The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community http://conservationcubclub.com Caring about Cats, Big and Small Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:03:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cats Warm Your Heart Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cats-warm-your-heart-giveaway/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cats-warm-your-heart-giveaway/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:03:20 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13937 Cats Warm Your Heart Giveaway This morning on my way out to get the paper, there was a definite chill in the air.  Not the type of cool we welcome in the mornings during the heat of summer, but the chilly reminder that winter is coming soon.  Leaves are falling and the rain is cold and the morning drea... Read more..]]> Mug giveaway image

This morning on my way out to get the paper, there was a definite chill in the air.  Not the type of cool we welcome in the mornings during the heat of summer, but the chilly reminder that winter is coming soon.  Leaves are falling and the rain is cold and the morning dreary.

But opening the door I see three little tails upright and curled waiting for my return with the newspaper and it warms my heart seeing their bright eyes prancing about the kitchen.  Mornings are quiet time and I like the way the first cup of hot coffee warms my hands sort of easing me into the day.

Annie and Eddie mug set

When I saw this ceramic mug set, I thought it was perfect for an Annie & Eddie set.  These mugs are made to perfectly fit together  and reminded me of the bond between Annie and Eddie.  The heart shaped handles add an extra touch of sweet too, don’t you think?   After I created the set with the kitten images I thought you might like them too.

mug set Eddie

Eddie

Eddie is on both mugs on the front of one and the back of the other.  So both mugs have the two images so you will see their cute little faces whether you are left or right handed. (I am left handed.)

Annie on mug set

Annie

 

The Warm Hands Warm Heart Kitten Mug Set Giveaway

Annie and Eddie mug set together

2 friends of The Tiniest Tiger will win a set of the Warm Hands Warm Heart Kitten Mug Set Giveaway.

If you can’t wait to see if you win and would like to order  your own mug set from Zazzle, here is the link:  Kitten Mug Set on Zazzle

How to Enter

Enter your information in the contest widget so we know where to ship your prize if you win. Tell us in a comment below how your cat warms your heart.

The comment below this post is important. If your name is drawn and you didn’t leave a comment, another winner will be chosen.

This giveaway is open to everyone!!

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Nutrition for Your Cat’s #WholeBodyHealth http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/nutrition-for-your-cats-wholebodyhealth/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/nutrition-for-your-cats-wholebodyhealth/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:30:40 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13870 Nutrition for Your Cat's #WholeBodyHealth This post is sponsored by Natural Balance's Original Ultra Whole body Health and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Whole Body Health, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevan... Read more..]]> Annie and Eddie kissing

This post is sponsored by Natural Balance’s Original Ultra Whole body Health and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Whole Body Health, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Balance is not responsible for the content of this article.

Your Pet’s Whole Body Health

During two weeks in September, information was gathered from pet parents that participated in a survey asking about your pet’s whole body health.  You might have participated in the survey when we posted it here on The Tiniest Tiger community. Natural Balance has totaled up the survey responses and created this infographic.

Whole Body Health
Natural Balance Whole Body Health

Natural Balance’s Original Ultra Whole Body Health

Natural Balance’s Original Ultra Whole Body Health for cats and dogs is a gluten-free diet with an optimal balance of premium proteins and key nutrients.

Natural Balance Ultra whole body health

There are seven areas of health this new food supports.

Whole Body Health formulas nourish your pet’s complete well-being and supports the needs of your pet through all life stages.

  1. Formulated with optimal levels of DHA EPA from marine sources, this Natural Balance food supports neural development for an active and healthy brain.
  2. Balanced Omega-6 and Omega-3 ratios support healthy skin and a shiny soft coat.
  3. The digestive system is supported with a unique fiber layering system derived from fruits and grains helping your cat maintain healthy digestion.
  4. Quality proteins help support healthy muscle development and maintain muscle which is important at every age.
  5. A proprietary blend of antioxidant nutrients helps maintain your cat’s healthy immune system,
  6. Proper levels of calcium and phosphorus maintain strong bones and teeth.
  7. Taurine is added  for healthy heart and eye function.

