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Conscious Cat Sunday: Super Bowl, Kitten Bowl, and Spirituality

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We’re not big football fans here, although Ruby loves any excuse to play with her pompoms and make some noise. We’ll be watching the Kitten Bowl, and we’ll probably watch at least part of the big game, just for the commercials. Since I believe that there are spiritual lessons in everything, I spent some time thinking about what the spiritual aspects of football and the Super Bowl might be.Continue Reading

Conscious Cat Sunday: Lessons from the Super Bowl

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We’re not huge football fans here, although Ruby has been trash talking about wanting to join the Carolina Panthers. She says she would make a great wide receiver: after all, she’s fast, and she’s great at catching flying objects! We’ll probably watch at least part of the game for the commercials, and of course, we’re looking forward to the Kitten Bowl. Since I’m always looking for the lessons in everything, I spent a little time reflecting on what lessons we might find on Super Bowl Sunday.Continue Reading

Are You Ready for Some Adorable Football? Kitten Bowl III Takes Place This Sunday!

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This post is sponsored by The Hallmark Channel

Now that this year’s Super Bowl is set to take place in California between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, we can all start to pay attention to the game that really matters: Kitten Bowl III, a celebration of all things adorable and cat-letic, will air on Supurr Bowl Sunday at 12pm ET/PT on the Hallmark Channel.Continue Reading

Super Bowl Sunday Goes to the Cats

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Super Bowl Sunday is going to be more fun for cat lovers this year than ever before. In an epic showdown, Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl will be challenging Animal Planet’s long established Puppy Bowl, which features a Kitten Halftime Show.

The Kitten Bowl will air on the Hallmark Channel at 12 Eastern/11 Central time. The Kitten Halftime Show will air on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, which will kick off at 3pm Eastern/Pacific time.Continue Reading

Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl Elevates Cute to a Whole New Level

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I’m not a football fan, and I couldn’t care less who wins the big game. So why will I be watching football come Super Bowl Sunday this year? Why, it’s because I’ll be watching Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl! After years of having to wait for Animal Planet’s Kitten Halftime Show during their annual Puppy Bowl, cat lovers finally get their own event.

In this feline showdown, there will be two preliminary playoffs and a championship match. Continue Reading

Steeler the cat, accidental (and unofficial) team mascot

I’m not a football fan, and the only reason I occasionally watch the Super Bowl is for the commercials.  But this year, I’ll be cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it’s all because of a friend’s tortoiseshell cat named Steeler.

I first met Steeler when her human, Bernie, discovered my post “Tortitude” – The Unique Personality of Tortoiseshell Cats here on The Conscious Cat.  The post has received more than 2000 comments since I first wrote it in August of 2009, and has resulted in a small community of tortie lovers who enjoy sharing stories about their special cats.  In the process, Bernie, and many of the others who frequently comment on the thread, became friends. 

Bernie found the abandoned tortoiseshell cat crying at her backdoor in rural Pennsylvania. She had never had a cat before, and knew nothing about cats.  The little cat wanted in, and Bernie did not want a cat.  When it became colder, and no shelter would take her, Bernie decided that any cat that wanted a home that badly could stay.  She called her Steeler, because she stole her heart, and because she’s a big Pittsburgh Steeler fan.  And because, like all tortoiseshell cats, Steeler proudly wears the gold and black not just on game day, but every day.

Steeler became a comfort to Bernie’s husband, who was becoming increasingly debilitated from Alzheimer’s.  After he was hospitalized, Steeler continued to provide love and support to Bernie.  As she got to know Steeler better, she also became familiar with “tortitude.”  Torties tend to be strong-willed, a bit hot-tempered, and they can be very possessive of their human.  Other words used to describe torties are fiercely independent, feisty and unpredictable.  They’re usually very talkative and make their presence and needs known with anything from a hiss to a meow to a strong purr.  They can be a little unpredictable, and if they were football players, they’d probably be playing defense.

On game day, Steeler watches the games with Bernie.   And she appears to be turning into somewhat of a lucky charm – after all, the Steelers are going to play the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl this Sunday.  When a Pittsburgh television station asked viewers to post photos of their pets in Steeler gear on their website, Bernie posted Steeler’s photo, proudly showing off  her team colors, and even wearing a little Steeler hat.  As of this writing, Steeler’s photo has received almost 50,000 views.

There are plenty of tigers, cougars and wildcats who are team mascots.  Perhaps the Pittsburgh Steelers should consider making a feisty tortoiseshell cat named Steeler their mascot.  So far, she has brought them good luck.  With apologies to my readers who are Packers fans, I hope that streak of luck continues on Sunday.