The Conscious Cat reached a milestone today: this is our 1000th post!
When I started this site three and a half years ago, I envisioned a rapidly growing site, but the actual growth has exceeded even my wildest dreams. In three years, we have 1000 posts, almost 27,000 comments, 7400 Facebook fans, and 1300 RSS and e-mail subscribers. But the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
I never could have envisioned the community of cat lovers this site created, both here, and on our Facebook page. None of this would be possible without you, our readers. I appreciate each and every one of you for reading, commenting, and sharing every day!
Conscious Cat readers are passionate about cats, and they’re passionate about providing the best possible life for their cats. It’s a privilege for me to be able to bring you all the latest information on cat health, nutrition and lifestyle. There’s nothing more gratifying for me than knowing that because of something I wrote, a cat’s life has been changed for the better.
To celebrate this milestone, I’d like to highlight five of our most popular and frequently viewed posts.
Our most popular post is 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 11,000 comments and has turned into a community of tortie lovers who visit frequently to share stories of their special cats.
Caring for Your Cat After Surgery is the second most popular post. Helping a cat recover after surgery is a challenge for many cat guardians, both on a practical and emotional level. Knowing what to expect, and how to care for your cat prior to and after surgery can make it a less stressful experience for cat and guardian.
Another perennial favorite is Up Close and Purrsonal with Jackson Galaxy. My interview with Jackson was one of the first after the launch of his wildly successful show My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet.
The Truth About Dry Cat Food won a Petlitzer Prize last year. I’m passionate about feline nutrition, and a species appropriate diet of either grain-free canned or raw food, and I love that this post continues to educate cat guardians on why cats should not eat dry food long after I first wrote it.
The popularity of What Not to Say to Someone Who Is Grieving the Loss of a Pet came as a surprise to me. I wrote this post a couple of weeks after I lost Amber to a sudden illness, because I was once again reminded of how much some of the things people say to someone who lost a pet hurt, even when they’re offered with the best intentions. Clearly, I wasn’t alone in feeling this way.
I’m looking forward to the next 1000 posts. Allegra, Ruby and I hope that you’ll all come along for the ride. And if you like what you read here, please share it with your cat loving friends.