Today is our second blog anniversary! We wouldn’t have gotten to this point without you, our wonderful readers – thank you for reading, commenting, and adding to the discussions!

To celebrate, and to thank all of you for reading, we’re giving away a fantastic goody basket filled with fun things for you and your cats, including an autographed copy of Buckley’s Story. Look below for details on how to enter the drawing.

When I started this blog two years ago, I was looking for a way to share my passion for feline health and nutrition with a wider audience. I was also finishing writing Buckley’s Story, and I wanted to get word about the book out to cat lovers around the world.  Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the incredible journey this blog (and the book) has taken me on since then.

Amber was the inspiration behind this blog. She was the original Conscious Cat, a wise old soul in a feline body. Those of you who have been reading for a while will remember  her contributions to the blog in her Amber’s Mewsings columns. When she passed away suddenly in May of last year, I was devastated, and I still miss her each and every day.

Allegra joined our family in April of last year, and quickly became a regular contributor by sharing her life as a not-quite-kitten-anymore in her popular column Allegra’s World. Her posts frequently get more views than my own!

One of the things I love best about blogging is the community it creates.  I love connecting with other bloggers (you’ll find a list of my favorites in the Blogroll in the left sidebar), and I treasure the friendships that have formed as a result of these connections. I’m looking forward to making many more connections when I attend BlogPaws later this year.

When it comes to connections, one of the most amazing examples of this is a post I wrote in August of 2009 titled Tortitude – The Unique Personality of Tortoiseshell Cats. The post has generated almost 2800 comments as of this writing and has turned into the online home of a community of lovers of this particular kind of cat. What began with exchanging stories about the torties that share our lives has evolved into some real life frienships that will hopefully turn into a real life meeting in the near future.

This just goes to show – you never know what might happen when you start blogging. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

To enter the drawing for our anniversary basket, please leave a comment below and tell us how you first found The Conscious Cat. Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and post the link in a separate comment for an additional chance to win. This giveaway ends Tuesday, March 15.

Disclaimer: Allegra does not come with the basket!

Thank you to Whimsy Cats for creating the beautiful basket. Whimsy Cats brings you peace of mind by providing specialized in home visits and cat sitting for your cat’s special needs in Northern Virginia.  Whether you want them to administer medications or fluids, conduct general wellness check-ins or stop by after surgeries or medical events, they offer daily or occasional visits depending upon the needs of you and your cat.

166 Comments on It’s our second blog anniversary – and we have a giveaway to thank you!

  1. I honestly don’t remember how i found this blog— But I am glad I did 🙂 Congratulations!

  2. I also found your blog on FB through Careers for Your Cat. Congratulations on your anniversary!
    I’m delighted I’ve found this site.

  3. I have 12 and one outside I’m trying to trap so I don’t have kittens outside. Thank you World’s Best Cat Litter! LOL

  4. WTG on your 2nd anniversary! I believe I first visited your site after an article on Moderncat.

    My 11 babies would love to win this basket please.

  5. i learned about the Conscious Cat from a friend of mine, who knows that I am a true and dedicated cat lover!

    Congrats on your anniversary!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  6. I recently learned about your blog through Ann and her “Careers for Your Cat” facebook page. I have four wonderful kitties that make every day amazing. I’m eager to explore your site further, as one of my cats is suffering from kidney failure and requires SQ fluids and a great deal of care. She is a Manx who has suffered with GI problems her entire life, which definitely makes me excited about finding your blog!

  7. I found your blog while searching google for information about the cat I rescued. Then I found Tortitude Blog and learned so much from others there, more than I could have found in a book.
    Now I check in daily to see what is new and what others are saying and doing.

    Great blog. Happy Anniverary

  8. I found your blog on FB through Careers for Your Cat. Congrats on your 2nd anniversary. I have 8 kitties of all shapes and sizes and all rescues or feral bottlefeds that I fell in love with. We also have 4 dogs….same deal…rescues. It’s pretty chaotic around here but I can’t imagine life without them.

  9. I found your site after meeting you at the Cat Writer’s Conference in 2009. Congratulations on two wonderful years of writing.

    P.S. If I win, I don’t want the basket if Allegra doesn’t come with it.

  10. I found you through Hilary on Facebook. 🙂 My three rescues would love the goodies. Happy blogiversary.

  11. I can’t actually remember how I found you but I suspect it was from another blog. (I love to link “surf” and see where it takes me!) I started surfing cat blogs to learn more about cats when I started volunteering for LAPCATS, a shelter cat outplacement group. As I’d hoped, I’ve learned so much from you! Thank you and “Happy Second Anniversary”!

