Mews and Nips: The Science Behind Why Some Cats Wear Socks


Did you know there is a scientific explanation behind the white “socks” that some cats seem to wear? It’s due to a condition called piebaldism. This condition is caused by a mutation in the KIT gene, which is responsible for distributing melanocytes, the cells that “program” pigment throughout a cat’s body. Genetics tends to make my head explode, so rather than trying to explain this further, I’m going to send you to our friends Cole and Marmalade’s blog for a detailed explanation.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we told you about a new study that showed that 1TDC™ reduces periodontal disease within six weeks,on Tuesday we shared information about the collaboration between Sleepypod and Assisi Animal Health which resulted in the Assisi Loop Lounge, on Wednesday, we told you about a fascinating study that explores the connection between genetics and the behavior of Siamese Cats, on Thursday we reviewed the Scratch Lounge, and on Friday, we reviewed the latest installment in Gwen Cooper’s Curl Up with a Cat Tale series, Scenes from a Move, Part 1.

I was looking for a beach themed video for this first unofficial weekend of summer, and came across this lovely video by our friend Kitten Lady about Cat Beach Sanctuary in Thailand. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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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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Scratch Lounge Classic Review


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When it comes to cardboard scratchers, it doesn’t get much better than the Scratch Lounge. This three-sided scratcher will last far longer than other scratchers because of the reversible super-dense honeycomb construction of the pads. In fact, the design is so unique, it was issued a U.S. utility patent. Continue reading…

Is There a Genetic Basis for the Unique Behaviors of Siamese Cats?


Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD

The dark horse wins the race”. “Our hero strides forth on a shiny white steed”. Humans have long been mystified over animal behaviors and coloration. Albinos have been alternatively feared or revered. Black cats summon up dark arts imagery. But is there really a connection between a cat’s fur and their behavior or is this just superstition? My research is aimed at unraveling at least a small part of this enduring mystery. Continue reading…

Study Shows 1TDC™ Reduces Periodontal Disease Within Six Weeks


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If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ve heard me talk about 1TDC™ and about how much I like this supplement. I don’t use the term “miracle” lightly, but I am using it for this product. Now, a study performed at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, showed that daily use of 1TDC™over a period of six weeks resulted in significant improvements in cats with periodontal disease. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Special Birthday Edition


Hi everyone, it’s Allegra and Ruby! Guess what! Today is Mom’s birthday. Even though Mom had her usual Mews and Nips weekly round up post all ready to go, we decided that her birthday is more important. So we’re sorry there’s no weekly round up today, but really, all you  have to do is go to our home page and then scroll down to see the week’s posts, just in case you missed anything. Continue reading…

The Gift of Anticipatory Grief


Guest post by Sarah Chauncey

Anticipatory grief is grief that arises before a death—when you know it’s coming, but your cat is still alive. On one end of the spectrum, anticipatory grief can cast a shadow over the time you have left with a sick or senior cat. But this “grief in advance” can also be a gift, if we can recognize it and work with it. Continue reading…

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