cat safety

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Cats

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I’m pretty sure that if cats had anything to say about it, they’d get rid of Halloween. From a cat’s perspective, there’s not much to love about a holiday when strangers come knocking at your door, your humans dress up in weird outfits and scary looking masks, and some  humans even try to put you in costumes. It’s up to us humans to reduce the stress of this holiday for feline family members and keep them safe so everyone can have a happy Halloween.Continue Reading

How Would Your Cat’s Carrier Fare in a Car Crash?

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This post is sponsored by Sleepypod

For most cat parents, putting a cat into the carrier is stressful. We may try to train our cats to accept the carrier, we may try to manage our own energy so that our cats don’t pick up on our stress, we may use calming remedies such as Stress Stopper and Feliway, but the reality is that, while all of these help, it’s still going to be a challenging experience for most of us. But have you ever given any thought to whether your cat’s carrier is safe, should you get into an accident? Do you know which carriers are safe and which aren’t? Do you know what the safest place in the car for your carrier is?Continue Reading

Crash Test Kitty Helps Save Lives

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Crash Test Kitty with a canine buddy

It’s hard enough to get most cats into the carrier to take them to the vet, but have you given any thought to whether your cat’s carrier is safe, should you get into an accident? Do you know which carriers are safe and which aren’t? Do you know what the safest place in the car for your carrier is?

The Center for Pet Safety addresses all these questions and more. Continue Reading

Cats and Houseguests

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Cats are creatures of routine, and most cats won’t appreciate having this routine disrupted by the arrival of a stranger who may take over the spare bedroom, make demands on their human’s time, and generally disrupt their previously peaceful existence. In order to make having guests a pleasant experience for all members of your household, a little planning ahead goes a long way.Continue Reading

Keep Your Cats Safe and Happy at Halloween

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I bet if cats had their say, they’d abolish Halloween. From a cat’s perspective, there’s not much to love about a holiday when strangers come knocking at your door, your humans dress up in weird outfits and scary looking masks, and some  humans even try to put you in costumes. The following tips will help you reduce the stress of this holiday for your feline family members and keep them safe so everyone can have a happy Halloween.Continue Reading

Cats and Road Trips: 7 Steps to Keep Your Cat Safe and Comfortable

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Guest post by Kim Salerno

When it comes to pets, dogs travel with their humans the most often. In fact, they account for over 85% of pet travelers. This makes sense; most dogs are happy to go on adventures. They love car rides and can’t wait to hop in and head out anywhere, whether it’s down the street to the park or halfway across the country on an extended road trip.

Cats, on the other hand, are not so keen on traveling by car. One reason is a difference in temperament – they’re just not as adaptable and adventurous as dogs. Another is the fact that the bulk of their travel experience tends to involve going back and forth to the vet.Continue Reading

Happy 4th of July 2013

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Happy Independence Day
from
Allegra, Ruby and Ingrid 

Please keep your cats safe during the festivities. A cat’s sense of hearing is much more acute than ours, and all the noises associated with the holiday are much more intense for them. Add to that the lack of understanding of what is going on, and you can have a very scared cat on your hands. Here are some tips for helping your cat cope with fireworks, thunderstorms, and other loud noises:

  • Create a safe space for your cat. If you’re having a party, unless your cat is very social and doesn’t mind a lot of commotion, keep her confined to a quiet bedroom. Put her favorite blanket, bed or toys in with her, along with a litter box and fresh water. Shut the curtains and drapes and turn on lights to lessen the flash of the fireworks.Continue Reading

Cat-Friendly Cleaning Products

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Many commercial cleaning products are not safe to use around cats.  The chemicals in these products can be extremely toxic, and even deadly. Cats are especially susceptible since they groom themselves by licking and as a result ingest anything that comes in contact with their feet or fur.

Additionally, the chemicals in and fumes resulting from cleaning products can cause allergic reactions in cats (and humans, for that matter). Many chemical cleaning products pollute the air inside your home by off-gassing toxic fumes, or they contain antibacterial substances that are not only unnecessary, but can actually contribute to bacteria becoming more resistant to killing agents.

Thankfully, there are alternatives to these chemical products that are not only safer for your cats, but also gentler to the planet. And they’re inexpensive! Allegra was kind enough to pose with two of my go to cleaning products for this post. You’d be surprised what you can do with vinegar, baking soda, olive oil and lemon juice.Continue Reading

Top 7 tips for traveling by car with your cat

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Guest post by Kim Salerno

Among pets, dogs are the most frequent travelers. They account for over 85% of pet travelers. Trips to the beach, family vacations, traveling to pet friendly accommodations…no matter what the adventure, most dogs love car rides and can’t wait to hop in and hit the open road. Cats on the other hand – not so much. Most cat’s car travel takes place when they are going back and forth to the vet (no wonder they don’t like the car). However, many cat parents are faced with a big dilemma when they have to move – particularly if the move is a long distance. They are stressed at the thought of putting terrified Fluffy in the car – traveling for hours on end. In addition, a growing number of cat parents would like to include their cat in their daily travels.

We’ve come up with some tips to help make your cat’s car travel experience a better one…for both of you!

1. Pet Carrier Training: Always use a pet travel carrier for your cat when traveling in a car. Continue Reading

Giveaway: RC Pet Products cat collar, harness and leash

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We have a great giveaway for the stylish cat today! RC Pet Products has generously offered to give away one kitty package to one lucky Conscious Cat reader. The package consists of a breakaway collar, harness and leash. And the best part is that you can choose from 12 different designs, so you’ll be sure to find something that will suit your cat purrfectly.

That’s Carlos in the photo above, modeling the “Under the Sea” design – doesn’t he look handsome?

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Allegra and Ruby don’t wear collars and they don’t walk on a leash, either, but if they did, they told me they would both choose the “Cat Sounds Pink” design above. Clearly, my taste in colors has influenced theirs. To view the different design choices, click here.

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RC Pet Products’ goal is to provide fun, functional pet products that enhance your pet’s active lifestyle. They view pets as companions, guardians and family members; as such they deserve the same standard of product as we expect for ourselves. RC Pet Products is committed to creating innovative, fashionable and most importantly functional pet products that offer superior comfort and value.  Please visit their website and Facebook page to learn more about their products.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment and let me know why you’d like to win the kitty package, and which design you would like if you win. For an additional chance to win, share this giveaway on Twitter or Facebook and share the link in a separate comment. This giveaway ends Wednesday, August 31. This giveaway is limited to readers in the US and Canada only.