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Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part Two: Preparation

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This is the second installment of our four-part series “Ruby Goes to the Dentist,” in which I share my recent experience with Ruby in hopes that it will not only put your mind at ease if you’re faced with a cat who has to have a dental procedure, but that it will also help you ensure that your cat gets the optimal level of care before, during and after her dental work.

If you’ve missed the first part in this series, please read Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part One: Diagnosis, and Choosing a Veterinary DentistContinue Reading

Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part One: Diagnosis and Choosing a Veterinary Dentist

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Finding out that your cat needs dental work provokes anxiety in most cat guardians, and I’m not immune to those fears. Despite my years of working in veterinary clinics, and having been through many dental procedures with the cats that came before Allegra and Ruby, there’s not much that makes me feel as anxious as the thought of one of my babies having to undergo anesthesia. A year and a  half ago, I shared my experience about Allegra’s dental procedure in a four part series. Last month, it was Ruby’s turn.Continue Reading

2015 in Review: Our 5 Most Popular Feline Health Posts

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2015 has been a very good year for all of us here at The Conscious Cat. Our readership and fan base grew rapidly, thanks to all of you who read this blog every day, comment here and on our Facebook page, and share what you read with your friends and followers. Allegra, Ruby and I appreciate your support more than words can say.

With close to 400 posts, it’s hard to highlight only a handful of posts. Today, I’m featuring the year’s 5 most popular posts in the Feline Health category.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Knitting Kittens – A Knitting Club for Cat Lovers

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The Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, a UK charity that cares for cats and dogs until they can be placed in loving forever homes, has launched what is most likely the world’s first interspecies knitting club. Knitting Kittens lovers invites cat lovers to create donations for the centers’ cats, including knitted mice, blankets and toys, or they can knit items for their own pets using the shelters’ resident cats as inspiration. What fun to knit in the company of cats – and I bet the cats have a lot of fun, too. For more information about Knitting Kittens, visit the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home website.

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Why You Should Consider Pet Insurance

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Could you easily afford to pay $1000 to $3000 if your cat had a sudden medical emergency? Could you cover the cost of a prolonged illness, which can easily run into several thousand dollars? Can you easily pay for your cat’s annual or bi-annual exam, preventive lab work, and dental cleaning? Costs for routine exams vary depending on location, and can range anywhere from $50 to $150. A routine dentistry can cost $500; add in a few extractions or other problems, and you’re looking at $1500 and more.Continue Reading

Review: Cateeth Soft Toothbrush with 360 Degree Head

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Dental disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in cats. 70 to 90 percent of cats have some level of dental disease. If left untreated, it can lead to health problems for your cat, ranging from bad breath, dental pain and loose teeth to systemic illnesses that can be life-threatening. The most effective way to prevent dental disease: brushing.Continue Reading

1TDC™: A 4-in1 Wellness Solution for Your Cat

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3 in 4 cats have some form of dental disease. 1 in 3 adult cats are are dealing with arthritis and other joint issues. Both conditions are painful, and since cats are masters at hiding pain, you may not even be aware that your cat is suffering. Wouldn’t you love to have one single remedy that not only addresses both of these issues, but that is so easy to administer that your cat will think she’s getting a treat?Continue Reading

Can You Afford to Be Without Pet Insurance?

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Could you easily afford to pay $1000 to $3000 if your cat had a sudden medical emergency? Could you cover the cost of a prolonged illness, which can easily run into several thousand dollars? And never mind unexpected veterinary expenses: can you easily cover your cat’s annual or bi-annual exam, preventive lab work, and dental cleaning? Costs for routine exams vary depending on location, and can range anywhere from $50 to $150. A routine dentistry can cost $500; add in a few extractions or other problems, and you’re looking at $1000 or more.Continue Reading