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The Conscious Cat Wins Three Certificates of Excellence

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I’m delighted to announce that I was awarded three Certificates of Excellence in the Cat Writers Association’s annual contest. Each year, the contest recognizes the best of the best in the field of professional writers, broadcasters, photographers and graphic artists who have chosen cats as their subject.

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The Conscious Cat Awarded Three Certificates of Excellence

Certificate of Excellence Winner

I’m delighted to announce that I was awarded three Certificates of Excellence in the Cat Writers’ Association’s annual contest! The contest showcases the very best in the feline field of professional writers, broadcasters, photographers and graphic artists.

The certificates were awarded for the following articles:

A Team Approach to Caring for Cats with Cancer

Finding a Cat-Friendly Vet

I also received a Certificate of Excellence for my article Healing Purrs, published in the February 2013 issue of Cat Fancy Magazine.Continue Reading

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The Conscious Cat wins Muse Medallion

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I’m excited to announce that The Conscious Cat won a Muse Medallion for Best Website in the Cat Writers’ Association’s annual contest!

The contest showcases the very best in the feline field of professional writers, broadcasters, photographers and graphic artists. The Muse Medallions were awarded at the association’s annual conference in Los Angeles earlier this month. I wasn’t able to attend the conference this year, and just received my medal in the mail.

I’m very proud of this award, but it really belongs to you, my readers. Without you, I wouldn’t be inspired to write and blog every day and to bring you all the information you need to keep your feline family members (and yourself) happy and healthy. Thank you for being a part of the best community of cat lovers on the web!

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The Conscious Cat wins the 2012 Pettie for Best Cat Blog

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Allegra, Ruby and I are excited and happy to announce that The Conscious Cat won the 2012 Pettie for Best Cat Blog! And we’re even more excited that this award comes with a $1000 prize, which will go to Kitten Associates, a Connecticut based private rescue group founded by fellow Pettie nominee Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair.

Thank you again to all of you who read this blog every day, and who voted tirelessly to help us win this award. This award belongs to all of you!

Congratulations to the other winners, especially our friends Deb Barnes of Zee&Zoey, Joanne McGonagle of The Tiniest Tiger, and Lorie Huston of Pet Health Care Gazette.

If you missed the ceremony, you can watch it here:Continue Reading

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The Conscious Cat awarded four Certificates of Excellence

The Conscious Cat was awarded four Certificates of Excellence in the Cat Writers’ Association’s annual contest! The contest showcases the very best in the feline field of professional writers, broadcasters, photographers and graphic artists.

The Conscious Cat received a certificate for the “Website” category.

I also received Certificates of Excellence for three individual articles in the categories of “Online Article – Health and General Care” and “Online Article – Behavior and Training.” The winning articles are:

Stomatitis: Painful for Cats, Frustrating for Guardians and Veterinarians

High-tech Medicine for Your Cat: MRI’s

Redirected Aggression: When Good Cats Attack

In addition to these four certificates, I was also awarded a certificateContinue Reading

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Help The Conscious Cat win BlogPaws’ Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards

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BlogPaws, the first online pet community to establish a conference designed entirely for pet bloggers, recently announced the First Annual BlogPaws “Nose-to-Nose” Social Media Pet Blogging Awards. Nominees will be judged by a panel of professionals on their expertise, creativity, and performance in one or more of 12 different categories.

I enjoy bringing you all the information you need to keep your cats and yourself happy and healthy, and I love the community of cat lovers this blog has created. If you appreciate us as much as we appreciate you, I’d be very grateful it if you would take a moment to submit a nomination for us.

Nominations will be accepted through Sunday, May 6.Continue Reading

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The Conscious Cat voted Best Website About Cats

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Allegra, Ruby and I are excited to announce that The Conscious Cat was voted Best Website About Cats in the 2012 About.com Reader’s Choice awards!

There were five nominees for this category. The original criteria stated: “The ideal website should be informational, covering topics such as cat care, health, behavior, and other topics, but written in an understandable manner for the lay person. A touch of humor here and there doesn’t hurt.”

According to Franny Syufy, About.com’s Cat Guide, “The Conscious Cat offers all that and more.”

From a reader’s nomination: “Informative without being preachy, easy to follow (very important), entertaining, engaging (inviting readers to participate and provide feedback), down-to-earth and from the heart.”

Says Syufy, “although the voting remained close throughout the entire voting period, The Conscious Cat took an early lead and coasted through easily to the end, with 44% of the vote. Well done!” Continue Reading

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The Petties Part Two: Please vote for The Conscious Cat!

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You did it! We are thrilled to have been nominated for not just one, but two categories in Dogtime Media’s 2011 Pettie Awards: Best Cat Blog and Best Overall Pet Blog! Thank you so much for your support – it means so much to know we have so many loyal readers and fans!

And now we need to ask for your support again: we need your votes! Please take a moment to vote for us. And when you’re done, please ask all your cat loving friends to vote for us, too!

Click here to vote

You can vote once or twice a day – voting closes July 29.

Voting more than once or twice a day is not allowed. According to DogTime’s Christina Kwan, “we aren’t capturing email like we were in the nominations phase.  However, my tech team has assured me that there is something in place to prevent someone from sitting at the computer all day long submitting votes. Telling readers to go and vote once or twice a day is fine, but not excessive voting.”

The Petties will be presented at an awards ceremony on August 26 at BlogPaws in Tysons Corner, Virginia. BlogPaws is the largest pet blogging conference in the country.

Please help make my dream of hearing the words
“And the winner is….The Conscious Cat!”
come true!

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Allegra, Ruby and I thank you for your support!

I would also like to congratulate all the other wonderful bloggers who were nominated for awards! I encourage you visit all of the blogs, and vote in the other categories, too. Since many of these bloggers are good friends, I couldn’t possibly recommend who to vote for. I want everyone to win!

Pettie winners will receive a $1000 donation to a shelter or rescue group of their choice. Deciding which shelter to choose was tough – there are so many deserving groups out there. After careful consideration, I decided to split the prize money between two rescue groups if I win.

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Casey’s House is a small private rescue group in Bluemont, VA, and is home to many elderly and hard to adopt cats.  They are also dedicated to the promotion of Trap-Neuter-Return to help end the plight of feral and other abandoned cats. My connection to Casey’s House is very personal: Cindy Ingram, the founder of Casey’s House, rescued my precious little Buckley from a farm in southwestern Virginia, where she and about twenty other cats were kept in marginal living conditions.  Since it all started with Buckley – the book, this blog, and so much more – it just feels right to donate a portion of the prize money to Casey’s House. You can find out more about Casey’s House on their website, and you can also read about my visit to this very special cat sanctuary here.

Kitten Associates is a Connecticut based group founded by Robin Olson of Covered in Cat Hair fame, whose blog was also nominated for Best Cat Blog and Best Social Integration Blog. I am in such awe of Robin’s huge heart and exceptional dedication to the welfare of all cats, which makes Kitten Associates a perfect choice to receive the other half of the prize money. Kitten Associates is dedicated to saving the lives of cats (and dogs, too!), supporting animal rescue organizations with powerful online marketing tools, and championing legislation for spay/neuter programs to end pet overpopulation. You can learn more about Kitten Associates here.

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