  12. Dear Ingrid, I’m SO glad I discovered your wonderful blog a while ago! It’s SO much more than a “blog”… it’s a meeting point for all us cat lovers, and you are giving us so much precious help and advice… THANK YOU!!!!!! Keep the wonderful work, and thank you for all the love and effort you put into this website!
    I found your blog by chance, through Susan Faye’s blog. Susan is such a gifted artist and Cat Lady! I’m thankful to her for making me discover your awesome blog!
    By the way, I really LOVE this post about the wonderful connections created by blogging, and once again I appreciate your wonderful and loving way of writing…
    Love from Italy!
    Anna and Zoe

  13. I honestly don’t remember how I found you. I was probably blog surfing, or searching on google for some cat info I wanted to share with someone and wanted a referance.

    Congrats on your anniversery.

  14. I found this site last year through a Twitter retweet. Now I retweet all the great quotes and info. I’ll have to check out the tortie post — I’ve never been around any and now I’ve got 2 and I’m caring for a feral.

  15. Happy 2nd “Blogoversary,” Ingrid! I first heard about The Conscious Cat through the wonderful Cat Blogosphere community! I’m looking forward to seeing you again at BlogPaws! 🙂

  16. I’ve loved reading The Conscious Cat which I found through a link as I was researching cat nutrition.
    Thank you so much for your ideas and thoughts about our dear companions.

  17. How did I learn about Concious Cat? I’ve met so many people because of Facebook and my books, that I think that is how I first learned about your Ingrid. Or was our connection with Mary and disabled pet? My mind is spinning- as I can’t quite recall. All I know is I’m glad to have this connection with you and your warm heart for cats. You have an awesome blog!

  18. I love this blog! I found it because I read Lorna Barrett’s Booktown mysteries. At one point you did a review on one of the books and she linked her blog to your review on your blog. I came over to read the book review and decided to look around. I read one of Amber’s posts and I was hooked! I do very much love Allegra’s posts too. You can just feel the young cat enthusiasm flow from those posts. They always make me smile. I love all the information you give cat owners too, the product reviews and the book reviews. There have been more than a couple books I’ve look up do to your reviews. Thanks for the blog. I am always glad when I see a new post in my email! 🙂

  19. I too found Conscious Cat on Facebook and have enjoyed it immensely! Happy second anniversary and what a wonderful way to celebrate – by offering such a GREAT gift basket…..I agree that Allegra would make a nice basket addition but certainly can understand your reluctance to part with her – I wouldn’t include my adorable Sammy in a basket either. I am a wholehearted animal lover but have a particularly soft area of my heart reserved for cats. I’m sure my 11-year old polydactyl red tabby named Sam and I would enjoy receiving your gift basket and I look forward to MANY more blogs from you in the future.

  20. I honestly DO NOT remember how I discovered the “Conscious Cat” — was it when Ingrid “friended” me on Facebook and I went to one of her first book signings near Tyson’s Corner (by bus, train and bus, each way)? Maybe! That might have been when/how I found out about the “Conscious Cat” – but however I found out, I’m glad I did.

    PS– Big Bad (Despotic) Baby Twinkle sez that if I win the basket she is happy that Allegra does not come with it. Cee Cee Tortie, on the other hand/paw looks at me sweetly, with her big dark green eyes, lifts a paw beseechingly and wishes that Allegra DID come with it.

  21. Hi, I found this blog from “Covered in Cat Hair” and then that through a facebook Professional shelter blog.

    I have been rescuing cats for 8 years now. I am now helping with Dane County Friends of Feral, of Madison WI. A great group of dedicated volunteers.

    I look forward to your blog.

    thanks, Kathy

  22. Of noteworthy;

    First, for years, I’ve known you have indeed have the gift of writing and have known cats are your passion! So happy to know you have complied the two together and for that we are each very blessed to know you (and your cats), Ingrid!

    Next, I’ve owned a Calico (her name was Sierra …named after the Sierra Club) and to this day she was the highlight of my life … she was not only so very pretty and oh so intelligent she constantly made me laugh. I now have a tabby which I’m so enjoying at the moment too.

    I so look forward to your blog Ingrid reading the feline wisdom you share with us daily.

    Lastly ….. Wiki-pedia ; Those that are largely white with red and brown patches (rather than a brindled aspect) are described as tortoiseshell-and-white (in the United Kingdom) or calico (in Canada and the United States). Tortoiseshells and calicos are not specific breeds of cat. The tortoiseshell markings appear in many different breeds as well as in non-purebred domestic cats. This pattern is especially preferred in the Japanese Bobtail breed.

