The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community http://conservationcubclub.com Caring about Cats, Big and Small Mon, 25 May 2015 22:22:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ProPlan GoPro Hero Giveaway #CatsTrueNature http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/proplan-gopro-hero-giveaway-catstruenature/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/proplan-gopro-hero-giveaway-catstruenature/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 22:14:54 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15185 Annie stalking birds

Annie stalking birds

This post is sponsored by Purina ProPlan but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information that we feel is relevant to our readers’ interests. Purina is not responsible for the content of this article. All opinions are our own.

Cats Are Extraordinary Creatures

If you are sharing your life with a cat, you already know they are extraordinary creatures.  If Annie were a big cat, I am pretty sure she would be a leopard.  She loves to perch up high and stalk birds.  When Annie watches birds, she is all in.  Her posture shows she is fully engaged.

Annie focused

Annie focused on potential prey

She will stay focused on potential prey in the backyard much longer than the boys.  They like to watch too but they quickly turn to other activities while Annie may stay perfectly still ready to pounce for long periods of time.

I love watching our cats.  I never tire of observing their ear movement detecting sounds impossible for us to hear or their eyes catching the slightest movement. The swish of a tail.  The twitch of a whisker. Their strong legs enable them to leap extraordinary distances and to spring into action from sitting still to a full sprint in what seems like the blink of an eye.

Annie with JG Motor Mouse

Annie guarding her mouse

ProPlan partnered with filmmaker Darren Dyk, cinematographer and creator of the popular YouTube channel BeyondSlowMotion, to capture a #CatsTrueNature so we could better understand what makes cats so amazing. The stunning slow motion scenes in the video show the athleticism and strength of the cat’s anatomy.  You can watch the video created by Darren on the Purina Pro Plan True Nature site.

 Tips On How To Capture Your Cat’s True Nature

We want you to be inspired to help spread the word about how amazing cats are by capturing your own moments that highlight the true nature of your cat.  Darren Dyk created this video to give us tips on the best way to capture those moments.

Video Tips for Capturing #CatsTrueNature with Darren Dyk

Now that Darren has given you some great tips on how to capture your cat’s true nature, are you ready to create an image or a clip of your own cat’s true nature? Make sure to share your images on Twitter or Instagram using #CatsTrueNature and tagging @ProPlanCat. Your work might just be featured on ProPlan.com!

The Purina Pro Plan GoPro Hero Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will win a GoPro Hero video camera to enable you to create your own slow motion moments of your cat showing their true nature. In addition to the GoPro camera the winner will receive coupons for Purina ProPlan for Cats!

How to Enter:

Enter your information in the contest widget so we know where to ship your prize if you win.

Leave a comment below this post telling us what is it about your cat’s true nature that you love the most.  You must leave a comment to be eligible to win.  Don’t worry, it won’t be hard to think about what you love the most about your cat, right?

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Purina Cat Chow Names Shelter Volunteer of the Year http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/purina-cat-chow-names-shelter-volunteer-of-the-year/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/purina-cat-chow-names-shelter-volunteer-of-the-year/#respond Thu, 21 May 2015 12:28:31 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15171 Liz Purina Volunteer of the Year

Liz Taranda, Shelter Volunteer of the Year
Image courtesy of Purina Cat Chow

This post is sponsored by Purina but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information that we feel is relevant to our readers’ interests. Purina is not responsible for the content of this article. All opinions are our own.

The Shelter Volunteer of the Year Contest

As part of the “Building Better Lives” program, Purina Cat Chow conducted the Volunteer of the Year contest to recognize and thank the volunteers who tirelessly care for cats as they wait for their forever homes.  These selfless and kind volunteers work to make the cats’ temporary shelter homes gentler, less stressful places.

Purina Cat Chow asked its 50 shelter partners, one in every state, to nominate a volunteer who spends countless hours providing love and support to enrich the lives of cats and kittens in the shelter’s care. From Feb 23-March 15, Purina Cat Chow invited consumers nationwide to vote for their favorite volunteer story.  Consumer votes and a judging panel determined the top shelter volunteer and four runners-up volunteers. More than 272,000 votes were cast in support of the 50 shelter volunteers.

