When I started The Conscious Cat on March 1, 2009, I really didn’t know what I was doing. I had finished writing Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher, and as a first time author, I knew I needed to do something to “build a platform.” Back then, authors were told to start a blog – so I started a blog. Obviously, I knew I was going to write about cats, but beyond that, I didn’t have much of a plan. I certainly never thought that The Conscious Cat would grow into what it has become: a trusted resource for cat parents around the world looking for solid information about feline health, nutrition, behavior and so much more.
More importantly, The Conscious Cat grew into a community. Since March 1, 2009, we have brought you 4,690 new posts. More than 100,000 comments are a testament to the strength of this community. And with more than 20 million page views, our site keeps reaching an ever-growing audience of cat lovers who want the best for their feline family members.
Our community extends beyond just this website to our Facebook page and Instagram. Both attract cat lovers who enjoy sharing their love for cats with a group of like-minded people every day. Social media may have its drawbacks, but it’s truly wonderful when it creates thriving communities like this one.
Over the years, I’ve been approached by various interested parties about selling The Conscious Cat. Up until recently, I could have never even conceived of considering this, but sometimes, an opportunity presents itself that is too good to turn down.
Changes coming to The Conscious Cat
As of tomorrow, The Conscious Cat will be under new ownership.
This was not an easy decision for me. I’ve built this website into what it is now over the past 13 years, but it was always so much more than just a business. Aside from my books, the content on The Conscious Cat represents my entire body of work, except for the articles I wrote for magazines or other websites. It also became a chronicle of my life with my cats. Thinking about letting all that go was difficult, to put it mildly.
And yet, I felt that this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I had been thinking about slowing down a little. Posting new content seven days a week for 13 years, no matter how much I loved doing it, was not always easy. And unlike other offers I’ve had in the past, this one leaves me confident that my work, and by extension, all of you, will be in good hands. The new owners’ vision is to become the most helpful pet company in the world. I believe that under their curation, The Conscious Cat will reach an even wider audience, which, in turn, will help even more cats. You’ll continue to find all the content you’ve come to rely on over the years at consciouscat.net.
A heartfelt thank you all of you
None of this would be possible without all of you. Words cannot convey how grateful I am to all of you for all the years of reading, subscribing, commenting, and emailing me to let me know how something I posted helped your cats. Leaving you, my community, in good hands, was first and foremost on my mind as I went through the decision process.
A new beginning: Purrs of Wisdom
As I went through the decision process and the negotiations, I realized that there were some things about The Conscious Cat that I would never want to let go of, specifically Allegra’s World, Ruby’s Reflections, the Sunday columns, and some other, very personal pieces. All of these posts will reside on my new website, Purrs of Wisdom with Ingrid King. We’re currently putting the finishing touches on it and it will go live very shortly.
I’ll continue to write about feline health, nutrition, and behavior and introduce you to and review new products on Purrs of Wisdom. You’ll still hear from Allegra. I’ll still share memories of Ruby. You’ll continue to get the Sunday quotes.
If you are already an email subscriber, you will automatically continue to receive updates from me from Purrs of Wisdom, and I hope you will continue to be part of my community.
You will not be automatically subscribed to the new ConsciousCat.net email newsletter. If you would like to receive updates from The Conscious Cat – and I encourage you to do that! – you’ll need to subscribe to their email newsletter here.
The Conscious Cat will continue to exist on consciouscat.net and on Facebook, but also under new ownership. I will build a new community on my Purrs of Wisdom Facebook page and I hope you’ll join me there https://www.facebook.com/PurrsofWisdom
I’m excited about sharing Purrs of Wisdom with you, and at the same time, I’m looking forward to watching how the new owners will grow what I created 13 years ago so that even more cats and their humans can live happy, healthy lives.
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.