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."

We hope you'll enjoy our site. Please join our community of cat lovers: sign up for our newsletter and join us on Facebook. Your comments and feedback are always welcome.

Mews and Nips: The Tortie Who Owns an Istanbul Metro Station


You may have seen the viral video of a tortoiseshell cat who was sitting at the exit of a metro station escalator without being bothered even one little bit by all the people passing by her. It turns out that the cat has made the Taksim metro station her home for at least the last three years and is a beloved fixture around the station. For more wonderful photos of the gorgeous cat, visit the Anadolu Kedisi blog. This cat, and the video, are a testament to how well cats in Turkey are taken care of, something that was shown so beautifully in the documentary film Kedi.

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

Giveaway: Litter Genie Cat Litter Disposal System


This giveaway is sponsored by Litter Genie

Cats do their business in the litter box because they want to cover their smell. This goes back to their wild origins, were covering urine and feces prevented predators from picking up on their scent.

Keeping a clean litter box is one of the responsibilities of being a good cat parent. To keep our cats as well as our noses happy, the litter box should be scooped at least once a day, ideally more than that. Using a dirty litter box is, at best, uncomfortable for cats, and at worst, will cause them to eliminate outside the box. Continue reading…

Review: Jackson Galaxy Donut Cat Bed


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If you’ve read The Conscious Cat for any length of time, you know by now that Ruby loves pretty much any cat bed, but Allegra tends to not be a big fan unless it’s a bed she can stretch out on. Well, it looks like with the Jackson Galaxy Donut Cat Bed, we finally found a bed that they both love – which, of course, means that I’ll probably have to get a second one! Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Campus Cat is Students’ Favorite Professor


The campus of the University of Chester in the UK has become a second home for Millie, a gorgeous calico who has a home nearby, but loves patrolling the university. She assists office staff, attends meetings, and even visits classes to help professors with their lectures. For more about Millie, visit Lovemeow.com.

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

Classic Cat Books Series: All My Patients Are Under the Bed


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First published in 1980, All My Patients Are Under the Bed was another pivotal book for me as I began to think about wanting to work in veterinary medicine.

Louis J. Camuti was a New York City cat veterinarian who made housecalls for cats and their humans for over sixty years. He was the first veterinarian in the United States to devote his entire practice to cats. Continue reading…

Is Cat Urine Toxic to Your Health?


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If you’ve ever had a cat who urinated outside the litter box, you already know that the smell of cat urine can not only be very strong, but also long lasting, and that removal can take quite a bit of time and effort. What you may not know is that breathing in cat urine may present a health hazard for sensitive individuals, especially if they are exposed to highly concentrated cat urine, or if exposure happens over an extended period of time. Continue reading…

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