Archives for January 2012

My Backyard Deer Friend

Earlier today, I was playing on my Cat Power Tower in my Sunroom when one of my Deer friends came by to visit. This is what happened.

I was so happy!

Please Care for all animals big and small!

The Tiniest Tiger Prepares to Walk the Red Carpet

The Tiniest Tiger community’s motto is Small Paws United  Can Make a Big Difference! Over the last couple of years since we began with our The Tiniest Tiger Facebook page we have grown to over 24,000 strong and have generated over $30,000 to help both our big  and small cat cousins in need.

When I was in my thinking circle a few months ago, I started to dream about a way to help more of our cousins. I didn’t want to keep asking you for donations because you have all been super generous.  I wanted  to reach outsidecat outline my circle and try something completely new. I thought about my mom and her friend Maureen. Between the two of them they have about 9 Lives worth of experience in product development, production, sales and marketing. They came up with all kinds of wild ideas, but finally when I showed them my sketch of a cat walking with her tail in the air, Triple T Studios was born and I am the CEO, Cat Extraordinarily Optimistic.

When you are on the right path, the pieces start to fall into place. Have you ever noticed this?  I batted the idea in the direction of making a super fun, yet classy line of handbags with a feline finesse.  We wanted to have the bags made in the United States, and if it could be close to my habitat, even better, because you know I am not so fond of traveling in my carrier.

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Announcing the #RedCarpetCat Twitter Party!

Red Carpet Badge Update

A Special Message from our Friends at Event Barkers!

We are super, super excited to announce a new Twitter party that we, as part of Event Barkers, are hosting! On Wednesday February 22, we’ll be hosting the #RedCarpetCat Twitter party coming to you LIVE from Hollywood!!
Everyone in the cat world knows Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger from her Conservation Cub Club; Gracey will take to the red carpet for a special event leading up to the Oscars. Gracey will be giving out her brand-new The Tiniest Tiger Hipster bag filled with goodies from sponsors to pet-loving A-list celebrities.
To celebrate The Tiniest Tiger Hipster Bag’s debut on the red carpet, we’re hosting a special Twitter party! You can mingle with the stars as Gracey tweets photos of herself on the red carpet and you’ll be eligible to win prizes in giveaways every 10 minutes!
Also on the party will be Jackson Galaxy, the Cat Daddy himself! The star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell” will be live tweeting along with Gracey during the party!
Are you ready to party and walk the red carpet? RSVP in the linky below with your Twitter handle. (Don’t have a Twitter account yet? It’s quick and easy to sign up for one at and you’ll be all set for the big night!)
Stay tuned for special giveaways leading up to the party and Hollywood swag every 10 minutes during the party itself. Step one, though is to RSVP below.

How to RSVP

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Cat Art Exhibit. Welcome to The Tiniest Tiger’s Gallery

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger Cat Artist Welcome Friends to my first art exhibit.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

After I  displayed my first painting, A Cat Artist’s Interpretation of an Amur Tiger, that I created using my iPad and the Paint for Cats app by Hiccup, I could not believe the outpouring of support for my art.

I truly appreciate your kind words  so I thought I would try to paint some more of the things that inspire me. This required a lot of thinking time and play time with my TipsyNip Tickle Pickle.

It took me quite some time to find the right color combinations to convey my interpretation of what inspired me and to then get  the paint on the canvas.  I sure hope you like my paintings too.

Welcome to The Tiniest Tiger’s Gallery!

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Mr. Chewy Review and $25 Giveaway for Pet Food and Supplies

The Tiniest Tiger Giveaway Winner ImageCongratulations to Abbi the winner of the $25 Giveaway!

Mr. Chewey Logo

Mr. Chewy ‘s tag line is Delivering Pet Happiness and I can tell you that our  experience with Mr. Chewy’s did in fact, deliver pet happiness to me, Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger and my parents.  We were contacted by Mr. Chewy to try out their online pet food and supplies delivery service.  I couldn’t believe my luck when I read the email because you know that I get a little worried when my chow bowl gets low. I feel the most relaxed when the cupboard is full of my food. Mr. Chewy made it so easy to order that I was able to place my order without opposable thumbs!

The Mr. Chewy site is super user friendly, I mean even a dog could navigate through from first to last click. (No offense to my canine compadres)  You will find over 70 popular brands of cat and dog food, treats and supplies. You might find the prices to be less than in your retail store too.  And, the pet food that you order is delivered right to your door for FREE when you place an order for $49 or more. If your order is under $49 your order ships for only $4.95! That is less than it costs to send the parents out in the vehicles with a fancy “thinking beverage” to hunt in the retail jungle. The delivery right to your door  is super terrific because the bag of chow and the cans of food I ordered weighed more than me!

You can also set up your own delivery schedule to make sure that you never run out of food. There are no worries with the delivery schedule because you can make changes or cancel anytime. This is super appealing to me knowing that my chow bowl replenishment inventory will always arrive before my back up chow jar is even half empty. Super Hurrah!

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Iams Home 4 the Holidays Finds Homes for 1.2 Million Pets

The results are in for the Iams Home 4 the Holidays Campaign and over 1.2 million animals were adopted during the 2011 campaign.  That is an average of 9 adoptions per minute! The Iams Home 4 the Holidays is one of theIams Home 4 the Holidays Pets Adopted 2011world’s largest adoption programs and this year when the results were tallied there were 1,267,541 animals adopted in 95 days. The campaign began 13 years ago, and in that time , founding partner Helen Woodward Animal Center, along with more than 4,000 animal organizations from around the world have helped a total of 7,034,989 pets find their forever homes.

