Month: September 2017

Mews and Nips: Surviving Hurricane Irma With Seven Cats


As we’re watching the recovery efforts following hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, it has hopefully made all of us think about the importance of having an emergency plan for us and our cats. It probably also made us wonder how we would fare if we had to cope with of these disasters. Earlier this week, award-winning author Deborah Barnes shared her experience of going through Irma with her seven cats. Her account of what it was like affected me deeply, and I want to share it with you today. Click here to read her story.

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Review: Caticons: 4,000 Years of Art Imitating Cats


What if you had an (almost) unlimited budget to surround yourself with art, furniture, clothing, accessories, household objects, books and pretty much anything else cat related? You would have Caticons!

Caticons: 4,000 Years of Art Imitating Cats chronicles Sandy Lerner’s 30-year-journey through art catalogues, the far corners of the world and the internet for the one “cat thing” she did not already have. Lerner is best known as the founder of Urban Decay and co-founder of tech company Cisco Systems. She is a huge animal lover and promoter of animal welfare, and has established Ayrshire Farm and its retail division, Gentle Harvest, to promote sustainable and humane anti-factory farming. She is getting ready to launch MeatMe, a line of 100% meat based raw pet food sourced and made from humanely raised animals (more information about MeatMe right here on The Conscious Cat very soon!) Continue Reading

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Tabcat Helps You Keep Track of Your Cat


We all adore our cats, but they certainly know how to worry us at times! If yours has ever gone missing, you’ll know exactly how terrifying it can be for the whole family. But the look on their face as they stroll back through the door after you’ve been tearing your hair out with worry is a picture, as if to say “what’s all the fuss about, I’m here, aren’t I?”

The Tabcat tracking device gives cat parents the ability to swiftly find their cat, whether she’s just hiding inside your home, or whether she’s truly lost.Continue Reading

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Who Gets Custody of the Cat in a Divorce


Divorce is an emotional minefield, and custody issues make a difficult time even more challenging. Most cat guardians consider cats family members, and cat custody can turn into a battle very much like child custody.

Even though pets are considered property in most jurisdictions, courts are starting to recognize the relationship with a pet is different than the relationship with other property. Since a pet isn’t something that can easily be replaced or have a monetary value assigned, courts may be more open to considering custody arrangements for pets.Continue Reading

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Fairy Felt Houses for Cats


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I recently came across these adorable felted wool fairy houses, and I just had to share them with you. Handmade by Ukranian artist Yuliya Kosata, these gorgeous cat caves are little works of art. No two are alike, and they can be custom made for your kitties. They will be especially enjoyed by cats who are cavers. Continue Reading

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How You Can Help Animals Affected by Hurricane Irma


I was nervously watching last weekend as Hurricane Irma made its way through Florida. I have a lot of friends in the state. Many evacuated with their cats, some stayed behind. Thankfully, everyone I’ve been worried about is okay, even though some still don’t have power back. Sadly, not everyone in Florida was as fortunate, and it breaks my heart to think of what so many people and animals went through and are still going through.Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: The Hemingway House Cats Are Safe After Hurricane Irma


Many of us spent the past weekend worrying about friends and family in Florida as Irma unleashed her fury on the state. And most cat lovers also worried about the six-toed cats at Hemingway House on Key West. After officials ordered a full evacuation of the Florida Keys, the general manager of Hemingway House refused to leave. She felt that she had an obligation to see the house its feline residents through the storm. Thankfully, the cats and their human attendance were safe inside 18-inch thick limestone walls of the house. Read the full story in the New York Times.

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Review: The Sunshine Cat’s Choice


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I discovered Nic Tatano’s books earlier this year, when I read The Lost Cats and Lonely Hearts Club. In that book, network reporter Madison Shaw discovers a litter of four orphaned kittens. There are four women at the center of all the action in the book, Madison, and her best friends Tish, A.J. and Rory. When the kittens were old enough to go to their forever homes, guess where they went? The second book in the series The Empire State Cat’s Christmas Gift, features Tish and her kitten. I was delighted when Nic sent me an advance copy of The Sunshine Cat’s Choice, the newest book in the series.Continue Reading

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Keep Your Cats Happy and Healthy with Products from iHerb


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I’m always looking for sources for natural cat products. Today, I’d like to introduce you to iHerb. They’ve been in the natural products market since 1996, and while the name may be misleading, they carry much more than just herbal supplements. They carry a vast selection of natural products ranging from vitamins to grocery to bath and beauty products, including more than 200 products for cats and dogs. iHerb ships to more than 160 countries.

We had a chance to select a number of iHerb products, and with Allegra and Ruby’s help, I picked out a selection of treats, supplements, and even a couple of toys.Continue Reading

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Why Does My Cat Smell Bad? 3 Common Odors Explained

Ginger cat covers nose with paw because of smell

Cats are fastidious about keeping themselves clean and it’s rare that a healthy cat emits a bad odor. A healthy cat has no distinguishable smell. If your cat demonstrates a bad odor, this may be an indicator of an illness, and should be cause for concern.Continue Reading

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