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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!