The Winning Shelter’s $25,000 Purina Cat Chow Makeover

Purina at Clifton Animal Shelter

Purina Shelter Makeover Day at Clifton Animal Shelter in New Jersey.
Image courtesy of Clifton Animal Shelter

The Shelter Volunteer of the Year for 2015 is Liz Taranda, center of above photo, who has dedicated more than a decade to the homeless cats at the Clifton Animal Shelter in New Jersey. In recognition of Liz’s dedication  over the years, Purina Cat Chow provided a $25,000 shelter makeover to improve the cat adoption areas.

The makeover included:

  • a remodel of the front office to offer the best impression to potential cat parents
  • refurbishing the visitation area
  • new windows to provide better insulations and ventilation
  • fresh paint, furniture and epoxy coating for the floor

Meet Liz Taranda, the Purina Cat Chow’s Shelter Volunteer of the Year.

Clifton Animal Shelter is a city shelter run by a community of friends and family who believe there is a home for every animal; they just have to find it.

The Runner-Up Winners

Watching Liz’s video, I have to admit I got teary eyed.  The dedication and love Liz shows for the cats in the shelter’s care is heart-warming. Liz is the contest’s winner, but the four runners-up were also honored for their amazing commitment to their shelters and the cats waiting for their forever homes.  Each of the runners-up received a $5,000 donation for their shelters.

  • Lauren Godail with Animal Rescue New Orleans Lauren shares her home with four rescue cats and still makes the time to share her love with the cats waiting for their homes at the shelter.  When three fire-victim cats were brought into the shelter still smelling of smoke and their owners had nowhere to go with them, Lauren stepped in to provide the cats with special care to help them through the trauma. When the cats were reunited with their family, Lauren provided household goods to help the family settle into their new home. Before she left, she kissed all three cats goodbye.
  • Bob Anderson with Cat Adoption Team in Oregon  Bob travels more than 200 miles every week to care for the cats at Cat Adoption Team. The staff and volunteers love him for his heroic efforts driving from the mountains in inclement weather and for his selfless large financial commitment in travel expenses. Bob’s own cat family enjoy their own four-season room with scratching posts, cat trees and toys.
  • Barrett Henderson with Atlanta Humane Society in Georgia Barrett provided a home for four  cats  badly in need of a foster home. He lovingly provided a high level of daily care and  attention to help them become adoptable cats. Barrett is on the shelter’s speed dial whenever there’s a cat in need.
  • Desiree Muench with Hillside S.P.C.A. in Pennsylvania Desiree has a positive energy with which she tackles any obstacle and her attitude is contagious. She is a voice for the voiceless and has a heart of gold. She is a true inspiration and role model at Hillside SPCA. Purina Cat Chow Gentle

Every participating shelter received a $1,000 donation, plus Purina Cat Chow Gentle Formula brand food and cat care. PurinaCat Chow donated nearly $100,000 among the 50 shelters in recognition of their volunteers.

For more information about Purina’s Building Better Lives program and the Volunteer of the Year contest:

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#IFAKEIT For Leopards. Show Your Spots to Save Theirs http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/ifakeit-for-leopards-show-your-spots-to-save-theirs/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/ifakeit-for-leopards-show-your-spots-to-save-theirs/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 15:38:48 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15153 Annie in Leopard jacket

Annie supporting Leopards in her Sturdi Walking Vest. #IFAKEIT

The Leopard

Leopard print will always be around.  The beautiful pattern never really goes out of style.   But what about the leopards?

The leopard is the smallest of the four big cats (tigers, lions, jaguars and then leopards) but this spotted cat is the most adaptable, pervasive and unfortunately, the most hunted.  From the Congo rainforest to the deserts of the Middle East, the leopard inhabits 75 countries across Africa and Eurasia living where many other carnivores cannot survive.

Leopard

Even with their versatility and stamina, leopards have disappeared from nearly 40% of their historic range in Africa and 50% in Asia. They have vanished from Hong Kong, Kuwait, Libya, Singapore, Syrian Arab Republic and Tunisia.  Their presence in 6 other countries is in question.

Just as in the previous centuries, the leopard continues to be one of the fashion industries iconic inspirations, yet this reverence is the reason the leopard is the most persecuted big cat on Earth.

