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The Tiniest Tiger & Petfinder.com Shopping Spree Giveaway!

The Winner chosen by Random Number is

Maggie Collins (Mom is Janet Collins)

Maggie and Janet Collins!  Super Hurrah!  Thank you everyone for participating!

It’s the Holiday Season!  This is the time of year when we celebrate with those who are near and dear to us.

No, not DEER to us Lazy Leopard!Dear to us!  Sorry about that Friends.


This is the time of year when we share memories and photos and that is why I am super excited to tell you about our

Petfinder.com foundation Photo Store $100 Shopping Spree Giveaway!

Contest begins December 5 and ends December 11, 2010

Winner will be announced December 12, 2010

Here is how you enter to win:


1)Leave a comment here on our Conservation Cub Club below this post telling us about your favorite pet photo.

2)Upload your favorite photo of one of your  family members on our The Tiniest Tiger Facebook Page! Remember here at The Tiniest Tiger we love all animals so it can be any creature big or small.

One lucky Friend will be chose to win the

$100 Petfinder.com Foundation Photo Store Shopping Spree!

Hurrah!

Pounce!

The Tiniest Tiger is Wondering Will You Take the Guilty Poll?

Friends, I am a little upset, not a lot, but just a little.  Nobody seemed concerned that I was accused of breaking my mom’s favorite piece of green pottery.  Nobody even mentioned it.  Do you think that I broke the pottery too even though there is overwhelming evidence in the story pointing to the raccoon?

So now as I enter into my “Thinking Circle” I am wondering if you will Take The Guilty Poll.  Here are the 3 suspects.

  • Hazel No doubt she was my dad’s favorite.  He didn’t give me the time of day before the super sad day Hazel went to the Rainbow Bridge. Hazel never was accused of any wrong doing.  Maybe that is because she didn’t do anything wrong, but even so. Notice how she is not making eye contact? Sorry Hazel. xoxoxo
  • RaccoonWell if that isn’t a guilty expression, I don’t know what is.  And don’t forget that the paw prints around the broken pottery had super long claws.  I don’t want to say anything else that might influence your decision but  if the claws fit, you must not acquit!
  • Me, Gracey, The Tiniest TigerDon’t I look innocent?  I am looking straight at you.  I am not diverting my eyes or looking guilty.  I am just saying…but I don’t want to skew your decision.

Now the decision is in your paws.  I formulated the following unbiased poll to help me find out who you think broke the piece of green pottery? Will you help me conduct this research?

Thank you everyone.  Meow for Now!

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The Tiniest Tiger Asks, “Are You Bee Friendly?”

Friends, I am so relieved when I survey my habitat surroundings and things are a little messy! When the yard, trees and shrubs are too tidy, I can’t help but worry.

I worry because there are many creatures that live in the shrubs, grass and trees and when things are manicured and groomed too much, our small Friends lose their habitats!

And it is not just the mowing and the trimming that I am talking about.  I am worried about the use of pesticides to keep lawns greener than green! Is it really so bad for the grass to be dotted with dandelions and other interesting plants?

Honeybees are responsible for every third bite on your dinner plate!

Did you know that more than fifty billion honeybees have died within the last year in the United States due to Colony Collapse Disorder?

Bees are social creatures but they are also very smart. When they become sick, they do not return to their colony so as not to infect the other bees. But when all the bees are sick and do not return the queen bee is left alone in the hive. She is then helpless and she too perishes.

But what is making our honeybees sick?  I found the answers from our Friends at The Honeybee Conservancy.

A scientific study in 2005 showed that three-quarters of the 66 different pesticides found in one hive were toxic to bees.  But even worse, the combination of the toxins increased the poison as much as by 1000 times. This same study found 121 different pesticides in 887 samples of bees, wax, pollen and hives.  Scientists believe that pesticides are the reason for Colony Collapse Disorder.

The Honeybee Conservancy told me that our bees are harvesting pollen laced with lethal poison and feeding it to their young. Many of these systemic pesticides are from a family of highly toxic chemicals called neonicotinoids. Bees exposed to these chemicals exhibit symptoms similar to humans afflicted with Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s.

Spraying Pesticides- Mosquito Fogging

Another thing that makes my fur stand up is mosquito fogging across municipalities. I am not a scientist as you know, I am Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger, but don’t you think if this poison cloud they disperse all over the land is killing mosquitoes, that it is also killing our honeybees, butterflies, fireflies and countless other beneficial insects?   Don’t you think it is also harming our feral cousins, and quite honestly all creatures both big and small and humans too?

