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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Answers.com, led to a spirited discussion among readers.
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.
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!