Archives for February 2013

Performing Lions and Tigers Escape the UK Circuses


Circuses End Performing Lions and Tigers in the United Kingdom

Gracey in Circus Wagon distance

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger reminding us to not allow big cats to be confined in circus wagons.

Big changes are underway under the Big Top in the United Kingdom.  Traveling circuses have started their season but for the first time no circus will be entertaining the crowd with performing big cats.  The Great British Circus was the last show to feature tigers doing tricks and they sent their cats to an operator in Ireland just in time before the new animal welfare regulations became active last month.

The Victorian era ushered in circuses with performing elephants, lions and tigers on tour.  The last time  the circuses toured  without exotic animals was around 1768 when the first modern circus entertained the spectators with horses and riders performing daring feats.  Wild animals did not debut in the circus until after the British empire expanded in the 19th century.  Wild animals were captured and brought back to be put on display at a time when the average person had little chance of seeing a live lion, tiger or elephant let alone watch them performing tricks.

Over the last couple hundred years, our world is a very different place.  We have access to learning about and seeing lions, tigers and elephants from many sources, whether that be a zoological park, a sanctuary, learning via the internet or nature programs on television.  We also know more about the big cats that share our world and most people are concerned about how they are treated and find physical abuse unacceptable in modern society.

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Cats on the Hunt for New Scented Litter

World’s Best Cat Litter New Scented Formula Coming Soon!

WBCL Teaser Image


As a member of the World’s Best Cat Litter Catcovate Council, I know a secret.  I am trying my best not to tease you but I just can’t seem to help myself. After months of research and testing, the newest scented litter is almost ready to make its debut on the market and we have been chosen to test it and review this new scent with you here on our The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club!

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“Will Kitty Play With It?” Win Your Own Home Version

A Game Show for Cats!

We cats are super smart with minds of our own.  You already know that we won’t just play on demand like our canine pals.  So Friskies created a new Game Show for Cats called Will Kitty Play With It? Here is an episode from the show with our cousin Rosie.  She is being put to the test with a  plastic bottlecap ringlet thingy.  What do you think? Will Rosie Play with it?

Let’s find out.

Home Version of the Game Show for Cats

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Iams Love Tails Contest You and Your Cat can be Stars!

You and Your Cat in the next Iams National Advertisement

Gracey the Star Cat

You ought to be in Pictures!

Starting today, Valentine’s Day, Iams will be on the hunt for real stories from people that share their lives with a cat and or a dog. The folks at Iams want to learn about the unique bond  you share with your cat.   And, this is super exciting,  the winning family will star in Iams next national advertisement!

I told you it was super exciting!

Keep Love Strong Advertising Campaign

The  Keep Love Strong advertising campaign that began last  November  features heart-warming ads inspired by real stories. The campaign has been so well received that Iams created  this contest to find the very best Love Tails about the special connections people share with their animals.  These commercials really show the deep connection and the importance of the human animal bond.  I like them all but this is one of my favorites.

This is one of my favorites:

Here is all you have to do to enter:

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3 Reasons to Love and Celebrate Snakes!

The Year of the Snake!

Year of the Snake 2013 image

As the Lunar New Year begins, billions of humans are celebrating the year of the snake.  But, if you ask your friends and family members,  chances are they might shiver and declare their disgust and sometimes hatred of snakes.  It is important to remember that most snakes are not venomous. And that snakes do not seek out humans preferring to coexist from a distance just like you might prefer to keep your distance from them. Most snakes will bite only in self-defense so don’t mess with them and they won’t mess with you.  Most humans in fact, do not interact or even see a living snake in their day to day lives so why  the fear and loathing of snakes?

If you are afraid of  snakes, don’t be ashamed, you might not be able to help it due to your evolutionary history. Humans that learned quickly to respect and keep their distance from snakes were more likely to survive and pass on their genes. Anthropologists think survival skills to notice snakes in the wild may have led early primates to develop better vision and larger brains. Today however, most humans do not need to be on full alert and fearful of snakes to make it through their day.  So as we start 2013, the Year of the Snake, let’s find at least 3 reasons to love and celebrate snakes.