While it is true that leopards also face the same threats as their cousins, loss of habitat, loss of prey species and conflict with people, the demand for their gorgeous skins is one of the main causes of their decline and the reason they are listed as “near threatened” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Panthera’s Furs for Life Leopard Project

furs for life

Panthera’s Furs for Life Leopard Project is providing a simple and sustainable solution to protect leopards but also supports local culture. Collaborating with digital designers, Panthera created a high-quality and realistic fake leopard skin to replace the real skins worn at ceremonies. More than 5,000 fake leopard capes have already been donated in southern Africa, and Panthera’s new partnership with the Peace Parks Foundation and Cartier will enable the distribution of at least 13,000 more.

fake leopard capes

Image by Tyrone Bradley.

#IFAKEIT For Leopards. Show Your Spots to Help Save Theirs

Panthera has launched the #IFAKEIT movement to raise awareness about the plight of the beautiful cats on a global scale.

Here is how you can help:

  1. Post a photo wearing leopard print with the hashtag #IFAKEIT to join the movement. Help Panthera reach 18,000 unique hashtags to accompany each cape, as a thank you to the communities willing to fake it for leopards.
  2. If you are able, donate $30. Thirty dollars can create one fake leopard skin cape and help save a leopard.
  3. Tweet and post to Facebook and Instagram your photo with the #IFAKEIT hashtag to help drive a global conversation about protecting leopards and to encourage more leopard champions to join the fight to save their spots.

The Tiniest Tiger sent 4 fake leopard capes

Thanks to your support of Triple T Studios, The Tiniest Tiger community sent 4 fake leopard skin capes to help save a leopard.  We sent one for Annie, Eddie and Mercy and one in memory of Gracey who inspired us to do our part to help all cats big and small.

 

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Our Message to Gracey After Two Years http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/our-message-to-gracey-after-two-years/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/our-message-to-gracey-after-two-years/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 23:31:03 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15132 This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Messages to Gracey

Gracey 2 year

I woke up early to the sound of pouring rain. Before I could open my eyes I felt a cold nose and Annie’s soft fur against my neck as she nestled in under my chin. Once she got situated I wrapped my left arm around her and she purred me back to sleep.

I wasn’t in a hurry to get up. It was Sunday morning, the 17th of May, two years without you.

About an hour later, I woke up to Eddie’s soft cry. He has the sweetest little meow. He was sure it was time for breakfast, and he was right in fact we were 30 minutes late. By the time my feet hit the floor Mercy was ready and waiting by the door.

Walking out to the kitchen I am led by three tails straight up and curled. My entourage. Every single morning this makes me smile. Today was no different, just a little more bittersweet.

Gracey and Bad Kitty Rain Annie and Eddie Watching the rain

The rain kept coming today.  Annie and Eddie spent part of the day with Bad Kitty watching the rain and they reminded me of how you used to sit with Bad Kitty and watch the rain too.

Annie is a little wild and she keeps us on our toes.  She loves to watch the birds from the Cat Power Tower while the boys prefer to snooze on the sofa. Eddie sleeps beside Lazy Leopard.

Eddie loves to sleep in your heated thinking circle and Annie curls up with your dad on the slanket on the sofa.  Mercy prefers to sleep on the sofa in the sun room

We moved your chair and ottoman over beside the kitchen.  Annie and Eddie love to watch us while we prepare meals.  This makes us laugh too.  They love the chair as much as you did.  We are so happy we kept your favorite things for the kittens to enjoy.

Annie and Eddie I see you looking at the cupboards.

Annie and Eddie

Gracey on Imperial Cat Chair and Ottoman

Gracey

This afternoon, your dad and I filled all the bird feeders and made sure we had extra treats for Bossy Backyard Blue Jay.  I made a special stop to pick up peanuts on my way home last Wednesday.

Your dad was quieter than usual today.

We made progress carrying on the mission of The Tiniest Tiger by expanding Triple T Studios. Our community now sponsors a Lion Guardian which I know would make you very happy.  We are also sponsoring a Cheetah and a baby elephant too.  Last week we were able to help Grayson County Humane Society by sponsoring the transportation of 8 kittens and their mother to their forever homes.

I still have your photo as my screen saver on my desktop and on my phone.  I don’t feel like changing the images. I like seeing your photo.

Most days we go along and smile when we see the reminders of you around our home.  When there is sadness, Annie seems to know and  comes to comfort us.  Annie is our moon.

cat moon quote

You are forever in our hearts.  We love you.  Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Joanne and Paul

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Cats and Dogs Can Be Best Friends #FoodShelterLove http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/cats-and-dogs-can-be-best-friends-foodshelterlove/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/cats-and-dogs-can-be-best-friends-foodshelterlove/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 12:01:25 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15124  

cat and dog portrait

Photo from Deposit photos

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Food, Shelter, & Love Program, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Cats and Dogs Can Be Best Friends

Have you ever thought of adopting a puppy or dog but were afraid your cats wouldn’t accept a new family member?  Or you might be reading this from a dog only household and thinking about adopting a cat but wondering if they will get along.

