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  • Conscious Cat Sunday: Embrace Life with Awe and Gratitude

    from The Conscious Cat

    Saturday October 25th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    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

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    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...

  • Review and Giveaway: Stages of Grey by Clea Simon

    from The Conscious Cat

    Thursday October 23rd, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    I always look forward to a new installment in Clea Simons Dulcie Schwartz mystery series, featuring the Harvard graduate student, along with her kitten Esme and the spirit of her departed cat, Mr. Grey. This series has become one of my favorites. In Stages of Grey, the eighth book in the series, Dulcie is still working on her doctoral thesis about a mysterious 19th century author of two gothic novels. Her relationship with her boyfriend Chris finally seems to be on an even keel, and her black...

  • SmartyKat® Feather Whirl™ Winner – 4 More Chances to Win!

    from The Conscious Cat

    Thursday October 23rd, 2014 at 03:46 AM

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

    Look for an e-mail from Ingrid*.

    And if you didnt win this time, not to worry: youll have 5 more chances to win!

    Next chance to win a SmartyKat Feather Whirl: October 30 !

    *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 and Giveaway: The Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate

    from The Conscious Cat

    Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    I got a first look at the new Jackson Galaxy Collection from Petmate at Global Pet Expo in March, and again at Superzoo in July. I couldnt wait to get my hands on some of the products for Allegra and Ruby, so the girls and I were excited when the package from Petmate arrived last week. We got to test the Mojo Maker Ground and Air Wands, and the Natural Playtime toy assortment.

    The wands were an immediate hit I could barely get them out of the packaging before the girls started pouncing after...

  • Catification Winners

    from The Conscious Cat

    Wednesday October 22nd, 2014 at 05:50 AM

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    Congratulations to Summer, Fur Everywhere and Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal! You won an autographed copy of Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin.

    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...

  • Cats Against Cancer: Precious Cat Litter Wants to Leave Cancer in the Dust

    from The Conscious Cat

    Tuesday October 21st, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    When it comes to cat litter, I have yet to find a litter I like better than Dr. Elseys Precious Cat. This litter has been our go to litter for many years. It clumps better than any other clay litter, it has virtually no dust, and, most importantly, my cats like it. And yes, Im well aware of the controversy around clay litter, but Ive found that many cats dont like the alternative litters certainly, none of mine ever have. And no matter how much the human in charge may like the idea of these...

  • Review: Sugarboy’s Paca Pet Pouf

    from The Conscious Cat

    Monday October 20th, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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    I met Shelly Habel, the creator of Sugarboys, at the National Capital Cat Show in September. Her booth displayed some of the most beautiful handmade cat products Id seen in quite some time, including the fabulous Paca Pet Pouf. Shelly makes toys and beds for cats and dogs. I was thrilled when she offered to send an Original Paca Pet Pouf for review.

    The Paca Pet Pouf by Sugarboys is a unique handmade pet bed, inspired by Shellys three cats, Poni, Beemer and Mowgli, who discovered the plush...

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