It’s our third anniversary!

 The Conscious Cat blog anniversary

Today is our third blog anniversary! And while this is a huge milestone for Allegra, Ruby and me, this day really belongs to you, our wonderful readers. We wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing!

These past twelve months have been very exciting for The Conscious Cat. We went from updating three times a week to updating every day. We launched our popular weekly Mews and Nips and Conscious Cat Sunday features. We won the 2011 Pettie for Best Pet Blog. We won a Certificate of Excellence from the Cat Writers Association. Our post The Joys of Adopting an Older Cat won the 2011 Hartz Chewable Vitamins Award. We are nominated for Best Website about Cats in the Readers’ Choice awards. We’ve gained a huge number of new readers, and we’re growing more and more every day.

One of the things I love most about blogging is the community it creates. I love connecting with our readers, and with other bloggers. I treasure the friendships that have resulted from these connections. The most amazing example of how a blog can connect people is a post I wrote in August of 2009 titled Tortitude – The Unique Personality of Tortoiseshell Cats. The post has generated more than 9000 comments, and has turned into the online home of a community of tortie lovers.

I can’t wait to see what our fourth year brings. I know it will be exciting, and we’re happy to have all of you along for the ride.

To celebrate, we have a wonderful surprise for you. Allegra and Ruby almost leaked our secret last week. They’re so excited to finally be able to tell you about it!

Ruby: Look guys! Look what we have for you!

Conscious Cat Limited Edition ModKickers

Allegra: Aren’t these just the most amazing toys ever?

Ruby: And we’re on the toy, Allegra! See! That’s us!

Allegra: I know, Ruby.

Ruby: I love having toys with our picture on them! Wee! Where did these toys come from? It’s magic!

Conscious Cat Limited Edition ModShakers

Allegra: Mom’s friend Kate at Moderncat Studio designed and made them especially for us.

Ruby: I love Kate! She’s my new favorite person!

Allegra: We need to tell them the best part of the surprise, Ruby.

Ruby: What? I’m busy playing with my new …. Oh, right!

Allegra: We’re going to give some of these toys away to ten lucky readers and their kitties!

Ruby: Ten! Wow! That’s a lot of toys! How do they get them?

Allegra: Why don’t we let Mom tell them?

We’re giving away ten of these Conscious Cat Limited Edition Moderncat toys to ten lucky readers and their kitties. Five readers will win a large ModKicker, and another five will win a ModShaker. Leave a comment and tell us how you first found The Conscious Cat. For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and leave the link in a separate comment. This giveaway ends Thursday, March 8.

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97 Comments on It’s our third anniversary!

  1. Bernadette
    March 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm (9 years ago)

    Ingrid, congratulations on three years! I’m so happy I met you–and so are my kitties–and for all we’ve shared in that time. Here’s to many more years of blogging. And the new site design looks great!

  2. Paige
    March 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm (9 years ago)

    I found out about you through a friend. There is a lot of information for cat people. This is a great page, worth sharing! Thanks for all the info. Happy anniversary!!

  3. Donna Bell
    March 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm (9 years ago)

    I think I found you when “Paws & Effects” posted one of your stories on their facebook page. I have found much information on your site that has been helpful to me with the fostering of cats/kittens that I do.

  4. Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey
    March 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm (9 years ago)

    Concats Ingrid! It’s been quite a ride and I am so thrilled to know you personally! The new site looks great and I love your custom designed kitty toy featuring Ruby and Allegra! Whoo Hoo’s to you and Kate for that!

    For us, we both attended the Pet Writer’s Conference last year, but we did not met personally. It was not until I inadvertently saw a comment somewhere about your opinion of the host hotel, the Hotel Pennsylvania. It was less than stellar and I wholeheartedly shared your opinion and consequently reached out to you to introduce myself and to review Buckley’s Story. I indicated that I was a new author and you were an absolute wealth of information and support for me in that regard – we built a friendship and you were kind enough to offer your name and a recommendation for the back of my book, The Chronicles of Zee and Zoey!

