Month: December 2017

Primal Pet Food Recalls Select Freeze-Dried Formulas Produced Out of Specification

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The following notice went out to all Primal Pet Food customers yesterday:

“Through a recent product quality review process, we have determined that 5 specific Primal Canine and Feline Freeze-Dried Poultry Formulas were produced outside of our grind size specification of 1/8″ which we have determined is the ideal size of ground bone to be fed to dogs and cats. The products in question were ground at 1/4″ or 1/8” deviation from our specification.Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: Why Your Cat Gets the Zoomies at Night

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Does your cat get the “zoomies?” You know, that thing when she runs around the house like crazy jumping on furniture, running up and down the stairs, and all over the house? At our house, Ruby is the Queen of the Zoomies. Several times a day, she races through the house, up and down the cat tree, and up and along the back of the sofa. Her zoomies loop seems to be almost exactly the same every day. Our resident cat behaviorist Mikel Delgado explained this behavior to Inverse Science.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap:Continue Reading

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My Top 10 Cat Books of 2017

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I don’t keep track of the number of books I read each year, but my best guess is somewhere between 150 and 200, and at least half of them have something to do with cats. I review books here on The Conscious Cat almost every week. That’s a lot of books!

I made a commitment to myself long ago that I would never post a bad book review. I feel that every author pours his or her heart and soul into a book, and just because I don’t like a book doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a good book. As a result, if you see a book reviewed here on the site, it means that I really liked it. This makes it challenging each year to pick only ten favorites.Continue Reading

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Balanced Blends Guide to Raw Feeding: How Does a Nutritionally Balanced Raw Diet Benefit Your Cat’s Health?

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This article is part of a series sponsored by Balanced Blends, a raw pet food company, answering some of the most common questions around feeding a raw food diet to your cats.

Today we’re looking at the health benefits of raw diet. How does a species appropriate and nutritionally balanced diet benefit your cat’s health?Continue Reading

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Reduce Stress for Your Cat Before and During Vet Visits

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Fear and anxiety are common for cats when they have to visit the veterinarian, and for far too long, this has been accepted as “that’s just the way cats are” by both cat guardians and veterinarians. Thankfully, this is changing. Two initiatives, The American Association of Feline Practitioners’ Cat Friendly Practice Initiative and Dr. Marty Becker’s Fear-Free™ initiative both take a multi-pronged approach to reducing the stress of veterinary visits for cats.Continue Reading

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Spoil Your Cats with Catit Hunter and Diner Value Bundles

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I’ve been a fan of the Catit line of cat products for a long time. The folks at Catit really know what cats like, and how to keep them engaged and challenged. This holiday season, they’ve bundled a couple of their most popular items into two holiday bundles that let your cats exercise their hunt-catch-eat instincts!Continue Reading

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Review: Egg Tart Cat Bed

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While Allegra doesn’t much care for cat beds, Ruby is always happy to check out a new one, so she was delighted when we were asked to review the cleverly designed Egg Tart Cat Bed.Continue Reading

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Breakthrough Finding In Clinical Trial Offers First Real Hope for Treatment of FIP

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A new clinical trial funded in part by Morris Animal Foundation has resulted in a critical breakthrough – cats with feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) went into remission as result of treatment with a novel antiviral drug. This fatal viral disease previously had no effective treatment or cure. Continue Reading

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Favorite Christmas Cat Books

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I love reading Christmas themed books, and I usually start right after Thanksgiving. I confess that this year, I started even earlier – I guess I’ve succumbed to the earlier and earlier start of the holiday season, mostly because I do adore those Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, and they started the end of October this year! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Christmas cat books for you – these are books I reread every year.Continue Reading

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New from Jackson Galaxy: Join the Team Cat Mojo Rewards Program

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Whether you’re a regular user of the Jackson Galaxy Solutions (formerly Spirit Essences,) or whether you’re looking for some gifts for your feline family members, now is the time to join the new Team Cat Mojo Rewards Program!

Becoming a member is super easy and it’s free – all you need to provide is your name, email and mobile number. There are several benefits to becoming a Team Cat Mojo Rewards member:Continue Reading

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How to Tell Whether Your Cat is In Pain

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Cats are masters at masking pain. Their ability to hide pain goes back to their wild origins. In the wild, a sick animal becomes prey. While acute pain may be fairly obvious to cat guardians, it may be more difficult to discern whether your cat is in pain when it comes to chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis. Sadly, even veterinarians often overlook signs of feline pain. Therefore, it’s up to the cat’s guardian to understand the signs of pain in cats.Continue Reading

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