Review: The Feline Yogi Mat


I’ve always felt that cats and yoga make for a purr-fect combination, which his why I was delighted when I discovered Feline Yogi, a blog with the tagline “Celebrating the Most Enlightened Species – the Cat!” Feline Yogi is brought to you by Pippy, a feline yogini who has her paws full to keep her humans in line: “They spend an obscene amount of time in front of their computers,” says Pippy, “when they could be taking care of my needs.” Pippy’s human Paige says she’s doing her best to be at the beck and call of any feline needs that may arise, while still making time for her own yoga practice – something she’s been focused on for over 20 years.

Paige is also the creator of the Feline Yogi Mat. Over the past two decades of practicing yoga, Paige found that inevitably, when she brought out her yoga mat, all her cats would immediately plop themselves smack in the middle of the mat, leaving no room for her. She decided that the cats needed their own mat.

We received a Feline Yogi mat for review. I couldn’t wait to seeContinue Reading

Valentine’s gifts for cats and cat lovers


Do you exchange Valentine’s gifts with your friends and family? If you do, there’s bound to be a cat lover or two on your list. Even if you just send cards (and who doesn’t love to receive a real card in the mail in this age of e-cards), you’re probably looking for something that expresses your love for cats. Here are some suggestions that will be sure to delight the kitties or the cat lover in your life.

The Valentine’s cards shown in the photo above are hand-made linoleum block print cards by animal artist Bernadette Kazmarski. I love the vibrant colors, and the expression on the cats’ faces. Purchase these cards, and many other beautiful cat designs, in the Portraits of Animals Etsy Shop.


When it comes to toys, few toys are as popular at our house as Hauspather’s innovative creations. Continue Reading

Review: Majestic Pet cat tree from Your Cat’s Tree

Ruby on cat tree

Back in December, we were contacted by Your Cat’s Tree with an offer to review one of their cat trees. I picked the 44 inch Bungalow Sherpa Cat Tree shown below. Allegra and Ruby have been  nagging me ever since to put it together so they could test it.

cat tree

My two little product testers were eager to help with assembly when I finally took it out of the box a couple of weeks ago. Those of you who’ve read my reviews for a while know that the words “some assembly required” always instill trepidation, if not outright fear, in me. The description for this cat tree said “assembly instructions included, tools provided,” so I was hopeful that this wouldn’t be too much of a challenge Continue Reading

Review and giveaway: Compositions in Black and Green 2013 calendar

Compositions in Black and Green

If you’re still looking for a calendar for the new year, and if you love black cats, you’re going to love Compositions in Black and Green, created by animal artist Bernadette Kazmarski of The Creative Cat.

This calendar, which comes both as a wall calendar and as a journal calendar, celebrates the beauty of black cats. Black cats are often left behind in shelters, and Bernadette hopes that this collection of silly, cute and artful photos of her five black cats frolicking in their mint green and white bathroom will show others the joy black cats can bring into their lives.

I received the wall version of the calendar for review. The photos are absolutely wonderful. Each month features one large and two or three smaller photos. (Click on the photos for a larger view.) I’ve often heard people say that it’s hard to read the emotion on a black cat’s face – this calendar definitely disproves that misconception.Continue Reading

Bissell Lift Off Deluxe Pet Deep Cleaner Review


My entire house is carpeted (with the exception of the kitchen and bathrooms.) The carpet in my living room, hallway, and upstairs bedrooms is off white. And it’s the original carpet, so it’s about 35 years old. It has been through as many years of homeowners with cats. Between the original owners and me, my carpets have dealt with a total of seven cats so far. Nobody who walks into my house believes me that the carpet is that old.

I vacuum weekly, and for the first 20+ years that I’ve lived in this house, I’ve had my carpets professionally cleaned. But for the last few years, I discontinued the professional cleanings. Between Buckley’s heart disease, and Amber getting older, I didn’t want to stress them out by having to lock them into a bathroom for the time it would take to get the whole house cleaned. When Allegra and Ruby joined me, I thought that the time was right to have the carpet cleaned professionally again, but Allegra hates being locked up so much that she actually starts trying to dig her way out from under the door. And Ruby is terrified of the sound of the vacuum cleaner.

My solution: get a steam carpet cleaner, and do it myself.Continue Reading

Review and giveaway: In the Kitchen with Cookie 2013 calendar

Cookie in the Kitchen

If you’re still looking for a calendar for the new year, you’re going to love In the Kitchen with Cookie, created by animal artist Bernadette Kazmarski of The Creative Cat.