    The rest is history and I enjoy your blog and friendship immensely! Can’t wait for all that this year will bring!

    Hugs, Love, and Purrs from Deb and the gang – Zee, Zoey, Mia, Peanut, Rolz, Harley, and Jazz

  5. Debbie Becker
    March 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm (9 years ago)

    Posted on FB

  6. Rachel
    March 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm (9 years ago)

    Rachel Shubin ‏ @blueglassesgirl Reply Delete Favorite · Open… Enter to win our friend Ingrid’s ModernCat modkicker toys!

    Shared! We really want to win these! Will Kate be selling?

    • Rachel
      March 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm (9 years ago)

      Oh and I first found the Conscious Cat by meeting Ingrid at the National Capital cat Show!

  7. Debbie Becker
    March 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm (9 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary! I recently found you via a link on FB. I really enjoy the helpful/interesting stuff you put out there. I look forward to reading your blog daily and wish I would have found you much sooner (like 3 years ago). I wish You, Allegra, and Ruby continued success! Keep up the good work!

  8. Duffey Wolvin
    March 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm (9 years ago)

    AaaAawww! Those are so cute, and they would mathc Woody’s eyes.

    Oops, he just shot me a look of dissaproval and I think I’m to introduce him as Woodrow.

  9. Josie
    March 1, 2012 at 11:09 am (9 years ago)

    Purrrt! My torties would love your toys! Happy Anniversary! :3

  10. Dee
    March 1, 2012 at 11:06 am (9 years ago)

    I heard about you via Paws and Effect!

  11. Chris Davis
    March 1, 2012 at 10:46 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations, Ingrid – and here’s to many more years of beautiful stories, important info and fabulous tips for kitty lovers!

  12. Laura Strickland
    March 1, 2012 at 10:27 am (9 years ago)

    I can’t remember how we found The Conscious Cat, but I’m glad we did! Happy anniversary, and thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Chris
    March 1, 2012 at 11:15 am (9 years ago)

    I met Ingrid at the National Capital Cat Show in Chantilly, VA in Sept 2009, where I found out about the soon to be published Buckley’s Story and the Concious Cat blog. I received Buckley’s Story for Christmas that year, but saved reading it for my recovery after foot surgery in Feb 2010. I have loved reading the blogs always and can’t wait what new adventures Ruby and Allegra have. Of course, we all, my kitties, Purrcy, Susie and Fluffy would love to have either the ModKicker or the ModShaker, new cat nip toys are always popular around her.

  14. Cynthia Southern
    March 1, 2012 at 9:45 am (9 years ago)

    Congrats on your third anniversary. I love the Conscious Cat. I found your blog after reading ‘Buckley’s Story.’ The Conscious Cat website was listed in the back of the book. I came here and the rest is history.

  15. Carolyn Schellhardt
    March 1, 2012 at 9:33 am (9 years ago)

    I found you because of the photos of your cats!!! It’s been a happy, and sometimes sad, journey reading your blog. And your book about Buckley. If there’s anyone who hasn’t read it yet, get busy and read it. It will make you pensive and sometimes sad, but it is a revelation as to the relationship between cat and lady.

  16. Vicky
    March 1, 2012 at 9:31 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations on 3 years. I do enjoy all the posts. I can’t really remember how I found you but perhaps it was through Moderncat.
    Hugs to Allegra and Ruby

  17. Judy A.
    March 1, 2012 at 9:30 am (9 years ago)

    To call her by famous Stockington and Tweetie’s moniker, “That Nice Robin Lady”, Robin Olson, was singing your praises/ Well seriously did you think I needed anything more?

  18. Maggie May
    March 1, 2012 at 9:27 am (9 years ago)

    Happy Blogoversary, friends!!!
    I saw this on facebook….a link posted by my friends Max the Quilt Cat and Marg.

