Month: April 2020

How to Cope If Your Pet Dies During the Pandemic

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Guest post by Sarah Chauncey

This is the second post in a three-part series. In the first post, l looked at how veterinarians are handling euthanasia during COVID-19.

Losing a beloved companion is a difficult experience at any time, but several factors come together to make it particularly devastating during COVID-19. From veterinarians handling euthanasias differently than usual to physical distancing requirements that keep us from hugging each other, circumstances are coming together that intensify the isolation many guardians feel after a loss even under normal circumstances. In addition, there is so much grief and loss in the world right now, and we’re all feeling some of that—loss of routine and familiarity, economic uncertainty, concern about loved ones, and of course, for many people, the loss of human loved ones to this awful disease. This collective grief weighs heavily on all of us and can make grieving the loss of a pet during COVID-19 even more challenging.Continue Reading

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Olive & Rye Custom Cat Portraits and Art

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Today, I’d like to introduce you to Laura Kicey, a graphic designer, illustrator, photographer and artist currently living in quarantine in her house in the Philadelphia suburbs with her partner and their three cats. While not all of Laura’s creative work is about cats, most of it is, “and if it isn’t, it is in the service of cats one way or another,” she says.

I had a chance to ask Laura some questions about her art, her cats, and her work.Continue Reading

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How to Support Your Cat’s Immune System (9 Tips!)

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The immune system is an intricate system of biological processes and structures that protects the body against disease. A healthy immune system is able to recognize and fend off invaders such as viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Keeping your cat’s immune system strong will help prevent health problems and protect her against disease.

In order to protect and boost your cat’s immune system, consider the following:Continue Reading

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Mews and Nips: Samsung Redesigned Its TV Boxes So They Can Be Upcycled Into Adorable Cat Houses

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I love when companies get creative. Gizmodo reported that in order to help reduce its carbon footprint, Samsung will start using packaging made from eco-friendly corrugated cardboard for its higher-end TVs. The cardboard is perforated with a dot matrix pattern. Scanning a QR code on the boxes with a mobile device grants access to instruction manuals for turning the cardboard into an adorable cat house (or magazine racks, shelving, and end tables, but honestly, I stopped reading at “cat  house.”)

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

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Review: Raw Paws Freeze Dried Treats

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Raw Paws’ mission is to make it practical, affordable, and accessible for pet parents to provide their furry family members with the healthiest pet food, treats, chews, supplements and more. All of their products are sourced in the US from responsible and ethical farms, and are hormone, antibiotic and GMO free. Their products are minimally processed and don’t contain any additives or fillers.Continue Reading

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Swan Song For a Slicker Brush

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Have you ever had something for so long, you simply can’t imagine being without it, and when it finally breaks on you, it’s like losing a dear friend? That’s how I felt about the slicker brush I’ve had since I got my very first cat, Feebee, in 1984.Continue Reading

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Adventure Cats: Going Where No Cat Has Gone Before

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This post is sponsored by Sleepypod

You’ve probably seen them online: cats who hike, camp, rock climb and surf. They seem to be fearless and accompany their adventure loving humans everywhere. If you’ve ever wondered whether your cats have what it takes to be an adventure cats, you’ll enjoy meeting Sophie, Kylo Ren and Gryphon.Continue Reading

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Clearing Up the Confusion About COVID-19 and Cats

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Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD

This past week has been a firestorm for cat parents. First we learned that cats can be infected with a large dose of live SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19, and may be able to transmit the virus to another cat. The next day we hear that even some shelter cats, assumed feral, had neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. Then, the icing on the cake, a tiger tested positive for COVID-19 in the Bronx Zoo. But not all the news is discouraging; the latest study from France is demonstrating just how hard it may be to infect your pets¹.

This article is aimed at cutting through the confusion, offering a science-based explanation, and hopefully putting your mind at ease at least a little.Continue Reading

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PrettyLitter’s Health Monitoring Litter Alerts to Potential Health Problems

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PrettyLitter is a revolutionary litter with a super lightweight, odor-free formula and an easy to use subscription service that ships right to your door. No more lugging of bags from store to car and into your house, and you’ll never have to worry about running out. More importantly, PrettyLitter has features that take litter to the next level.Continue Reading

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