“In just three months, we’ve saved the lives of more than 1.2 million animals and have given them a second chance at life and love,” said Mike Arms, founder of the adoption drive and president of Helen Woodward Animal Center. “Not only is this a huge victory for these pets, but for the thousands of people working in animal organizations around the world who have dedicated their lives to helping end pet homelessness.”

The Bags 4 Bowls program also met its goal to donate 5 million meals to pets in need!

The Tiniest Tiger Community rallied to help “paw it forward” by participating in the Bags 4 Bowls program by uploading photos of pets and leaving comments that totaled up to providing 47,024 Meals to feed our cousins in need.  I am  super proud that our community rallied together to increase our Meals by 32% over the 2010 campaign when we generated 32,375!

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart that you took the time to comment and upload photos to help feed our cousins in need.  We have the best caring cat community in the world.

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Cats The Good, The Sad and the Changeable

Found Animals The Pet Overpopulation Challenge

Cats! The Good, The Sad and the Changeable.

It is no secret that there is an overpopulation problem  for cats and dogs. In fact, the numbers are staggering when you stop and analyze them. Found Animals Foundation recently developed The Pet Overpopulation Challenge infographic that you see above.

The Good!

It probably comes as no surprise to you, my fellow feline friends, that cats are #1!  There are  93 million cat owners and  77 million dog owners. So that means that  55% of all pet owners are living with cats!  And, 56% of those cat owners are sharing their habitats with more than one cat!  It is super terrific that so many cats are enjoying the good life in forever homes. Our prestige is being noticed by marketers too as there are many new feline fabulous products becoming available on the market.  The pet parent’s love for their pets helped The Pet Industry remain strong over the last few years even when other parts of the economy were taking a bit of a nap.  This is good for those cats in loving homes but what about our homeless cousins?   We cats rule but we must take this responsibility serious.  We can’t just play fetch and chomp bones all day. No offense to my dog friends.

We fastidious felines must do our part to help others in need.

The Sad!

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Cat Artist’s Interpretation of an Amur Tiger

Today, I needed to unleash some of my pent up energy after soaking up a lot of sunshine on my Cat Power Tower. I decided to spend a little time on my iPad.  I started off playing Chase the Butterfly but soon grew tired. I thought  I would rather use some of my creative energy painting.   Here is a brief video of my creative process.

As you saw in the video, I began to imagine a beautiful and mighty Amur Tiger  walking through a Korean Pine Forest of the Russian Far East. My creative energy took over and before I knew it, I had created, if I do say so myself,  an accurate portrayal of the  of the light, colors and imagery of a Tiger in the Taiga.

Here is my inspiration:

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Cat Menu Leaves No Room for Dessert or a Side of Mushrooms

Cats (Felis silvestris catus), are part of the family Felidae in the order Carnivora, and that makes us obligate carnivores. This is a known and accepted scientific fact. Even so, some humans like to argue about the cat’s obligate carnivore status. When these discussions start I can’t help but yawn and curl up for a nap.

Cats are unique!

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander works because they are the same species.  What’s good for the human and perhaps even for the dog is not always  good for the cat.  We cats are unique!  The feline’s sense of taste is distinguished by a lack of attraction to compounds that taste sweet to humans, such as  sugars and high-intensity sweeteners.  This is the opposite of the attraction for sweets shown by most omnivores and herbivores and even some other carnivores such as the dog*.

Here is why:

The indifference that cats display toward sweet-tasting compounds contrasts with their

The Tiniest Tiger logo with glasses

otherwise normal taste behavior toward stimuli of other taste modalities. For example, cats show
preference for selected amino acids and generally avoid stimuli that to humans taste either bitter or very sour. Congruent with these behavioral responses to taste stimuli, recordings from cat taste nerve fibers, and from units of the geniculate ganglion innervating taste cells, demonstrate responses to salty, sour and bitter stimuli as well as to amino acids and nucleotides, but do not show neural responses to sucrose and several other sugars. The senses of taste in the cat, in general, is therefore similar to that of other mammals, with the exception of an inability to taste sweet stimuli (Xia Li,2005)

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Tigers on Top of the World

There are tigers living on top of the world and this is terrific news.  Wild tiger populations are dwindling and there

"Spirit of the Himalayas" from the book Eye of the Tiger

This image is courtesy of "Spirit of the Himalayas" from the book Eye of the Tiger

has not been much good news to report about any of the remaining 5 subspecies of tigers that share our world, but recently a “lost” population of tigers has been filmed living at a higher altitude in the Himalayas than was previously thought that tigers could survive.

Tigers have been known to live in the Himalayan foothills of Bhutan, but when Bhutanese villagers reported that tigers were living as high as 13,000 ft (4000 m), Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, the President of Panthera,  decided to  investigate.   Dr. Rabinowitz, along with BBC Wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan travelled to Bhutan in search of the mountain tigers.  After treking up the mountain, Buchanan set up a series of camera traps that would capture any animal that passed by.  The Panthera team left camera traps as high as 4100 meters, a level where trees begin to struggle for survival.

Three months later, Gordon returned to his camera traps to see what animals had passed by. Incredibly, the cameras shot footage of two wild tigers, one male and one female.  These images are the first known footage of tigers in the remote mountains of Bhutan and the first concrete evidence that tigers are capable of living at that altitude. This is the only place on earth known to have tigers, leopards and snow leopards all sharing the same valley.

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