2012 Year in Review

2012 has been a wonderful year for all of us here at The Conscious Cat. We won multiple awards, and our readership and fanbase grew rapidly. None of it would have happened without all of you who read this blog every day, comment here and on our Facebook page, and share what you read with your friends and followers. Allegra, Ruby and I appreciate your support more than words can say.

I thought it would be fun to look back over the year and share some of my favorite posts. I hope you enjoy this look back on a great year!

Sleeping with cats


This post about sleeping with cats generated a lively discussion among readers who share my point of view: I simply can’t imagine not sleeping with my cats. Even though some people suggest that you should lock your cats out of the bedroom so you can get a good night’s sleep, that’s never going to happen at my house. I’ll wear my dark circles proudly, thank you very much. What’s a little lost sleep, compared to spending the night with a cat or two snuggled up in bed with you?

Petting aggression in cats: biting the hand that loves


This first in a series of three posts about feline aggression addressed an issue that frequently leaves cat guardians puzzled and frustrated. This guest post by Harry Shubin, volunteer coordinator for for Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation, a Northern Virginia based non-profit animal rescue organization, helps cat guardians understand this form of aggression and provides help in dealing with it.

The best food for your cat: my recommendations

cat with food bowl


Of all the questions I receive, questions about what to feed your cats top the list. You can find a wealth of resources in the Feline Nutrition section on this site. In order to faciliate answering your questions, I summarized my recommendations in this post. The brands listed are foods I feed to Allegra and Ruby. This list is not meant to be exclusive, and it does not mean that there aren’t other really good diets out there. It just means that these brands are the ones I’m comfortable with after doing thorough research. I constantly update this post as new information becomes available.

Meet Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy’s furry family members


In April, I managed to catch up with Jackson Galaxy, the star of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, while he was on the set of the show. We chatted a little about his busy life, and his book, but what I really wanted to talk to him about was cats. His own cats. Who are the felines he goes home to each night? Do they have behavioral problems, or are the Cat Daddy’s fur children problem-free? I thoroughly enjoyed doing this feature of Jackson’s four cats and his dog.

An interview with James Bowen, street musician and author of A Street Cat Named Bob


I just can’t get enough of the “rags to riches” story of London street musician James Bowen and his cat Bob. A Street Cat Named Bob has become one of my alltime favorite cat books, and I was delighted when I was one of the first bloggers in the United States to get a chance to interview James. The book will be published in the US in July, and is available for preorder.

 June 2012
Little cat, big spirit: Moki the Wobbly Cat touches hearts wherever he goes


 In June, I attended the BlogPaws pet blogging conference in Salt Lake City, UT, and had the unexpected pleasure of meeting a very special cat. The story of this little cat with severe neurological symptoms touched my heart when I first heard about him on Animal Planet, and I certainly never expected to meet him in person. I still have no words for the rush of emotion I felt as I cuddled this little cat to me.

Dry pilling cats: uncomfortable, and potentially dangerouscat with medication


Pilling cats can be challenging, to say the least. Even if you mange to get your cat to take pills by popping them directly into her mouth, you may be doing more harm than good. This practice is known as “dry pilling,” and it can not only be uncomfortable for your cat, it can cause serious damage to the delicate lining of the esophagus. This article covers the dangers of giving pills without a chaser of some form of liquid, or at the very least, some wet food, and should be required reading for all cat guardians.

The Conscious Cat celebrates 1000 posts


August brought an incredible milestone for us: we celebrated 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, more than 30,000 comments, 9500 Facebook fans, and 800 RSS and e-mail subscribers. And it’s all thanks to you, our readers!

Emergency preparedness for your cats: lessons learned


In September, we had a weather scare: our area was under a tornado warning, with my suburb in the direct path of the storm. As I was huddled in an interior bathroom with Allegra, Ruby and our cat carriers, I realized that there were some serious gaps in my emergency preparedness plan – something I’ve since remedied.

The Conscious Cat wins the 2012 Pettie for Best Cat Blog

2012 Petties Best Cat Blog

We were happy and excited to win our second Pettie in October, and even more excited that this award came with a $1000 prize, which we donated to Kitten Associates, a Connecticut based private rescue group founded by fellow Pettie nominee Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair.

Purrs of Wisdom now available for online ordering


November brought the release of my second book, Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style. This collection of essays featuring lessons from the cats who have shared my life is already receiving critical acclaim.

Coping with the pain of pet loss


This article about pet loss went viral, illustrating the desperate need for more information about this topic. Losing a cat is such a devastating experience, and it is my hope that my articles abot this subject bring some comfort and healing to our readers who have lost pets this year.

What a year it’s been! Thank you so much for reading, commenting, and sharing. As we get ready to celebrate the end of 2012 and embark on a whole new year in 2013, I’m looking forward to another year of bringing you all the information you need to keep your feline family members happy and healthy.

What has been yours or your cats’ most memorable moment this year? Please share in a comment!

21 Comments on 2012 in review, one blog post at a time

  1. i always knew my tortie ( Lola ) was special from the day my daughter presented her to me just after losing my black cat. She was just 8 weeks old and a look on her face that I will never forget. She stayed by my side for over 17 years and there wasn’t a moment that she didn’t want to receive her treats or just lay on my lap. I will never forget my “Lola” as long as I live, I am desperately looking for her again, if you know of any tortie female kittens please let me know—-thanks Simon Perez

    • Lola sounds like she was a very special little girl. Please contact your local shelter or rescue group, or check Petfinder. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of tortie kittens looking for a new home!

  2. Your posts are always great but my favs are Ruby’s Reflections and Allegra’s World…..their viewpoint is always interesting…Keep up the great work Ingrid and Happy 2013

  3. I’ve been reading your blog for only a few months, so I have some catching up to do. We try to be the best educated kitty parents as possible, and you’ve helped fill in the gaps. We also enjoy seeing photos of yours, as our youngest is a sweet little tortie.

    Regarding January’s entry, I can’t sleep well without at least one on me!

    Have a wonderful new year. 🙂

  4. Such a wonderful year Ingrid. I would like to reiterate what Anna said so well and THANK YOU dear Ingrid… “for such a wonderful website, and for a great year of precious, loving posts with lots of invaluable tips and helpful advice for making our kitties’ life the best possible, and our life with them the happiest possible! Your soulful approach to all the subjects makes the read always a heartwarming experience.”

    I too wish you, Allegra and Ruby a healthy, happy and prosperous 2013.
    ♥toni and abby

  5. Dear Ingrid,
    I have no words to express my gratitude for this wonderful website, and for a great year of precious, loving posts with lots of invaluable tips and helpful advice for making our kitties’ life the best possible, and our life with them the happiest possible! Your soulful approach to all the subjects makes the read always a heartwarming experience. THANK YOU, dear Ingrid!!!
    I am wishing you, Allegra and Ruby a wonderful New Year filled with health, joy, happiness, love and peace!
    Lots of love from Anna and Zoe

  6. That was a great wrap up for the year. I can’t wait to read the book about the Street Cat.
    We sure hope all of you have a very Happy and Healthy New year.

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