Feline Lifestyle

Better With Pets Summit Focuses on Emotional Wellness for Pets

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Earlier this week, I had a chance to attend the Better with Pets Summit in Brooklyn, NY. The summit was sponsored by Purina*, and while my nutritional philosophy differs greatly from that of Purina when it comes to species-appropriate nutrition for cats, I admire the work the company is doing to foster the human-animal bond. This year’s summit focused on emotional wellness for pets and humans. The daylong event featured panel discussions with experts ranging from veterinary behaviorists to architects to anthrozoologists, and an interactive exhibit area that explored emotional wellness for cats and dogs in the areas of environment, cognition, behavior and nutrition.Continue Reading

Share Your Adoption Story for a Chance to Help Your Favorite Shelter Win up to $100,000 in Grant Money

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Did you adopt your cat from a shelter or rescue organization? Sharing your adoption story could help that shelter or rescue win up to $100,000 in grant money! Sponsored by the Petco Foundation and Halo, Purely for Pets, the Holiday Wishes Grant Campaign wants to make holiday wishes true for the organization you adopted your feline family member from.Continue Reading

Exclusive Interview with James Bowen: Bob the Movie, Bob’s World Cafe, and a New Book

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I have been in love with Bob ever since I read the British edition of A Street Cat Named Bob more than three years ago, and have followed the amazing journey of the pair since then. As far as life-changing cats go, Bob is in a league of his own.

James and Bob’s newest book, A Gift from Bob, How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas, will publish in the US on October 13 (look for a review and giveaway here on The Conscious Cat on October 16.) I promise you that you will absolutely adore this book.Continue Reading

Happy Cat Month 2015

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As cat guardians, we strive to make every month “Happy Cat Month” for our cats, but the Catalyst Council has designated September to celebrate a month that is all about ensuring that cats are happy, healthy, and valued.

Cats are often viewed as self-reliant loners who don’t need much beyond a species appropriate diet, water and a place to sleep, but nothing could be further from the truth. Cats need companionship, environmental enrichment, daily play, and most of all, they need us to love them just as much as they love us.Continue Reading

Black Cat Superstitions and Their Origins

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Black cats have played a major role in superstitions, folklore and mythology for centuries. In the Middle Ages, black cats were believed to be witches’ familiars, and many even believed that black cats were reincarnated witches or messengers of witches or demons. The association of black cats with witches has become so ingrained in our culture that they’ve become synonymous with Halloween.

The cat wasn’t associated with witchcraft until sometime in the 16th century. A popular British legend claims that in the 1560’s, a father and son were frightened by a small creature darting across their path on a moonless night. After throwing stones after the creature, they saw that it was an injured black cat dart out of a crawl space and into the home of a woman suspected to be a witch. When the father and son saw the woman on the street the next day, the woman walked with a limp and had a bruised and bandaged face and arm. From that day on, all black cats were suspected of being witches, and apparently, the legend held. This notion of witches transforming themselves into black cats became a mainstay of belief during the Salem witch hunts in America.

Interestingly, the folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture. In Britain and Japan, having a black cat cross your path is considered good luck; in the United States and several European countries, having a black cat walk by is considered bad luck. It even seems to matter from which direction the black cat comes from: In Germany, some believe that black cats crossing a person’s path from right to left is a bad omen, but from left to right brings good luck.

Black cats are said to bring good luck to sailors, whereas most gamblers believe that when a black cat crosses a player’s path, they should not go to the casino.

Other black cat superstitions include the belief that having a black cat turn his back on your brings bad luck, while having a black cat greet you at the door brings good luck. Meeting a black cat early in the morning is said to bring bad luck, but meeting three black cats in succession is said to bring good fortune.

Thankfully, despite all of these superstitions, black cats have a large, loyal following of people who appreciate these sleek, gorgeous creatures in all their beauty.

If you are owned by one of these black beauties, we’d love it if you would share your pictures on our Facebook page.

This article was first published on Answers.com and is republished with permission.

Cats Make Purrfect Therapy Pets

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Guest post by Mary Kennedy

I’m a writer, a psychologist, and a cat lover. And sometimes the three worlds mix. I created two fictional cats (Barney and Scout in the Dream Club Mysteries*) and I have eight adorable rescued cats at home. Both my fictional cats and my own fur babies have many traits in common; they spend their days bird-watching, playing and of course, sleeping. I always feel calm, centered and happy when I’m with my cats; there’s something peaceful and comforting about their presence.Continue Reading

PACT for Animals Finds Foster Homes for Military Pets

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This Memorial Day, I featured a video showing the joyful reunion of two cats and their soldier mom after she returned from an overseas deployment (shown again at the end of this post.) Our military personnel make so many sacrifices when they deploy, and I’ve always felt that one of the biggest has to be leaving their beloved pets. Thankfully, there are organizations who assist members of the military in finding temporary foster care for their pets during deployments.Continue Reading

Samantha Martin and the Amazing Acro-Cats: Entertainment and Education for Cat Lovers

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Last Sunday, I got to meet Samantha Martin and the Amazing Acro-Cats. I had seen videos of their performances for several years, and I was delighted that I finally got to see the hour long show, featuring over a dozen beautiful rescue cats who perform tricks ranging from walking on tightropes and balls to jumping through hoops to bowling and ringing bells.

Even better, before the show, I had a chance to talk with Samantha, and to meet the cats.Continue Reading

Mayim Bialik Wants to Bust the Crazy Cat Lady Stereotype, and She Wants to See Photos of Your Cats

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Those of you who’ve known me for a while know that I really dislike the term “crazy cat lady.” I feel that it diminishes those of us who love cats for the unique and wonderful creatures that they are by assigning a label that has a negative connotation, even if it’s used with humorous self-deprecation. Mayim Bialik and PetSmart Charities agree with me that it’s time to bust the stereotype. Continue Reading