West Nile Virus is listed as a “rare disease” by the Office of Rare Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. According to the  Center for Disease Control in 2008 there were 1030 humans infected with West Nile Virus, 20 fatal cases, in the entire country.  Each year 200,000 people are hospitalized for the flu and 36,000 of them die.  There is not an epidemic of West Nile Virus in our country yet cities are spraying toxic pesticides all over the population and millions of people and animals are suffering from pesticide poisoning each year. Our health is put at a much higher risk of harm from mosquito fogging than it is from West Nile Virus.

Tiny Timmy- Spokescat living with neurological damage from toxins

Tiny Timmy, Spokescat living with neurological damage from toxins

Our Friend Tiny Timmy has been working super hard to let us know about the harmful chemicals in over the counter flea and tick medications for both cats and dogs.  In addition to the chemicals well meaning pet parents place on their pets, there are all the other chemicals within and around your household that you may or may not think about being harmful to you and your pets!

Tiny Timmy told me that in the first study of its kind, the

Environmental Working Group found that:

“Just as children ingest pollutants in tap water, play on lawns with pesticide residues, or breathe in an array of indoor air contaminants, so do their pets. But with their compressed lifespan, developing and aging seven or more times faster than children, pets also develop health problems from exposures much more rapidly.”

Tiny Timmy has posted an Official List of Toxins Killing Animals. I urge you to take a look at this list to help protect you and your loved ones.

And while you are thinking about habitat safety, you might want to check out The Cat Fancier’s Association list of Plants that are Toxic to Cats.

Friends, I know this is a super serious topic.

On this beautiful Sunday I ask you to take a moment and think about your habitat and what you can do to help the honeybees and all living creatures both big and small.  Here is what we are doing at my habitat.

~We do not spray our lawn and gardens~

~We are planting indigenous plants that beneficial insects like our honeybees need.

~We are letting parts of our yard go wild with wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses so wildlife can thrive

To learn more about what you can do go to The Honeybee Conservancy’s Act Now page.

Thank you for reading this extra serious and extra long post from me.  Thank you for being my Friend.  I would love to hear what you are doing to help out our honeybees and all living creatures both big and small.

Wishing you all a peaceful Sunday.

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War and Peanut! Breach of Treaty or Just Hungry?

This entry is part 2 of 20 in the series Backyard Peace Treaty
Missing Peace Peanut
No Peanut! No Peace Treaty?

Friends, as you can see the peanut that Bossy Backyard Blue Jay (BBBJ) placed on the windowsill as his signature to the Backyard Peace Treaty is missing.  Lazy Leopard is not surprised.  I say, let’s not jump to conclusions and think the worst of BBBJ.

It has been raining a lot. My parents have not filled the feeders and put out fresh peanuts for the squirells and birds for a few days.  It might not be War and Peanut! Breach of Treaty or Just Hungry?

So The Tiniest Tiger is Wondering…What do you think the missing peanut means?

Too Thin,Too Stout or Moderate, Meaning Just Right

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Feline Diet & Weight Control
Friends,

Next week I will be posing for the  Bissell MVP Pet Photo Contest photo shoot.  As you know, I am not one to shy away from the camera, and in fact some of you have said that I am a ham. Meaning that I pose for the camera and not that I am the upper part of a hog’s hind leg.

The upcoming photo shoot got  me to thinking about my body condition.  From previous photos, some of you have commented that I look fat.  Some of you have said that I look healthy,  but no comments have been made that I look too thin.  Some say the camera adds ten pounds, but for cats, it might only be one pound. So what is my body condition? Am I too thin, too stout or moderate, meaning just right?

My Aunt Barbara came to visit a week ago.  She told my mom that I looked too thin.  My mom immediately jumped to my defense and said that she thought I was just right. Later that night, my mom asked my dad if he thought I was too thin.  Then both of my parents peered around the counter while I was trying to chomp my chow and studied my body condition.  My mom ran her fingers along my sides feeling for my ribs and my dad was checking to see if my spine was protruding. They concluded that I was just right and my mom scooped me up and they both gave me a few kisses.

A few days went by and there was no mention of my body condition. ~phew~

Then on Saturday, Fr. Jim came by to chomp chow with us.  During their dinner, I walked over to my feeding station to get a little snack.  I heard Fr. Jim say. “Gracey sure is thin.” My parents shot each other a quick glance and then all three of their heads turned to look at me.  My dad said, “Do you really think so?”  And Fr. Jim, not wanting to incite panic said “ Well, maybe other cats are just overweight.”  I could still feel my parents eyes upon me. Oh boy, here we go again.

