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The Last Lions

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Bring March in for the Lions

I had the honor of watching  The Last Lions, An Incredible True Story of Survival from National Geographic Entertainment.  National Geographic was so nice, they sent me a copy to watch here in my habitat.  The film was made by  Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers from Botswana, Africa.  The Jouberts  have been National Geographic explorers-in-residence for over four years.  Their body of work has produced five Emmy’s, a Peabody, the World Ecology Award, and induction into the American Academy of Achievement.  Filmmaking  is their way of bringing the message of conservation to  viewers, and I think they delivered with The Last Lions.

From the opening scene of the film you will be swept away by the beauty of Africa as the film takes you on a visual journey into some of the last remaining  wild areas for lions. The cinematography is breathtaking and mesmerizing to watch, as you listen to the story being narrated  by Jeremy Irons.

The  tale unfolds  in the wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta where a lone lioness  and her cubs must flee a raging fire and escape from an invading rival lion pride driven south by human encroachment from their home territory.  Ma di Tau (“Mother of Lions”) must battle alone for her survival and for her cubs.  The lioness is forced to swim across a river full of crocodile to the remote Duba Island.

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The Tiniest Tiger Stalks the Office Cactus

I am sitting waiting patiently, like a tiger,  for the opportunity to pounce, I mean check on the condition of the office cactus. It might be in need of water you know. This type of plant, the Christmas cactus, is not a true cacti, but originates from the tropics. So we must be careful not to underwater this plant. This type of plant does not do well with super dry soil.

And certainly after this long winter, it is in need of sunshine. Bad Kitty says this plant likes indirect sunlight the best and that works out just fine for Bad Kitty because he likes to sit close to the door.

I really feel like checking the soil, but as you  know, the cactus is off limits to me, and for some reason, that makes it even more  appealing.

This plant is not innocent in all of this either.  Can’t you see how it throws itself over the jardiniere? Dangling its stems in front of my nose?  I think it teases me on purpose.  Bad Kitty thinks that I am making excuses to attack, I mean check the cactus.

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger Stalking the Cactus [Read more…]

Bissell MVP Pet Photo Contest Week 7 Go Cats!

SUPER HURRAH! TINY TIMMY WINS WEEK 7!!!

Claudia Tietze's Tiny Timmy

Claudia Tietze's Tiny Timmy

and Congratulations to Bugsy too!

Mark G's Bugsy

Mark G's Bugsy

Cats continue to RULE!

Calling all Cats!  Here we go Week 7 already!

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The Tiniest Tiger Saving Face

Friends, do you recognize me? Do you think you would know my face anywhere? I mean, do you think that my face, Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger’s face, is one that you would know if you met me on the street?   If I were lost ~shiver~, and I hope that never happens, do you think that you would know it was me if I cried out to you?

We Cats all have our unique personalities don’t we?  I bet you know the individual traits of the Cats that share your habitat.  And even if you live in a habitat with many Cats, or work and/or volunteer at a Shelter, you know that each Cat has a distinct personality.  You can more than likely even distinguish which Cat is chatting or crying by their vocals.

What about our little  cub in the photo above?   We know this cub’s stripes are unique just like each of you have fingerprints. But do you think this Cub has a unique personality?

Some of you participated in the IAP Tiger Survey last year. This survey was posted on our Facebook page.  The results showed  97% of the participants believe each Tiger is as unique as each human being.  Yet, when participants were asked,  “When I think of a Tiger, I think of one particular Tiger, only 32% answered yes, that they thought of one individual.

If you are not able to think of one Tiger in particular, please do not feel sad. It might just be that you have not had an opportunity to learn about the life story of an individual big cat.  They are, after all, solitary creatures and elusive by nature and that makes them all the more intriguing doesn’t it?

The super positive results of the survey showed that 98% of you are worried about the future of all Tigers.  And in order to worry, you must care. You, like me want to save this face.

When you look into the eyes of this cub, doesn’t your heart begin to melt? That is if you can tell us apart.  I mean we both look super innocent, don’t we?  We both have unique personalities and markings and we both need your help to survive and thrive in this world.

So looking at the two images above, and I know that it is very difficult for your eyes to differentiate between us, can you tell if I am on the left or on the right?

I am a Tiny Tiger! A Cat Needs to Scratch!

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series I am Tiger A Cat Needs to Scratch

Friends, yesterday on our The Tiniest Tiger Facebook page I told you the beginning of my side of the story. Today I want to share with you the next part of the story which involves something I learned about Tigers and territory marking and trees. Now before any of you leap to a conclusion, not that type of territory marking but the tree marking that involves cat claws.

Gracey thinks I AM TIGER!

