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The Conscious Cat and Jackson Galaxy Solutions are the Rescue Cat Sponsor at the 2017 National Capital Cat Show

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We are super excited to announce that after taking a hiatus last year, the National Capital Cat Show is back, and I’m proud to announce that for the third year, Jackson Galaxy Solutions is partnering with The Conscious Cat to be the Rescue Cat Sponsor!

The National Capital Cat Show is a big supporter of rescue efforts and invites local shelters, rescue groups and animal awareness organizations to the show, and each time, these wonderful groups find forever homes for a large number of kittens and cats.Continue Reading

Review: Rescued Volume 2: The Healing Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes

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There’s no question that cats have healing powers. Simply petting a cat can lower your blood pressure. Research has even shown that the frequency of a cat’s purr can aid with healing of bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles as well as provide pain relief. The cats who share their stories in Rescued Volume 2, edited by Janiss Garza, the human behind Summer, the star of the Sparkle Cat blog, are all testament to the transformative power rescue cats have on their humans. Continue Reading

Felted Wool Cat Bags and Ceramic Signs from Show Me a Little Sign

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I recently introduced you to Chery, the amazing woman who rescued nine cats who were living in a church parking lot with a homeless woman. You’ve learned about Chery’s huge heart, her compassion, and the love she has for her nine foster cats. Chery also has four cats of her own.

Today, I’d like to show you a different side of Chery. Chery is also an accomplished artist and crafter who makes adorable felted wool bags and ceramic signs featuring whimsical and inspirational messages.Continue Reading

The Conscious Cat and Spirit Essences Are Rescue Cat Sponsors at the 2015 National Capital Cat Show

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Each year, the National Capital Cat Show invites local shelters, rescue groups and animal awareness organizations to the show, and each year, these wonderful groups find forever homes for a large number of kittens and cats. I’m proud to announce that for the second year in a row, Spirit Essences is partnering with The Conscious Cat to be the Rescue Cat Sponsor!Continue Reading

Promote the Awesomeness of Rescue Cats During Adopt-a-Cat Month

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Each spring during kitten season, thousands of newborn kittens join the millions of cats already in shelters and foster homes across the country. The American Humane Association has designated June as Adopt-a-Cat Month® to help find more cats forever homes. This year, the ASPCA and Jackson Galaxy teamed up to host a social media contest celebrating shelter cats during Adopt-a-Cat Month®.Continue Reading

Review: Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes

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For every rescued cat, there’s a story. Some rescue stories are heartwarming, inspiring and joyful. Some make you weep for what some cats had to endure before finding their forever home, and others make you marvel at the serendipity that is so often part of a rescue.

The twelve cats in Rescued, a collection of stories edited by Janiss Garza, the human behind the late Sparkle the Designer Cat and publisher of the Sparkle Cat blog, come from all sorts of backgrounds. They’re library cats, bloggers, and mystery stars. Their true life rescue stories are told in the cats’ voices.Continue Reading

Review: Lola: Diary of a Rescued Cat by Dawn White

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When Dawn White first saw the photo of a sick, pathetic looking tabby on Facebook, she was looking for a companion for her then almost three-year-old black and white Lexy. At the time, Lola was being cared for at Manhattan Cat Specialists after being rescued from a kill shelter. As happens to so many of us, there  was something in Lola’s eyes that drew Dawn in. She visited Lola at the veterinary clinic, and it was, as she writes in Lola: Diary of a Rescue Cat, “the second best decision I ever made,” the first being, of course, adopting Lexy eight months earlier.Continue Reading

Squirt Bottles, Punishment and Cat Behavior

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The scenario plays out with cat guardians everywhere: the cat is always getting into something, like jumping onto counters, climbing up screen doors or drapes…and the list goes on. It seems like everyone these days is armed with a handy squirt bottle or squirt gun; sometimes, as I’ve seen in clients’ homes, in every room of the house. Somewhere along the line, this punishing tool has become as prevalent and acceptable as just saying a loud “NO!” In response, we’ve had many queries, both on line and in consultations, about the efficacy of this method.

I believe that the squirt bottle is NOT an effective way of changing a cat’s behavior. When I say this, often I’m met with quizzical or defensive looks. The guardian might say, “But, I’ve seen it work. I squirt, and Tigger jumps off the counter. Nowadays, he just has to see the bottle in my hands, and he runs away.” Yes, exactly my point. Tigger is responding, but is it for the right reasons? No.

What is the cat actually learning in this scenario? Is he learning that the counter is a bad place to be be? No.Continue Reading