The vast majority of tortoiseshell cats are female, because two X chromosomes are required to produce black, gold and orange coloring. Male cats only have one X and one Y chromosome, so technically it’s genetically almost impossible for a male to inherit the tortoiseshell coloring. A male tortoiseshell has an extra X chromosome, making it an XXY. According to a study by the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, only 1 in 3,000 tortoiseshell cats is male. Due to the chromosome imbalance, male tortoiseshell cats are (usually) sterile.Continue Reading
The Cat Art Show Los Angeles opened last weekend, and The Conscious Cat was lucky to have our friend CeCe Card, who is the human mom of Aragon, aka Lord Tubbington on the hit TV show Glee, report back to us on what promised to be an amazing collection of cat art. Enjoy CeCe’s report!
Guest post by CeCe Card
The Cat Art Show Los Angeles proved that cats are art, and rather entertaining subjects at that. The brilliant collection features 60 artists. The colorful and at times eccentric, yet stunning array of interpretations of cats Continue Reading
I’m excited to announce that The Conscious Cat and Purrs of Wisdom are the Learning Ring Sponsor at the National Capital Cat Show! The show takes place September 7 and 8, 2103 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA, right outside the nation’s capital.
The National Capital Cat Show is one of the largest cat shows in the country and features a huge selection of cat supplies, including cat toys, cat food, grooming supplies, and friendly people willing to help you with your cat questions. It’s truly a cat lover’s paradise.
Come visit us at our booth and purchase autographed and personalized copies of Purrs of Wisdom and Buckley’s Story. We’ll also have lots of fun freebies for you and your cat!Continue Reading
Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! I’m writing this on a calm, sunny day – finally! After the earthquake and the hurricane last month, I thought we were done with scary weather, but apparently, not quite yet.
I had a bit of a rough week last week. You know by now that I’m not particularly fond of rainy days, especially not when it rains really hard. I don’t like the way the rain sounds against the house, and I’m really not comfortable being upstairs when it rains, because it’s that much closer to that annoying stuff falling from the sky. I prefer to stay downstairs, close to my safe space in the downstairs bathroom. When it gets really bad, I go in the shower stall behind the curtain. It’s my little safety cave.Continue Reading
Guest post by Sharon Eisen, DVM
I’m not supposed to like showing cats. I’m supposed to tend to the needy, the homeless, and the ailing and sick cats of the world. That’s what my conscience tells me. But my ego tells me otherwise. I want to have the most beautiful cat of them all. My pride wants everyone to ooh and ahh over my cat; the cat that I brought into the world by carefully selecting sire and dam, putting them together to make a most beautiful kitten and then, cat. I apologize to all the unwanted cats in the world and I swear, I love them too.
So, when Bentley, my most beloved British Shorthair cat won a best in show at the Westchester cat show, I found myself crying and feeling an almost embarrassed joy. The judge held Bentley way up in the air so everyone could see him. She turned him sideways, stretched him out and described the attributes that made this lilac colored cat the best cat of the show. I stood in the crowd with all the others, admiring his beauty, proud and swelling inside, knowing he was mine. And then, he looked at me with his Cheshire grin and what I saw in his eyes was, “Look mom, we did it!”
That was in 1999. Bentley went on to become a supreme grand champion cat, the highest level of achievement in the cat fancy. He was an international winning cat, appeared in print ads, TV commercials and even had a gig on animal planet. He loved every second of his life. He was the only cat I ever knew that posed for the camera. He delighted being in the limelight and loved attention he received.
When I reflect back on the day that Bentley won Best In Show, I feel what I felt at that moment all over again. Sometimes it makes me cry from both sadness and joy. That day is a gift, a treasure that I will always have. Bentley taught me that’s it is okay to enjoy the guilty pleasures of life.
Bentley died at the age of seven, succumbing to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease I didn’t know he had until he went in to congestive heart failure at the age of two. He lived five and a half more good years. And that was his other life lesson to me. Live in the moment; make memories and love with abandon.
I miss you.
Your greatest admirer,
Sharon Eisen D.V.M.
Dr. Sharon Eisen has been a practicing veterinarian since 1984. In 1991 she realized her dream of opening a feline-only practice in Brookfield, Connecticut. The Complete Cat Clinic was the very first cats-only hospital in the state. While owning and operating the clinic, Dr. Eisen has also been breeding cats for the past 15 years. Some of her cats have appeared on television and have been top-ranking show cats with many ribbons to their credit; and others have simply been beautiful and treasured companions. In addition to devoting her career to the care and wellbeing of cats, Dr. Eisen has an abiding interest in the human/animal connection. She has conducted programs in elementary schools to teach students about pet care. She has led pet bereavement groups and she has brought cats and dogs into nursing homes to serve as pet therapists.
For many years, Dr. Eisen has wanted to share the wonderful and compelling storiesof the cats she’s encountered. The time has finally come. Her book Cat Tales – True Love Stories will take you on a journey of the heart and mind.
Dr. Eisen lives in Danbury, Connecticut with her husband and four cats: Paco, Hershey, and Rosie and Pawlie Newman.
For more information about the book, please visit: http://www.cattalesbook.com
It’s about time Mom lets me write here again! I have much to say, and all of it is important! Maybe I should have my own blog – my friend Eva just got a blog of her own, you should check it out at Conversations with Eva. Cool name for her site, huh? Somebody sure gets that for us cats, it’s always about us. Make sure you read The Beginning, the story of how Eva found her forever home.
Meanwhile, things are great here. Mom was gone most of the weekend, she was at something called a cat show. From what I understand, some people take their cats to these big places and they have to be really patient and well-behaved and they get shown and judged in something called a ring, and they win prizes. Interesting concept. Not something that appeals to me – I already know I’m Number One. But Mom was really happy when she came home from that cat show place each evening, apparently lots of people are really excited about Buckley’s Story coming out soon, and when Mom is happy, I’m happy. She also brought me a new catnip toy each day from a place called Mouse Factory. Strange name, if you ask me, because none of the toys she brought home looked even remotely like a mouse, but wooeee, they are filled with heavy duty catnip! I could smell that she had catnip with her the minute she walked in the door. I immediately went to her bag and sat and stared at it until she took the toy out and gave it to me, then I proceeded to thoroughly lick it and cover it in drool. Then I had to take a nap to sleep off my catnip high. This was primo stuff, people.
Mom has been busy writing and getting everything ready for her book launch, and I like that she’s been home a lot. Even though I may sleep in another room while she’s working, I still like knowing that she’s home with me. This is so much better than when she was gone more than ten hours each day.
That’s it for today. Remember – it IS all about you!