Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: Brain Games for Cats

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Play is vitally important to a cat’s physical and mental health, and it’s especially important for indoor cats. Even though cats may sleep up to 16 hours a day, when they’re awake, they need stimulation, and the best way to accomplish this is with play. Play is also a wonderful way to strengthen the bond between cat and human. Brain Games for Cats: Fun Ways to Build a Loving Bond With Your Cat Through Games and Challenges offers a wide variety of games and exercises for cats of all ages.

Contents include

  • Introduction — Understanding your cat: Breed and temperament; Health factors to consider; Which games to play?
  • Building A Bond — Games that mentally and physically tone your cat: Sit Up, Stretch for Toy, Stand High, High Five, Paw Hockey etc.
  • More Complex Games — Retrieve, Fishing, Hoop Jump, Limbo, Hurdles, Leg Weaves, Obstacle Course, Bubble Chase.

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The book features step-by-step illustrations to guide you and your cat through the games, along with tips on how to make the games fun for your cat.

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Many of the games are super creative, yet so simple. “PiƱata Fun” involves a paper bag with small holes cut into it. You fill the bag with treats, and when kitty bats at the bag, the treats tumble out. “Forage Feeder” and “Treat Tubes” show you how to make puzzle toys from boxes, paper cups and toilet paper rolls.

Allegra and Ruby are waiting impatiently for me to start making some of the puzzle toys.

Brain Games for Cats is available from Amazon.

*FTC Disclosure: The Conscious Cat is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to products on Amazon. This means that if you decide to purchase through any of our links, we get a small commission. We only spread the word about products and services we’ve either used or would use ourselves.

I received this book from the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. All reviews on The Conscious Cat will always reflect my honest opinion, or, as the case may be, Allegra and Ruby’s honest opinion.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Giveaway: Comfy Clamshell from the Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate

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This giveaway is sponsored by Jackson Galaxy. This post contains affiliate links.*

How many times have you gotten a cat bed for your cats, only to have them use it maybe once or twice and then abandon it? This has not been the case for us with the Comfy Clamshell from the Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate. Ever since we received one of these convertible beds from our friends at Spirit Essences in July of this year, Ruby has been using it every single day.

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This versatile bed can go from cozy hideaway to lounging pad. It features a soft plush inside, and a durable polyester outside. It’s super easy to convert this bed. To turn it into a cat bed, simply tighten the rope that goes around the outer perimeter, and then tuck the extra rope away into a cleverly designed pocket to keep it out of the way. To turn it back into a soft lounge pad, just undo the fastener and loosen the rope until the bed lays flat.

Ruby didn’t like it as a bed, but she sure loves the giant lounging pad. And yes, it takes up on awful lot of space in my relatively small living room, but since Ruby loves it so much and naps on it every single day, how could I not leave it out for her? Thankfully, it’s purple, which is one of my favorite colors.

Enter to win a Comfy Clamshell (Ruby not included)

For up to 7 ways to enter, see the Rafflecopter widget below. This giveaway is open to readers in the United States and Canada only. This giveaway ends Thursday, January 26. Winners will be chosen by random drawing.**

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The Comfy Clamshell retails for $24.99 and is available directly from the Jackson Galaxy Store. The Comfy Clamshell is also available from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members.

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**No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook. By entering this giveaway, you understand that you are providing your information to The Conscious Cat, and not to Facebook. We will never sell, rent or share your information with third parties. Winners will be notified via e-mail. Prize winner must provide The Conscious Cat with a physical address to which the prize will be mailed within 72 hours. If this information is not received, an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. Winners will be announced in a separate post following the drawing.

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Serve your Dog Breakfast with Chewy.com and Blue Buffalo


It sure is great to be a Chewy Influencer! This month Chewy.com sent us some awesome dog food to sample and review. Ike is my taste tester for this--he thinks that this is a fun job!























