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  • How to Tell Whether Your Cat is in Pain

    from The Conscious Cat

    Sunday September 21st, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    Cats are masters at masking pain. Their ability to hide pain goes back to their wild origins. In the wild, a sick animal becomes prey. While acute pain may be fairly obvious to cat guardians, it may be more difficult to discern whether your cat is in pain when it comes to chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis. Sadly, many veterinarians also overlook signs of feline pain. Therefore, its up to the cats guardian to understand the signs of pain in cats.

    In a recent article on Answers.com,...

  • Pet Night on Capitol Hill: Celebrity Cats (and Dogs) Bring Politicians Together

    from The Conscious Cat

    Saturday September 20th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    Even in an election year, cute pets trump political differences. This past Thursday, hundreds of Congressional staffers and a few politicians gathered in the Cannon House Caucus Room for the annual Pet Night on Capitol Hill celebration, hosted by the Animal Health Institute. Each year, the event features a celebrity cat and dog, and winners of the annual Cutest Pets on Capitol Hill contest are announced.

    I was lucky enough to be invited to this gathering for the second year in a row, and as...

  • Mews and Nips: Announcing CatCon LA

    from The Conscious Cat

    Friday September 19th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    Have you ever dreamed of a place where you can hang out with thousands of other cat lovers, meet celebrity cats, see cool cat stuff, and talk about cats all weekend long? Well, your dream is about to come true: CatCon LA will be a two-day weekend conference thats part expo, part symposium, and all about cats. The event will showcase the finest cat-centric merchandise for cats and cat lovers including cat furniture, art, toys, clothing, accessories, home decor and more. Celebrity guests...

  • Review: I Knead My Mommy And Other Poems by Kittens

    from The Conscious Cat

    Thursday September 18th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    Francesco Marciuliano has a unique ability to capture cats personalities. He proved this in his New York Times Bestseller I Could Pee on This And Other Poems by Cats, and I know I wasnt the only cat lover who was eagerly awaiting publication of his new book, I Knead My Mommy And Other Poems by Kittens. While I had reservations about the first book based on the title (reservations that turned out to be completely wrong,) the title of this book, which the author called sort of a sequel or a...

  • Giveaway: Win Litter Lifter Litter Scoops for Your Cats and Your Favorite Shelter

    from The Conscious Cat

    Wednesday September 17th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    I keep our litter boxes scrupulously clean. I pretty much scoop as soon as Allegra or Ruby deposit something in one of our two boxes (especially if its in the one right outside my office). And you better believe I make sure I do a good job, because Allegra, our official box supervisor, always follows behind and makes sure Ive done it right.

    Im a firm believer that if theres something you have to do every day, multiple times a day, you should have the best possible tool to do it with to make it...

  • What to Do When Your Cat Won’t Eat

    from The Conscious Cat

    Tuesday September 16th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    Cats can be finicky eaters. Some cats simply decide from one day to the next that they no longer like a food theyve been happily eating before. This can be frustrating for cat guardians, and its not something to take lightly. A cat who stops eating should always be cause for concern. A cat who hasnt eaten anything for more than 24-48 hours may be developing a potentially life-threatening condition called hepatic lipidosis, also known as fatty liver disease.

    Ruling out any underlying medical...

  • Review: Pet Fusion 3 Sided Vertical Scratcher

    from The Conscious Cat

    Monday September 15th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    Of all the product reviews Allegra and Ruby get to participate in, scratchers are probably their most favorite. They both tend to like a variety of scratchers and scratching surfaces, so we have a lot of different ones throughout our house. They couldnt wait to get to work to test Pet Fusions 3 Sided Vertical Scratcher.

    This eco-friendly scratcher is made from recycled corrugated cardboard. The unique sloped design is perfect for cats who like vertical scratchers it adds a little extra...

  • Nightmares Can Be Murder Winner

    from The Conscious Cat

    Monday September 15th, 2014 at 05:48 AM


    Congratulations, Allison C! You won an autographed copy of Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy.

    Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

    Nightmares Can Be Murder is available from Amazon, other online book sellers, and bookstores.

    *Winners were selected by random drawing. Winners need to provide a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours of receipt of notification e-mail. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen.

    The post Nightmares Can Be...

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