The Conscious Cat celebrates 1000 posts

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

38 Comments on The Conscious Cat celebrates 1000 posts

  1. Bernadette
    August 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm (7 years ago)

    Con-cat-ulations! Here’s to a thousand more, including a lot of award winners.

    Reply
    • Ingrid
      August 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Bernadette!

      Reply
  2. Ryker's Boyz 'n' Allie
    August 19, 2012 at 10:49 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations! What a wonderful body of work – and we so enjoy your posts.

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    • Ingrid
      August 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Lisa and kitties!

      Reply
  3. Chris Davis
    August 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm (7 years ago)

    Wow – congrats on a reaching a huge milestone! I’ll have a glass of wine in your honor….ok, maybe two glasses!

    Hugs from me and the kitties,
    Chris

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    • Ingrid
      August 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Chris! I hope you had that extra glass!

      Reply
  4. Cynthia Southern
    August 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm (7 years ago)

    Congrats on this blog’s success Ingrid. You, Ruby, Allegra and all your beloved cats make this blog possible. I enjoy reading every day too and consider your blog to be the best of all cat blogs. I also love seeing videos of Allegra and Ruby and also hearing what they are doing. Your cats, just like mine, give me a laugh every day.

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    • Ingrid
      August 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm (7 years ago)

      Thank you for your kind words, Cynthia!

      Reply
  5. Jenny | Floppycats
    August 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm (7 years ago)

    Congratulations! OH I WILL BE POSTING THIS – “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.” in my forum! Had someone that said they were a pet nutritionist saying that we were all fools for thinking that dry food was bad for kitties! http://www.floppycats.com/forum/wet-food

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Jenny, and thanks for sharing!

      Reply
  6. Layla Morgan Wilde
    August 18, 2012 at 1:48 pm (7 years ago)

    Ingrid, huge congrats on your big 1000! It’s richly deserved…now go out and celebrate ! 🙂

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Layla. We’re definitely celebrating here.

      Reply
  7. Connie
    August 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm (7 years ago)

    Congrats! You have made a wonderful home here and created many great reasons for people to visit over and over.

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Connie – I’m glad this feels like a home to you!

      Reply
  8. Joanne
    August 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm (7 years ago)

    Congratulations Ingrid! Our family loves your blog, as it is a “must read” for us everyday. You give your readers insight, helpful tips and much humor! You do a great service for all of us cat lovers/owners. We also enjoy following the antics of your girls, Allegra & Ruby!
    Thank you so much for all that you give us!!

    Joanne

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Joanne – I’m so glad we’re one of your must reads every day.

      Reply
  9. Vicki Cook
    August 18, 2012 at 11:30 am (7 years ago)

    Congrats Ingrid – 1,000 posts is certainly something to celebrate! Looking forward to the next 1,000!

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Vicki!

      Reply
  10. Caren Gittleman
    August 18, 2012 at 10:23 am (7 years ago)

    HUGE Concatulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hey!!! We aren’t that far behind you!!!! We have 600-something posts and will hit our 3 yr mark this October! Woooo hooooooooooo!!!!!!!
    xoxoxoxo

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks Caren – your support means so much!

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Debbie – that means so much!

      Reply
  11. Lisa Barrett
    August 18, 2012 at 10:09 am (7 years ago)

    Wow! Congratulations on your fantastic achievement. I really enjoy reading your posts and look forward to them to finding them on my feed – thank you! All the best, Lisa

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Lisa!

      Reply
  12. Esme
    August 18, 2012 at 10:06 am (7 years ago)

    Well little chitties (kitty children) you sure have given you mum a lot to write about. I look forward to reading her next 1,000 posts. PS little ones-listen to mum she knows what she is talking about.

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Esme and chitties!

      Reply
  13. Anjali Banerjee
    August 18, 2012 at 9:33 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations! What a wonderful blog. I’m so glad I found you. Your piece about grief really hit home. I lost my soul mate cat, Monet, in a tragic way in June 2009. The best card I received was from a friend who wrote, “I don’t know what to say. Maybe I can just cry with you.”

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Anjali! I’m glad I found your books! I’m sorry about Monet – there’s just nothing that prepares us for losing these special cats. I love the card your friend sent.

      Reply
    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Texas!

      Reply
  14. Taildom - Daniela Caride
    August 18, 2012 at 9:21 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations, Ingrid! You so deserve it!! You’ll have 2k posts in no time. 🙂

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Daniela!

      Reply
  15. Zee and Zoey - Deb Barnes
    August 18, 2012 at 9:20 am (7 years ago)

    A toast to you, Ingrid!! Cheers and congratulations on this wonderful milestone!!

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Deb!

      Reply
  16. Sammy, One Spoiled Cat
    August 18, 2012 at 7:28 am (7 years ago)

    Wow that’s quite a milestone Miss Ingrid! Concatulations from me and my Mom…..you deserve all the accolades you get – we love Conscious Cat….and you!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks, Sam and Pam – hugs to you, too!

      Reply
  17. Christina
    August 18, 2012 at 4:07 am (7 years ago)

    Congratulations, Ingrid (and Allegra and Ruby too, of course!) I may be an infrequent commenter, but I do read and enjoy your blog everyday. Thanks so much for all your informative and entertaining posts!

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    • Ingrid
      August 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm (7 years ago)

      Thank you, Christina! I’m glad you enjoy my blog!

      Reply

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