So, this food was kind of fun. It's breakfast for dogs! I feed dry food but sometimes add wet food for a treat, especially with my senior dogs who find it easier to chew. We got to sample Blue Buffalo Healthy Starts Country Skillets Turkey and Egg. I never thought of giving my dogs breakfast food before, although they have had, and love, scrambled eggs.

The Blue Buffalo wet food is grain free which is a must for Ike. It is also natural, complete and balanced with plenty of protein and extra B12 for energy and gastrointestinal health. Turkey is the number one ingredient, followed by chicken broth, chicken liver, dried egg.
















Ike loves the taste. He rarely gets wet food, and couldn't get enough of it. I just use it for a bonus for him-- feeding instructions say 3 to 4 tubs per 10 lbs of body weight per day, so if this was the only food I used for Ike, I'd be serving him 24 or more tubs of food a day! Even Kelly would need 8 or more tubs a day if that was all she ate, which would not be cost effective. I find it works best as a dry food topper. I also mix medicine in with the wet food and the dogs gobble it right down, no problem.






















The only negative for me was that the food is a very unappealing brown glop. The dogs don't mind of course but whenever I open a tub it looks kind of gross.

Of course one of the best parts is getting the food so fast through Chewy.com. It was on my doorstep in two days!

If your dog enjoys wet food, or for an extra treat on top of their kibble, Ike thinks they'd like Blue Buffalo Healthy Skillets! In Egg with Beef, Chicken, Turkey or Salmon.

 





















Full Disclosure: We were provided one case of Blue Buffalo Healthy Starts wet food tubs for our honest review. This in no way influenced our review. Opinions expressed here are 100%  my own.



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Cat Lovers

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This post is sponsored by Georgia’s Gifts

Georgia’s Gifts offers fun & unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for all the cat lovers in your life! Here are some suggestions to get your shopping started. For even more cat lover gifts and decor for Valentine’s Day and every day, visit their website, and be sure to sign up for their emails for future promotions.

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Whimsiclay cats are always popular at Valentine’s Day with their smiling eyes and ball tipped whiskers. Shown here is the 14″ plush cat “Shanice”, a true diva cat with her sunglasses and red shoes. $22.50. Also available in a pillow cat style. Click here to see details and to purchase.

Shown next to the plush is the ceramic cat pin “Midnight Love”. It measures 1 3/4″ wide x 2″ tall. $8.99. Click here to see details and to purchase.

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“I Love You More Than Chocolate” is printed with cute cat & chocolate graphics on this flour sack towel. What a fun gift to give to a cat lover! 29″ x 28″, $9.50. Also available in an apron style. Click here to see details and to purchase.

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Show off your romantic side with this 8″ x 8″ ceramic tile “Best Friend in The Moonlight”. What’s better that sharing the starry night with a bottle of wine and your best friend? $23.99. Click here to see details and to purchase.

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Decorate any room in your house with this sweet cat accent rug ” I Wuv You”. Machine washable, 21″ x 33″, $34.99. Click here to see details and to purchase.

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Appliqued floral and gingham cats decorate this loving accent pillow along with embroidery & button embellishments. Red gingham trim gives it a country feel. 12″ x 12″, $14.99. Click here for details and to purchase.

10% Valentine Discount for Conscious Cat readers!

Take 10% off your order with coupon code ValDay10. Offer is valid now through February 5, 2017.

Visit the Georgia’s Gifts website for more information. You can also find Georgia’s Gifts on Facebook and Instagram.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Playful Felines Cat Scarf

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Few accessories change an outfit the way a scarf can, and cat scarves are a fun way to show your love for cats in an understated way every day. I came across this gorgeous scarf from Ted and Jack recently and wanted to share it with you.

The scarf features playful felines on a vibrant background. It is made from 100% Polyester, but feels like soft silk. It comes in a variety of colors, and at $9.50 it’s a bargain! Available from Amazon with free shipping for Prime members.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

How the Assisi Loop Helped a Kitten Heal from Multiple Injuries

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This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health*

When your cat is extremely ill or in pain, there’s probably nothing you wouldn’t try to get him or her to stop hurting. Unfortunately, treating pain in cats is often challenging. For starters, cats are masters at masking pain. Then, once pain is diagnosed, there are very few medications that are approved for long-term use in cats that don’t also carry some serious risks.