Sample Giveaway for Natural Balance’s Original Ultra Whole Body Health

If you would like to try a sample of the new Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health for your cat or dog. Beginning today October 20 – December 5th, or while supplies last, you can enter to receive a sample of this new food for your pet.

Pounce here:  Original Ultra Whole Body Health Sample Giveaway

Scroll down the page to the white button.  There is also a button on Natural Balance’s Facebook page to take you to their site to claim your sample.  You can choose either a cat or dog sample to be mailed to your home.  Only one per household. USA only.

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Cats, Pumpkins and a Golden Leaf http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cats-pumpkins-and-a-golden-leaf/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cats-pumpkins-and-a-golden-leaf/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:35:07 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13911 Cats, Pumpkins and a Golden Leaf[caption id="attachment_13912" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Eddie waits for Annie to check out the pumpkin.[/caption] October is flying by and it will soon be Halloween.  This year we have been so busy with work we have not taken the time to slow down and enjoy the change of s... Read more..]]> Annie Eddie inspect pumpkins

Eddie waits for Annie to check out the pumpkin.

October is flying by and it will soon be Halloween.  This year we have been so busy with work we have not taken the time to slow down and enjoy the change of seasons.  I had the good fortune to attend the Purina Better With Pets Summit in New York this past week. This amazing event brings leading scientists and pet experts together to showcase how innovations are enhancing relationships between people and pets. This year’s Better With Pets  featured fifteen expert presentations on scientific, nutritional and behavioral innovations to help better understand why our lives are better with pets.

When I returned from my trip, it seemed like the trees around our home had all turned to varying shades of yellow, orange, red and brown. The Ginkgo tree is the last to turn with her fan shape leaves still clinging to their green color.  This reminded me how quickly time passes by and if we aren’t careful we miss out on all the wonder that is happening right around us.

We talk a lot about environmental enrichment and why it is so important for our cats. We know that we need to keep our cats mentally stimulated to be happy and healthy.  Our indoor cats’ desires are much the same as their wildcat cousins so it is up to us to provide them with items that entertain and pique their curiosity. These items don’t need to be fancy or expensive.  They can be as simple as a few pumpkins and a golden Maple leaf.

Annie Eddie nibble pumpkin

Eddie sniffs the pumpkin after he sees Annie is alright.

Because I realized it was late October already, I decided to decorate our table with a few beautiful orange pumpkins.  We have many other wonderful Halloween decorations. My favorite is a set of three Nelson McCoy black cats and an Owl lantern that our great Aunt Louise gave us when we were children.  But with young curious cats in the house, we limited our decorations  and the simplicity of the three orange pumpkins is quite beautiful really.

Annie is always the first to check out anything new that enters the house. It didn’t take her long to leap up onto the table to sniff the pumpkins.  Eddie is always more reserved and waits to see if Annie signals him that it is safe to proceed.  Mercy makes a great supervisor and as you can see is so handsome we don’t need to place the ceramic black cats on the mantle.

Mercy Pumpkin

Mercy supervises the activity.

The next morning when I went out to get the newspaper, I found a big beautiful Maple leaf.  I remembered how afraid Gracey would get when these big leaves would rustle across the porch outside our office. I would bring a few leaves in for her to see that they really aren’t so scary after all.

Annie Eddie maple leaf

Annie and Eddie inspect the Maple leaf

I picked up the leaf and brought it back inside with me.  The sun had just started to shine in through the kitchen window when I presented the leaf to Annie and Eddie.  Once again, Annie sniffs the leaf first while Eddie waits to make sure it is safe. And then we all had a lot of fun dancing with the Maple leaf.

Eddie Annie dancing with leaf

Dancing with the Maple leaf

We hope you take the time to enjoy the Fall and remember to find  joy in the simplest of things.

