Scratching is a natural behavior for cats. Cats scratch to groom their claws, the scratching motion helps remove dead sheaths from their front claws (they usually chew them off their back claws). They scratch to mark their territory. Their front paws contain scent glands, and scratching leaves behind their unique signature on the object being scratched. They scratch for exercise; scratching stretches the muscles in the front legs and all along the back. And they scratch simply because it feels good.Continue Reading
Earlier this week, Samantha Martin and the Amazing Acro-Cats performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – and they even got Stephen Colbert to wear cat ears! If you ever get a chance to see their show, which features over a dozen beautiful rescue cats, don’t miss it. Samantha and the Acro-Cats aren’t just about entertainment, they’re also dedicated to educating cat lovers about how training cats can enhance the bond between cats and humans, and they are devoted to animal rescue (since 2009, Samantha Martin has found homes for more than 150 cats.)
If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap:Continue Reading
Even though cats tend to be more discriminating than dogs about ingesting random toxic substances, cats do get into the strangest things. With many toxins, immediate emergency treatment is critical to prevent life-threatening complications. The following 10 substances are the most frequently seen toxicology cases in veterinary emergency clinics.Continue Reading
I rarely review non-cat books on The Conscious Cat, but Do Unto Animals by former veterinary technician, animal advocate and wife of comedian and former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, is such a purrfect fit for what this site is all about that I want to share it with you. After all, conscious living encompasses caring for all living beings on this earth, not just cats. Continue Reading
Small and fluffy or big and trim, it doesn’t matter. Sharing life with a cat can change a person’s life. To some that change simply means coming home to unconditional love every day, but for others it can mean fame and fortune.
We’ve selected five cat guardians who, by deciding to welcome a furry friend into their home, have experienced incredible, life changing success.Continue Reading
It’s every cat guardian’s worst nightmare: you’re away from home, and there’s a gas leak, or a fire starts somewhere in your home. According to the US Fire Administration, more than half a million pets are affected by house fires each year, and 40,000 actually perish, so this is not an unfounded cause for concern. With the advent of webcams, monitoring your home while you’re gone has become easier and more commonplace, but a webcam requires constant monitoring and it can’t alert you when there is a problem like the presence of deadly carbon monoxide or when a smoke alarm is sounding.
Leeo Smart Alert is a simple device that continuously listens to your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and sends an alert to your smartphone so you can immediately call for help or get home as fast as you can.Continue Reading
Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. is voluntarily recalling a limited production of Blue Kitty Yums Chicken Recipe Cat Treats that may contain low levels of propylene glycol, which is not permitted by the FDA for use in cat food.
Cats reacting to high doses of propylene glycol may exhibit signs of depression and may have a loss of coordination, muscle twitching, and excessive urination and thirst. If your cat has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.Continue Reading
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that they require meat not just to survive, but to thrive. Cats don’t need vegetables in their diet – in fact, they lack the enzyme required to properly digest carbohydrates and process them metabolitically. The only grass cats eat in nature is the stomach content of their prey. And yet, you will find numerous websites touting the benefits of grass, especially wheat grass, for cats, and some cats seem to really enjoy the taste of grass. So what’s the story: should your cat eat grass?Continue Reading
Whether you love to spend time in the kitchen, or whether cooking and baking is a chore for you, these fun cat kitchen accessories are sure to make your time in the kitchen more fun. All of these also make great gifts for the cat lover cook or baker on your gift list.Continue Reading
A new study at the University of California Davis suggests that there may be a link between feline aggression and certain coat colors. Lead researcher Dr. Liz Stelow and her team looked at data from 1,274 anonymous cat caretakers who answered an online survey about their cats’ behavior.Continue Reading