Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 6, 2023 by Crystal Uys


For the past week, fans of Stepan, a 13-year-old black-and-brown-striped rescue cat based in Kharkiv, Ukraine, have been worried about his fate after his Instagram and TikTok accounts went quiet on March 3. This past Wednesday, nearly two weeks later, Stepan’s more than 1 million followers breathed a collective sigh of relief: he was safe and in France. For more about Stephan’s escape from Ukraine, visit the Washington Post.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we featured Pele, who has been using the Assisi Loop to help with arthritis and an old injury, on Tuesday, we provided tips on how to choose a pet insurance plan, on Wednesday,I shared information on how you can support artists in Ukraine, on Thursday, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, and on Friday, I shared a memory of how Ruby and Allegra helped me prepare my taxes.

I recently was reminded of this video when I walked away from the open bathroom cabinet for a minute, and Allegra promptly stole a Q-tip. She hasn’t done this in quite some time, so of course, I had to find the video and share it with you. The video was taken about a week after Allegra came home with me. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

Photo via Stephan’s Instagram

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