3 Reasons to Love and Celebrate Snakes!

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You Had Me at Meow! Art by Dogs for the Paws Giveaway

Love at First Purr!

You Had Me At Meow! by our good friend and artist Missy Johnson caught my eye and it was love at first purr.  Missy is  the creative force behind Dogs for the Paws; art making a difference for animals. Even though the name is Dogs for the Paws, Missy cares deeply for cats too.  In fact, just like us, she loves all animals.   When I saw her You Had Me at Meow! I  became super excited because I thought you would love it too!

Meow Valentine

Meow Valentine by Dogs for the Paws

Missy Johnson, Artist and Creator of Dogs for the Paws

The Tiniest Tiger Giveaway Winner ImageCongratulations and Supper Hurrah to our winners!!!!  We chose using because all the stories are so heartfelt and touching.  Thank you for loving all cats, big and small.

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Maneki-neko $50 Giveaway

Maneki-neko is Japanese for beckoning cat

Gracey and 3 Maneki neko

The Tiniest Tiger Giveaway Winner ImageSuper Hurrah to Jen, Patty and Sherrie!!  Congratulations and we hope your Maneki-Neko brings you great fortune and luck.

Meneki-neko is a popular Japanese figurine of a cute cat with an upright paw believed to bring good luck to the owner.  The figurine is usually made in the image of a calico Japanese Bobtail, beckoning with an upright paw and are on display in shops, retaurants, pachinko parlors, and many other businesses.   Sometimes Maneki-neko figurines are electric or battery operated so that they will have a paw moving back and forth. Maneki-neko is kind of like a cougar in that it is known by many names.( cougar, puma, mountain lion).  In English, Meneki-neko is called welcoming cat, lucky cat, money cat, happy cat and fortune cat.

This cute cat figurine comes is a variety of colors, styles and ornamentation but the most common colors are white, black,  gold and sometimes red.  It is thought that the white is for good luck, the black for good health and the gold for monetary good fortune.

Raised left paw attracts money

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Bossy Backyard Blue Jay in Winter

Bossy Backyard Blue Jay

Members of our community are familiar with my buddy Bossy Backyard Blue Jay, but if you just joined us, I will give you a little background  information.  Bossy Backyard Blue Jay lives in my backyard and he gets his name from, well, let’s just say his name suits him.  He talks a lot and he thinks he is the ruler of the backyard.  Sometimes he dive bombs my dad when I send him out to fill the bird feeders around our house.  I shouldn’t laugh, but sometimes I can’t help myself.  Bossy doesn’t bother my mom, in fact he sits on a branch and chats with her.  My mom and I think it is my dad’s red hair that gets Bossy riled up.  Maybe he thinks my dad is a cardinal or a red headed woodpecker, we just don’t know.

Winter can be super cold and snowy here in Ohio so we try to make sure the birds that share our outdoor habitat have some nice food, suet and a heated water source to keep their water from freezing.  Earlier today, Bossy Backyard Blue Jay was squawking up a storm. I had just settled into my heated thinking circle for some Sunday afternoon meditation when he came knocking on the window.

Blue Jay on Maple tree

Easy there buddy! Peanuts are on the way.

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Cats and Aquariums Both Reduce Stress and Anxiety

What do cats and aquariums have in common?

Gracey visists the Georgia Aquarium

You are feeling very sleepy......

Aquariums reduce stress and anxiety

Both cats and aquariums have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in humans.  That’s right, research concludes that aquariums have the ability to lower blood pressure,  calm the nerves, and clear the mind.   Aquariums create a soothing environment and are thought to have a hypnotic effect on humans.

Lazy Leopard’s One Minute Relaxation Video Test

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