Month: October 2017

You Don’t Need to Give Up Your Cat When You’re Pregnant



Cats, pregnant women and babies have coexisted happily for thousands of years, and there is absolutely no reason you have to give up your cat when you’re pregnant. A few common sense precautions will keep mom, baby and kitty safe.Continue Reading

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Total Cat Mojo by Jackson Galaxy (2023 Book Review)


From the time that he worked in a shelter in Boulder in the 1990’s to starring in Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat from Hell for the last six years, Jackson Galaxy has dedicated his life to the well being of cats and their humans. In Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life With Your Cat, he offers the collective wisdom of everything he has ever said, filmed, recorded and written about cats in one place. With the help of his co-author, Mikel Delgado, who is also our resident cat behaviorist here on The Conscious Cat, Jackson offers one of the most comprehensive guides I’ve ever seen to helping cats and their humans live a truly happy life.Continue Reading

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Review: Buddhism for Pet Lovers


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There’s no question that cats enrich our lives in so many different ways. They’re family members, constant companions, they cheer us up when we’re feeling down and, as science has shown us, they even have healing powers. The bond between cat and human can often be deeper than any connection we may feel with other humans. In Buddism for Pet Lovers: Supporting Our Closest Companions Through Life and Death, David Michie explores this close connection between us and our animal companions.Continue Reading

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Hypoallergenic Cats – Do They Really Exist?

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Cat allergies are one of the top five reasons why cats are returned to shelters. However, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, nearly 10 million people choose to share their homes with cats and dogs despite being allergic.Continue Reading

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Review: Meepcha and the Lost 100 (The Cats of Nova Book 2)


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I’m not a huge fan of reading Fantasy, nor do I generally read middle grade novels. I read and reviewed Chermpf, the first book in The Cats of Nova series, because the author’s wife had pitched it to me in such a lovely email, I just couldn’t say know. And I ended up loving the book. Meepcha and the Lost 100 continues the story of Gracie Fisher, her feline guardian Roscoe and their companions Dondo, Bear and Mimyat.Continue Reading

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Can Cats Be Allergic to Litter?


Allergies are an extreme reaction of the immune system to common substances in a cat’s everyday environment. Just like in humans, feline allergies can be caused by trees, grasses, dust, fabrics, cleaning product, perfumes, food, and more. A lesser known cause of feline allergies is cat litter. Cat litter may contain chemicals, bentonite, silica dust, clay and fragrances that can cause allergies and lead to litter box avoidance.Continue Reading

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Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado: Pica, a Screaming Tortie & More


Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado” segment. Once, or every other month, we’ll post a reminder for you to post your questions for Mikel. She’ll answer as many of them as she can each time, and I’ll publish her answers in a subsequent post.

Mikel is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant at Feline Minds, offering on-site consultations for cat guardians, shelters, and pet-related businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, and remote consultations around the world. She obtained her PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley, where she studied animal behavior and human-pet relationships. Mikel is co-author of Jackson Galaxy’s forthcoming book, Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat, due out October 31and available for pre-order now (this is an affiliate link*).Continue Reading

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Intestinal Parasites in Cats and How to Treat Them


Cats can get a variety of intestinal parasites. Some of these are often referred to as “worms.” Outdoor cats and indoor/outdoor cats who are exposed to soil where other animals defecate are at risk for infection. While worms are usually easily treated, cats who do not receive regular veterinary care, especially kittens, can develop complications from internal parasites.Continue Reading

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