Mews and Nips: Easter Lilies are Deadly for Cats

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Instead of a heartwarming story, our lead feature of this week’s round up is going to be a warning about Easter Lilies. Ever year, I’m surprised how many cat parents still don’t know how deadly these flowers can be to cats. Just one small bite of a flower, leaf, stem or pollen of this plant, or even drinking from the water they’re kept in, can cause gastric distress, and, more importantly, if left untreated, can lead to fatal kidney failure. For more information, please read my full post here and please spread the word!

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NomNomNow Introduces Variety Pack for Cats


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Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat in their diet to thrive. Their systems aren’t designed to digest carbohydrates. A raw diet is one of the best ways to fulfill cats’ nutritional requirements, but raw food, even a commercially prepared raw diet, may exceed the comfort level for some cat parents. I don’t think it’s necessary to take an “all or nothing” stand when it comes to feline nutrition, but I do believe that it is important to feed our cats a diet that is as minimally processed as possible. Continue reading…

Why You Shouldn’t Wear Shoes Inside the House


I keep my house clean, but I’m by no means a germophobe or a neat freak. I vacuum twice a week, and do a more thorough cleaning once a week that includes bathrooms, dusting and washing hard floors. I’m also pretty tolerant of other peoples’ habits. But when it comes to wearing street shoes inside my house, there is no grey zone for me: I don’t allow it. And the main reason for this is that I don’t want to expose Allegra and Ruby to all the bacteria and toxins that live on the bottom of the average shoe. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Tiny Kitten Thrives Under Veterinary Technician’s Expert Care


We’re big fans of Ellen Carozza here at The Conscious Cat. This dedicated veterinary technician with more than 24 years of experience is passionate about neonatal kittens, and has saved well over 400 so far. Her newest charge is Hamish. He’s one of a litter of five. His siblings all weighed well over a pound, while he remained stuck at five ounces. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington turned Hamish over to Ellen and NOVA Cat Clinic, where he was started on one of their critical kitten care protocols. In just a few days, Hamish blossomed under Ellen’s expert care. For more about Hamish (along with adorable photos,) please visit, or follow Ellen on Instagram and Facebook.

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