Although I have been reading the blog, The Conscious Cat, for a few years now, it wasn’t until recently that I approached Ingrid King, Publisher and Founder of The Conscious Cat, for an interview. Thank you, Ingrid, for the opportunity.
1. How did The Conscious Cat blog come about?
The Conscious Cat was inspired by Amber, who was the original conscious cat. She was wise old soul in a feline body who shared my life for ten years. I was initially looking for a vehicle to build a platform for my book Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher, and I thought the blog would be a good way to do that. It’s since taken on a life of its own. The Conscious Cat has become a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health and happiness for cats and their humans. I cover topics ranging from feline health and nutrition to feline lifestyle, cat themed book reviews, and more.
2. How many cats do you currently have?
I have two, both of them are tortoiseshell cats. Allegra is almost two, and Ruby is almost one year old. Each of them has their own column on the blog: Allegra’s World and Ruby’s Reflections.
3. What do you feed your cats?
I feed primarily raw food, with an occasional can of grain-free food for variety.
4. How has having a blog about cats changed how you take care of your cats?
Actually, it hasn’t. One of the reasons I started the blog was because I wanted an outlet to share my passion for feline health and nutrition with other cat parents. I’m a former veterinary hospital manager, and during my twelve years of working in various facets of the veterinary profession, I gained a thorough understanding of pets’ and owners’ needs in what can often be a challenging, stressful environment. I realized that pet owners are often afraid to ask the tough questions, and resort to the Internet to find answers to their pet health questions. Even though there’s a wealth of pet health advice available online, it can be difficult to find information that is current and factual. My mission is to provide accurate and well-researched pet health information to my readers.
5. I noticed that you offer consultations on your site, can you tell us a little bit more about them? What successes have you had with them?
I offer phone consultations to help cat parents with various health related issues. For example, I can help if a cat was diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness and the cat’s human is feeling overwhelmed and having a difficult time sorting through treatment options. I can help them review the cat’s diagnosis and treatment plan and offer support for implementing the veterinarian’s suggestions.This may include helpful tips and tools for caring for a sick cat, and providing resources for the cat’s specific health condition, including what alternative treatments may be available.
I also offer nutritional consults, and pet loss counseling.
6. I noticed, too, that you are a Reiki Master – can you do Reiki only in person, or can you also do it remotely? Would you mind explaining briefly what Reiki is for those readers that are not familiar with it?
Reikiis an energy therapy that originated in Japan. The practitioner channels healing energy through her hands to the animal (or person) through a light touch either directly on the body or from a distance. The word Reiki
(pronounced “ray-key”) is a Japanese composite word usually translated as “universal life energy”. It is based on the idea that all living beings have life energy flowing through them. When life energy is high, pets are healthy and balanced, more relaxed and less likely to get sick. When it is low, they’ll often be more easily affected by stress and less resistant to illness. Reiki is a safe complement to conventional Western medicine, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy and all other forms of healing.
Animals, especially cats, are naturally receptive to the Reiki energy and tend to gravitate towards it readily (while it may be a little far-fetched, some people even say cats invented Reiki!) Some pets may initially prefer to experience the energy from a slight distance, rather than having the practitioner’s hands directly on them.
Reiki can enhance a pet’s overall well-being, strengthen the immune system, accelerate healing following illness or surgery, help with behavior issues and training, and promote relaxation and stress reduction. It an also provide comfort and relieve pain, anxiety and fear for terminally ill animals.
I offer Reiki treatments in person in Northern Virgina, and remotely to anywhere in the world. Distance treatments are just as effective as in person treatments and can be preferable to hands-on treatments in some instances. Some animals may be fearful of strangers, old and fragile, or close to death and may be better able to relax and absorb Reiki distantly. For people with very busy schedules, alternating distant Reiki treatments and in-person treatments is a good way to be able to give a pet the benefits of Reiki more conveniently. Distant treatments are also quick to schedule: in emergency situations, I can usually offer a distant treatment the same day. Similarly, if a pet seems to be coming down with something or needs additional support between treatments, distant healing can provide what is needed.
7. What’s your favorite part of the The Conscious Cat blog?
I don’t think I can pick a favorite – I love blogging about all the topics that I cover. If my readers’ reactions are any indication, though, Allegra and Ruby’s columns are extremely popular – I’m not quite sure what to make of that!
8. What are some of your favorite products that you have product tested over the years?
I’d have to say that toys are the most fun to review (just ask my two product testers!)
9. What does the future hold for The Conscious Cat?
The Conscious Cat has experienced rapid growth over the past few months, and I hope that will continue. There’s a lot more information about feline health, nutrition and lifestyle that I want to share with my readers. The more educated the cat’s human, the happier and healthier the cat – and isn’t that what we all want for our cats?