cat care guide

Review: Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy

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We all want to give our cats the happiest life possible, and the more we know about cats and their needs, the happier we can make them. In Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy, Zazie Todd, Phd, the creator of the Companion Animal Psychology blog, offers advice for cat parents for every stage of a cat’s life, backed by science.Continue Reading

Review: Indoor Cat: How to Enrich Their Lives and Expand Their World

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You know Dr. Lynn Bahr from our “Ask the Cat Doc” column. She is the founder of Dezi & Roo, a company that designs, manufactures, and sells solution-based products that enhance the lives of cats and their owners. And now Dr. Bahr shares her expertise with a wider audience in her upcoming book Indoor Cat: How to Enrich Their Lives and Expand Their World, due out in April and available for pre-order now.Continue Reading

Review: The Holistic Vet Blend Cookbook

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When it comes to nutrition, the same is true for cats as for people: whole, unprocessed or minimally processed food is better. The optimal diet for a cat is a properly balanced raw or gently cooked diet. Even though conventional veterinarians caution against making your own food, with the appropriate recipe and ingredients, homemade food can be a viable option for cat parents who prefer this to a commercial diet.Continue Reading

Review: Zen and the Art of Caring for Pets

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Zen and the Art of Caring for Pets is both informative and profoundly moving. Part memoir, part pet care book, the book chronicles Dr. Kelleher’s experiences in veterinary medicine, from working in conventional and critical care practices to starting her own holistic practice.Continue Reading

Cat Care Guides from the 1980’s

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During a recent bout of deep cleaning I found the two cat care guides pictured above at the bottom of a drawer. Your Kitten’s First Year was published by Purina in 1982. Pat Widmer’s Cat Book has a publication date of 1981. I got both books when I got my first cat Feebee in 1984.Continue Reading

Cat Care Guides from the 1960’s

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A friend recently gave me two cat care guides from the 1960’s. The Common Sense Book of Kitten and Cat Care is from 1966, Cats is from 1969. Looking through the books was a fascinating exercise in realizing how far we’ve come in understanding cats better over the last 50 years.Continue Reading

Coming Soon: Total Cat Mojo by Jackson Galaxy

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I had a chance to take a look at an advance copy of Jackson Galaxy’s new book, Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life With Your Cat, due out October 31. To say that I’m excited about this book would be an understatement.

With the help of his co-author, Mikel Delgado, who is our resident cat behaviorist here on The Conscious Cat, Jackson offers the most comprehensive guide I’ve ever seen to helping cats and their humans live a truly happy life together. Continue Reading

Review: Cats for the Genius

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I’ve never liked the “for dummies” or “idiot’s guide” series of books, available on just about any topic you can think of, including cats. While they certainly seem to be popular, and while they often provide good information, the self-deprecation implied in the titles just doesn’t resonate with me. Wanting to learn more about something doesn’t make you a dummy. The newer “for the Genius” book series takes a somewhat more positive, tongue-in-cheek spin on this approach, but I’m still not crazy about it.

However, setting aside my admittedly very personal opinion about the book’s title, Ramona Marek’s Cats for the Genius is a fantastic, comprehensive guideContinue Reading

Review: New Choices in Natural Healing for Dogs and Cats

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If you’re reading The Conscious Cat, you probably already have an interest in holistic modalities. I believe in an integrative approach to medicine, both for myself and for cats (and dogs.) The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) at the National Institutes of Health, defines integrative medicine as “combining mainstream medical therapies and CAM therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.” In other words, integrative medicine lets you pick the best of both worlds.Continue Reading

Review: Making’ Biscuits: Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them

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No matter how much any of us think we know about cats, they will always remain just a little mysterious. And while there are explanations based on behavioral science for many of their habits that we may think of as odd, I would be that for every weird feline habit explained, there’s another quirky one that defies logic. In Making’ Biscuits: Weird Cat Habits and the Even Weirder Habits of the Humans Who Love Them, Deborah Barnes explores the lighter side of feline behavior.Continue Reading