Mews and Nips: Black Cat Appreciation Day

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Today is Black Cat Appreciation Day. This “holiday” was created to help dispel some of the myths and ridiculous prejudices that surround these beautiful cats. If you share your life with one or more of these black beauties, every day is Black Cat Appreciation Day, because you already know just how special they are. We previously posted an article about some of the lore that surrounds black cats. For example, did you know that In Japan, young women are encouraged to own a black cat to attract romance. I suppose attracting a guy who loves black cats is a pretty good start to a relationship! Click here for more fun facts about black cats.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, Dr. Lynn Bahr answered cat health questions, on Tuesday, we explored what should (and shouldn’t) be in your cat’s diet, on Wednesday, Dr. Marci Koski answered behavior questions, on Thursday, we rounded up some of our favorite toys, and on Friday, we reviewed Gwen Cooper’s new short story, The Bells.

I’ve lost track of how many times I watched today’s video, it just cracks me up every time. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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Review: The Bells by Gwen Cooper

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Gwen Cooper’s Curl Up with a Cat Tale series features humorous and heartwarming short stories about the ongoing adventures of Gwen’s feline family. I find myself falling a little bit more in love with Gwen’s cats with each story. This month’s installment goes back to the time when Gwen adopted two kittens in hopes of helping Homer cope with his grief after Scarlett passed away. Continue reading…

Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: Cat Won’t Cover Litter Box Deposits, Cat Pulling Out Fur, and More

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Dr. Marci Koski is a certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional who received specialized and advanced certificates in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute. While Marci has been passionate about all animals and their welfare, cats have always had a special place in her heart. In fact, Marci can’t remember a time when she’s been without at least one cat in her life. She currently relies on her five-member support staff  to maintain the feline duties of her household. Continue reading…

What Should Be in Your Cat’s Diet?

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Cats should be thriving, not just surviving. Yet the vast majority of pet food options is filled with species inappropriate ingredients chosen to meet the minimum nutritional requirements, at the lowest possible cost, while sounding increasingly “human appropriate” to appeal to buyers. We’ve domesticated our cats, but we’ve failed to bring the nutritional benefits of the wild in with them. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Inspiring Tales of the UK’s Finest Felines

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Every year, the UK’s largest feline rescue organization Cats Protection, holds its Cat of the Year Awards. The award is given to cats who have transformed or even saved their humans’ lives. From cats who detect seizures to cats who help their humans cope with cancer treatments, the BBC featured all of the finalists, including Sparky, the tortie shown above who helps her human cope with health issues and post-traumatic stress disorder. Visit BBC.com to read all of the stories of these inspurrational felines.

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

Review: The Little Book of Bob: Life Lessons from a Streetwise Cat

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I’m a big fan of James Bowen and Bob, and have been following the pair’s remarkable story for the past seven years. If this real life rags to riches story doesn’t touch you, you probably need to check to make sure you still have a heartbeat. Bob has certainly changed James’ life in ways he never could have imagined when he rescued the injured orange tabby in 2007. In his newest book, The Little Book of Bob: Life Lessons from a Streetwise Cat, James shares some of the lessons Bob taught him over the years. Continue reading…

Best Probiotic Supplements for Cats

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I consider probiotics one of the most important supplements for cats. There has been a fair amount of research on the human side on how critical a healthy gut is for a strong immune system, healthy body weight and composition, and even mental health. A healthy gut also minimizes the risk for numerous diseases, including diabetes and cancer. Probiotics are crucial to promoting good intestinal health, and while there are far fewer studies about the beneficial effects of probiotics for animals, the studies that do exist have found that probiotics have the same positive effect on animals as they do on humans. Continue reading…

Yochabel’s Wisdom: Coping with Cancer

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Guest post by Casey Hersch

This is the fourth in a series of posts by Casey Hersch. Casey discusses the many lessons she learned about caring for Yochabel during her illness, including her quest to stop Yochabel’s cancer from growing/spreading, barriers present with senior cats, variations in diet including supplements and herbs, and how to focus on the individual cat’s needs. Yochabel was not only Casey’s feline companion. She left Casey with ways to cope with her own illness, and with a greater sense of acceptance and gratitude. Continue reading…

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