Black and White Cat Accessories to Brighten Up Your Bathroom


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Since my recent post about cat kitchen accessories was such a huge hit with all of you, I thought I’d round up some cute bathroom accessories for you. After all, we spend a good bit of our time in the bathroom, and we all know that our cats do, too, since most of us probably can’t remember the last time we didn’t have feline company in the bathroom.Continue Reading

Review: Furniture Protector Cat Scratcher by Kool Kitty Toys


Scratching is a natural behavior for cats. Cats scratch to groom their claws, the scratching motion helps remove dead sheaths from their front claws (they usually chew them off their back claws). They scratch to mark their territory. Their front paws contain scent glands, and scratching leaves behind their unique signature on the object being scratched. They scratch for exercise; scratching stretches the muscles in the front legs and all along the back. And they scratch simply because it feels good.Continue Reading

Custom Pen and Ink Cat Drawings by Inspurration


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Ever since photographer and artist Kelsey Levine was a little girl, she has loved animals, particularly cats. A few years ago, Kelsey started volunteering with a local animal rescue, fostering homeless cats and kittens in need of a place to stay before finding their forever homes. Since then,Kelsey has found homes for nearly 100 felines in need. “Rescuing animals is an incredibly rewarding experience,” says Levine. “I am grateful for the opportunity to save lives every day.”

Kelsey’s rescue cats were the “inspurration” for her art.Continue Reading

Giveaway: Cruelty-Free Alpaca Cat Bed Mat from Wrapt Cats


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Instead of our usual Conscious Cat Sunday feature, we’re bringing you a special giveaway today – because the Alpaca Cat Bed Mat from Wrapt Cats is all about conscious living. This beautiful mat is handmade from a beautiful white alpaca who is living the great life with the rest of her herd out in the Pennsylvania countryside. Her shorn fleece (shaved from the back of the alpaca, the animal is not harmed in the process) was worked directly into a rug in an ecologically friendly way using only soap, water, and a whole lot of lady powered friction. Continue Reading

Leeo Smart Alert Protects Your Cats and Your Home


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It’s every cat guardian’s worst nightmare: you’re away from home, and there’s a gas leak, or a fire starts somewhere in your home. According to the US Fire Administration, more than half a million pets are affected by house fires each year, and 40,000 actually perish, so this is not an unfounded cause for concern. With the advent of webcams, monitoring your home while you’re gone has become easier and more commonplace, but a webcam requires constant monitoring and it can’t alert you when there is a problem like the presence of deadly carbon monoxide or when a smoke alarm is sounding.

Leeo Smart Alert is a simple device that continuously listens to your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and sends an alert to your smartphone so you can immediately call for help or get home as fast as you can.Continue Reading

Cat Kitchen Accessories Make Cooking Fun


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Whether you love to spend time in the kitchen, or whether cooking and baking is a chore for you, these fun cat kitchen accessories are sure to make your time in the kitchen more fun. All of these also make great gifts for the cat lover cook or baker on your gift list.Continue Reading

The Conscious Cat 2015 Holiday Gift Guide


Welcome to The Conscious Cat 2015 Holiday Gift Guide – your one stop shopping solution for all the cats and cat lovers on your holiday gift list! This year’s guide features some of the best products for cats and cat lovers on the market. And even better: many of the companies featured are offering exclusive discounts to Conscious Cat readers!

You’ll find gifts ranging from cat furniture to toys to art to products for your home as well as some gift ideas you may not have thought of. I can guarantee you that you’ll  find something to delight every kitty and every cat lover in your life. And by buying these products, you’ll not only get some really wonderful gifts, you’ll also support small businesses, many of them run out of the owners’ homes.Continue Reading

Review: All Purr Puss Cat Bed


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Ruby is always up for reviewing a new cat bed, and while Allegra usually doesn’t really care for beds, she, too, got in on the act for the super cozy All Purr Puss Cat Bed from Marvelous Melissa. These beautiful handmade beds are created from wool sweater scraps, upholstery fabric remnants, chenille, and micro fiber.

The beds come in oval and round shapes. Continue Reading

Review: DooKashi Pet Odor Eliminator Litter Additive


When it comes to litter boxes, the saying “cleanliness is next to godliness” most definitely applies. A dirty litter box is a common reason why cats will eliminate outside the box – and can you blame them? How would you like to use a toilet that hasn’t been flushed in days?

I am meticulous about scooping our litter boxes. Since I work from home, I usually scoop as soon as Ruby or Allegra have deposited something in the box, so litter box odors aren’t much of an issue at our house. But even if you’re not home all day, at a minimum, the litter box should be scooped twice a day.Continue Reading

Home Testing Can Help Detect Possible Health Issues Early


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Cats are masters at hiding signs of illness. By the time a cat shows symptoms, a disease may already be at an advanced stage, making treatment more difficult and also more costly. This is one of the reasons why regular veterinary exams are so important. But wouldn’t it be nice if you had a way to detect health problems even before your cat is due for her annual or bi-annual check up?

Home testing is not a new concept

Home testing for people has been around for decades, ranging from pregnancy tests to cholesterol checks and glucose monitoring. The technology is now also available for pets.

Urinary tract issues

Home testing can help detect urinary tract issues early. A urinary tract infection, if left undiagnosed and untreated, is not only painful, and, in male cats, potentially life-threatening, it can affect the cat’s kidneys and compromise kidney function. Once kidney function is lost, it cannot be regenerated.


When diabetes is diagnosed early, it is a manageable, and, depending on the type of diabetes, sometimes even reversible, condition.

Pawcheck and Petnostics: test your cat’s urine at home

There are several products with different technologies available to perform home testing for cats. Today I’d like to highlight PawCheck and Petnostics. These devices offer a simple, clean and safe testing method, with no contact with the chemical reagents.


PawCheck provides innovative urinalysis strips for the screening of urinary tract infection, diabetes and kidney failure. Simply collect your cat’s urine using a special non-absorbent litter, which is provided with the test kit, and dip the strip directly into the sample. Results are read in 2 minutes. The non-absorbent litter can also be helpful if you have to bring a sample to your vet for further analysis.

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Petnostics allows you to check your cat’s health by analyzing your cat’s urine with your smartphone. Petnostics relies on the same veterinary urine strips that vets use in their clinics. Simply collect your cat’s urine in the urine cup provided, and then use the free Petnostics mobile app to perform the analysis. Results can be easily shared with your veterinarian.

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Home tests are intended to help you detect health conditions in your cat early, but are not a substitute for veterinary care. Tests are best evaluated in conjunction with your cat’s medical history, a physical exam, and possibly additional diagnostics.

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