  19. Nan
    March 1, 2012 at 9:24 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations. Believe I found your site through a google search on some cat problem. It’s been a long time. Thanks for the great chance to win.

  20. Stacey
    March 1, 2012 at 9:09 am (9 years ago)

    I did a search for “cat blogs” when I came across The Conscious Cat. I don’t even know what gave me the urge to look that up, but I am so glad that I did! I love reading the blog and look forward to it in my email in the morning. One of the fist things I do is check my email to read up on all my cat blogs. I always come to this one first!

  21. Dorene
    March 1, 2012 at 9:01 am (9 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary! I found out about you through the old Pet Connection blog. I’ve had cats since I was 6 years old (I’ll be 50 in two months), but I never get tired of reading and learning more about them.

  22. Kellyn
    March 1, 2012 at 8:54 am (9 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary! I found you through Moderncat. I recently adopted a stray/lost cat from the street. I’m a first time cat owner and I was scouring the internet for fun, informative blogs and websites to help make me a better cat guardian. Thanks so much for everything! 🙂

  23. Jody Vernay
    March 1, 2012 at 8:52 am (9 years ago)

    Ingrid, Allegra and Ruby, Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary!! I don’t remember just how I found you, but I am so thankful I did! Of all the email I get daily, yours is the one I click to first and immediately! I have learned so much good and useful information! I have shared my home with numerous furbabies for 30 plus years and thought I “knew it all”. WRONG! It is so great to find a blog with new and updated news and information about kitty care! I love the Modkicker and Modshaker designs with Allegra and Ruby’s pictures on them! I know Marmalade, Lucy and Tucker would too!
    Happy Anniversary and thank you for all your hard work!

  24. Julia Benson-Slaughter
    March 1, 2012 at 8:49 am (9 years ago)

    I don’t remember how I found your site, but I do love reading about Allegra and Ruby and their antics!

  25. Sheila K.
    March 1, 2012 at 8:47 am (9 years ago)

    I found you through a Google search for cat blogs (I love cats THAT MUCH!)!

  26. Angela V
    March 1, 2012 at 8:42 am (9 years ago)

    I first found you from a link on Sparkle the cat’s site.
    Congrats to you, Ruby and Allegra on other great year!
    We would love to win one of the great toys with your pictures on them, Allegra and Ruby!

    Angela and Henry, Kokamo & Monkey

  27. Daniela Caride
    March 1, 2012 at 7:55 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations Ingrid!!! How wonderful!!!

  28. Kent Butler
    March 1, 2012 at 7:49 am (9 years ago)

    COLOSSAL KUDOS, KID! You continue to amaze your fans!

  29. Sammy, One Spoiled Cat
    March 1, 2012 at 7:44 am (9 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary Miss Ingrid, Allegra and Ruby! Wow….you sure have done a lot in your three years haven’t you?! And you’ve brought so many people lots of great information, advice, laughs, and stories. We can’t really remember how we found Conscious Cats but we are definitely sure we’re VERY happy that we did!!!! Mom says I have WAY too many toys but then again – who wouldn’t want a toy with pictures of the tortie girls on them?!?!?!

    Kitty Hugs and Kisses (and concatulations!)

  30. maru clavier
    March 1, 2012 at 7:37 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations for the three of you, and thanks for the daily purs I got here.

  31. Kelley Kramer
    March 1, 2012 at 7:31 am (9 years ago)

    Congrats on another year! And thank you for the wealth of information you share!! we found you on Facebook through Covered In Cat Hair!

  32. James
    March 1, 2012 at 7:27 am (9 years ago)

    I’m not exactly sure how I found out about this site. I think I was doing google searches for tonkinese cats and came to a site that linked to this one. After looking around for a bit, I found that the writing here was quality. I bookmarked the site and check it daily.

