Saturday, October 22, 2016

Conscious Cat Sunday: Autumn Reflections


I have a bit of a love hate relationship with fall: I enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn all around me, but I also can’t help but think about what comes afterwards. I’m a summer girl, as are Allegra and Ruby: we thrive on warm weather and sun light. Then again, my two beautiful girls remind me of everything that is beautiful about the season: nothing brings out the gorgeous colors in torties’ coats better than the light of autumn.

Autumn holds lessons about change, transitions and renewal for us. Rather than fighting the inevitability of change, why not allow the colors of autumn (and the beautiful colors in our cats’ coats) remind us to embrace change?

I previously wrote about the gifts of this beautiful season, and invite you to reread The Gifts of Autumn.

What do you love about autumn?


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Mews and Nips: Meet Two Cats Who Thrive on Adventure


You may have come across brothers Bolt and Keel on Instagram. These two young cats love exploring the Western Canadian wilderness with their human. Kaylee Vanderee found the two tiny kittens behind a trash can in the summer of 2015. She meant to take them to a local shelter, but by the time she got there, the shelter was closed. She and her partner had plans to go hiking that weekend, so they took the kittens with them. It was only the first of many adventures for the pair, who enjoy kayaking, snow shoeing and hiking. Read more about the pair on Pawculture.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Sunday, we observed National Feral Cat Day, on Monday, we honored veterinary technicians, on Tuesday, we introduced you to an adorable cat coffee mug, on Wednesday, we offered some Halloween safety tips, and on Friday, we reviewed Oliver the Cat Who Saved Christmas. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a set of 3 cute cat collars!

I came across this video from a few years ago of a TV station cat interrupting a German weather forecaster during his broadcast, and just had to share it. I love how he doesn’t miss a beat!

Have a great weekend!

Image via Bolt and Keel’s Instagram


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Tortoiseshell Cat Angel Tree Topper Winner


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review: Oliver the Cat Who Saved Christmas


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Cat books don’t get much more heartwarming than Oliver the Cat Who Saved Christmas: The Tale of a Little Cat With a Big Heart. This story of a cat whose life changes when he is left homeless and scared after the pub where he lived burns down. Thanks to the kindness of the humans in his quaint English village, Oliver finds a temporary foster home until his guardian can rebuild the pub.

As Oliver learns to trust again, he also becomes determined to help the humans around him. When he meets a little girl who desperately needs a friend, he realizes that the entire village needs help to save their Christmas.

Narrated from Oliver’s point of view as he tells his story to a young kitten, this book grabbed my heart from the very start. You can’t help but love Oliver, and his determination to help the humans in his village. Somehow, he changes the lives of all he encounters, and he may just be able to save everyone’s Christmas.

This warm and uplifting story makes a purrfect holiday gift for the cat lovers on your list, but don’t forget to treat yourself to a copy of your own as well.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Giveaway: Set of 3 Collars from Cute Cat Collars


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If your cats wear collars, this giveaway is for you! Cute Cat Collars are breakaway collars made of nylon. Designed for safety and security in everyday use, the collars come with a Lifetime Warranty. The collars come in packs of 3 in adorable designs. They even offer a set of reflective collars. Each collar has its own bell included.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Halloween Safety Tips for Your Cats


I’m pretty sure that if cats had anything to say about it, they’d get rid of Halloween. From a cat’s perspective, there’s not much to love about a holiday when strangers come knocking at your door, your humans dress up in weird outfits and scary looking masks, and some  humans even try to put you in costumes. It’s up to us humans to reduce the stress of this holiday for feline family members and keep them safe so everyone can have a happy Halloween.


Some cats tend to like the taste of pumpkin, and they may nibble on your carved master pieces. And while pumpkin can actually have benefits for cats (it can regulate digestion,) pumpkins that have been sitting out for days can grow mold and bacteria, so keep carved pumpkins out of kitty’s reach.

Decorations, electrical cords and candles

Keep decorations and electrical cords and wires out of curious cats’ reach. Cats could ingest strings from decorations, which can cause intestinal blockages, or chew on live wires and get electrocuted. Real candles and cats never mix. Use battery operated candles instead.

Trick or Treat

If you are going to open your door to trick or treaters, provide a safe room for your cats. Put their favorite bedding and toys in the room, along with a litter box and fresh water. Close the blinds or drapes, and consider playing soft music to diffuse the sounds from the rest of the house. Classical music has been shown to calm cats.


If you’re hosting a Halloween party, follow the advice above about providing a safe room for your cats during the festivities.

Keep cats indoors

Indoor cats live longer and happier lives, but if your cats normally go outside, Halloween is not a good time to allow them to roam. This is true for all cats, not just black cats. Black cats are actually not at any greater danger at Halloween; this is a myth that just won’t die. Black cats suffer far more harm due to many shelters shutting down adoption of black cats during the month of October. “The only thing that such a fear-driven policy does is put more cats of every color at risk of dying in shelters due to overcrowding,” Francis Battista, cofounder of the Best Friends Animal Society, told Vetstreet.

Microchip and collar tag

A microchip and id tag on your cat’s collar will increase the odds of having your cat returned to you, should the unthinkable happen and your cat slips out.

Don’t dress your cat in costumes

Cats who actually enjoy being dressed up are few and far between. Being forced to wear a Halloween costume will stress most cats out. If you must dress her up, limit the “costume” to a seasonal collar. Use a photo editing software instead to give your cat that Halloween look.

Calming remedies

Calming remedies such as Spirit Essences Stress Stopper or Rescue Remedy can help reduce the stress of a constantly ringing door bell or party guests.

We skip the festivities at our house. I’m not a Halloween Grinch, but Allegra and Ruby’s safety and comfort come first, so I turn the porch light off to discourage trick or treaters. They both love visitors, so for them, to be locked up in a bedroom while the door bell keeps ringing would not only confuse them, it would also stress them out.

How do you keep your cats safe at Halloween?

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

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The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface Book Review

October Book Review

The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface--Terribibble Twos
by Catherine Pickles
ISBN 978-845849-31-3
published by Hubble & Hattie

Would you like to know what's going on in a dog's mind? Do you like books told in the voice of a dog? Well, here is a book told in the "quite very actual" voice of Worzel Wooface. And I have to tell you that Worzel's voice is both unique and hilarious. Worzel is a Lurcher living in the Suffolk, England. (For those of us living in the U.S., a Lurcher is a mix of greyhound-type breed and another breed, in Worzel's case a terrier.)

The Terribibble Twos is the sequel to The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface, Worzel's  diary of his first year of life. At ten weeks old he was surrendered to a rescue group, after having suffered abuse by his owner and another dog. His new owner, Catherine Pickles and her family--including five cats--nurture, love, and help smooth out Worzel's issues.

Here is an exerpt from the new book, where Worzel is learning to stay home alone:

"January 8
Mission Home Alone: Stage One
Mum's had a word about Mission Home Alone with the man who lives next door, and letted him know wot we're practicing, and sorry about the noise if it happens. Fred is a saint, Mum says, for puttering up with being our neighbour. He's also A Bit Deaf, which helps, happarently. Stage One for Mission Home Alone is that you should not do making a song and dance about going out. ..I was a bit confuddled about this at first."

If you're looking for a sweet, funny and insightful look at a rescue dog "with issues," be sure to check out Worzel Wooface!

Full Disclosure: We were provided with 2 copies of this book for our review. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.