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  • Giveaway: SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™: 3rd Chance (of 6) to Win!

    from The Conscious Cat

    Wednesday October 29th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    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...

  • Allegra, Ruby and the Great Bug Hunting Adventure

    from The Conscious Cat

    Tuesday October 28th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    The other night, the girls had a big bug huntingadventure, and they wanted to share it with you. I dont know who had more fun: the girls or me. They were utterly fascinated by this new toy in our living room. I was thoroughly entertained watching them try to catch the bug. The level of teamwork they displayed was remarkable; I swear I could hear them strategize on how to best approach this hunt!

    But why dont I let them tell you in their own words.

    Allegra: Ruby, come over here. Youve got to see...

  • One Day Only: Free Download of Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

    from The Conscious Cat

    Monday October 27th, 2014 at 10:10 PM


    Im delighted to be able to offer you my newest book, Adventures in Veterinary Medicine:What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love, and Myself as a free download for Kindle. If you dont havea Kindle, dont worry.You can download a free reading app to read this and other Kindle books on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet and smartphone.

    The book offers a unique look at what really goes on in a veterinary hospital through the eyes of a former veterinary hospital...

  • Review: Neko Flies Birbug and the Telescoping Rod

    from The Conscious Cat

    Monday October 27th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    Allegra and Ruby love their Neko Flies toys. The toys are developed and created by Ellen Tsuyuki, a multiple cat owner who was dissatisfied with toys available in the cat toy marketplace. Her company, Nekochan Enterprises, Inc., specializes in the development, manufacturing, and distribution of unique, high quality pet products. All of the Neko Flies attachments mimic critters cats might encounter in the wild and let me tell you, the likeness to the real thing is almost a bit eerie,...

  • The Cost of Veterinary Care: A Vet’s Perspective

    from The Conscious Cat

    Sunday October 26th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    Guest post by Elizabeth Colleran, DVM

    Three weeks ago, a long standing and wonderful client of ours scheduled a long-awaited dental procedure for her cat Lily. Until we could get her scheduled, she was on pain medication for the cavities we had previously diagnosed. Since we know that dental pain is the same in the cat as it is in people, we knew she was uncomfortable despite the fact that she was still eating. The only significant change the client noticed was that she tilted her head just...

  • Catification is a New York Times Bestseller

    from The Conscious Cat

    Sunday October 26th, 2014 at 03:15 AM


    I am beyond excited for Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin: their new book, Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) made the New York Times Bestseller list! The book debuted at number 17 in the Advice, How To and Miscellaneous category.

    Books make the list based on the number of copies sold during the pre-order phase and during the first week the book is sold. I know a lot of you pre-ordered the book and/or bought it as soon as it was available, so I know all of...

  • Conscious Cat Sunday: Embrace Life with Awe and Gratitude

    from The Conscious Cat

    Saturday October 25th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    What is the first thing you think of when you first get out of bed? What is the last thought before you go to sleep? How you start and end your day sets the tone for how you get through each day, and for the quality of your sleep at night. Research has shown that gratitude is a powerful force. Dr. Robert Emmons of the University of California at Davis found that people who practice gratitude are 25% happier. They are more optimistic about the future and feel better about their lives. Combine...

  • Mews and Nips: Therapy Cat Provides End of Life Care for Veterans

    from The Conscious Cat

    Friday October 24th, 2014 at 10:00 PM


    Tom, a 7-year-old rescue cat in Salem, VA, provides hospice care to patients at the VA Hospital in Salem, VA. Tom freely roams the hospice ward like a doctor making his rounds, nibbles treats sneaked to him by patients, and brings comfort to old soldiers and their families during an emotional time. When the staff first adopted Tom, they werent sure whether patients would approve. Now, its hard for them to imagine life in the ward without Tom. Families have thanked the staff for Toms calming...

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