Ingrid King is a former veterinary hospital manager turned award winning writer. Her popular blog, The Conscious Cat, a comprehensive resource for conscious living, health, and happiness for cats and their humans, has won multiple awards, including DogTime Media’s  2012 Pettie for Best Cat Blog, 2011 Pettie for Best Overall Pet Blog, and’s 2012 Readers Choice Award for Best Website About Cats. Ingrid is the publisher of the online magazine News for You and Your Pet, which goes out to subscribers around the world. Her articles have been published in Cat Fancy, Animal Wellness Magazine, Urban Animal, NOVADog, and on miscellaneous websites. Ingrid lives in Northern Virginia with her tortoiseshell cats Allegra and Ruby.

Extended Bio

I came to writing the “long way.”  I started my professional life by translating manuals for a computer manufacturer.  Then I wrote and translated ad copy for a magazine about diesel and gas turbines.  After that, I worked as a travel agent for a while.  Eventually, I ended up at a financial services corporation, beginning as a receptionist and working my way up into middle management.  After fifteen years in corporate America, I had enough, and started to pursue discovering my true passion.  For the next twelve years, I worked in various facets of the veterinary profession.  I loved it.  I did everything from cleaning cages to answering phones to giving injections and placing catheters.  Eventually, I managed a veterinary hospital for eight years.  During the twelve years I worked in veterinary clinics in various capacities, I gained a thorough understanding of pets’ and owners’ needs in what can often be a stressful and emotionally challenging environment for both.

My passion for educating pet owners and my love for animals led me to realize my dream of serving pets in a more hands on and individual capacity.  I started my own business, Healing Hands, which provides Reiki treatments for pets and people.  As a Reiki Master Practitioner, trained in traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki, I integrate Reiki with my natural intuitive abilities and I tailor each session to develop the best experience for each individual client, be it human or animal.

As part of marketing Healing Hands, I began to write and publish an online newsletter titled News for You and Your Pet, and I discovered how much I really love writing.  In addition to writing and publishing the newsletter, I started my website The Conscious Cat, which is dedicated to providing information about cat health, nutrition, and lifestyle, with a focus on holistic health – and tortoiseshell cats!  The Conscious Cat has won multpile awards. I also write for various online and print publications.


I offer one-on-one consultations for pet guardians on the following topics:  pet loss, caring for a sick pet, general pet health questions, nutrition and environment, and more.  I am passionate about educating pet owners.  My lifelong interest in alternative and holistic health, along with my strong intuitive capabilities, allow me to tailor each consultation to each pet’s and person’s individual needs.  I view myself as a facilitator, bringing you the tools and information you need in any given situation.

Speaking Engagements

I’m available for speaking engagements for large and small groups.  I offer talks on the following topics:

  • The Human Animal Bond
  • Animals as Teachers and Healers
  • Caring for a Sick Pet
  • How to Cope with Pet Loss
  • How to Make Your Dream of Becoming a Published Author Come True
  • How to Market  and Promote Your Book

For details, availability, and scheduling, please contact me.