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Mews and Nips: What a Cat Can Teach Us About Cybersecurity

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In a recent Op Ed piece in The LA Times, cybersecurity expert Herbert Lin shared how trying to confine his daughter’s cat to a limited area of his home (Lin is allergic) taught him valuable lessons about why cybersecurity is so hard to obtain. “Everything that I tried to confine Pounce worked for a little while but eventually failed as he found a way past my newest security barrier — just as hackers eventually find their way through the cybersecurity barriers erected to stop them.” Visit the LA Times for the full, utterly delightful column.

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Mews and Nips: Kitten Found Hiding Under Leaves Blossoms Into Magnificent, Confident Cat

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A Montreal couple was on their way to cat rescue group Chatons Orphelins Montréal when they noticed something moving under a pile of leaves by the side of the road. When they took a closer look, they found a kitten hiding in the dirt. The little stray was cold and afraid. They immediately notified the rescue, and a member of the group dropped everything and rescued the kitten. After being vetted and placed in a foster home where he was socialized and allowed to gain his confidence, the gorgeous hauspanther was adopted into his forever home. Visit LoveMeow.com for more on this remarkable transformation and wonderful photos of Mika.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Takes Dozens of Selfies on His Human’s iPad

A Chinese cat seems to have the art of taking selfies down pat: seven-month-old Er Niu’s human came home one day to not only find clumps of white fur on her iPad, but she also discovered dozens of photos and even a video of the kitty. He even figured out how to use the camera’s flashlight function to showcase his handsomness. For more about Er Niu, visit the Daily Mail.

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Mews and Nips: Cat Burglar Held for Fur-ther Questioning

A tuxedo cat named Bones got in trouble with the law in Collier County, Florida. The Collier County Sheriff’s Office responded to a suspicious incident that was possibly a burglary in progress. When they arrived at the residence, they discovered that the cat was responsible for the strange noises coming from the house. The cat burglar was quickly detained and turned over to Collier County Animal Services for safe keeping. For more on the attempted feline heist, visit the Naples Daily News.

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Review: Scenes from a Move, Part 2

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Gwen Cooper’s Curl Up with a Cat Tale series features humorous and heartwarming short stories about the ongoing adventures of Gwen’s feline family. I find myself falling a little bit more in love with Gwen’s cats with each story. Last month, we reviewed Part 1 in Gwen’s saga about moving, which ended with a heart-stopping cliffhanger.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Inside the Life of a Feline Rat Hunter in Washington, DC

Washington, D.C. has a well-known rat problem, and despite efforts to control the city’s rat population that even included trying birth control on rats, the rodent infestation is growing. For the last few years, the Humane Rescue Alliance has been spearheading a creative way to fight the rat kings and queens of the District of Columbia: pairing local businesses and communities with feral, unsocialized cats to hunt and kill their natural prey. First developed in 2017, the HRA’s Blue Collar Cats program takes stray, feral cats that end up in its care, spays and neuters them, and then matches them to businesses or homes to catch and deter unwanted rodents. For more about the program, please visit NBC4 Washington. And while I realize that the topic of this story practically begs for political commentary, please remember that the Conscious Cat is a politics-free zone and all comments referencing politics will be deleted.

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Review: Molly and the Cat Café

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If you loved A Street Cat Named Bob or Oliver, the Cat Who Saved Christmas, you’re going to love Molly and the Cat Café. This charming story about a homeless cat and a little café that was struggling to stay in business is about as heartwarming as a cat book gets.

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Review: The Old Man and the Cat

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The Old Man and The Cat: A Love Story is a story of how Nils Uddenberg, a retired Professor of Psychology, became a cat guardian even though he had never wanted a pet of any kind. He discovers a homeless cat sitting outside his bedroom window one cold winter morning. He starts out leaving food for her. When he finds her sleeping in a basket that holds gardening supplies in his shed, he lines the basket with a warm blanket.Continue Reading

Review: Lil BUB’s Lil Book: The Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet

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When I first saw the title of Lil BUB’s Lil Book: The Most Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet, I balked a little at the subtitle. I don’t begrudge Lil’ BUB, or any of the other internet cat celebrities their fame, but really, don’t we all think that our own cats are the most amazing cats on the planet? I certainly think Allegra and Ruby are!

But then I opened the book. And unlike the hundreds of images I’d seen of Lil Bub on the internet before then, this little book made me realize that she is, indeed, a very special little cat. And like hundreds of thousands of cat lovers before me (Bub currently has more than 300,000 fans on her Facebook page), I fell in love.Continue Reading

Interview with Helen Brown, Author of Cats and Daughters

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Helen Brown is the author of Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family and the brand new Cats and Daughters: They Don’t Always Come When Called.  She was born and brought up in New Zealand, where she first worked as a journalist, TV presenter and scriptwriter. Now living in Melbourne, Australia with her family, Helen continues to write columns for the New Zealand media, and she’s been voted Columnist of the Year several times.  Cleo rose to the top of the bestseller lists in its first week in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia and has been translated into more than 16 languages.

I previously interviewed Helen after the release of Cleo, and I’m delighted to welcome her back to The Conscious Cat today.

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Review: Cats and Daughters by Helen Brown

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I love cat memoirs, and I love that we’re seeing more and more of these wonderful stories being published. I absolutely adored Helen Brown’s first book, Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family, about the little black kitten who came into the author’s life after the death of her young son. This sweeping memoir of heartbreak, changes, new beginnings, and ultimately, happiness, touched my heart in a big way.

I was excited when Helen Brown’s publisher sent me the just published sequel, Cats and Daughters: They Don’t Always Come When They’re Called. But you never know with sequels: will they be as good as the first book, or will they disappoint? I should have known that Brown wouldn’t disappoint.

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