With a little planning, patience and advice from experienced pet parents of both cats and dogs, you will be able to bring home a new family member and after a bit of time, you will see that cats and dogs can be best friends.

Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love®

With so many cats and dogs waiting at shelters for their forever homes, creating homes with both cats and dogs helps to increase adoption rates and can add more happy to your home too. Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program has provided over $240 million worth of food to nearly 1,000 shelters helping over 8 million pets find new homes. Hill’s is helping  keep pets nourished and healthy while they wait for you to adopt them.

Food Shelter Love

Slow and Steady Introduction

The introduction process isn’t all that different than when you bring home a new kitten or cat into a cat household.

Create a Safe Space in a Separate Room

Before you bring home your new dog or cat, create a safe space in a separate room with all the amenities your new pet will need. Make sure you provide food, water and a litter box for cats. Toys and a cat tower will help keep the new family member content during the adjustment period.

Share Blankets or Towels to Introduce New Scent

With your new cat or dog safely inside the separate room, your cats and dogs will get used to hearing and smelling each other without the risk of an unpleasant confrontation.  Place a blanket or towel with the scent of the new pet where your cats and dogs can smell and place a blanket with your dog and cat’s scent in with the new pet.  This will help everyone become familiar.

Love and Attention for Everyone

Make sure you spend time with each dog and cat and when you think all are comfortable with their rooms, switch positions.  Place your dog or cat in with the safe space room and allow your new pet to explore the outside area.  They will be able to smell and hear each other through the door and this will help to further familiarize them to each other.

First Face-to-Face Introduction

When you feel the time is right and all pets are relaxed you can try the first face-t0-face introduction.  This first time place the pet in an open-sided carrier or use a baby gate the cats can’t climb over and the dogs can’t get through.  Keep your dogs on a leash for added safety.

Reward Dogs For Remaining Calm Near Your Cat

Reward with treats for good behavior around each other.  You want your dog and cat to realize that good things happen when they are together. Feed your cat and dog on their respective sides of the baby gate to keep everyone comfortable through the introduction process.

When all animals seem ready, you can allow limited supervised meetings with the dogs and cats in the same space.  Dogs should remain on a leash and not permitted to chase the cat.  Provide your cats with escape routes by creating elevated platforms for them to get away from the dogs when desired.

In most cases, your cats and dogs will accept one another and live in harmony, perhaps even become best friends. The key is to not rush the introduction and to make sure everyone is comfortable before you allow them to occupy the same space.

Cats and Dogs Have Different Nutritional Needs

good for cats  good for dogs

Image from Deposit Photos

Cats and dogs have their own unique nutritional needs, and each need their own food for their current life and health state.  When you are introducing a new pet to the family, this is a stressful event for the new cat. Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin was created to help reduce digestive disorder that can even affect your cat’s skin and coat.

Cats might share a bowl of water with a dog, but prefer really fresh flowing water.  Cats also get much of the liquid they need in order to stay healthy from the food they eat.

Cats and dogs both need exercise. While dogs seem more rambunctious and go out for long walks, cats can go for walks outside on a harness, enjoy climbing on cat trees, love to play hide and seek and those of us who share our homes with cats know that they love to race around the house sometimes….especially at night.

The ultimate goal of the Food Shelter & Love® program is to bring some love home. We can increase the love in our homes by increasing the number of homes with both cats and dogs.

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Cat’s Meow Socks from Triple T Studios Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/cats-meow-socks-from-triple-t-studios/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/cats-meow-socks-from-triple-t-studios/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 13:09:37 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15114 Cat's Meow Striped Socks  Triple T Studios

Cat’s Meow Socks from Triple T Studios

Our socks, just like the big cats, come in solid, striped and spotted.  And in honor of the smaller wild cats, we have our cat footies.  All of the Cat’s Meow Socks come in fun color combinations and when they are on your feet, you won’t be able to keep from smiling when you see the little happy hat face looking back at you.