  33. Caren Gittleman
    March 1, 2012 at 7:16 am (9 years ago)

    HUGE CONCATULATIONS!! OMG 3???? I thought you had been around much longer than that due to the superb quality of your blog!!!

    That is the COOLEST thing to have a toy DESIGNED to look like YOU!!! Kate is a genius!!

    Wow, trying to remember how I found you. I am thinking maybe Facebook through Kent Butler of the Cat Chronicles? I don’t think it was Twitter. All I know is it was “love at first sight!!”

    One of the coolest honors was meeting you at BlogPaws, you are completely incredible!!


  34. Cathy Audorff
    March 1, 2012 at 7:15 am (9 years ago)

    I believe I first came across your page on a link on Facebook also. Happy Anniversary!

  35. Larraine
    March 1, 2012 at 7:15 am (9 years ago)

    I found this blog through Facebook actually. I searched for Cat pages and found this and others.

  36. Debbie D
    March 1, 2012 at 7:12 am (9 years ago)

    I first came across your page through a link on Facebook. Being a Tortie lover myself, I picked up a copy of Buckley’s Story and have been following you ever since. Congrats on 3 years and here’s to 30 more!!

  37. Anita
    March 1, 2012 at 7:08 am (9 years ago)

    Yikes – I can’t remember how I first found The Conscious Cat! I believe I was searching information on Pet Loss and Bereavement. Happy Anniversary!

  38. Max the Quilt Cat
    March 1, 2012 at 7:07 am (9 years ago)

    Oh…oh… I really want to be entered in the contest but I can’t remember how I found you. I think I was just surfing around, or maybe I saw you comment on another cat blog. Anyway… congratulations on your third anniversary and your awards. They are all much deserved. I’m on my way to twitter and to facebook to get more chances at this.

    Have a great day.

    pawhugs, Max

    • Max the Quilt Cat
      March 1, 2012 at 7:13 am (9 years ago)

      Yep… I just posted on Twitter and on Facebook. Have a super Anniversary.

  39. jeneko
    March 1, 2012 at 7:03 am (9 years ago)

    I also heard about you through m friends at the Japan Cat Network, many of them read your blog 🙂

  40. Marg
    March 1, 2012 at 8:02 am (9 years ago)

    Conga rats on your third anniversay. We found you because Mom wanted to tell your Mom how much she enjoyed the book Buckley’s story. And it was an excellent book. Since we have two tortie cats here, we should have a pillow too. We would love to be in the drawing. We will go tweet and Facebook.

  41. Sondra MacEwan
    March 1, 2012 at 7:00 am (9 years ago)

    Gee, I just stumbled in, but stayed to enjoy the wisdom, wit and wonder of cats.

  42. Cindy Huber-Badour
    March 1, 2012 at 6:57 am (9 years ago)

    I found your blog through Jackson Galaxy 🙂 Only wished I found it sooner! Love it!

  43. Katherina
    March 1, 2012 at 6:53 am (9 years ago)

    Happy blogiversary!!!

    I found you through a furious series of google searches for cat blogs! I was desperate for information, and a daily dose of it 🙂 Hanx would love to win!

  44. Deborah Julian
    March 1, 2012 at 7:46 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations, Ingrid, Allegra and Ruby! I found your wonderful blog through a Google search for cat health information. I have learned so much from your posts. I love the new look!

    My boys would de delighted and honored to have Ruby & Allegra’s toys!

    Deborah Julian

  45. Spunky Doodle and Manny
    March 1, 2012 at 6:27 am (9 years ago)

    Your blog is so awesome–one post generating over 9,000 comments is amazing! The most we ever got on one was around 50 when commenters started arguing with each other and some kept coming back to keep the discussion going. Congratulations on your success! I’m off to vote for you now. Sorry, I don’t remember how we discovered your blog, but it was most likely through a link from someone else’s we normally read.

  46. Anne F.
    March 1, 2012 at 1:15 am (9 years ago)

    I first found you through a link from Covered in Cat Hair!


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