2013 has been a very good year for all of us here at The Conscious Cat. Our readership and fanbase grew rapidly, thanks to 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.

With more than 365 posts, it’s hard to highlight only a handful of posts, but I gave it my best shot. I hope you enjoy this look back at a wonderful year.



Why is Veterinary Care So Expensive?

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me this question, I’d be a wealthy woman! I wrote this post to dispel some of the misconceptions about what goes into your cat’s veterinary bill. What most people don’t realize is that, relatively speaking, veterinary care, especially when compared to human healthcare, is actually not at all unreasonable. As a former veterinary hospital manager, I am able to give you some behind the scenes insight into what makes up the cost of veterinary care.



A Team Approach to Caring For Cats With Cancer

While cancer in cats is not as common as it in dogs, it is still one of the leading causes of death in older cats. Cancer used to be a death sentence for cats, but recent advances in feline cancer research have made treatment possible in many cases. Whether you choose aggressive treatment for your cat’s cancer, or whether you elect to provide palliative care, which focuses on providing quality of life for the ill cat as well as the cat’s caregiver, caring for the feline cancer patient is a team effort that involves the cat’s guardian, her veterinarian and staff, and, if needed, a social worker or bereavement counselor.



Why Does My Cat Not Cover Her Poop?

In this post, I shared some theories as to why some cats over their poop, and others don’t. Going by the number of comments, this post was of interest to a lot of our readers, and generated some lively discussion.



Conscious Cat Sunday: Appreciate Life in the Face of Darkness

I wrote this Conscious Cat Sunday post after the Boston bombing, when many of us were still struggling with processing the horror of what happened, sharing the collective grief of  a nation whose peace was once again disrupted by an act of terrorism, and trying to make sense of something that is completely senseless. At times of darkness, we all hold our family and friends a little tighter, and for most of us, our cats are family. And spending time with cats is certainly one of the best ways I know to help us pull out of sadness and despair.



BlogPaws 2013: Cat Ladies, Kittens and Tiaras

The annual BlogPaws conference is always one of the highlights of my year. What’s not to love about spending a few days with 300 of my closest blogging friends? This year was an extra special experience for me: my dear friend Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair threw a surprise birthday party for me during the conference!



Feline Hyperthyroidism and Cat Food: Exploring a Possible Connection

Researchers at the University of Georgia were examining whether cat food ingredients play a role in the development of feline hyperthyrodism, a common disease that typically affects middle-aged and older cats. While more research is needed to definitively identify a connection between feline hyperthyroidism and cat food, the research that has been done so far is enough to convince me to err on the side of caution when it comes to choosing cat food.



How to Get Finicky Cats to Eat

Most cat guardians know cats can be finicky, and there’s nothing more frustrating that getting a finicky cat to eat, especially when the cat is sick. My article explained how cats become finicky eaters, and how to tempt them to eat.



Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

August marked the publication of my new book, Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself. The book offers a unique look at what really goes on in a veterinary hospital through the eyes of a former veterinary hospital manager, aka, yours truly.



Pet Night on Capitol Hill

In June, I attended a very special event on Capitol Hill:  the 17th Annual Pet Night. This year’s celebrity was none other than Aragon, the cat who plays Lord Tubbington on the hit TV show Glee. I had a fantastic time hobnobbing with members of Congress, enjoying the incredible food, and repeatedly pinching myself because it seemed surreal that I was really at an event on Capitol Hill, but the highlight of the event for me was, without a doubt, meeting Aragon.



What Being a Cat Lady Really Means

It’s no secret that I don’t care for the term “crazy cat lady.” It diminishes those of us who love cats for the unique and wonderful creatures that they are by assigning a label that usually has a somewhat derogatory connotation, even if it’s used with humorous self-deprecation. This article, originally written for, led to a spirited discussion among readers.



Up Close and Purrsonal with Simon Tofield, Creator of Simon’s Cat

In November, I interviewed not one, but two celebrities in the cat world in person. It was hard to choose just one to feature in this year end review, but my interview with Simon’s Cat creator Simon Tofield had a slight edge over the equally delightful one with John Fulton, host of Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats.


Buckley in front of the maple tree

Euthanasia: To Be With Your Cat, or Not?

December’s most read post turned out to be this post about a difficult topic. My goal in writing this post was to explain what to expect during a euthanasia so that cat guardians will be better able to decide whether they want to be present, or whether they would rather say their good byes before the vet gives the final injection.

I hope you enjoyed this look back over the year. We’re looking forward to bringing you more of the best cat-related content on the web, ranging from cat health and nutrition to lifestyle to product and book reviews. We’ll continue to have fun giveaways for you, and we have a few surprises for you!

As you review your own year, and get ready for 2014, we wish you the happiest and healthiest New Year!

11 Comments on The Conscious Cat Year in Review 2013

  1. Thanks, everyone, for the good wishes, and for your kind words about my site. It makes me feel so good to know that what I do makes a difference in your lives and in your cats’ lives, and I love this wonderful community we have here on the site with all of you.

  2. I have enjoyed reading your posts. I have learned a lot i didn’t know. I have also enjoyed reading your other followers comments and even cried when they wrote about losing their kitties. I am looking forward to a new year with you Ingrid, and also Ruby and Allegra. I wish the three of you the happiest of new years and i hope the new year finds all of you healthy and enjoying life.

  3. First of all, thank you for every bit of wisdom and inspiration you gave me all year long. Couldn’t imagine a day without your blog. As usual I’m spending New Year’s eve at home with my babies, trying to get them excited, well, interested in the ball coming down and opening a small bottle of bubbly. Maxximus used to love watching the bubbles break on the surface but these two do not care. Really. Some cats watch TV. Mine don’t. They hear it and often react to sounds like commercials too loud. Anyway, thanks again, Ingrid, and keep us inspired and invited into your lovely cat home.
    Happy New Year or as they say in our original language: Prosit Neujahr!
    Monica, Chelsea and Charlie

  4. I can’t imagine my day without the Conscious Cat blog. Usually enlightening, often educational and always entertaining, you, Allegra and Ruby really do some fabulous work. A big thank you and Cheers to all of you. Onward to 2014–may it be happy, healthy and full of peace.

  5. Ingrid, you have provided with such wonderful and informative posts this past year. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in 2014. Wishing you and the girls a safe and Happy New Year. Thanks for all you do for us cat parents.

  6. What a purr-fectly fabulous year you’ve had!! I do love all the photos but my favorite would have to be the photo of all the “cat ladies”!! I spy some of my favorites!!

    Here’s to a happy, healthy and purr-fect 2014.

    ♥toni and abby

  7. I enjoy reading the Conscious Cat blog and also the contests. Your blog is educational and heartwarming. I look forward to seeing it in my email every day. Keep up with the wonderful daily posts in 2014. Happy New Year to you, Allegra and Ruby. Have a purrfect 2014.

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