How the Assisi Loop Helped Two Special Needs Kitties Thrive

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Andrea Carollo has been a volunteer with Animal House of South East Michigan for several years. Last summer, she started fostering Greigh, who was rescued after being badly injured and had to have a significant portion of his front leg amputated. This summer, Rasputin, a kitten suffering from radial nerve paralysis, joined her household. Both use the Assisi Loop to help them with their issues.Continue Reading

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Review: The Holistic Vet Blend Cookbook

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When it comes to nutrition, the same is true for cats as for people: whole, unprocessed or minimally processed food is better. The optimal diet for a cat is a properly balanced raw or gently cooked diet. Even though conventional veterinarians caution against making your own food, with the appropriate recipe and ingredients, homemade food can be a viable option for cat parents who prefer this to a commercial diet.Continue Reading

Remembering Ruby: How Ruby Trained Me How to Properly Sleep with Her

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Some days, even almost two years later, I still miss my little girl so much, it feels like she just left me yesterday. I’m grateful I have eight years of Ruby’s Reflections on this site to comfort me and remind me of some of the cute things she did when the pain hits.

We don’t realize how quickly we can forget the small, everyday things after we lose a loved one.Continue Reading

When it Comes to Your Cat’s Litter Box, Simple is Better

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After receiving and turning down the umpteenth pitch to feature or review yet another “innovative” litter box, I feel compelled to share my views on litter boxes, which is pretty much summed up in the headline of this article: simple is (usually) better!

Most of the new litter boxes are designed to either make cleaning the litter box easier, or to hide the litter box. Neither of these two reasons have anything to do with what cats want or need, and everything to do with human sensibilities. Continue Reading

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Sunday Quotes: Exercise

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I couldn’t find any attribution for the above quote, but it sure resonates with me. I’ve been exercising pretty much all my life. I walk about three miles every day and only miss my walk on days when the weather is truly awful. I don’t like gyms, but I work out at home with weights three or four times a week.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: How Tabbies Get Their Stripes

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Tabby cats with their pattern of distinctive stripes, lines, dots or swirling patterns and pencil like lines on their faces are not a breed. Almost all tabbies have markings shaped like the letter “M” on their foreheads. The tabby pattern is found in domestic cats as well as many purebred cats. A fascinating new study has identified the gene that plays a key role in creating the tabby stripe pattern. Visit the New York Times for an in depth look at the study.

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