Research on the human side has shown that bright light therapy, which involves daily exposure to intense doses of white light, regulates seasonal mood swings, improves sleeping patterns, and produces a general sense of well-being.

Max Marvin, the founder of Pawsitive Lighting, experienced the benefits of light therapy firsthand when he was battling severe insomnia. A sleep specialist suggested that he try light therapy. Max lives in Portland Oregon, where sunlight can be scarce, so the idea was that it could help set his sleep cycle by mimicking the sun. In addition, light therapy balances melotonin production, which is an important component of healthy sleep.

Light Therapy for Pets

After only a week, Max noticed a difference. He found the light to be incredibly invigorating and an excellent way to liven his spirits every morning. He also started sleeping better.

What he also noticed was that his dog Luke would be consistently basking by his side each morning.  Whenever the light was out, so was Luke.  That’s when something clicked for Max. “We all notice, and often laugh at our pets following a single stream of light throughout the house,” said Max, “but why is this?”

Max did some research, and talked to established veterinarians. It turned out that similar to humans, animals also require sunlight, and those who don’t receive enough, can suffer from seasonal affective disorder.  Max found this fascinating, and was curious what veterinarians were doing to treat these animals who were suffering from a lack of sunlight.  What he found was that increasingly vets prescribe Prozac and other antidepressants in an attempt to boost pets’ serotonin levels.

The idea of treating pets with a safe and natural remedy as opposed to pharmaceuticals with potentially dangerous side effects appealed to Max, and he founded Pawsitive Lighting. He teamed up with a manufacturer in England who had experience in developing high quality light therapy devices, and they designed the first ever light therapy box made specifically for pets.

Here’s a testimonial from a cat guardian who has successfully used the Sol Box:

I was desperate for some help for my nearly 16 year old cat who has recently taken to roaming  the house and yowling at night. I saw you on the local news and had never considered that she  might be suffering from something akin to SAD. After some research, I thought it made perfect  sense. This is her second winter in the Portland area, coming from sunny California.  We have used the Sol Box now for a few days. I’m up early and turn it on for both of my cats.  They both seem to like the light and are more than willing to lay in front of it for 30-60 minutes  after they eat.  I have had two peaceful nights of sleep. She did get a little fussy last night when I first went to  bed but she settled down into her bed after only about 2 minutes. I’m very optimistic that the Sol  Box is doing the trick.

Do you think your cats could benefit from light therapy?

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Enter to Win a Sol Box For Your Cat

To enter this giveaway, please  leave a comment and let me know why you want to win the Sol Box. For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest, and leave a separate comment for each social network, letting me know that you shared. No need to post the link to your share. This giveaway is open to readers in the United States only, and ends Thursday, May 9, 2013. Winners will be chosen by random drawing*.

Special Discount for Conscious Cat Readers

Pawsitive Lighting is offering a special 30% discount on all Sol Box purchases for Conscious Cat readers only. Simply enter code CONSCIOUSCAT at checkout.

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*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winner must provide The Conscious Cat with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. Winners will be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

70 Comments on Giveaway and Special Discount: Sol Box from Pawsitive Lighting

  1. I would be grateful to win the Sol Box for my little baby named Monky. He’s only 8 months old. We left home in Michigan to California a month ago. I can tell he misses my mom and brother because they gave him so much love and attention when I wasn’t home. He’s not as energetic anymore and my heart hurts because I feel like he isn’t happy. He’s home alone a lot and I just feel absolutely terrible that his life perhaps isn’t as good as it used to be. Maybe this Sol Box would improve his quality of life?

    You can visit his Facebook fan page I created for him because I love him so much.

  2. I would love to win because my three indoor cats absolutely adore any sunspots they can find! I’m sure they would definitely be delighted to have a light therapy box, especially on those dark and dreary days! 🙂

  3. My cat, Apollo would love to win this. Since moving to a new state and new apartment, he has lost his favorite sunspots. Our new place doesn’t have any access to the sun and Apollo only gets the smallest of streaks of sun once a day. He tries to squish into it and it makes me so very sad. Please bring the sun to my kitty. : )

  4. I’ve suffered from SAD for years and now have one kitty who seems to spend a lot of time roaming the house at night and talking (loudly).

  5. I would like to win because my kitties can’t be in the sun whenever they want. It might help me as well!

  6. I’d like to win because, in addition to the fact that my cat is indoor only, we generally keep the blinds closed for privacy reasons and I’m sure that because of this she could really use a light therapy box!

  7. I would love to win because our house is so dark and I am sure this affects our kitties behaviour and mood. I am sure the difference in her would be amazing.

    • I would love to win a Sol Lightbox because I own 3 cats and live in a basement apartment with 2 very small windows that face north and south. I live in a basement because I am a broke saxophonist trying to make a living with my passion for music. My cats go outside sometimes, but the winter is coming and I worry they will start getting depressed….please help!

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