Mews and Nips: Cat and Chicken Found Huddled Together in Wake of Wildfire


While battling the Carr fire near Redding, CA, firefighters came across an unlikely sight: a cat and a chicken had sought shelter in the doorway of a home, appearing to draw comfort from each other. After giving the two survivors a dish of water, firefighters were able to get them into a carrier and to a local SPCA for treatment. According to the Dodo, the two friends are doing well and have been reunited with their families. For more on this story and more photos of the unlikely pair, visit the Dodo. Click here for information on how you can help the animals affected by the California wildfires.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, I shared some of my personal highlights from CatCon, on Monday, we told you about 7 foods you should never feed your cat, on Tuesday, we reviewed a DIY Capsule Kit for Cats, on Wednesday, we provided information on how to help the animals affected by the California wildfires, on Thursday, Allegra and Ruby went on a fishing expedition, and on Friday, we reviewed Gwen Cooper’s new short story, Them!.

Today’s video features a stray cat who made her local EMS station her new home – enjoy!

Stray Cat Makes EMS Station Her New Home

This stray cat wandered off the streets into a New York City EMS station and decided to stay forever. The staff treat her like a QUEEN 😻👑

Posted by The Dodo on Sunday, May 6, 2018

Have a great weekend!

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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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How to Help Animals Affected by the Northern California Wildfires


For the past weeks, some of the largest wildfires ever seen have devastated parts of Northern California. For most of us, our thoughts not only go to the many people who have lots their homes, but also to the animals, especially the cats, affected by these fires. Thankfully, there are many organizations that are helping with animal rescue efforts, and they can all use our help. Continue reading…

Review: DIY Capsule Kit for Cats


Rumor has it there are some cats who take pills easily, but if my personal experience and that with my readers’ and clients’ cats is any indication, they’re few and far between.

There are multiple options for pilling cats, from quickly shoving the pill deep into the cat’s mouth to using a pill gun to pill pockets to crushing up the pill and mixing it with a small amount of food (caution: the latter may not be appropriate for all types of medication, check with your veterinarian to be sure). Many medications are also available in liquid form, which may make dosing easier for some cat owners. Some can even be compounded into tuna or chicken flavored liquids. Some medications can be compounded into a transdermal cream that is rubbed on the inside of the cat’s ear. Continue reading…

7 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat


Most cats are picky eaters, and as such, less likely to be interested in some human foods than dogs, but because a cat’s digestive system is different from a human’s, some human foods can be highly toxic and even deadly to cats.

The following seven foods should never be given to cats. If your cat accidentally ingests any of these foods, emergency veterinary treatment may be necessary and an immediate visit to the veterinarian is essential. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: The Complicated Truth About a Cat’s Purr


When I saw the headline “The Complicated Truth About a Cat’s Purr,” I thought “oh, it’s probably just another click bait headline with not much substance.” Much to my delight, the article from BBC Future turned out to be an in depth piece exploring why cats purr and what purring means. From the physiology of purring to how cats us purring to communicate, this article covers it all. Read the full article on BBC Future.

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

Review and Giveaway: Death on the Menu


Joe DiMaggio, one of the Hemingway cats, endorses Death on the Menu

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Cats, a tropical setting, mouth-watering food (with some recipes included), and did I mention cats? Lucy Burdette’s Key West Food Critic mystery series has all the right ingredients for some fun summer reading.

In this latest installment in the series, Death on the Menu, food critic Haley Snow gets drawn into a murder investigation after a man is killed during a high profile three day conference at the Harry Truman Little White House on Key West. Continue reading…

Every Cat Needs a Purrfect Cat Box


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Cats and boxes: it’s a love affair for the ages. For most cats, nothing can bring as much joy as a simple box. For some cats, any box will do. For others, size matters, and preferences vary. While some cats prefer big, roomy mansion-sized boxes, others will wedge themselves into tiny little boxes, giving rise to the “if it fits it sits” meme.  Continue reading…

The Cats of the Key West Mysteries by Lucy Burdette


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After writing eight installments of the Key West food critic mystery series (the eighth, Death on the Menu, was out yesterday), I’ve developed so many characters that it’s almost hard to keep track of them. “Oh wait,” I’ll say to myself, “what the heck is Lorenzo or Miss Gloria or Officer Steve Torrence doing when all this is happening?” The one thing I never forget to include is the cats. In my real life, I begged for my first cat for my thirteenth birthday, and I haven’t been without one since. So my series wouldn’t feel right without them either. Continue reading…

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