As an alternative to pharmaceuticals, many cat owners have turned to non-drug modalities like Reiki and acupuncture. Another therapy that is garnering more widespread use is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (tPEMF™). This therapy can benefits cats with pain associated with arthritis, pancreatitis, wounds, or post-surgical swelling as well as many inflammatory conditions.

What is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy?

tPEMF, which was first studied in the 1970s and is FDA-cleared for use in humans, uses low-level pulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms to help relieve pain and swelling. Assisi Animal Health created the Assisi Loop, a non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive device that is well tolerated by most cats. In fact, many cats really enjoy receiving Loop treatments. Because the Loop stimulates the body’s own healing process, rather than introducing a new substance (like a medication), even a sensitive cat body can handle it easily.

The Loop’s most famous feline patient

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The Loop’s most famous patient is Lil BUB. BUB was born with several genetic mutations, including a shorter lower jaw and no teeth. She also has dwarfism, which means she will stay kitten-sized for her entire life, and she is the only cat in recorded history born with a rare bone condition called “osteopetrosis”. When BUB began to lose mobility and soon was hardly able to walk, her “dude,” Mike Bridavsky, was worried that she might have to be euthanized. Mike heard about the Loop from a fan, and was shocked by the improvement in BUB after he began using it. Now, BUB has gone from being practically immobile to playing, running, jumping, and climbing the stairs.

How the Loop helped Moe Cubby after he was hit by a car

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Eight-week-old foster kitten Moe Cubby was hit by a car early last November. He sustained a badly broken pelvis, a narrowing of the pelvic canal, and nerve damage to one leg. Moe Cubby had surgery to piece his pelvis back together. He received pain medication and antibiotics, and he was put on cage rest for about six weeks. Moe Cubby’s guardian, Kelley Peters,  began using the loop right after his surgery. Within four days, she saw progress. Moe Cubby was brighter and more alert. He wasn’t as painful. The visible injuries showed improvements with less inflammation and visible healing. Two weeks after the surgery, the nerve damage in his leg improved. The visible wounds were nearly healed. Even though not fully recovered, his gait improved, he was using the litter box, and was purring and playing again.

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“Early during recovery, I used the Loop about eight times a day,” said Kelley. “Now that his condition has so markedly improved, we’re on a maintenance schedule of about four times a day.” After three weeks, Moe Cubby was allowed supervised time outside of his cage so he could start using his leg. Kelley used play therapy as a means to naturally strengthen the muscles and increase range of motion in his injured leg.

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Moe Cubby enjoyed his sessions with the Loop. “He’s not bothered by the Loop at all,” said Kelley. “I placed it on or under him as he was resting.”

A Happy Ending for Moe Cubby

Two weeks ago, Kelley contacted me to tell me that Moe Cubby found his forever home!

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For more information about how the Loop could help your cat, visit http://www.assisianimalhealth.com or contact Assisi Animal Health at info@assisianimalhealth.com, 866-830-7342.

Coming in February:
We’re giving away an Assisi Loop to one lucky reader!

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sunday Purrs of Wisdom: Accepting What Is

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Every single moment in life offers us a choice: we can either be in the moment and accept what is happening, or we can resist it. This is a lesson that life tends to present to us over and over. Whether it’s weather throwing a wrench into our plans, or a friend or co-worker not cooperating with our wishes, gracefully accepting what is can be challenging.

Look to your cats for clues on how to do this. To me, a prime example is what happens here on a cloudy day. Allegra and Ruby are both little sun worshippers, but even though they may complain about the lack of sun puddles on a cool, cloudy day, they quickly find another comfy spot to nap in rather than being unhappy.

Photo by Toni Nicholson

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