Mews and Nips: CatCon Edition


Today is the first day of CatCon 2018, and I can’t wait! If you’re a cat lover, Pasadena, CA is the place to be this weekend. Taking place at the Pasadena Convention Center, CatCon is the biggest cat-centric, pop culture event in the world dedicated to all things feline. I’m honored to be among a star-studded lineup of cat-loving celebrity talent and celebricats. I’ll be hosting a one hour “Ask the Cat Expert” Q&A session on Sunday, August 5 at 11am. This year’s line up includes Lil BUB and her dude Mike Bridavsky, New York Times bestselling author Gwen Cooper, and Trapking Sterling Davis, as well as numerous celebrity cats. For more information, and to purchase your tickets, visit If you’re going to be there, make sure you introduce yourself – I’d love to you in person!

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Gwen Cooper’s “Curl Up with a Cat Tale” Series is the Cat’s Meow


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I read a lot of cat books every  year, and while I enjoy most of them, the ones the ones that stay with me even years after I first read them are few and far between. Gwen Cooper’s books are in that small group. Her New York Times bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey, A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wondercat, was published in 2009, followed by Love Saves the Day in 2013. In 2015, Gwen released the sequel to Homer’s Odyssey, Homer: The Ninth Life of a Blind Wondercat. All of these are the kinds of books that not only warm your heart, but actually touch your soul. Continue reading…

How to Get Your Cat to Like You


You’ve adopted a new cat from a shelter or rescue group. You’ve set up a safe space for your new family member, and you’ve gradually introduced her to your home and/or your other cats. You’re excited about getting to know your new friend. While some cats will bond instantly with their new humans, others may take more time, and sometimes, a lot of patience from the human who just wants to love and be loved. Continue reading…

Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado: Cat Is Destroying Screens, Fighting Cats, Cats Eliminating Outside the Litter Box, and More


Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado” segment. Once a month, we’ll post a reminder for you to post your questions for Mikel. She’ll answer as many of them as she can each time, and I’ll publish her answers in a subsequent post.

Mikel is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant at Feline Minds, offering on-site consultations for cat guardians, shelters, and pet-related businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, and remote consultations around the world. She obtained her PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley, where she studied animal behavior and human-pet relationships. Mikel is co-author of Jackson Galaxy’s newest book, Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat. Continue reading…

Napping JoJo: Unique Cat Products With Fun Twists


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After encountering some difficulty finding creative products for their cats, Napping JoJo founder Iris decided to design and make her own. Her goal is simple: brighten our furry friends’ lives as well as their parents’ through joyful designs.

Napping JoJo’s most eye catching products are the moccasin, sneaker and slipper cat beds. These giant shoes make for great cuddle spots. All beds are handmade from faux suede, faux fleece and sherpa, denim, foam and cotton. Continue reading…

Does Your Senior Cat Really Want a Younger Companion?


I frequently get questions from readers who are looking to add a new cat to their family. How do I find a cat that will be a good match for my cat? Should I get a cat who’s the same age as my resident cat, or should I get a kitten? Male or female? Will the resident cat accept the newcomer? I wish I could give definitive answers to all of these questions, but the reality is that while you can do some homework, ultimately, each cat’s unique history and personality will determine the outcome. And these questions are even harder to answer when it comes to deciding whether to get a companion for a senior cat. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Tortie Becomes Mayor of Michigan Town


The folks in Omena, Michigan have the right idea: the town of 280 inhabitants recently held a mayoral election, and all the candidates were animals. Not surprising to anyone who understands that cats are the superior species, Sweet Tart, a gorgeous tortoiseshell cat, won. Sweet Tart will reign until 2021, assisted by First Vice Mayor Diablo Shapiro the Dog, Second Vice Mayor Punkin Anderson-Harden the Dog, Press Secretary Harley Jones the Goat, and Special Assistant for Fowl Issues Penny Labriola the Chicken. Read more about the feline Mayor on (The People writer erroneously calls Sweet Tart a calico.)

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: Continue reading…

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