    Only the best to you with the awesome “Conscious Cat” blog as we all move forward in the feline journey together! 🙂

  23. I found this from a link provided by a friend. I have loved it ever since! Happy Anniversary! I really hope this goes on forever! Thanks so much for brightening our lives!

  24. I found this site by looking up information about tortoiseshell cats. I adopted 2 tortoiseshell kittens from the humane society in June. they sure are a handful! They sure do have the Tortitude! I like the Conscious Cat blog because it gives me great information on not just my two kittens, but other subjects too. Happy Anniversary!

  25. I found this blog via Facebook…probably through Covered In Cat Hair. I’ve learned a wealth of new things since I started reading, and before that, people thought *I* was a cat authority! I love learning as much as I can about cats and how best to take care of them. Thanks for writing such informative posts! And Happy Blogoversary!!

  26. I found out about this site through a friend suggestion on facebook. Thanks for your posts and blog writing!

  27. I found this site on Facebook, actually it was the blog about the Torties! I had never known they were in a class of their own. Teddi, definitely fits the definition of their character to a tee! They have always been my favorite of pics in cats, but I love them all! My Tortie Teddi would love the goodies in the basket and then she would love to lay in the basket even more! Happy Anniversay, love your site/blog!!!

  28. I found you by typing in all things cat, and that directed me to you. I have 3 furbabies, Hobo, Marmalade and Lucy. They are my life….I am always looking for information on how to make mine and their lives better. Thank you for your help and spreading “kitty joy”.

  29. I also found the Conscious Cat on Facebook. I joined FB to share pictures of the foster kittens I raise for the local humane society and found a whole community of “animal loving folks” on FB. It’s been great. Happy Anniversary!!

  30. I actually found this site by looking up my cat Spooka’s (I didn’t name her that but she knew her name when adopted) crazy attitudish behavior. It seems as if she were meant to be an only cat. I have 12 cats and they are all vetted, fixed and get loved on. Some are rescues, some are strays, fosters, some inherited. Spooka was adopted and it seems she is my worst cat. Not a BAD cat, but a fighter with the others though. She really does want me to herself. She is the most loving, loyal and faithful out of all of my cats. She is just a crab toward them. Almost siamese-like personality. And when someone has her cornered you better believe I know it before a paw is thrown. She does not fight with them all of the time, just at the most inconvenient times like, as I am leaving for work or when I just got comfortable in bed. Of course I get up or turn back around to save her. When it is bad I put her in our son’s big room with a litter box, food and water and turn his TV on for her. She does not seem to mind either. It’s like she’s on vacation. When she hears us walk in the door, again she lets us know she’s in there and we aren’t. If we say her name before we get her out, she will meow right back through the door and not miss a breath. She sometimes sounds like an elephant instead of a cat with her big meows. Kind of like she didn’t think about her meow before it came out. When I adopted her she had no claws and my other cats do so I put her in there for her own safety when I’m not here to play the moderator. Oh and trust me, she has been known to be right in front of me and another cat and take a swat at another cat right in the eye when the other cat is minding their own business. She dishes it. Oh, she dishes it. It is like she stays close to me because she knows that I protect her. She has swatted another cat and hopped up on her back legs to lick my face…kind of like a spoiled brat. “No, it’s MY mommy!” When I found your blog, I was grateful that I wasn’t alone. She looks just like Buckley. I was once a person who swore they would never have a dirty animal. Look at us now.

  31. I met a lady through freecycle (a sight where you give free stuff away) and she had about nine cats and I had 3 @ the time, she said I’ed like this other friend of hers on face book,so I befriended her and she led me to Ingrid and I’ll never stray ,love my mornings with her and her kitty 🙂 coffee and the concious cat starts my day.

  32. I found the Conscious Cat while researching healthy diets for cats. I also had a beautiful Tortie, named Bort – I lost her to kidney failure in January. Wanting to keep her and my other beloved cats healthier and happier prompted the search and the info on the Conscious cat site offered many options. Thank you.

  33. I first found “The Conscious Cat” by reading an on-line excerpt of “Buckley’s Story” on-line and what drew me to that was the resemblance to my cat Molly. You FB posts always brighten my day. I have two cats, Molly a 4-year old torti and Leo (1 today) American tabby with 28 toes ; ). Thank you.

  34. Well darn, we don’t get Allegra too. MOL. She would not like it here anyway.
    We found the Conscious Cat since our Mom befriended you on Facebook because she wanted to get to know the author of Buckley’s story. It was such a good book. We have enjoyed all the posts and extra help.
    Happy Blogoverysary Ingrid. Have a super day.

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