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.

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

Cat Sitting Helpers


I enjoy traveling. I love visiting friends, traveling for work, or going somewhere I’ve never been before. In fact, I find that an occasional change of scenery is vital for my mental health. The only hard part about traveling is, of course, having to leave Allegra and Ruby for a few days. A dear friend takes care of the girls while I’m gone, and they couldn’t be in better hands, so that helps a lot. She texts me updates and photos after each visit, and the girls are always super relaxed when I get home. Continue reading…

Does Your Cat Reflect Your Personality?


Numerous studies have shown that parents’ personalities influence their children, but until recently, nobody had looked at whether human personality impacts pets. A study conducted at the University of Lincoln and Nottingham Trent University investigated the relationship between the different personalities of cat parents and the behavior and well-being of their feline family members. Continue reading…

Allegra’s World: 9th Adoption Anniversary


Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! We’re skipping our usual Mews and Nips Saturday update today, because today we have more important things to write about. Today is my 9th Adoption Anniversary! Nine years ago today, Mom brought me home to live with her and Amber. Sadly, I never got to know Amber really well, because she passed away six weeks after I arrived. Then it was just Mom and me for almost a year before Ruby joined our family. I love my life with Mom. And Ruby. Although there are days when I wonder whether bringing Ruby home was really such a good idea… Continue reading…

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