I am feeling stronger every day. My leaping ability is picking up as you observed in my The Tiniest Tiger Leaps Like a Rabbit post.  So as I sat gazing upon my beloved tree, I wondered if I could leap where I have not leapt before?

Now I had my reasons.

If you recall, I am studying zoology, biodiversity, and the environment with my mom. We focus on big cats and currently on the Tiger. So am I really to blame?  I am a cat, a tiny tiger afterall, and I recently learned something about our big cat cousin and trees.

This is a photo of my tree living high above the office floor, where in my opinion it does not belong.

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger's Tree

Well, while observing my tree, I started thinking.  How does anyone know this tree belongs to me, Gracey? Our big cat cousin, the Tiger, scratches a tree  perhaps as a sign of territory marking by using their front paws to rake down the side of the tree trunk. This action leaves  signature gashes with their claws so that everyone will know that tree belongs to that cat. Genius isn’t it?

Like in this photo.

Tiger scratches on a tree

I started  thinking perhaps my tree should have my claw marks in its trunk so that nobody will take my tree. Without my claw marks, how will anyone know this tree belongs to me?  What do you think?

To be continued…

Bissell MVP Pet Photo War Room Week 6!

CATS Continue to Rule the Bissell MVP Pet Photo Contest!

Super Hurrah and Congratulations to Kaye Brady’s Jerri and

Amy E’s Grady for claiming the top two spots in Week 6!

Kay Brady's Jerri

Amy e's Grady

Calling all Cats!  Here we go Week 6 already!

We Cats have rulled the contest so far.  But before we celebrate too extensively, let’s not forget we have 7 more weeks.  I say let sleeping dogs lie, and let’s continue our winning streak!  Those dogs don’t stand a chance with so many cute cats!

2011 Bissell MVP Pet Photo Contest!

Thank you Bissell for helping me help my cousins!

I  was so proud to be chosen the winner of the 2010 Bissell MVP Pet Photo Contest!  The best part was that Bissell donated $10,000 to our pet charity of choice

PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary

Last year  Bad Kitty started the Go Cats! War Room so that we could find all of our cousins that have entered each week and make it easier to VOTE!    And Bad Kitty has decided to do it again this year.

Here is what you need to do.

1. Enter your pet in the Bissell Contest by clicking here

Bissell MVP Enter  A Photo Now

2. Come back here to the Bad Kitty’s Go Cats! War Room and post your Entry Number and link.

For Example:

Mercy Entrant # 136
http://bissell.promo.eprize.com/mvpcontest/gallery?id=136
This is not a real entry, just an example
Make sure that your post is typed in as a hyper link.  Meaning that everyone can click on it and it will take them directly to your pet’s page in the Bissell contest.
Remember that all pets are welcome!
Cats, dogs, horses, goats, toads, all pets.
This is a retracted claws only War Room* If anyone is mean and tries to scratch another Friend, we will remove you from the Go Cats! War Room.
*Unless you are a Cheetah and you can’t retract your claws, but you will have to show Bad Kitty proof.  And he is not easily fooled being a Cheetah himself.

OK! Let’s get ready for Week 6!

The Tiniest Tiger’s Valentine Imitation

Happy Valentine’s Week-end Friends!

I am presenting you with my The Tiniest Tiger’s Valentine  Imitation.

I know it is the week end and you like to take it easy so I apologize for making this one so rough on you.

Take your time and try to decide if I (me, Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger) am on the left or on the right.

Both Tigers are snuggled up with a Friend, have nice whiskers, pink noses with a little stain, and are smiling.

Super tough.  Take your time.


Bissell MVP Pet Photo War Room Week 5

Super Hurrah!  CATS CONTINUE TO RULE!

Congratulations to April’s MONTOYA GATO and Kerry’s VINCENT D. CAT

for taking the top two places in Week 5!

April's Montoya Gato

Kerry Hilliard's Vincent D. Cat

2011 Bissell MVP Pet Photo Contest!

Thank you Bissell for helping me help my cousins!

I  was so proud to be chosen the winner of the 2010 Bissell MVP Pet Photo Contest!  The best part was that Bissell donated $10,000 to our pet charity of choice

PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary

Last year  Bad Kitty started the Go Cats! War Room so that we could find all of our cousins that have entered each week and make it easier to VOTE!    And Bad Kitty has decided to do it again this year.

Here is what you need to do.

