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  • Reducing Stress for Cats in a Boarding Facility

    from The Conscious Cat

    Sunday November 23rd, 2014 at 09:00 PM


    Cats have a reputation for being independent, which often leads people to believe that theyll do just fine on their own when their guardians have to go away for a few days. As long as someone comes in and leaves fresh food and water, thats all they need, right? Nothing could be further from the truth. Accidents happen. Cats could stop eating while their guardians are away, or become ill. Cats need more than just food and water to thrive they need human interaction, and a chance to play.


  • Giveaway: Cat Print Scarf from The Tiniest Tiger, and Free Shipping Offer!

    from The Conscious Cat

    Saturday November 22nd, 2014 at 09:00 PM


    We have a lovely giveaway for you this week, brought to you by our friends at The Tiniest Tiger and Triple T Studios.

    These beautiful scarves, as modeled by Annie above and Eddie below, are sure to please any cat lover. The subtle design does not scream crazy cat lady but complements the feline finesse of The Tiniest Tiger handbags. The scarf is made of chiffon for a soft and light weight feel and is available in black, beige or light pink. At only $9.99, these scarves are a bargain, and they...

  • Mews and Nips: Cats Make TV News Better

    from The Conscious Cat

    Friday November 21st, 2014 at 09:00 PM


    We all know how depressing watching the news can be. Perhaps this is why Japanese news program, Shuukan News Shinsho, a weekly news digest, has added cats to their program. This is not an entertainment show, its a serious news program similar to our Meet the Press or Face the Nation. The Japanese are known to be huge cat lovers, so perhaps this was simply a ploy to attract more viewers. Perhaps it was a conscious effort to lighten the mood a bit. Whatever the reason, it just proves that...

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

    from The Conscious Cat

    Friday November 21st, 2014 at 05:49 AM


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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...

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