Mews and Nips: Homeless Tortie Becomes the Purrfect Birthday Gift for 103-Year-Old Woman


A few years ago, a centerian named Lilian lost her cat Sammy. Her passing had left a hole in Lilian’s heart, and she longed to have a feline companion in her life again. Earlier this month, Lilian celebrated her 103rd birthday. The staff at the assisted living facility where she resides contacted a local shelter, and found 9-year-old Marley, whose kind and gentle temperament made her the purrfect candidate to become Lilian’s new pet. Visit the Dodo for more about Lilian and Marley, and heartwarming photos about the two.*

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, Dr. Lynn Bahr answered reader questions, on Tuesday, we celebrated Ruby’s 7th adoption anniversary, on Wednesday, we introduced you to the art of Carolee Clark, on Thursday, we explored whether cat litter could present health risks to you and your cat, and on Friday, we reviewed DIY Projects for Cats and Dogs.

Today’s video makes me smile every time I watch it – enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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* I suspect that there will be varied reactions to this story. Let me be clear that I don’t advocate giving a cat as a birthday present. I also realize that adopting pets to seniors, let alone a 103-year-old woman, despite overwhelming evidence that pets bring amazing benefits to the elderly, can be a controversial topic. I believe that each situation needs to be addressed individually, rather than with an across the board policy that hurts adoptable cats and the seniors that need the love of a feline friend in their lives.

Photo via The Dodo

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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.

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Review: DIY Projects for Cats and Dogs


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If you’re a fan of Scandinavian style furniture, and have some DIY talent, you will love DIY Projects for Cats and Dogs: 20 Easy to Build Creations for Your Best Friend. Author Armelle Rau is the communications manager at Scandinavian decorating group Søtrene Greene West and creator of the chic decoration blog Mocassin Headband. She wanted to create furniture for her furry friends that combined function and fashion. Continue reading…

Does The Litter Box Present Health Risks to You and Your Cat?


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The litter box is one of the most important “accessories” when it comes to life with cats. After all, it’s used several times a day, and choosing the right box, the right litter, and keeping it scrupulously clean all contribute to keeping your cat happy and healthy. But could your litter box present health risks to you and your cat? Continue reading…

Ask the Cat Doc: Rotating Foods, Blind FeLV+ Kitten, Cat Refuses to Use Litter Box, and More


Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Doc With Dr. Lynn Bahr” segment! Once a month, Dr. Bahr answers as many of your questions as she can, and you can leave new questions for her in a comment.

Dr. Bahr graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. Unlike most veterinarians, she did not grow up knowing that she would become a veterinarian. “It was a cat who got me interested in the practice and I am forever grateful to him,” said Dr. Bahr. Over the course of her veterinary career, Dr. Bahr found that the lifestyle of cats has changed dramatically. As the lifestyle of cats has changed, so did Dr. Bahr’s client education. In addition to finding medical solutions, she also encourages owners to enrich their home environments so that their cats can live long, happy, and healthy lives. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Stray Cat Made Ambulance Service His New Home


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Herman II rests on a backup stretcher inside the garage at Ambulance & Chair Service.

Herman II, an 8-year-old cat, has made the ambulance station in Washington, PA his home, and the stretcher his bed. “He pretty much runs the business,” said Manager Rodney Rohrer, who is allergic to cats. “He has a lot of different beds around here. He likes to make himself comfortable.” Herman wandered into the ambulance garage as a stray kitten several years ago. He is the successor of the original Herman, who was the deparment’s pet for about 20 years. For more about Herman II and some wonderful photos, visit the Observer-Reporter.

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

Review: Choosing to Be


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The benefits of meditation are endless: from helping us handle stress better to getting in touch with our true spiritual nature, meditation has been proven to make our lives better. And if you need more inspiration to get started, look to your cats! Cats are natural meditators. What else could they possibly be doing when they’re sitting with their paws curled under, their gazes soft, and not a care in the world? In Choosing to Be: Lessons in Living from a Feline Zen Master, Kat Tansey shares a deeply personal account of how a wise Maine Coon cat and his kitten sidekick helped her heal from deep depression. Continue reading…

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