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  • Better With Pets Summit Celebrates Human Animal Bond

    from The Conscious Cat

    Saturday October 18th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    Earlier this week, I had a chance to attend the Better with Pets Summit in New York City. The summit was sponsored by Purina*, and while my nutritional philosophy differs greatly from that of Purina when it comes to species-appropriate nutrition for cats, I appreciate the work the company is doing to foster the human-animal bond. This years summit focused on how technology and scientific advances are leading to a brighter future with our pets. The daylong event featured 15 expert...

  • Mews and Nips: Cat Receives Lifesaving Blood Transfusion from a Dog

    from The Conscious Cat

    Friday October 17th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    Buttercup, a Florida cat whose red blood cell count had fallen to dangerously low levels, received a transfusion of canine blood that save her life. Buttercups veterinarians didnt have ready access to feline blood, and time was of the essences. Cross-species transfusions are a risky procedure. You cant give type A blood to a type B blood cat because itll cause a severe immune reaction, said Dr. Sean Perry, who performed the procedure at Marathon Veterinary Hospital in Florida.It was actually...

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

    from The Conscious Cat

    Thursday October 16th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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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 wassomething in Lolas eyes that drew Dawnin. 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...

  • Giveaway: SmartyKat® Feather Whirlâ„¢: 2nd Chance (of 6) to Win!

    from The Conscious Cat

    Wednesday October 15th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    The SmartyKat Feather Whirl is a great way to exercise your kitties, and it provides endless entertainment for the humans. This innovative toy works at the push of a button. The wand whirls and swirls, mimicking prey and inviting kitties to pounce. The toy has a constantly changing pattern that never repeats itself, so cats wont get bored. Non-toxic and safe for cats and kids, the SmartyKat Feather Whirl is made of durable BHA-free plastic so your cat can grab, chew, pull or bite all he or...

  • Review: Stylish Printable Pet Planner

    from The Conscious Cat

    Tuesday October 14th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    Keeping your cats records organized can be essential for everyones health and safety, whether its for travel, medical emergencies, natural disasters, or simply keeping track of important dates. Allegra and Ruby each have a file folder, but to access anything, I have to flip through a lot of papers. When Stylish Printable Planners approached me about reviewing their pet planners, I was intrigued.

    Planners are one of the best tools I know of to stay organized. Theres something about seeing...

  • Giveaway: Autographed Copies of Catification by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin

    from The Conscious Cat

    Monday October 13th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    Its finally here! Today is the official launch of the long-awaited book Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin. This beautifully designed book is chock full of tips and tricks to catify every living space. Filled with creative examples, Catification is meant to inspire cat guardians to catify their own homes. The projects featured in the book can be adapted to any style or budget, and you dont have to be a master carpenter...

  • Interview with Feline Veterinarian Gary Norsworthy, DVM

    from The Conscious Cat

    Sunday October 12th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    Dr. Gary D. Norsworthy earned his DVM degree in 1972 from Texas A&M University and has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 40 years. Dr. Norsworthy began writing professionally in 1975 and has published over 50 articles in various veterinary journals. He is an accomplished lecturer for veterinary associations around the world. He is the owner of the Alamo Feline Health Center in San Antonio, TX and loves to go to work every day.

    I had a chance to ask Dr. Norsworthy a few questions...

  • National Feral Cat Day 2014

    from The Conscious Cat

    Saturday October 11th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    This coming Thursday, October 16, is National Feral Cat Day. This day was launched by Alley Cat Allies in 2001 to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for them.

    The theme for this years National Feral Cat Day is TNR: From the Alleyto Main Street. Trap-Neuter-Returna humane approach to managing and caring for feral cats, and its the only effective method of stabilizing feral cat colonies. In the last decade,...

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