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Black Cats Bring Good Luck. Here’s the Proof

Black Cats Bring Good Luck

Mercy Gracey Halloween Collage

Mercy and me in my Mercy Costume

The Scottish believe that the random appearance of a black cat at your doorstep foreshadows prosperity. Since my mom is of Scottish descent,  she and my dad must have known that when my brother Mercy was just a tiny little kitten fending for himself in the alley behind our old house, he was going to bring joy, love and happiness into our family.

Mercy, a black cat, was born into a feral cat colony that occupied the alley behind our house. He was a  super tiny little kitten when he first popped up by the feeding rock. This was a rock hidden from the view of a mean neighbor that didn’t like that my parents were feeding the alley cats.   My parents were smitten by him.  My dad said that he would jump up on top of the rock and shake his back end from side to side to keep the other cats  two to three times the size of him off the rock until he got his share of the food. My parents couldn’t stand the thought of little Mercy  fending for himself in the alley, so they caught him, got  him cleaned up and off to visit the doctors at the Morris Veterinary Clinic.  Mercy was a healthy kitten and Dr. G even said that if we didn’t want to keep him,  he would take him because he could already tell that he was super smart and was going to be a great cat with a sweet personality.  And Dr. G was right!

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Cat Mask Trick or Treat Giveaway!

The Tiniest Tiger Giveaway Winner ImageSuper Hurrah to Sherree and Maria the Winners of the Lion and Tiger Bags!!!!

Happy Halloween!

Tiger and Lion Trick or Treat Bags

Trick or Treat Bags

Tonight we will be passing out treats in our neighborhood so Bad Kitty and I thought that we would like to have a Trick or Treat Giveaway here on our The Tiniest Tiger Conservation Cub Club!  So we have packed two treat bags, one Tiger and one Lion full of feline fun and savings! There are cat toys, and snacks as well as a few items for cat parents too!

Some of our friends are ready for Halloween fun too.

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Me-Wow! It is Time for BarkWorld! #BTC4A

BarkWorld Begins Tomorrow!

BarkWorld 2012 is just about ready to begin and it is going to be a conference packed full of social media, lifestyle and technology all about pets. And don’t let the name fool you, cats are more than welcome to attend too and to make sure that cat parents feel a part of the conference, there are networking opportunities just for the feline inclined.

MeowWorld logo

Cat Networking Opportunities:

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The Petties 2012 Best Blog Post Award

We are truly honored.

We are truly honored to have won The Petties 2012 Best Blog Post Award.  We were thrilled to be finalists and when we Petties 2012 Best Blog Postlearned of  the other finalists in our category, all super talented wonderful friends and fellow cat writers, we knew we would be thrilled no matter who won, because  Dogtime Media makes a generous donation to a non-profit shelter and we knew that our cousins in need would be getting some much needed help.

Just a couple days after we returned home from the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, we received and email from The Petties, asking us:

What makes the post that you’re nominated for so important?

Having just spent time learning more about the plight of the wild cheetah, as well as leopards and lions, the article that was nominated meant even more to us, and this was the answer that we sent back to The Petties.

Loss and fragmentation of habitat and depletion of prey are leading to rapidly declining populations of wildlife and in particular predators.   Ecosystems need predators to remain healthy, yet humans continue to persecute and eliminate them from our world.   “Cat Obituary Farewell Eastern Cougar”  is about the heartbreak of extinction  and a reminder to care for all animals big and small.

If you would like to read our article here is the link:  Cat Obituary Farewell Eastern Cougar.

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Dr. Raasch Answers Questions and Iams Giveaway

Dr. Raasch from Iams Answers our Readers Questions.

Some of you asked questions about cat food ingredients, proteins and other concerns you might have about your cat’s nutritional requirements in our post Which Protein is Best for your Cat. Dr. Raasch from Iams  answered your questions  in a personalized video.  Our Friends Jayme and Maya’s questions are addressed in the first video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZDhaezxnxY

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Mercy the Cat’s Heartwarming Adoption Story!

Mercy the cat’s heartwarming adoption story.

