Mews and Nips: Cat Comes to the Rescue When His Human Locked Herself Out of Her Home


Boko the cat may not have opposable thumbs, but that didn’t stop him from helping  out his human when she locked herself out of her house. When Gabriella Tropea went to her rear patio, where the back sliding door was kept closed by a wooden stick jammed into the door frame, Boko apparently got an idea of how to help. “He started rubbing his face on the stick and I was encouraging him to mess with it. I was coaching him to lift it up,” Tropea told The Dodo. “He understood what I was trying to tell him and he started lifting it up!” Read the full story on GoodNewsNetwork.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, I offered some suggestions on how to cope with the onslaught of negativity from the outside world, on Monday, Dr. Niesman explored how the constant mention of the word “coronavirus” in the news affects those who lost cats to FIP, on Tuesday, we featured the new Scratch Lounge Classic, on Wednesday, Dr. Marci Koski answered your behavior questions, on Thursday, we asked you to take a feline behavior quiz to help cats in pain, and on Friday, we featured Bernadette Kazmarski’s beautiful original feline art, which is currently available at a 50% discount.

If you’ve been trying to find toilet paper in stores or online, you know it’s been a losing proposition. You might be interested to learn the real reason for the toilet paper shortage:

Have a great weekend!

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50% Discount on Original Feline Art by Bernadette Kazmarski


These are tough economic times for everyone, but especially for freelancers and artists like Berandette Kazmarski. I’ve admired Bernadette Kazmarski’s art for a long time. I first introduced you to this supremely talented artist ten years ago, and Bernadette and I have been friends ever since. She designed the covers for two of my books (Purrs of Wisdom and Adventures in Veterinary Medicine) and has been designing my annual Christmas cards for many years. And two years ago, a friend commissioned a very special painting of all of my cats from Bernadette. Continue reading…

Feline Behavior Quiz to Help Cats in Pain


Cats are masters at masking pain. This ability to hide pain goes back to their wild origins; in the wild, a sick animal becomes prey. While acute pain may be fairly obvious to cat parents, it can be more difficult to discern whether your cat is in pain when it comes to chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis. Sadly, many veterinarians still overlook signs of feline pain, or are not aggressive enough in treating it. Continue reading…

Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: Humping Behavior in Neutered Male Cat, Litter Box Issues, 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…

When Grief Goes Viral: How COVID-19 Affects Those Who Lost Cats to FIP


Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) appears out of nowhere and leaves families heartbroken and bewildered. Cats affected are typically kittens less than a year old or young cats just gaining a foothold on maturity.

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the relentless mention of the word “coronavirus” in the media can be emotionally challenging for those who lost a cat to FIP. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Cats Are on Board with #StayHome


In these uncertain times, cats just may be the biggest winners as people are working from home, practicing social distancing and staying indoors more than usual. And because cute cat photos make everything better, Metro UK shared some adorable photos of their feline coworkers. The Nerdist also rounded up some fun photos of how much cats are loving having their humans home. Be safe everyone, and stay home with your kitties!

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

Giveaway: ScratchLadder Scratching System


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As far as I’m concerned, there’s no such thing as too many scratchers. Unless your cat has a distinct preference, it’s important to offer a variety of different substrates as well as orientations. Some cats prefer sisal, others carpet. Some like to scratch vertically, some horizontally, and some, at an incline. Some like to scratch in all of these ways! The Scratch Ladder™’s innovative design offers cats a variety of scratching surfaces to meet all these needs. Continue reading…

Ruby’s Last Journey: The Long Goodbye


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Today marks exactly three months since Ruby passed away. This is the last part in a four-part series about my experience during the last four months of Ruby’s life, from diagnosis to caring for her through her illness, to having to let her go. Click here to read part one, Ruby’s Last Journey: The Moment That Changed Everything, part two, Ruby’s Last Journey: Practical Considerations of Hospice Care,and part three, Water, Water Everywhere! Hydration for Cats with Kidney Disease.

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