We thought you might like them too, so Annie, Eddie and Mercy are hosting a giveaway.  The winner selected at random will win their choice of Cat’s Meow Socks.  We will ship anywhere in the world that has an address.  Here are your choices.

Cat’s Meow Socks

Lioness Heart of AFricaThese super cute cat cotton poly-blend ankle socks  feature a cute cat face on the heel and on the bottom of the sock underneath the toes there is a cat tail with the word “Meow”.  The Cat’s Meow Socks are solid in color just like the African lion.

Cat's Meow Socks

Cat’s Meow Socks.

The Cat’s Meow socks come in 5 colors; Black, Cream, Red, Purple and Pink!

The Cat’s Meow Spotted Socks

cheetah profile

The Cat’s Meow Spotted Socks are also a cotton poly-blend ankle length sock.  The heel of this sock features a cute cat face and under the toe of the sock is a cat tail. These socks are spotted just like the  cheetah.   The spots are solid, so they are cheetah-like instead of the rosettes you will find on leopards and jaguars.

Cat's Meow Spotted Socks

The Cat’s Meow Spotted Socks come in 5 colors; cream, brown, lime, purple, and raspberry!

The Cat’s Meow Striped Socks

Tiger cub in the grass

Photo by KKulikov

Both the heel and the toe of The Cat’s Meow Striped Sock features a cute cat face.  These socks are a cotton poly-blend ankle length sock.  These socks feature colorful stripes just like the only cat with stripes, the tiger.

Cat's Meow Striped Socks Triple T Studios

The Cat’s Meow Striped Socks come in 6 fun color combinations; Light Blue with Gray Stripes, Gray with Pink Stripes, Brown with Green Stripes, Black with Red Stripes, Oatmeal with Brown Stripes and Brown with Orange Stripes.

Cat Footies

Bobcat

Photo by @LifeonWhite

The Cat Footies are purr-fect.  This is my favorite type of sock.  The toe of the footie features a cute cat face and on the bottom of the footie underneath the toes you will find a cute cat tail.  The cat footies are decorated with polka dots adding to the fun design.  These footies are smaller but still mighty just like the smaller wild cats like the bobcat.

Cat footies  Triple T STudios

The Cat Footies come in 5 colors: Black, Beige, Purple, Navy and Pink!

The Cat’s Meow Sock Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will receive their choice of Cat’s Meow Socks.  The package will include one of each color in the selection.  If you can’t wait, you can learn more about The Cat’s Meow Socks at Triple T Studios.

How to Enter

Enter your information in the contest widget so we know where to ship your prize if you win.

Leave a comment below this post telling us which Cat’s Meow Socks  you will choose; solid, striped, spotted or the cat footies.

This giveaway is open to everyone! We will ship anywhere in the world.  Void where prohibited.

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Good News For Earth’s Most Endangered Cat http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/good-news-for-earths-most-endangered-cat/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/good-news-for-earths-most-endangered-cat/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 12:00:51 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15085 Iberian lynx Fauna & Flora International

Iberian lynx. Image courtesy of Fauna & Flora International fauna-flora.org

The Earth’s Most Endangered Cat

The Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus) is earth’s most endangered cat. Listed as Critically Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and with less than 300 individuals estimated in the wild, this small wild cat is in need of protection.  A cat species has not gone extinct since the saber-toothed tiger 10,000 years ago.

Historically, the Iberian lynx inhabited all of Spain and Portugal, but today only two breeding populations remain, in Coto de Doñona National Park and in Sierra de Andújar, Jaén, both in the south-western part of Spain.

Solitary creatures, the lynx roams a territory ranging from 4-30 kilometers depending on food availability and finding a mate.  Female lynx give birth to 2-3 cubs in a litter and the cubs remain dependent on her until 7-8months of age.  The cubs remain in their mother’s territory until 1-2 years of age.

Threats to the Iberian Lynx

Habitat fragmentation due to the development of dams and roads, the conversion of land to golf courses and increased agriculture are all threats to this lynx.  In addition the cat is the victim of accidental deaths in traps for other animals, killed by automobiles, and hunting.

The Iberian Lynx is especially vulnerable due to its dependence on only one prey species. The rabbit accounts for 80-100% of the cats’ diet. There has been a drastic decline in rabbit populations caused by habitat changes but also due to myxomatosis (a disease caused by the myxoma virus affecting rabbits)  since the 1950s and Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease (RHD) since the 1980s. Over-hunting of rabbits and other human activities have also contributed to the decrease in the rabbit population.

lynx released into the wild

An Iberian lynx born in captivity is released into the wild in Spain. Photograph Agencia EFE/Rex Features

Iberian Lynx Cubs Born in the Wild Bring Hope for the Species.