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3 Steps to Keep Your Cat Healthy and Happy #GetHealthyHappy http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/3-steps-to-keep-your-cat-healthy-and-happy-gethealthyhappy/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/3-steps-to-keep-your-cat-healthy-and-happy-gethealthyhappy/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:00:45 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13868 3 Steps to Keep Your Cat Healthy and Happy #GetHealthyHappy  Our Cats Depend on Us Our cats depend on us.  It is our responsibility to make the best possible decisions to keep them healthy and happy. By following three simple steps you can do your part to help your cat live their best life.  Annual veterinary checkups,... Read more..]]> Annie Eddie Kissing

Our Cats Depend on Us

Our cats depend on us.  It is our responsibility to make the best possible decisions to keep them healthy and happy. By following three simple steps you can do your part to help your cat live their best life.  Annual veterinary checkups, nutrition and the little extras like play, treats and grooming all help keep your cat living their best life.

3 Steps to Keep Your Cat Healthy and Happy

Annual Vet Visits

hills cross symbolRegular checkups with your veterinarian helps your cat stay healthy.  These visits allow your vet to get to know your cat making it easier to detect changes in their health and behavior.  Remember your cat not visiting their veterinarian for a year is like you not seeing your doctor for five years.  These regular checkups enable your veterinarian to find conditions before they become serious. To learn more about the importance of annual vet visits, read our post Keep Your Cat Healthy and Happy  about Annie and Eddie’s one year checkup.

Mealtime

hills dish symbolSolid nutrition is one of the simplest and best ways for cat parents to keep their cats healthy and happy.  But choosing the right food can be confusing.  Start by learning your pet’s health needs, evaluate the options and discuss with your veterinarian.

To learn more read our post Helping Your Cats Live Their Best Lives

Little Extras

hills heart symbolStudies have shown that your cat’s well being is directly related to environmental enrichment.  Your little cat has all the instinct and behavior of the big cats hard-wired into them.  It is up to you to provide a home with the little extras  your cat needs to be healthy and happy.  Play time, exercise, grooming and treats all provide both the mental stimulation and fulfillment to help your cat not only stay healthy but form a closer bond with you.

Treats are a favorite little extra for cats.  Treats also help during positive reinforcement training with your cat. Hill’s has several cat treats that have balanced nutrition so you can feel confident giving these treats to your cat.  To learn more about the little extra things we do for Annie, Eddie and Mercy read our post The Little Things Can Mean the Most

hills healthier pets image with annie and eddieOur cats enrich our lives bringing joy and comfort that is impossible to measure.  Our love for our cats as family members makes us want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help them live happy and healthy for as long as possible.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Healthier Pets. Happier Lives.™, 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

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Cats are Tickled Pink Over Nip Cancer Tickle Pickle Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cats-are-tickled-pink-over-nip-cancer-tickle-pickle-giveaway/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cats-are-tickled-pink-over-nip-cancer-tickle-pickle-giveaway/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:00:13 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13879 Cats are Tickled Pink Over Nip Cancer Tickle Pickle Giveaway NIP CANCER! Read more..]]> Pink Tickle Pickle

NIP CANCER!

Nip cancer image

Our friends at Tipsy Nip have partnered with the Riedel & Cody Fund to launch NIP CANCER!  This is a fundraising effort to raise awareness and money for animals living with cancer.

Over 12 million companion animals are diagnosed with cancer every year. The Riedel & Cody Fund is a public 501(c)3 charity who provides support for people whose beloved pets are suffering with cancer. The fund was created in memory of Riedel, a Bermese Mountain Dog and Cody, a Rottweiler, who waged their own heroic battles against cancer.

The core of their mission is funding for cancer treatment. Requests come in from around the country and the Fund’s administrative staff reviews and communicates with each applicant and their veterinarian for a comprehensive review of the financial need and medical prognosis of their pet.

Tipsy Nip lost their own sweet Maine Coon, Oliver to cancer in 2013, In Oliver’s case, treatment was not available. But for many animals, there is hope. NIP CANCER! celebrates Oliver’s life and abundant love, helping to raise money for the Reidel & Cody Fund so they can continue to offer hope to so many animals and their people.

NEW! Pink Tickle Pickle

Annie Pink tickle Pickle

Annie wants to NIP CANCER too!

Tipsy Nip created a new signature Pink Tickle Pickle. Pink Tickle Pickle  and will be donating 20% of all sales generated from this new toy to The Reidel & Cody Fund.

The Tickle Pickle is already a favorite here in our house so the fact that the new Pink Tickle Pickle is also going to help animals living with cancer makes it even better.

