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  • What Is IMHA and How Did My Cat Get It?

    from The Conscious Cat

    Monday July 21st, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is a condition where the cats immune system turns against itself and attacks the patients own red blood cells. The immune systems antibodies (blood proteins that are designed to counteract substances the body recognizes as alien, such as viruses and bacteria) target red blood cells for destruction.

    IMHA is a serious condition with a high mortality rate. Patients are often unstable, and treatment can be lengthy and costly. Cats who are susceptible to IMHA...

  • Do Cats Get Colds?

    from The Conscious Cat

    Sunday July 20th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    Sneezing, runny nose, runny eyes, lack of appetite, fever most humans know these symptoms only too well. If you see them in your cat, chances are, your cat has contracted an upper respiratory infection very similar to a cold.

    Cold like symptoms can be caused by either a viral or bacterial infection. The two most common viruses that cause upper respiratory infections in cats are herpes and calici. Bacterial infections are most commonly caused by mycoplasma pneumoniae, bordatella...

  • Conscious Cat Sunday: The Value of Taking a Break

    from The Conscious Cat

    Saturday July 19th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    No one can get inner peace by pouncing on it. Harry Emerson Fosdick

    When you run your own business and work from home, the way I do, you dont have a set work day or work week. Its easy to forget to take breaks, especially when youre doing what you love. Thankfully, I have Allegra and Ruby to remind me to take frequent breaks throughout the day, but sometimes, I feel like I need a whole day off and thats what Im going to try to do today.

    Taking a break can help you gain perspective, recharge...

  • The Cat Sitter’s Nine Lives Winner

    from The Conscious Cat

    Saturday July 19th, 2014 at 08:58 AM

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    Congratulations, Toni! Youre the winner of an autographed copy of The Cat Sitters Nine Lives by John Clement!

    Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

    The Cat Sitters Nine Lives is available from Amazon or your favorite book seller.

    *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 The Cat Sitters Nine...

  • Mews and Nips: Cat Saves Woman’s Life by Tapping on Neighbor’s Window

    from The Conscious Cat

    Friday July 18th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    Slinky Malinki, a two-year-old cat from Cornholme, Lancashire, saved his humans life by tapping on the neighbors window to get their attention. Slinkys human had collapsed in her home. He saved my life, Janet Rowlison told the Daily Mirror. I was drifting in and out of consciousness for five days. Slinky tried to get the neighbors attention by sitting on the fence, tormenting their dog, and eventually, tapping on the window. Read the full story on The Daily Mirror.

    If you missed any of the...

  • SmartCat Cat Litter Winners

    from The Conscious Cat

    Friday July 18th, 2014 at 05:23 AM

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    Congratulations, Cindy Began and Donna! Youre the winners of a 20 pound bag of SmartCat All Natural Cat Litter!

    Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

    *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 SmartCat Cat Litter Winners appeared first on The Conscious Cat.

  • Review: I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats, Plus an Interview with the Author

    from The Conscious Cat

    Thursday July 17th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    Ill be honest: I had my reservations about this book. I appreciate a good humor book as much as the next cat lover. But I balked at the title. To me, theres just nothing funny about a cat peeing on things. I get far too many emails from desperate cat guardians who are dealing with this problem. Thats why I hadnt even picked up I Could Pee on This when it first became a bestseller.

    I do, however, enjoy author Francesco Marciulianos internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth, so when his...

  • ASPCA’s New Mobile App Puts Pet Safety First – Enter to Win a Pet First Aid Kit for Your Cat

    from The Conscious Cat

    Wednesday July 16th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has launched its first interactive mobile application, which is available for free download on iPhone and Android. This mobile app offers a new tool to help reunite pet owners with lost pets. It includes step-by-step instructions on what to do if a pet goes missing, tailored to each specific circumstance and a pets individual personality. The app also allows pet guardians to store medical records, and it provides...

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