Mews and Nips: Fostering Cats May Help Seniors Age in Place


A  University of Georgia study is bringing senior citizens and cats together to explore the benefits of pet companionship. Led by Dr. Sherry Sanderson, the program places rescued cats with seniors who’ve agreed to foster them, with the option to adopt. Both people and pets are monitored during the study, and the data will be used to evaluate the impact of feline companionship on mental and emotional health in older adults. For more about the study, visit the UGA website.

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The Conscious Cat 2019 Holiday Gift Guide


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Welcome to The Conscious Cat 2019 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 only 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…

From Cells to Siamese: Advancing Our Understanding of Cognitive Dysfunction


Guest post by Ingrid R. Niesman, MS PhD

Anyone who has lost a beloved relative or cherished pet to dementia knows the tremendous personal cost. My phone and computer screens still display 19 year-old Mr. Spock, although he left us in October of 2013. His last years were marked with curious Parkinson’s disease-like symptoms, most notably tremors, loss of appetite and a pronounced head tilt. However, he maintained his dignity and profound loving nature to the end. It was the beginning of my personal journey to understand feline cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS), although I had no concept that such a clinical condition even existed. Continue reading…

PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge


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When it comes to scratching posts and scratchers, not all are created equal. While they may all accomplish the same thing, giving your cat an opportunity to scratch, cheaper scratchers tend to not last as long or aren’t sturdy enough to withstand vigorous scratching without moving around or tipping over. PetFusion’s Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge has been around for several years, and is one of the best scratch loungers on the market. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Law Firm Hires Stray Cat


When some people complained about a stray cat hanging around the Order of Attorneys of Brazil (an organization similar to a Bar Association in the US) and filed complaints about him being in the reception area, the OAB solved the problem by hiring the cat as an employee. Leon Advogato, the organization’s newest lawyer, quickly became famous and has his own Instagram page. For more about the feline attorney, visit

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Halloween Safety Tips for Your Cats


I’m pretty sure that if cats had anything to say about it, they’d get rid of Halloween. From a cat’s perspective, there’s not much to love about a holiday when strangers come knocking at your door, your humans dress up in weird outfits and scary looking masks, and some  humans even try to put you in costumes. It’s up to us humans to reduce the stress of this holiday for feline family members and keep them safe so everyone can have a happy Halloween. Continue reading…

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