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  • Japan Cat Network: Helping Cats Inside the Fukushima Restricted Zone

    from The Conscious Cat

    Tuesday March 31st, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    More than four years ago, on March 11, 2011, a devastating earthquake struck 40 miles off the coast of Japan. The quake tilted the earths axis and triggered a series of powerful tsunamis, which wrought destruction for more than 6 miles inland. Sixteen thousand people died. There are no statistics on how many animals died in the quake, but the number is sure to be staggering. The earthquake damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in the complete evacuation and closure of a...

  • Caring for Abandoned Kittens

    from The Conscious Cat

    Monday March 30th, 2015 at 10:00 PM

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    Raising abandoned kittens can be challenging, but it can also be very rewarding. Kittens may need to be hand raised or because their mother has died, has rejected or abandoned the kittens.

    Ideally, kittens should be with their mother until theyre at least five or six weeks old. The longer they can nurse, the better. Young kittens need their mothers milk not just for nutrition, but also to receive important antibodies that will protect them against disease later in life. Since orphaned kittens...

  • Pot for Pets: How Medical Marijuana Can Help Your Cat

    from The Conscious Cat

    Sunday March 29th, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Medical marijuana (or cannabis) has been used for thousands of years across many cultures. More recently, cannabis is used to effectively treat symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, glaucoma, epilepsy, and other conditions in humans. Use of medical marijuana is controversial.

    Drs. Sarah Brandon and Greg Copas, two Seattle veterinarians, pioneered the use of medical marijuana for pets two years ago. They developed CannaVet, a hemp-based supplement for pets. I had a chance to speak...

  • Zen Cats: Meditations for the Wise Minds of Cat Lovers

    from The Conscious Cat

    Saturday March 28th, 2015 at 10:00 PM

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    Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isnt anyone who doesnt appreciate kindness and compassion. His Holiness the Dalai Lama

    Zen Cats: Meditations for the Wise Minds of Cat Lovers opens with the lovely quote above, and it purrfectly sets the tone for this gem of a book. This little volume features gorgeous cat photos alongside excerpts from the Dhammapada, a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read...

  • Mews and Nips: Klepto Cat Steals Balls in Sydney Suburb

    from The Conscious Cat

    Friday March 27th, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    For the last two years, Chilli, a five-year-old Burmese, has been spending his nights stealing various balls from Sydneys eastern suburbs. Soccer balls, tennis balls, beach balls Chilli deposits all of these on Noran Chadhuris bed each morning. Chadhuri estimates that at one point, he had almost 100 balls. Attempts to solve the mystery of the origin of the balls have been fruitless. Well leave the window open and he jumps in while youre asleep and makes this strange meow sound that he only...

  • Review and Giveaway: The Cat Sitter’s Whiskers

    from The Conscious Cat

    Thursday March 26th, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    The Cat Sitter mystery series, featuring Dixie Hemingway, a pet sitter who lives on one of the Florida keys, has been a favorite of mine ever since the first book in the series came out seven years ago. The series was originally written by Blaize Clement. Her son, John Clement, continued the series after her death in 2011. Blaize had been collaborating on plots and characters for future novels with John.

    In The Cat Sitters Whiskers, Dixies heads off early one morning to see her first cat...

  • Giveaway: Spoil Your Cat Bundle from MyThreeCats.com

    from The Conscious Cat

    Wednesday March 25th, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    MyThreeCats.com is an online specialty cat shopping site, offering a variety of designer cat merchandise including cat trees, beds, scratchers, toys, feeding accessories and more. Today, theyre offering up a super fun giveaway for your kitties: a Spoil Your Cat Bundle!

    The giveaway package, valued at $50, includes the following:

    Aikiou Stimulo Cat Activity Center

    The Aikiou Stimulo Cat Activity Center satisfies your cats curiosity. The design mimics a cats natural tendencies to lure prey out...

  • How to Star in Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin’s New Book

    from The Conscious Cat

    Tuesday March 24th, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    If youve read Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamins New York Times Bestseller Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!),youve no doubt been inspired to tackle a few catification projects of your own. I came away with quite a few ideas; the first one I implemented was our kitchen catification.

    Jackson and Kate are working on their new book, Catisfy to Satisfy, and they want to hear from you! All you have to do is show them pictures of your catified space and tell them...

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