At least two lynx cubs were spotted the week of April 27 by monitors who have been tracking the progress of a female lynx named Kodiak, who was released into the wild two years ago. Conservationists cheered the birth of the two cubs as a breakthrough in their efforts to save the species.  The births are thought to be the first in the wild for decades outside Andalusia where projects to save the lynx  began 12 years ago when the cat population fell to less than 100 in the wild.

Today there are thought to be about 300 individuals, a significant improvement from the previous estimate but still too few to be viable.  The fact that at least one pair has bred in western Spain, suggest that the cat may now be re-establishing across a wider area.

You can help preserve lynx habitat by buying wine with cork stoppers.  The Iberian lynx needs a habitat of part cork oak woodlands and part open scrubland to survive.  Cork harvesting is a tradition and sustainable. The outer layer of bark is peeled off, leaving the tree standing and able to grow back the bark for the next harvest. When you buy real corks, you are helping maintain cork oak trees and indirectly, the habitats for the Iberian lynx.  Cheers!

If you want to learn a bit more about the efforts to save the Iberian lynx, Fauna & Flora International and  the League for the Protection of Nature (LPN) explain how they are protecting habitat for the critically endangered Iberian lynx in this short video.

Working to Protect Vital Iberian Lynx Habitat

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Happy Mother’s Day to Tigers, Lions, Cats and Humans Part Two http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/happy-mothers-day-to-tigers-lions-cats-and-humans-part-two/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/happy-mothers-day-to-tigers-lions-cats-and-humans-part-two/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 13:13:05 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15094 Happy Mother’s Day!

Our Mother’s Day post written by Gracey was one of our most popular. So Annie and Eddie thought they would follow in her paw prints and celebrate this Mother’s Day with their own tribute to the things mothers do for us for which we are grateful whether we are lions, tigers, cats or humans.

Mother’s Are Patient

Photo by metalmaus

Photo by metalmaus

Mothers listen to us and put up with our shenanigans even when they are tired and wish we would settle down.

Mother’s Have Enough Love For Every Sibling

Photo by Lifeonwhite

Photo by Lifeonwhite

Mothers have more than enough love to share with every sibling and they seem to know when one cub needs more attention and at the right time.

Mother’s Teach Us How to Take Care Of Ourselves

Tiger with cubs drinking water

Photo by metalmaus

Mother’s teach us survival skills. We learn how to find water, food and shelter.  They repeat by example day after day and hope that we learn and thrive.

Mother’s Protect Us

African lioness with cub

Photo by ajiber

Mother’s protect us from the elements and will defend us to her death.  Her love for us knows no bounds.

A Mother Gives Us  Independence

Tiger cub in the grass

Photo by KKulikov

Our mother’s know we all need to become independent.  They know how to let us gain confidence without putting us in harm’s way. And we like knowing they have our back…even if we don’t want to admit it.

Mother’s Give the Best Hugs

Lioness with her cub

Photo by LifeonWhite

No matter how rough a day we have, a mother’s hug can make it all seem better.

Lion and cub

Some of us remember our mothers in our hearts today.  Love lives on.

Mother cat with kittens

Photo by Belchonock DepostiPhotos

A special wish for all those who care for animals in shelters and rescues. Without your love and care these  individuals would never find love in their forever homes. Without Donna and her team at Grayson County Humane Society, Annie and Eddie would not have survived and thrived to find their home with us.

Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day! No matter what species  a mother’s love has no end or definition.  Love is love.

Great Grandmother with her cat

Our great grandmother with her cat.

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Artisan Cat Food Created by Nutrition Experts #InspiredbyCrafted http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/artisan-crafted-by-cat-nutrition-experts-inspiredbycrafted/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/artisan-crafted-by-cat-nutrition-experts-inspiredbycrafted/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 12:06:37 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15068 This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Joanne waterhole Namibia

Waterhole count in Namibia

I owe a lot to Gracey. She was the inspiration for the book The Tiniest Tiger and for my changing career paths.  To be the best advocate I could be for big cats I decided to go back to school for my Master of Zoology degree with a focus on big cat conservation.

