Today is our second blog anniversary! We wouldn’t have gotten to this point without you, our wonderful readers – thank you for reading, commenting, and adding to the discussions!

To celebrate, and to thank all of you for reading, we’re giving away a fantastic goody basket filled with fun things for you and your cats, including an autographed copy of Buckley’s Story. Look below for details on how to enter the drawing.

When I started this blog two years ago, I was looking for a way to share my passion for feline health and nutrition with a wider audience. I was also finishing writing Buckley’s Story, and I wanted to get word about the book out to cat lovers around the world.  Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the incredible journey this blog (and the book) has taken me on since then.

Amber was the inspiration behind this blog. She was the original Conscious Cat, a wise old soul in a feline body. Those of you who have been reading for a while will remember  her contributions to the blog in her Amber’s Mewsings columns. When she passed away suddenly in May of last year, I was devastated, and I still miss her each and every day.

Allegra joined our family in April of last year, and quickly became a regular contributor by sharing her life as a not-quite-kitten-anymore in her popular column Allegra’s World. Her posts frequently get more views than my own!

One of the things I love best about blogging is the community it creates.  I love connecting with other bloggers (you’ll find a list of my favorites in the Blogroll in the left sidebar), and I treasure the friendships that have formed as a result of these connections. I’m looking forward to making many more connections when I attend BlogPaws later this year.

When it comes to connections, one of the most amazing examples of this is a post I wrote in August of 2009 titled Tortitude – The Unique Personality of Tortoiseshell Cats. The post has generated almost 2800 comments as of this writing and has turned into the online home of a community of lovers of this particular kind of cat. What began with exchanging stories about the torties that share our lives has evolved into some real life frienships that will hopefully turn into a real life meeting in the near future.

This just goes to show – you never know what might happen when you start blogging. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

To enter the drawing for our anniversary basket, please leave a comment below and tell us how you first found The Conscious Cat. Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and post the link in a separate comment for an additional chance to win. This giveaway ends Tuesday, March 15.

Disclaimer: Allegra does not come with the basket!

Thank you to Whimsy Cats for creating the beautiful basket. Whimsy Cats brings you peace of mind by providing specialized in home visits and cat sitting for your cat’s special needs in Northern Virginia.  Whether you want them to administer medications or fluids, conduct general wellness check-ins or stop by after surgeries or medical events, they offer daily or occasional visits depending upon the needs of you and your cat.