The next morning at breakfast, my parents began discussing my body condition. Once again, they both leaned around the counter and began to study me. This time they went to the computer to consult The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s  Body Condition Scoring Chart.

They skipped over the Emaciated and the Obese body condition. They knew I did not fit into either one of the extreme conditions. So they compared me to the Thin, Stout and Moderate conditions.

Ohio State University's Think Cat

Thin Body Condition

The first image that they looked at is for the cat that is considered to be Thin. A thin cat’s ribs are easily felt with the fingers and might be visible with no palpable fat. The top of the lumbar vertebrae can be seen and the pelvic bones are slightly prominent.  There is an obvious waist and abdominal tuck. It was concluded that I am not Thin.  You can’t see my ribs and I have a bit of a belly.

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Stout Body Condition

The second image that they focused on is the cat with a Stout body condition. Stout must be the Veterinary term for chubby.  Sounds nicer, doesn’t it? A stout cat will have an overall fleshy appearance.  You can’t easily feel the ribs. There will be fat deposits over the lumbar spine and tail base.  The abdomen will not be tucked up.  My parents concluded that even though I have a bit of a belly, I did not have the other characteristics of a stout cat body condition. They moved on to the next image.

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Moderate Body Condition

The next image was that of the Moderate Cat.  A cat with a moderate body condition has ribs that can be felt without excess fat covering them. The abdomen appears tucked up when viewed from the side. After a few moments of careful study, my parents concluded that my body condition is moderate or just right.  Then they began to discuss whether they were the best judge of my condition because they see me every day and might be in denial. ~sigh~

What I know is that I feel fine.  I chomp chow, play, leap and sleep just fine.  I don’t care to discuss my litter pan habits at this moment, but I will tell you there are no problems.

So, The Tiniest Tiger is wondering…

Which  body condition do you think  fits the cat that shares your habitat?

For images of all the body conditions: emaciated, thin, moderate, stout and obese, please click this link for the Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Body Condition Chart.

To Clump or Not To Clump? Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series To Clump or Not to Clump? Is Clay Litter Safe?

Update! To Clump or Not to Clump? Part 2

The results of our poll show that 81% of our Friends are concerned about Clay-Based Litter.  51% are a Little Concerned, and 30% are Extremely Concerned.  So The Tiniest Tiger is Wondering…

Thank You for your input.  I am reaching out to an expert and will post the Q & A.

If you have questions you would like me to ask, please write them in the comment section here on TTT’s Conservation Cub Club.

To Clump or not To Clump? Is Clay Litter Safe?

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series To Clump or Not to Clump? Is Clay Litter Safe?

Friends,

My parents might be considered over protective of me.  But they have their reasons.  I was very sick when I came down with pancreatitis after receiving  my shots.  I developed transient diabetes and it was a trying time for me, my doctors and my parents.  Luckily, I fully recovered and now enjoy good health. But during this transition, my parents began to worry about everything that I came in contact with, including the litter in my pan.

My parents were concerned about the safety of clumping clay litter. Clay litter has been criticized  because it contains the clumping agent, sodium bentonite. Sodium bentonite is a natural clay, but when it absorbs liquid, it  can swell up to fifteen times in size!  Whoa! I am picturing those little sponge toys that come in a capsule and they grow when you add water to them.

The clay litter is also dusty, so what happens when we cats breathe in this dust? What happens when our parents breathe in this dust? Anything? Is clay litter safe?

Cat parents worry about what happens when a cat licks their fur and paws, eating sodium bentonite dust.  Being cats, we are naturally curious, so what happens when a kitten decides to test taste the clay litter? Could the sodium bentonite clump up inside the kittens body, causing gastrointestinal  blockage and/or death?

Clay litter manufacturers  assure our parents that their products are safe.  And to be fair, all evidence of sodium bentonite being harmful to us is anecdotal, meaning no scientific studies have been done. Even so, many parents have started switching to natural cat litter for added protection for their feline family.

Cats Against Clay,  (C.A.C.) a unified front and quasi-political group united in the hatred of all things clay is gaining momentum. Recently at  the BlogPaws Conference their anti-clay message  was loud and clear. C.A.C. claims responsibility for the increase in sales  for all-natural cat litters.

So, The Tiniest Tiger is wondering what you think.  Are you concerned about using clumping clay litter?


The Tiniest Tiger is Wondering…

The Tiniest Tiger is Wondering…