1. Enter your pet in the Bissell Contest by clicking here Bissell MVP Enter  A Photo Now

2. Come back here to the Bad Kitty’s Go Cats! War Room and post your Entry Number and link.

For Example:

Mercy Entrant # 136
http://bissell.promo.eprize.com/mvpcontest/gallery?id=136
This is not a real entry, just an example
Make sure that your post is typed in as a hyper link.  Meaning that everyone can click on it and it will take them directly to your pet’s page in the Bissell contest.
Remember that all pets are welcome!
Cats, dogs, horses, goats, toads, all pets.
This is a retracted claws only War Room* If anyone is mean and tries to scratch another Friend, we will remove you from the Go Cats! War Room.
*Unless you are a Cheetah and you can’t retract your claws, but you will have to show Bad Kitty proof.  And he is not easily fooled being a Cheetah himself.

OK! Let’s get ready for Week 5!

Feline Diabetes. The Tiniest Tiger has it too!

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series The Tiniest Tiger has Diabetes Too!

Friends, I want to take a moment to talk to you about something serious. Many of my cousins and their parents have  diabetes. I have  feline diabetes too.  In my photo, you can see where my fur was shaved for my blood test.  I don’t mind showing you because we are all beautiful, imperfections and all.

I developed pancreatitis after receiving some medicine and during the recovery process, I developed transient diabetes. This was a super difficult time for me and my parents and for my Doctors too. It was hard to get the right dose of insulin for me and I knew my parents were scared and that scared me too. My  feline diabetes disappeared for a long time, almost two years.

Last Fall, I started  showing feline diabetes symptoms. I was getting super thirsty again. It seemed like I was always hungry and even though I ate more I was getting thinner, and thinner. My parents scooped me up and put me in the ~shiver~ carrier and we went to see my Doctors at the Morris Veterinary Clinic.

I don’t like to be in my carrier at all even when Teenie Sardini rides along with me. And  when I know my parents are worried, I get even more anxious.  They try to stay calm but I can see their teeth chattering from nerves.

All the people that work at the clinic are super nice to me.  They really are.  Here is a photo of me being examined by one of my Doctors and  Joe. (Joe has red hair like my dad.  He is really nice to me and always smiling.)

It was determined that my diabetes had more than likely returned and I needed to stay at the clinic for a glucose curve. Even though everyone is nice to me, I sure don’t like to see my parents walk out the door without me.  They don’t like it either because my dad has to tell my mom to get  going and then sometimes I see my mom tell my dad to go when he turns around to look at me before they leave.

My parents always come to visit me when I am incarcerated, I mean staying at the clinic.  I get super hungry when they visit and my cell, I mean condo door is opened so they can  pet me and we have a bit of a chat. My mom usually picks me up and hugs me. Sometimes too much but this is one time I don’t mind.

This can be a scary time for our pet parents. They want to do everything they can to help us too.  Our parents have to learn how to test our glucose levels with a glucometer, we use the Alpha Trak. They have to learn how to give us injections of insulin.  I take ProZinc and we use the Diabetes Care Kit.

We have to learn how to stand still while they prick our ear or paw pad. I need more practice at the standing still during the ~shiver~ ear stick.  Some days I am just, well to be honest, wild!

During the first week or two, my parents were so worried, they even cried.  Sometimes they would give me the injection but the insulin would pool up on the outside of my skin.  Sometimes I would wait until they were ready and then take a big step to the right to avoid the needle.  Now we have it down to a routine.

I think we will chat more about Feline Diabetes in a few upcoming posts.  Our cousin Sassy is newly diagnosed and her mom Carol is super scared like my parents were.  Our Friend Trish really helped my mom when I was first diagnosed too. I really like it when  our small paws can unite to help our Friends in need of love and support.  Thank you everyone.

*Please note  there is no substitute for the advice, examination and care from a Veterinarian.  All information here on The Tiniest Tiger is from my own experience and not intended to be  used to diagnose or treat symptoms in your cat.  Please consult a trusted Veterinarian for all your cat’s health needs.

The Tiniest Tiger Leaps Like a Rabbit

Friends, it is the YEAR OF THE RABBIT in the Chinese Zodiac!

I started to think about Rabbits while here in the office working with my mom. Rabbits are great jumpers and as you might already know, I love to leap!

When my  feline diabetes returned, my back legs were a bit weak so my jumping abilities were limited.  I tried and failed at many attempts to imitate Super Cat.

But now, I am feeling like myself again and I think maybe I can leap from this desk, over my mom’s shoulder onto her desk.

Yes, I think I can. Wish me luck.  Here I go…..

All I can say is I MADE IT!  I REALLY DID!

My Mom did not share my enthusiasm at first.   I scared her when I skidded across the desk and landed between the keyboard and the monitor.  She didn’t know  I was coming.

She told me it might be a good idea for me to keep Lazy Leopard company for the rest of the morning.   My heated thinking circle is snuggly warm, I have to admit.