For Sleepypod, Safety Comes First


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I consider Sleepypod carriers the cadillac of cat carriers in terms of design, safety and ease of use. I also think the fact that they’re simply gorgeous is a big plus, as it will allow design-conscious cat guardians to make the Sleepypod a regular part of their living space, which will make life less stressful for cats when it’s time to get into the carrier.

But most importantly, Sleepypod puts your cat’s safety first when it comes to designing and developing carriers and other products. Continue reading…

Interview with Dr. Elizabeth Colleran: How to Recognize and Treat Feline Arthritis


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Arthritis, a condition that affects as many as 1 in 3 adults, also affects cats. Feline arthritis is a degenerative joint disease. The cartilage within the joint is worn down, leading to inflammation, pain and decreased quality of life. As the condition progresses, the friction can wear down to the point where it damages the bones themselves. This kind of arthritis is most common and causes the most pain in the weight-bearing joints like the shoulders, hips, elbows, knees, and ankles. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Rare Male Tortoiseshell Cat Available for Adoption in Queensland, Australia


Those of us who love torties already know that they’re unique when it comes to their personalities, also known as tortitude. They also have unique genetics. The vast majority of tortoiseshell cats are female, because two X chromosomes are required to produce black, gold and orange coloring. Male cats only have one X and one Y chromosome, so technically it’s genetically almost impossible for a male to inherit the tortoiseshell coloring. A male tortoiseshell has an extra X chromosome, making it an XXY. According to a study by the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, only 1 in 3000 tortoiseshell cats is male. The gorgeous tortie kitten above, named Selten (the German word for rare) is available for adoption from Southern Down ARK.

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

Allegra’s World: Life Without Ruby


Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! I want to thank you for all the love and support you’ve shown to Mom and me since Ruby passed away. It’s hard to believe she’s been gone for more than a month. Some days it seems like she was just here yesterday. I think Mom still sometimes hopes she’s going to wake up one day and find that these last four months were just a bad dream. Continue reading…

Bacteria 101: Meet the Microbes Living In and On Your Cat


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We tend to think of bacteria is “bad.” After all, some bacteria can make cats and humans sick. But there’s so much more to bacteria, and many of them are not just beneficial, but critical to your cat’s health.

Bacteria are microscopic creatures invisible to the human eye. They’re everywhere: in the air, soil, and water, inside yours and your cat’s body, and on your skin and your cat’s fur. Continue reading…

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