Month: February 2017

New Zealand’s Best: Help Your Cat With Arthritis Feel Better

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You may be surprised to know that 61% of cats over the age of 6 suffer from arthritis. As cats age, this number is even higher: 90% of cats over the age of 12 have some form of arthritis. Since cats spend a lot of their time jumping and climbing, their joints, especially weight-baring joints like the shoulders, hips, elbows, knees and ankles, are repeatedly absorbing a lot of impact, and this can lead to joint damage – particularly in larger cats or overweight cats. Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: Cats for Hire

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Best Friends LA’s working cat program gives cats who are not bonded to humans a chance at being placed with adopters who are looking for natural rodent deterrents for enclosed properties such as barns, warehouses, churches, factories or other facilities. This program is a win-win on a lot of different levels: shelters benefit because it makes more room for socialized, friendly cats who need homes, adopters benefit because they can save their property from rodent damage without spending a lot of money, but most of all, the cats benefit, because the program allows them to safely live in an environment where they can thrive. For more about this wonderful program, visit the Best Friends Blog.

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Cats of The Times from The New York Times (2023 Review)

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The cover of this book caught my eye when I saw it scroll past my Facebook newsfeed a few days ago, and I had to investigate – and I sure am glad I did. This collection of cat tales and photographs from the Times’ archives, dating back to 1872, is a treasure for cat lovers.

With headlines like “Fifty Cats Fight Firemen To Reach Burning Fish,” “Psychologist Finds Cats Are Anarchists,” and “Curious Black Cat Disrupts Opera; Takes Stage in Tragic Moment,” this book, which also features plenty of wonderful photos, is an utter delight. Continue Reading

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A Street Cat Named Bob Now Available on Amazon Instant Video

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I just can’t get enough of James Bowen and his Street Cat Named Bob. I’ve been following the pair ever since the first book was published in 2012. Watching this rags-to-riches story of an orange cat changing James Bowen’s life from down on his luck drug addict to bestselling author unfold has been pure joy. The movie was only released to a limited number of theaters in the US late last year, and I know many of you have been waiting for the digital version.

I have good news for you: the movie is now available from Amazon Instant Video! You can rent the movie for $4.99 or purchase it for $12.99.Continue Reading

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Mutual Rescue: How a Tortie Kitten Comforted a Free-Spirited Girl in Her Final Days

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When we help animals, we also help ourselves. Most of us, at one time or another, have experienced the healing power of cats. They comfort us when we’re sad, make us smile even on our most stressful days, and offer unconditional love. The family of a courageous, free-spirited girl named Kylie experienced this healing power firsthand when a tortoiseshell rescue kitten named Liza came into their lives during Kylie’s final days.Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: Star Trek Cats (Book Review & Video)

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Captain’s log: We have entered a galaxy where illustrator Jenny Parks has conjured an astonishingly vivid homage to the original Star Trek series with an unexpected twist: a cast of cats. Star Trek Cats is available on Amazon. Earlier this week, People Pets featured some wonderful images from the book. A must have for all of you Trekkies!

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The Cat Sitter and the Canary Book Review

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The Cat Sitter mystery series, featuring Dixie Hemingway, a pet sitter who lives on one of the Florida keys, has been a favorite of mine ever since the first book in the series came out eight years ago. The series was originally written by Blaize Clement. Her son, John Clement, continued the series after her death in 2011. Blaize had been collaborating on plots and characters for future novels with John.

In The Cat Sitter and the Canary, Dixie stumbles upon a dead body in her client’s front hall.Continue Reading

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A Cat Guardian’s Bill of Rights for Vet Visits

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America’s cats are not receiving the health care they deserve. The findings of a feline health study conducted by Bayer Health Care found that 52% of America’s 74 million cats are not receiving regular veterinary care. The actual number is probably much higher, since this study only captured data from cat guardians who do seek some veterinary care, not those who never take their cat to the vet. The study also showed that cat guardians are not willing to spend as much money on healthcare for their feline charges as dog guardians. Ironically, while spending on veterinary care is declining, spending on pet products is increasing steadily each year.Continue Reading

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It’s Kitten Bowl Sunday!

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Yes, I know, there’s that other big game happening today, too. We’re not big football fans here, although Ruby has been placing bets on the Patriots – after all, she says, how hard can it be to take down a falcon? While we may not be watching the big game, we will definitely be watching the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark Channel.Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: German Commuter Cat Lands Endorsement Deal

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Last week, we told you about Tabby, the orange tabby who took a ride on a German commuter train from the suburb of Herrenberg to the city Stuttgart, which happens to be my hometown. The adventurous kitty with his own Facebook page became so popular that he is now featured in an ad campaign for the city’s transit system. The slogan on the ad loosely translates to “Herrenberg – Stuttgart: a cat’s jump away.” (The German word “Katzensprung” – literally “cat’s jump” – is an idiomatic expression for “a stone’s throw away.”)

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Ask the Vet With Dr. Kris, Creator of I Will Help Your Cat

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We’re super excited to introduce a new regular feature on The Conscious Cat: Ask the Vet with Dr. Kris!

Dr. Kristopher Chandroo is a veterinarian, scientist, photographer, animal welfare advocate, and creator of Stress to Success (STS): The Essential Guide to Medicating Your Feisty, Grumpy or Reluctant Cat.  Dr. Kris wants  your cats to be twenty years old. And counting! And he wants to provide medication and therapy to them in a way that respects the bond between cat and human.Continue Reading

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