Month: October 2020

Cat Paper Towel Holder

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How cute is this paper towel holder? I love fun designs for utilitarian items, especially when it’s something we use multiple times a day. Just looking at this paper towel holder makes me smile.Continue Reading

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P. S. I Love You More Than Tuna Helps Heal Grieving Hearts

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I’d like to offer huge congratulations to our friend Sarah Chauncey on today’s release of her new book, P.S. I Love You More Than Tuna.

If you’ve read The Conscious Cat for a while, you’re already familiar with Sarah’s work. She contributed a number of wonderful articles about pet loss to our site.Continue Reading

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Ask the Cat Doc: When to Adopt Another Senior Cat, Socializing a Kitten, Cat Begging After Eating, and More

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Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Doc With Dr. Lynn Bahr” segment! Once a month, Dr. Bahr answers as many of your questions as she can, and you can leave new questions for her in a comment.Continue Reading

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Review: Catalyst by Sarah Beth Durnst

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I rarely read books in the fantasy or young adult genres, but every once in a while, I get a pitch to review a book that sounds so intriguing that I agree to take a look. I’m glad I did for Catalyst. This story about 12-year-old Zoe, who rescues a tiny kitten on her birthday, and the adventures that her act of kindness lead to, appealed to me on a lot of different levels.Continue Reading

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Review: Lil Paws 5-in-1 Cat Carrier

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At first glance, the Lil Paws cat carrier looks like any other soft-sided carrier. That’s until you start looking at all the clever design features and you realize  just how much thought went into this carrier by someone who clearly knows and understands cats.Continue Reading

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Review: RompiCatz Adjustable String Wand Toys

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RompiCatz makes some of the best cat toys on the market. These toys from the creator of the popular Neko Flies are designed to engage your cat’s natural hunting and prey instinct. Ellen understands the importance of mental stimulation and physical exercise for indoor cats. She has been creating toys that move and act like real prey for many years. Her toys provide endless opportunities to keep cats happy.Continue Reading

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Cat Care Guides from the 1960’s

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A friend recently gave me two cat care guides from the 1960’s. The Common Sense Book of Kitten and Cat Care is from 1966, Cats is from 1969. Looking through the books was a fascinating exercise in realizing how far we’ve come in understanding cats better over the last 50 years.Continue Reading

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Why Quality Matters: Fresh Food for Cats

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Have you ever opened a can of food or a bag of kibble and wondered about the contents? Why does it smell so bad? Why are the ingredient lists so complicated and long? What’s even in it? Cats may be mysterious, but their food shouldn’t be. That’s where Smalls comes in. Smalls is human-grade, fresh food, for cats.Continue Reading

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Review: CritterZone Air Naturalizer

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I couldn’t have been more delighted when the folks at CritterZone approached me to see if I wanted to review their air naturalizer*. You see, I’ve owned two CritterZone units for more than seven years, and I use them frequently to successfully combat odors (and yes, they’re still working well after all that time.) Since then, CritterZone has made some improvements to their original unit, and I couldn’t wait to try it out.

What does the CritterZone Air Naturalizer do?

  • It creates a natural, charged flow that fills the room and continually cleans the air.
  • It makes energized versions of the natural elements already found in the air.
  • It works as a spot treatment to break down urine and other odors.
  • It breaks down pollutants and particles that cause odor.
  • It helps remove pathogens such as viruses, mold, and allergens from the air.
  • It does not generate ozone.

CritterZone features

The Critterzone is small! At less than 4.5 inches tall and 2 inches wide, this powerful little air naturalizer won’t take up much space. It’s actually a little hard to believe that such a small appliance can get so much done, but trust me, it does. The sleek design and white color blends easily with any decor. The unit comes with a 6 foot power cord which gives you lots of flexibility with placement.

Look Ma, no filters!

The best part: no filters! All you have to do to maintain the unit is to clean it occasionally by sweeping a cotton swab between the vents to remove the debris that can collect as the unit does its job.

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Putting the CritterZone Air Naturalizer to the test

Since litter box odors aren’t an issue for us (I pretty much scoop as soon as Allegra deposits anything in the box!), my primary use is for cooking odors, and it works unbelievably fast. Even after sautéeing something fragrant like onions or frying fish, all it takes is a few minutes of running the CritterZone and any lingering odors disappear.

The unit does generate a very faint ozone odor, and I was concerned about that, but the manufacturer assured me that it’s less than what occurs in nature. It’s also a sign that it’s working.

Removes urine odor without a trace

I have used the older units on urine spills in the past. Ruby was a vertical pee-er and sometimes missed the box, and until I figured that out and got a box with higher sides, we had a couple of urine spills on carpet. It was pretty incredible how well it worked to clear up urine odor. You blot up the stain and then simply set the unit upside down on the remaining dampness for about an hour. Every time I did this, the odor was completely gone. CritterZone has detailed instructions on their website for older stains or stains that have soaked into padding and subflooring.

For more information about CritterZone, please visit https://www.critterzoneusa.com/

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*FTC Disclosure: I received this product from CritterZone at no charge, and I also received a fee for featuring this product. Receiving the complimentary product and the fee did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest opinion, or, as the case may be, Allegra’s honest opinion.

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New Feline Vaccination Guidelines Focus on Individual Risk-Benefit Assessment

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The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) recently released the 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines to the veterinary community. The release provides updated recommendations and the most current information for feline vaccinations.Continue Reading

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