We got so excited we decided to host a giveaway of the new Pink Tickle Pickle!

The Giveaway

One friend of The Tiniest Tiger will win the new Pink Tickle Pickle from our friends at TipsyNip!  Just like the original Tickle Pickle, this new pink NIP CANCER! Tickle Pickle is stuffed with 100% catnip—no fillers whatsoever. The eye-crossing, potent nip is also 100% organic.

If you can’t wait to see if you win and would like to order  your own Pink Tickle Pickle from TipsyNip, here is the link:  Order Pink Tickle Pickle Here

How to Enter

Enter your information in the contest widget so we know where to ship your prize if you win. Tell us in a comment below why you would like to NIP CANCER!

The comment below this post is important. If your name is drawn and you didn’t leave a comment, another winner will be chosen.

This giveaway is open to everyone!!

 

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Cat Lovers At The Grocery Store. http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cat-lovers-at-the-grocery-store/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cat-lovers-at-the-grocery-store/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:59:51 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13872 Cat Lovers At The Grocery Store. Last week I had the good fortune to travel to Knoxville to visit PetSafe and learn about their company and products coming to market for our pets.  Our group was also given a special tour of The University of Te... Read more..]]> Annie watching birds like Gracey

Last week I had the good fortune to travel to Knoxville to visit PetSafe and learn about their company and products coming to market for our pets.  Our group was also given a special tour of The University of Tennessee’s Veterinary Medical Center. This amazing facility offers services for not only companion animals but also has an Avian & Exotics Hospital, a Farm Animal Hospital, an Equine Hospital and the John and Ann Tickle Small Animal Hospital.

A tiger from a  nearby  sanctuary was having surgery while one of her caretakers stood vigil. The worry was written all over her face and we felt the relief wash over her when the surgeon signaled the tiger was going to be alright. We also met a few horses and a calf  being cared for by the capable and loving hands of the medical team.

I had an early flight Saturday morning enabling me to be well on my way home before noon. On the drive from the airport I decided to stop by a favorite store to load up on bird feed and peanuts for Bossy Backyard Blue Jay.

Bossy Backyard Blue Jay

Bossy Backyard Blue Jay

I found everything I needed and also a couple of toys and treats for Annie, Eddie and Mercy.  I purchased a couple of treats for Paul and his mom too, but from the bakery department, not the cat treat section.

Upon leaving the store I walked out beside a man with a shopping cart loaded down with four large tubs of  cat litter and lots of  cat food. The cart was so heavy he was leaning forward using his whole body weight to move the cart forward. I couldn’t help but watch him.

When he saw me looking at his cart, I smiled and said hello.  He nodded back. Then he stopped, stood up straight  and said to me with what I am pretty sure was a  Russian accent “I only have one cat. I am not, how you say, one of those crazy cat people.  I just don’t have time to go to the store very often.”

His need to justify his cat food and litter purchase to me made me laugh.  I mean after all, my own cart was just as loaded down with bird feed.  I said back “One cat you say?”

“Yes, just one cat.” he replied.

“You aren’t keeping a Siberian tiger are you?”

He stopped in his tracks, tilted his head puzzled by my remark.  Then  burst into laughter saying “No, no , no just one little house cat with the heart of a tiger.”

“Lucky cat.” I said.

“Lucky me.” He answered.

“Indeed.” I said.

“You must be caring for a lot of birds?”

“Well, we have a lot of birds in our backyard and our cats like to watch them from the sun room.”

“So, you are lucky too.”

“Yes, I am.”

We nodded, loaded our vehicles and drove away.

