cat features articles on cat health, cat nutrition, cat behavior, cat lifestyle, pet loss, and, of course, pictures of cats. We'll bring you product and book reviews, as well as news from around the cat world.

We'll also share Purrs of Wisdom: lessons in conscious living, inspired by the cats who share our lives. Other features include our Mews and Nips; fascinating feline stories from around the globe, and Allegra's World and Ruby's Reflections; written from the perspective of Ingrid's two feline companions. After all, who better than a cat to teach us a thing or two about how to live a joyful life!

And let's not forget, we have a soft spot for tortoiseshell cats and their unique personalities, also known as "tortitude."

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Mews and Nips: The Million Cat Challenge Reached Its Goal of Saving a Million Cats Early


We like to share good news in our Mew and Nips column, and I can’t think of better news than saving the lives of one million cats! The Million Cat Challenge reached this goal a year ahead of schedule. After more than 1,000 animal shelters in North America joined forces to save the animals, the campaign announced last week that it has exceeded that number just four years after the campaign’s launch. As of December 31, 2017, the shelters collectively saved a total of 1,148,129 cats. The current count on the Million Cat Challenge website is 1,331,167 cats. For more about this milestone, visit Us Weekly. For more about the Million Cat Challenge, and to see how you can help, visit https://millioncatchallenge.org.

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Review: Stop Trying to Make Fetch Happen by Gwen Cooper


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I don’t keep an exact record of the number of books I read each year, but my best guess is somewhere between 150 and 200, and at least half of them are cat books. With that many books, the ones that stay with me even years after I first read them are few and far between. Gwen Cooper’s books are in that small group. Her New York Times bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey, A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wondercat, was published in 2009, followed by Love Saves the Day in 2013. In 2015, Gwen released the sequel to Homer’s Odyssey, Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wondercat. All of these are the kinds of books that not only warm your heart, but actually touch your soul. Continue reading…

CatCon 2018: Join Me for a Weekend Dedicated to All Things Cat


If you’re a cat lover, Pasadena, CA is the place to be on August 4 and 5! CatCon returns for its fourth year. Taking place at the Pasadena Convention Center, CatCon is the biggest cat-centric, pop culture event in the world dedicated to all things feline. To date, the two-day immersive experience has seen nearly 45,000 attendees and has been featured in over 500 outlets around the world, including The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Reuters, Vanity Fair, and Glamour. Continue reading…

Product Highlight: Sleepypod Air


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Flying with your cat: it’s a thought that instills fear in many cat parents. However, sometimes, it may be unavoidable. You may be moving across country, or you may be leaving on an extended absence and even leaving your cat with a trusted cat sitter may not work out for you. If you must travel with your cat, it’s important to be prepared. We previously covered how to prepare yourself and your cat for air travel.

Choosing the right carrier is one of the key components of preparation. Today, we’re highlighting what I consider the best carrier for air travel currently available, aptly named the Sleepypod Air. Continue reading…

New Transdermal Drug Can Help Manage Weight Loss in Cats


Weight loss is a symptom of a variety of different diseases, including hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, liver disease, and intestinal disease. “Nearly all chronic diseases that creep up on cats cause insidious weight loss,” says Dr. Tasi, a homeopathic vet and owner of Just Cats Naturally. It is paramount that the underlying cause of weight loss is identified as early as possible in a disease process, which is why it’s so important to weigh your cat regularly. Depending on the size of your cat, visible changes to her weight may be far too subtle to notice without actually weighing her. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Michigan Police Department Swears in Cat as First Pawfficer


Pawfficer Donut is ready to report for duty! The little rescue cat was sworn in as the official police cat at the Troy, MI police department. Donut’s role is to raise awareness about animal adoptions and rescues. She will also be featured on the department’s social media pages and interact with the community. For more about the adorable new feline department member, visit WSB-TV Atlanta.

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

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