“Ingrid King defines what it is to be a ‘cat person.’ She doesn’t just live with them, observe and write about them; rather, she delves deeper, reflecting a natural sense of empathy and kinship with cats. There is an intrinsic bond with the feline world on display in casual conversation with Ingrid, as well as in her writing. Ingrid brings us closer to understanding the everyday reality of cats and, finally, what we can learn about our own lives through better appreciating theirs.”   Jackson Galaxy, Cat Behaviorist and host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell

Ingrid King is the Publisher and Founder of
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The Conscious Cat is a multiple award winning website published by writer and cat expert Ingrid King. At The Conscious Cat, we’re passionate about cats. Our mission is to educate cat guardians so that every cat, and every cat’s human, can have a happy, healthy life together.

Ingrid King is the award winning author of

Buckley’s Story: Lessons from a Feline Master Teacher

Purrs of Wisdom: Conscious Living, Feline Style

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine: What Working in Veterinary Hospitals Taught Me About Life, Love and Myself

Tortitude: The BIG Book of Cats with a BIG Attitude

Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style.

Coming June 2016
Now Available for Pre-Order!


Praise for Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style

“Generous, compassionate and insightful, Ingrid King’s writing combines practical suggestions with timeless wisdom of value to us all.” – David Michie, international bestselling author of The Dalai Lama’s Cat books.



Praise for Tortitude

“To call torties misunderstood would be the understatement of the year; the misinformed and un-initiated might just see them as moody, grouchy or mean! In this book, Ingrid brings all of her talent, skill and heart to the job of setting the tortie record straight. Anybody who has had the honor of sharing their life with a tortie owes Ingrid a debt of gratitude, because she has taken the stereotype, turned it on it’s head, and opened the world’s eyes to the true meaning of tortitude.” – Jackson Galaxy, Host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell

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Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined.  In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital.   Buckley challenges Ingrid to overcome long-held emotional patterns and teaches both the author and the reader universal lessons about opening the heart, following intuition, and living a life filled with joy.  When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier.

Buckley is diagnosed with heart disease after only two years of living with Ingrid, and caring for Buckley through her illness only deepens the bond between cat and human.  Interspersed with well-researched information about cat health in general, and heart disease in particular, the author describes the challenges and rewards of managing illness in a feline companion, and ultimately helping her through the final transition.  Ingrid shares both the day-to-day joys of living with a special cat as well as the profound grief that comes with losing a beloved animal companion.

Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension.

PRAISE FOR Buckley’s Story

Buckley’s Story is a true celebration of the bond between pets and their humans.  This story of a “gimpy” little tortoiseshell cat with a huge heart who changed her human’s life in unexpected ways shows us how pets teach us universal lessons about living a joyful life, how caring for a terminally ill pet can deepen this special bond, and how to navigate the devastating grief that comes with losing a beloved animal companion.

– Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian” and author of  The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets To Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy


Ingrid King loves animals, and in Buckley’s Story she leads us through how these precious creatures — in particular, one “gimpy tortie” named Buckley — can teach us how to open our hearts to the world.

Clea Simon, author of The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats


For those of us who think–or, rather, know–that cats have a thing or two to teach us in this life, you’ll appreciate Ingrid King’s story about her cat Buckley.

Megan McMorris, Editor Cat Women – Female Writers on their Feline Friends


This collection of essays features lessons in conscious living, inspired by the cats who have shared my life.

From help with every day challenges to inspiration on living a joyful life, this compilation provides encouragement, guidance, and enlightenment, feline style.

Whether it’s creating balance, navigating turbulent times, or finding the magic in life’s ordinary moments, there’s something for everyone in this book.

Chapters include:

The Healing Power of the Purr
Making Time for Contemplation
Routine as the Key to Happiness
Purging Can Make You Purr
Healthy Cats, Healthy Human
The stories may remind you of lessons your own cats have taught you, provide “aha” moments, or simply make you smile.

These essays are best enjoyed with a cat curled up on your lap.

PRAISE FOR Purrs of Wisdom

“Purrs of Wisdom, by Ingrid King, is a treat for anyone who is enchanted by all things feline! The book is an exploration of lessons on living a joyful and inspired life, learned from the many magical cats who have shared the author’s journey.

I found gifts on every page, but the section titled Lessons from a Maple Tree especially touched my heart. The author talks about taking time out of her busy day to soak up the tree’s magnificent colors when the leaves change in the fall. “Doing nothing without feeling guilty” is a lesson she learned from her cats. Ingrid’s words were a gentle reminder to this fast-paced former New Yorker to look to my own kitties for guidance when my world seems to be spinning a bit too quickly.

Purrs of Wisdom is sure to be a treasured addition to any cat lover’s library!”

Christine Davis, Author of For Every Cat An Angel and Forever Paws


“Reading this collection of feline-inspired essays and life lessons gave me several AHA! moments. Purrs of Wisdom is a refreshing read that packs a deceptively powerful punch and provides helpful recipes for finding your bliss. Ingrid King writes with compassion for those who struggle along as “life happens.” The gifted writer offers nearly poetic insight how to manage the angst, as well as to recognize the “why” behind such things. You’ll want to savor each individual chapter and purr-haps bookmark and revisit those that strike a personal chord. And of course, read aloud to your favorite feline companion!”

Amy Shojai, bestselling author of more than two-dozen pet books


“Purrs of Wisdom is the perfect book for anyone who loves cats – and has an interest in living life to the fullest, with a positive and peaceful outlook – just like a cat does! It spoke to me on several levels and is sure to become a well-thumbed volume as I continue on my life’s journey.”

– Ann Brightman, Managing Editor, Animal Wellness Magazine


“In this guide to living spiritually and creatively in a world that isn’t always quite comfortable with either quality, King, a keenly intuitive writer, draws upon the lessons she has learned from her beloved feline friends, weaving them deftly together with her own experiences. ”

– T.J. Banks, Author of Sketch People: Stories Along the Way and Catsong


This book offers a unique look at what really goes on in a veterinary hospital through the eyes of a former veterinary hospital manager, aka, yours truly. The book provides insight into what makes veterinary medicine such a rewarding profession through a series of stories about some of the pets I connected with during my twelve years working in the field.

Praise for Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

Adventures in Veterinary Medicine has already received advance praise from several high profile veterinarians.

“In reading Ingrid King’s Adventures in Veterinary Medicine, I was taken back to the feeling of excitement experienced when I first worked as a technician during my college years. From learning the initial approach to a fractious cat to the inevitable frustrations associated with being part of a professional care giving team, I’ve been there too. It’s refreshing to feel such resonance with an author who has dedicated herself to the betterment of animal health and welfare in veterinary practice and in her media career.”

Patrick Mahaney, VMD, owner and president of California Pet Acupuncture and Wellness and writer/blogger:

“As a ‘veteran veterinarian’ with more than 30 years in practice, I found myself nodding in recognition throughout Ingrid King’s heartwarming book. Take a look behind the scenes at my beloved profession, and the people and pets who make veterinary medicine a rewarding adventure. You won’t regret it, I promise.”

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian” and resident veterinarian for The Dr. Oz Show

“I loved Adventures in Veterinary Medicine. Ingrid King’s stories are both poignant and entertaining. Her narrative very accurately reveals what life is like for those of us in the veterinary profession. A quick, easy read, I highly recommend this book.”

Lorie Huston, DVM, veterinarian and award winning writer/blogger