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  • SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ Winner – 3 More Chances to Win!

    from The Conscious Cat

    Friday November 21st, 2014 at 05:49 AM

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    Congratulations, Cindy! Youre the winner of a SmartyKat Feather Whirl !

    Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

    And if you didnt win this time, dont worry: youll have 2 more chances to win!

    Next chance to win a SmartyKat Feather Whirl: December 4!

    *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...

  • Review: Purr Therapy by Kathy McCoy

    from The Conscious Cat

    Thursday November 20th, 2014 at 09:00 PM

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    Research has found that a cats purr can heal body tissues and bones, and that simply petting a cat can lower your blood pressure. Those of us who share our lives with cats dont need convincing that cats have healing powers, and I would bet that for most of us, our feline family members have occasionally served as furry therapists. In Purr Therapy: What Timmy and Marina Taught Me About Life, Love and Loss, psychotherapist Dr. Kathleen McCoy shares her experience of how two very special cats...

  • Giveaway: Katris Cat Scratching Block

    from The Conscious Cat

    Wednesday November 19th, 2014 at 09:00 PM

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    Katris is a system of corrugated cardboard shapes that you can arrange in endless configurations. Remember the computer game Tetris? You get the idea. We reviewed the entire system a little while back, and gave it two thumbs and four paws up.

    The pieces are hand assembled from 100% recyclable cardboard, using 90% post consumer recycled content. They use only non-toxic starch-based adhesives and no inks or dyes. Each piece is nice and sturdy, and as long as you start out with a solid base, you...

  • 5 Careers with Cats

    from The Conscious Cat

    Tuesday November 18th, 2014 at 09:00 PM

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    Youve heard the saying do what you love and the money will follow. If you love cats, youve probably dreamed of finding a career that will allow you to combine your passion for felines with making a living. Im here to tell you that it is possible but being a cat writer is not the only way to turn your love for cats into a profitable business.

    In a recent article for Answers.com, I explored 5 careers that will allow you to turn your passion into a profession.Working with cats doesnt have to be...

  • Review: Holistic Select Grain-Free Canned Cat Food

    from The Conscious Cat

    Monday November 17th, 2014 at 09:00 PM

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    If youve read this blog for any length of time, you know that Im passionate about bio-appropriate nutrition for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, and they need meat not only to survive, but to thrive. The optimal diet for a cat is a properly formulated raw, home-cooked or grain-free canned diet.

    Allegra, Ruby and I recently had the opportunity to evaluate Holistic Selects new line of canned paté recipes. These grain-free can recipes provide prebiotic support and feature botanicals such as...

  • When a Client’s Cat Dies: A Tribute to Belle

    from The Conscious Cat

    Monday November 17th, 2014 at 10:15 AM

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    As a Reiki Practitioner, I rarely work with young, healthy animals. Most of my feline (and canine) clients suffer from degenerative diseases. Some are terminally ill. Reiki can help bring healing and balance to these animals by reducing stress, providing pain relief, alleviating side effects of conventional treatments, and strengthening the immune system.

    Unfortunately, working with older animals also makes it inevitable that eventually, Im going to lose these clients. The experience of losing...

  • Coping with Pet Loss: Rituals Can Help

    from The Conscious Cat

    Sunday November 16th, 2014 at 09:00 PM

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    Losing a beloved cat is devastating, no matter what the circumstances. Grief is a very individual experience, and no two cat guardians will grieve in exactly the same way. Rituals can play an important role in the healing process. There is something about acknowledging grief through a tangible action that can help soothe raw emotions.

    Rituals can take many different forms. The best ritual is the one that has the most meaning for you. Find something that resonates with you, and add your own...

  • Conscious Cat Sunday: Support Charities that Don’t Test on Animals

    from The Conscious Cat

    Saturday November 15th, 2014 at 09:00 PM

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    Conscious choices make a difference. Last month, I wrote about how informed and conscious choices about the cosmetics you use benefit not just you, but also your cats. Today, Id like to encourage you to use the same diligence when you decide what charities you support with your donations.

    Its difficult to say no to all the requests that all of us see almost every day to donate to charities that are seeking a cure for a disease. Often these requests come from friends who are supporting the...

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