Joanne, Savannah, Paul

Expertise Matters for Feline Nutrition

Expertise is important because what may seem simple can actually be complicated and require decisions based on both learned knowledge and experience. Decisions for care should be made in the best interest of the individual cat and their unique circumstances.

The same is true for feline nutrition. Cats are complex beings with specific nutritional needs. Even though I might make Annie, Eddie and Mercy a special treat, I rely on those with degrees in feline nutrition to make sure the cats are getting a balanced diet.

Hill's crafted small batch

As a specialty food veteran, I appreciate the quality of crafted small batch foods.  I learned to make pasta in Santa Margherita Ligure and brought those formulas home to create high quality pasta in our own facility.  I appreciate the time and expertise the team of Veterinary Nutritionists that developed Hill’s Ideal Balance™ Crafted®  put into the creation of this new line of cat food.

Ideal Balance™ Crafted® Made in Innovative Way

Ideal Balance Crafted cat food is made in an innovative way through an unusual slow cooking process with new, unique and custom shapes to maximum appeal for finicky feline palates.  This innovation is the result of many years of Hill’s research with pets to understand the important impact of texture and shape in improving palatability for cats.  The Ideal Balance Crafted dry cat foods are gently cooked at 250-300 degrees and made into kibble featuring custom shapes and a crispy texture cats love.

Ideal Balance Crafted

 

Ideal Balance Crafted’s new cat food is created in small batches, just like we make our own food. Their experienced, dedicated craftsmen create unique recipes using high-quality proteins, wholesome vegetables and ancient grains.  Hill’s Pet Nutrition took time to study and create this new line of cat food with the following benefits:

Crafted with Care

  • Made in small batches
  • Natural ingredients, perfectly balanced
  •  100% Balanced Nutrition Guaranteed or your money back
  •  Made in the USA
  •  No wheat, corn or soy
  •  No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Hill's Crafted Kibble

 

From start to finish, Hill’s takes the extra time to mix every batch of  Crafted, ensuring quality and consistency. This unique culinary approach provides your cat a quality meal with nutrition that’s 100% perfectly balanced.

Unique Texture and Taste Makes a Perfect Treat Too

Eddie had to have most of his teeth removed due to a congenital issue. We had a hard time finding a kibble that Eddie could easily pick up and enjoy. In addition to providing a meal, we use Crafted in Eddie’s puzzle toys. The unique shape and crispy texture is easy for Eddie to pick up and chew.  You will notice the texture right away and I have to say that this food smells great.  And as you can see in the photo below, he loves the taste too.

Annie and Eddie crafted

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Cat with Bow Tie Scarf Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/cat-with-bow-tie-scarf-giveaway/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/05/cat-with-bow-tie-scarf-giveaway/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 14:38:10 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15054 Eddie in bow tie

Eddie

Our Eddie is a very happy cat.  He has a gentle demeanor and is content to hang back and observe while Annie explores anything new.  I rarely place articles or accessories on our cats but one day I did place the bow tie you see in the photo on Eddie.  I know I am not objective, but isn’t he a dapper little guy?

When I saw this Cat with Bow Tie Scarf, I immediately thought of Eddie wearing his bow tie too.  The cats on the scarf are strutting around with their tails help high and curled. And that is how Eddie walks around our home.  His tail seems to always be up and curled.  He is a happy little guy and I know every time I see him he makes me smile too.

The Cat With Bow Tie Scarf

Eddie with cat with bow tie scarf

Eddie with the Cat with Bow Tie Scarf

The Cat with Bow Tie Scarf is made of voile for a soft and light weight feel. This is the same material as our Curious Cat Scarf and the Leopard Print Scarf.  This scarf is a generous  35″  (90cm)  x 71″ (180 cm), making the scarf long enough to tie in a variety of fashionable ways.  This scarf is available in three colors: black, beige and teal blue.

We thought you might like this scarf too.

The Cat with Bow Tie Giveaway

cat with bow tie scarf

The Cat with Bow Tie Scarf is available in Black, Beige and Teal Blue

Two  members of The Tiniest Tiger community will win their color choice of the Cat with Bow Tie Scarf from Triple T Studios.

If you can’t wait and would like to get your own cat scarf for you or for a gift pounce here: Triple T Studios Cat Style Scarves

This Giveaway is Closed.

Congratulations to Mona and Stephanie!!

 

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