My 7 Links: resurrecting old favorites

Most Beautiful Post

Alelgra and Ruby, The Conscious Cat

I picked Allegra and Ruby’s Great Adventure for this category because it features my two beautiful babies! Allegra and Ruby both have their own columns here on the site, Allegra’s World and Ruby’s Reflections, and frequently, their posts prove to be more popular than the ones I write!

Most Popular Post

tortitude tortoiseshell cat personality

Without a doubt, it’s Tortitude: The Unique Personality of Tortoiseshell Cats. I wrote this post about torties’ distinct personalities in August of 2009. As of this writing, the post has received more than 6000 comments and has turned into a community of tortie lovers who visit frequently to share stories of their special girls (and even a couple of boys!).

Most Controversial Post

Controversial may not be quite the right word, but The Truth About Dry Cat Food has generated a lot of great ongoing discussion since I first wrote it in April of 2010, and it won a Petlitzer Award for best pursuasive essay in March of this year. Feline nutrition is one of my passions, and far too many cat guardians are still not aware that cats should not eat dry food. It makes me happy that this post has contributed to many cats being fed a better and species appropriate diet of grain-free canned or raw food.

Most Helpful Post

photo of Bob copyright Robin Olson

This one was hard to pick. The whole purpose of this blog is to educate cat guardians about how to make the lives of their cats happier and healthier. I choose Making Medical Decisions for Your Cat because it’s an important topic that isn’t talked about all that frequently. I wrote it in January of this year at a time when several friends were going through this process. With advances in veterinary medicine, there are so many options today when a cat gets sick, and making decisions can be overwhelming. The bottom line: the only right decision is the one that’s right for each individual cat and each individual person.

Post Whose Success Surprised Me

quote from The Little Prince

I wrote What Not to Say to Someone Who is Grieving the Loss of a Pet in June of 2010, a month after Amber died. As a society, we are not equipped to handle grief and loss, and many people don’t know what to say to someone who is grieving.  This can be compounded when the loss is that of a pet.  Even people who are genuinely sorry and want to express their sympathy often don’t know what to say to comfort the grieving person . It is difficult to know what to say, and as a result, people often, without meaning to, say the wrong things that, rather than providing comfort, only serve to upset the grieving person even more.

The feedback to this post, both in comments and via private e-mail, was almost overwhelming, and made me glad that I had written it.

Post That Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserved

meditating cat

I have always believed that animals come into our lives to teach us. First and foremost, they teach us about unconditional love. But they also teach us to stretch and grow, to reach beyond our self-imposed limits, and to expand our consciousness. For me, being around animals is also one of the most direct ways to connect with my spiritual core. I wrote Animals as a Pathway to Source in December of 2009, when I was preparing for a book talk on the same topic. Maybe the title wasn’t catchy enough, but I’d really like to see this one get more attention.

Post Most Proud Of

Japan Earthquake

When I posted a list of resources on how to help the animals affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March of this year, I never expected it to go viral. Help the Animals in Japan got more than 10,000 views in just a few days. I’m proud that I was able to help spread the word and raise money to help the animal victims affected by this disaster.

11 Comments on My 7 Links: resurrecting old favorites

  1. Liz
    September 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm (8 years ago)

    Ingrid, you are a dear. I didn’t see this until just now. Thank you! And I love your picks for your own posts. Animals as a Pathway to Source, I was a fan and linked to it! What Not to Say to Someone Who is Grieving the Loss of a Pet–brilliant and needs to be shared often. Helping the Animals in Japan–bravo! Dry food–had to be said. The rest I shall discover too. Blessings to you.

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    • Ingrid
      September 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm (8 years ago)

      My pleasure, Liz. And thanks for sharing the posts!

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  2. maru
    August 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm (8 years ago)

    I hadn’t read ‘Animals as a pathway to Source’.
    It is extremely good!

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  3. Esme
    August 25, 2011 at 10:43 am (8 years ago)

    Ingrid you should be very proud of your articles. I love coming here to visit the kitties and learn. There have been many helpful posts and as you know when I am not sure you are my go to trusted cat person that have helped us through a couple of spots.

    thank you from the naughty children. I came to say good night to them and they were both sleeping on the counter. the best is Penelope blended in and I did not see her-I am walking around the house with M. looking for her and I come back and she is still proud and still on the counter.

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    • Ingrid
      August 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks, Esme. I’m so glad I was able to help.

      I bet Penelope was mighty proud of herself that she “fooled” you!

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  4. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    August 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm (8 years ago)

    Ingrid – glad you are okay after yesterday’s earthquake! Was very surprised to see our name mentioned in your post and I echo Layla’s sentiment – I am in excellent company! All of your seven links look highly intriguing and when I get back from BlogPaws, I plan on reading them in depth. I would like to keep this meme going, but it will have to be some time after I get back from Virginia! See you soon and stay safe!

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    • Ingrid
      August 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm (8 years ago)

      Thanks, Deb – absolutely no rush on keeping this going. I can’t wait to see you tomorrow! Have a safe trip.

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  5. Layla Morgan Wilde
    August 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm (8 years ago)

    Ingrid, what lovely surprise to see you tag me. I’m in excellent company. Reading about your seven links makes appreciate you even more.

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    • Ingrid
      August 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm (8 years ago)

      Aww, thanks, Layla.

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  6. Bernadette
    August 24, 2011 at 9:54 am (8 years ago)

    Ingrid, thanks for mentioning The Creative Cat! And I think you’ve listed all of my favorites of yours as well. It’s so good to see Buckley and Amber together in the tortoiseshell post–for as often as I visit there, I rarely see the photo.

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    • Ingrid
      August 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm (8 years ago)

      My pleasure, Bernadette.

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