Thank you to Helen Woodward Animal Center for sharing this wonderful story of pet adoption from their Most Heartwarming Story Contest . It was submitted by Greenbrier Humane Society, an Iams Home 4 the Holidays participating organization, in 2008.

HWAC Mercy's Story

Mercy and her kittens

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If Cat People are Crazy, Dog People are Ditzy!

Why are cat lovers called crazy?

Lazy Leopard and Gracey

Lazy Leopard and Gracey

Lazy Leopard and I have to get this off our chests.  We are tired of the term Crazy being used to describe humans that love and care for cats.  Why crazy? I understand that the words flow, I too am a fan of alliteration.  The Tiniest Tiger™,  Conservation Cub Club™, feline finesse™, you see what I mean?   But why the word crazy?  Let’s take a look at the definition of crazy that I copied from my Dictionary (version 2.1.3 (80.4)) on my iMac.

crazy

adjective informal

1 he was acting like a crazy person: mad, insane, out of one’s mind, deranged, demented, not in one’s right mind, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unhinged, mad as a hatter, mad as a March hare; informal mental, nutty, nutty as a fruitcake, off one’s rocker, not right in the head, round/around the bend, raving mad, batty, bonkers, cuckoo, loopy, ditzy, loony, bananas, loco, with a screw loose, touched, gaga, not all there, out to lunch, crackers, nutso, out of one’s tree, wacko, gonzo. ANTONYMS sane.
2 Andrea had a crazy idea: stupid, foolish, idiotic, silly, absurd, ridiculous, ludicrous, preposterous, farcical, laughable, risible, nonsensical, imbecilic, harebrained, cockamamie, half-baked, impracticable, unworkable, ill-conceived, senseless; informal cockeyed, daft, kooky. ANTONYMS sensible.
3 he’s crazy about her: PASSIONATE ABOUT, (very) keen on, enamored of, infatuated with, smitten with, devoted to; (very) enthusiastic about, fanatical about; informal wild about, mad about, nuts about, hog-wild about, gone on. ANTONYMS indifferent, apathetic.

Crazy has several meanings

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Pet Food Preference Survey for Cat and Dog Parents

Pet Food Preference Survey for Cat and Dog Parents

As part of our zoology studies, we are super interested to learn what is important to you when choosing food for your cat and dog.  Your opinion matters!  Thank you for your consideration!

Click Here to Take Survey!

Cat Style + Apartment Guide $50 PetSmart Gift Card Giveaway

Cats are Naturally Stylish!

I wanted to share with you a brand new item from Imperial Cat I think you will love as much as I do.  In fact, I am placing it on my wish list for the upcoming holidays. The new Chair and Ottoman for cats is super stylish and your cat will love it because we cats are naturally stylish.

Imperial Cat Chair and Ottoman

The New Imperial Cat Chair and Ottoman!

The Perfect Chair and Ottoman for your Cat!

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Keeping Your Home Cat and Human Friendly

Cat and Human Friendly Spaces

I am willing to bet that your home is like ours. I bet your little ones influence the items you choose for your living space.  Gracey on top of Cat Power TowerSometimes Paul and I wonder how a little seven pound cat took over our home, but the truth is, we adore Gracey, as you might have already guessed. If we are not vigilant, Gracey’s items begin to take over our living space.

When we moved a few years ago,  we made sure that our new space would be cat friendly. This took some planning and we endured some interesting looks from the contractors. We were even told that he wanted to be the cat that lived in our home. You will find helpful suggestions for moving to and exploring a new neighborhood with your pet, whether you are living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide will point you in the right direction.

Thankfully there are many great choices in furnishing to keep both your cat and you happy and living in style. We chose the Cat Power Tower for added vertical space for Gracey to climb and play without sacrificing  style. If you are in need of more help, the folks at Apartment Guide also have lots of tips for bringing a new pet into your apartment and helping them adjust to your home. And if you are looking of a new space to move with your pet, Apartment Guide has the photos, floor plans, features and tips to help you search for the perfect pet-friendly apartment community.

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