Product review and giveaway: Martha Stewart double feeder and feeding mat

Marthat Stewart Pets double feeder

Martha Stewart Pets is offering a new line of pet products exclusively through PetSmart. A cat owner herself (click here to watch a slide show of Martha’s cats), Martha has devised many unique cat care solutions for herself and her animals.

One of these products is the Double Feeder pictured above. PetSmart’s PR agency sent us a set of the feeder and the Feeding Mat from the same line to test, and we are pleased to be able to offer to give away one of these combos to one lucky reader.Continue Reading

6 Packs / 9 Lives calendar giveaway winner

6 packs 9 lives calendar cat adoption

Congratulations, Josie!
You’re the winner of the 6 Packs / 9 Lives Calendar!

Look for an e-mail from The Conscious Cat.

I used a random number generator to pick the winner. I don’t usually share the winning comment in the post announcing the winner, but Josie’s is too funny not to share:Continue Reading

Book review and giveaway: Cat Calls by Jeanne Adlon and Susan Logan

Cat Calls Susan Logan Jeanne Adlon

Cat Calls: Wonderful Stories and Practical Advice from a Veteran Cat Sitter combines two of my favorite things in one book: cats, and New York City. Jeanne Adlon has been a cat sitter in Manhattan for thirty-five years, and has cared for hundreds of cats. I looked forward to reading her stories, which range from keeping cats kosher and feeding pampered felines out of Waterford goblets to wrestling a determined cat for the Thanksgiving turkey and playing ghost with a psychic cat. There’s even a story about the time John Lennon came into the pet shop Jeanne ran at the time to purchase the big cat tree out of the front window.Continue Reading

Product review, giveaway and $10 off Comfort Zone with Feliway

Comfort Zone with Feliway diffuser and spray

If you’ve ever had a cat with behavior problems, whether it’s territorial aggression, urinary marking, or simply a stressful trip to the vet’s, you may have been told to try Comfort Zone with Feliway® to help your kitty calm down.

Comfort Zone with Feliway® is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure. By mimicking the cat’s natural facial pheromones, Feliway® creates a state of familiarity and security in the cat’s local environment. As a result, Feliway® can be used to help comfort and reassure cats while they cope with a challenging situation and help prevent or reduce the stress caused by a change in their environment.Continue Reading

Giveaway: 6 Packs / 9 Lives Calendar

6 packs 9 lives calendar cat adoption

Of all the exhibits at BlogPaws, the table hosted by the folks at Found Animals was easily the most eye catching. Was it the gigantic poster version of this calendar? I think it just might have been!

Found Animals promotes pet adoption and responsible pet ownership and encourages people to get out and volunteer for animal related causes in their communities. And since cats generally fare even worse than dogs in shelters, they decided to shine the spotlight on cat adoptions by creating this unique calendar.Continue Reading

RC Pets collar, harness and leash giveaway winner

RC Pet Products

Congratulations, Allyson!
You’re the winner of our RC Pets collar, harness and leash giveaway!

Look for an e-mail from The Conscious Cat.

RC Pet Products’ goal is to provide fun, functional pet products that enhance your pet’s active lifestyle. They view pets as companions, guardians and family members; as such they deserve the same standard of product as we expect for ourselves. RC Pet Products is committed to creating innovative, fashionable and most importantly functional pet products that offer superior comfort and value.  Please visit their website and Facebook page to learn more about their products.

Take You Cat to the Vet Week Contest winner

Vet Confidential veterinarian how to find a vet

Congratulations, Michelle!
Your story about Mickey Jagger is the winner of our
“Take Your Cat to the Vet Week” contest!

I hope you’ll enjoy Vet Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Protecting Your Pet’s Health. Look for an e-mail from The Conscious Cat.

I actually used a random number generator to pick the winner, because all the stories were great, and it was too hard to pick one any other way. I encourage you to read all the great stories, and remember, cats need veterinary care once or twice a year, not just during “Take Your Cat to the Vet Week!”

Cascades Boutique cat teepee giveaway winner

Product review and giveaway: Tipsy Nip Organic Catnip Products

cat high on catnip

Allegra and Ruby were very excited when the mailman brought a package addressed to them the other day. They’ve learned by now that that means that there’s a new product for them to test!

The package came from Tipsy Nip™ Organic Catnip Products, the creators of the original Tickle Pickle™. According to cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy “your cat needs ritualized play—to hunt, catch, kill, and eat every day. That’s what they are built to do.” The folks at Tipsy Nip share that view, and they provide the perfect toys to fulfill that ritual.

All Tipsy Nip™ products are made from only the best quality materials and ingredients. Their mission is to create products that make cats insanely happy. They are committed to safe quality toys and treats. Everything that goes into the toys is made, grown, or manufactured in the USA. Their catnip is certified organic cut and sifted leaf and flower, and has been referred to as some of the best catnip available in the USA.

cats with catnip toys

We received two Tickle Pickles™, a jar of loose catnip, and a Tipsy Nip™ ball, which is infused with and nesting in organic catnip.

A side note: An estimated 50% of cats don’t respond to catnip. Whether or not cats respond to catnip appears to be genetically determined.  Kittens are not affected until they’re about two months old (if they fall into the category of cats that do respond).  Chances are that if your kitten hasn’t reacted to catnip by the time she’s six month’s old, she falls into the non-responsive category. Allegra falls into that category, so it was up to Ruby to review these products. Unfortunately, she is too strung out on catnip to write the review, so you’ll have to take my word for it that all the products were a big hit with her.

This is potent catnip! I could smell it before I even opened the box, even though the products were sealed in plastic jars and bags. As soon as I got the pickle out of the bag, Ruby went for it. You can see that she had a good time with it in the video below. According to Tipsy Nip, the pickle is made out of a durable tight cotton knit, so it should hold up well even to Ruby’s vigorous kicking!


The catnip ball is extremely potent, too, and Ruby had a blast with it. She was so fast dribbling and chasing it through the house, I couldn’t get good video of it. Allegra enjoyed the wooden ball, but I think for her, it was the motion, and not the catnip, that provided the fun.

wooden cat toy with catnip

Ruby is sleeping off her catnip high, but she wanted me to tell you that she gives these products a very enthusiastic four paws up. Her comment: “Far out, Mom!”

For more information and to order, please visit the Tipsy Nip™ website.

We are giving away one Tickle Pickle™ to one lucky kitty! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment and let me know why you’d like to win the pickle. For an extra chance to win, share the giveaway on Facebook or tweet about it and post the link in a separate comment. This giveaway ends Tuesday, September 6.

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Up close and purrsonal with Jackson Galaxy