This calendar, which comes both as a wall calendar and as a journal calendar, is a sweet tribute to Bernadette’s tortoiseshell cat Cookie, who passed away a year ago. Cookie’s intrepid spirit of curiosity often landed her in bowls and other kitchen accessories, and Bernadette captured her in a series of photos exploring alternate uses of these items.

I received the journal version of the calendar for review. It’s beautifully designed: each page features a blue and white checked “tablecloth’ background that really sets off Cookie’s beautiful tortie colors. Each month features a recipe along with a little back story about the recipe, and how Cookie found herself in her “compromising position” shown in the photos. (Click on the images for a larger view.)Continue Reading

Giveaway: Turbo Scratcher with Turbo Teaser Toy

Turbo Scratcher Bergan Pet Products

Our first giveaway of the new year is one your kitties are going to go wild for: a Turbo Scratcher® with Turbo Teaser™ toy from Bergan!

My cats have had Turbo Scratchers for as long as I can remember. I still have the original Bergan Turbo Scratcher Toy I bought for Feebee in the 1980′s! I just replace the center cardboard scratcher part periodically – and one of the things I love about this product is that even after all these years, they still make replacement scratchers and they still fit. All of my cats have loved and played with this scratcher. It’s one of Ruby’s favorites. If this isn’t a testament to the durability of this product, I don’t know what is!

The Turbo Teaser Toy™ is a fun addition to the Turbo Scratcher®. With just a few easy snaps the teaser can be added to the Turbo Scratcher® for a brand new toy. “Fox tail” and feather toys include bells and are interchangeable.Continue Reading

Review: Petflow’s Spoiled Rotten Cat Box

Petflow Spoiled Rotten box

I’m a big fan of Petflow*. I hate going to the store, especially when it comes to heavy items like kitty litter. Having to lug the bags from the store to the car, and then from the car into my house, is just not something I enjoy. I’d much rather have them delivered to my front door. And even better, Petflow allows you to set up a regular delivery schedule, so you won’t ever run out if you forget to reorder.

When Petflow asked me whether the girls and I would like to review their newest product, the Spoiled Rotten Box, the girls were excited. Spoiled Rotten Box is a monthly gift club. Every month, your cat will be sent a box of hand-picked treats, toys and accessories.

The December 2012 box contained a wire brush, a motion activated cat ball that lights up, a catnip toy, Continue Reading

Allegra and Ruby love their Moderncat Puzzle Pieces

Moderncat Puzzle Pieces

Allegra and Ruby got a nice surprise in the mail the other day: Kate from Moderncat Studios sent us some of their new Puzzle Pieces! The girls are big fans of Moderncat toys, and I expected that these would be a hit as well.

As soon as I took them out of the sleeve they came in, the girls both went to investigate at the same time. After a brief nose tap over the new toys that looks more like a hockey face off in this picture, they went to work and thoroughly tested them.

kitty nose tap

They both had a blast.Continue Reading

Review: Music My Pet: soothing classical music for cats

relaxing music for pets

When Tom Nazziola, the creator of Music My Pet, contacted me about reviewing some of the music he created specifically for animals to provide comfort and soothe anxiety, I was intrigued.

Nazziola’s music, ranging from film music to choral and orchestral pieces, has been performed around the world, as well as broadcast nationally and internationally on radio and television. But what really grabbed my attention was that Tom served as one of the principal performers for Disney’s award-winning Baby Einstein CDs and DVDs for more than 10 years. These CD’s and DVD’s are designed to enlighten and entertain children of all ages. “I’ve always been fascinated by the effects of music on people,” says Tom, “and I was curious as to how classical music in particular affects pets – especially those that suffer from anxiety.”

Studies have shown that pets respond favorably to classical music Continue Reading

The Conscious Cat 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

The Conscious Cat Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to The Conscious Cat 2012 Holiday Gift Guide – your one stop shopping solution for all the cats and cat lovers on your holiday gift list!

Check out these wonderful products from some of our favorite companies. Many of these products have Allegra and Ruby’s paw stamp of approval. You’ll be sure to 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, most of them run out of the owners’ homes.

The Kittyblock

The Kittyblock is a fabulous cat scratcher designed by Paul Roberts. It is made from corrugated cardboard and a starch-based adhesive. Weighing in at 8 pounds, the blocks are nice and sturdy. The blocks offer endless options of creating a fun jungle gym for your cats: stack them, build a tunnel, or create a stairway. The Kittyblock is a big hit with Allegra and Ruby. For more information and to purchase, visit

NVR Miss LitterboxContinue Reading