 

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The Little Things Can Mean the Most #gethealthyhappy Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/the-little-things-can-mean-the-most-gethealthyhappy-giveaway/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/the-little-things-can-mean-the-most-gethealthyhappy-giveaway/#comments Fri, 03 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13626 The Little Things Can Mean the Most #gethealthyhappy Giveaway Sometimes it is the little things that mean the most in our daily lives.  For cats this certainly seems true. No matter how many cat toys your cats have available to play with, set out a cardboard box and the box quickly becomes their favorite thing.  I confess that in my office a... Read more..]]> Annie and Eddie in a box

Sometimes it is the little things that mean the most in our daily lives.  For cats this certainly seems true. No matter how many cat toys your cats have available to play with, set out a cardboard box and the box quickly becomes their favorite thing.  I confess that in my office at this moment, there is a cardboard box and a fairly good amount of brown paper creatively placed on the floor.  All three cats love to create their own sculptures with the brown paper.  When I am working and I hear the crinkle, crinkle, crinkle of the brown paper, it makes me smile.  It is the little things that make up the best part of your days.

Annie brown paper wrapping

Annie sculpting with brown paper

Nutrition and Checkups are the Foundation for Healthy Cats.

We know that good nutrition and regular visits to the veterinarian lay the foundation for your cat’s physical health but their mental well-being is just as important.  Studies show that many of the chronic health problems of domestic cats are directly or indirectly related to not only nutritional choices but on the lifestyle changes we force upon our cats. Environmental enrichment ensures that your house cat will get the mental stimulation they need for a healthy happy life.

Annie Playing with Catit

Annie and Eddie playing

Environmental Enrichment Keeps Your House Cat Happy.

You can strengthen the bond with your cat by interacting with  them  through play and exercise, grooming and giving treats. We play with Annie, Eddie and Mercy each night after dinner.  Lately we have been teaching Annie to jump through a hoop.  We just hold the hoop out and say, “Annie, jump!” and she gets so excited she leaps through the hoop and then dances for a treat.  Mercy and Eddie have been observing but not showing much interest in jumping through hoops for us but they still want their treats.  But yesterday, Eddie hopped up on a stool and when I said, “Eddie, Jump!”, he soared through the hoop to the other stool.  We all cheered his accomplishment.  We also like to play with wand toys and get all three cats to run through the house.  This type of play gets out all of the cats extra energy so they are more willing to settle down for the night and let us get some sleep.

One way to keep your cats from becoming bored with their toys is to rotate them.  Don’t put all their toys out at once but just give them one or two and switch them out regularly to keep the novelty factor of the toys. Eddie loves his little lion and his now tattered mouse that rattles.

 

Annie grooming comfort zone

Annie and Eddie grooming

We also spend time brushing the cats, checking their ears and trimming their claws.  Annie is the best at sitting patiently while she gets checked over.  Eddie takes the second place and Mercy I am afraid is in last place for willingness to be helped grooming. Annie also gets her teeth brushed and to our surprise, she tolerates it quite well.

 hills healthier pets image with annie and eddie

The Little Extras Bundle Giveaway

To celebrate the little extra things that make life special, We are giving away a Hill’s bundle of goodies you can enjoy sharing with your cat or dog. Two members of The Tiniest Tiger community will win Hill’s Little Extras Bundles to share with their cat or dog.

The CAT Little Extra Bundle will include: 

  • a laser pointer toy
  • a stainless steel cat bowl
  • eight micro cans of Hill’s Science Diet Grain Free entrees
  • a Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag

The Dog Little Extra Bundle will include:

  • a stainless steel dog bowl
  • a bag of Hill’s Science Diet Dental Chews
  • a bag of Hill’s Science Diet dog treats
  • a Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag

 How to Enter

Enter your information in the contest widget so we know where to ship your prize if you win. Tell us in a comment below if you would like the dog or cat Little Extras Bundle.

The comment below this post is important. If your name is drawn and you didn’t leave a comment, another winner will be chosen.

 

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Healthier Pets. Happier Lives.™, 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

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How Will You Know Your Cat is in Pain? #ProTips http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/09/how-will-you-know-your-cat-is-in-pain-protips/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/09/how-will-you-know-your-cat-is-in-pain-protips/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:57:35 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13841 How Will You Know Your Cat is in Pain?   #ProTips This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish. All thoug... Read more..]]> Eddie close up

This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish. All thoughts and opinions are our own. As always, thank you for reading and supporting our sponsors.

 Cat’s Don’t Show Pain As Other Species Do

Your cat is unique for many reasons, their distinct personality, their ability to make you laugh and their ability to comfort you when you are blue. Your cat seems to know when you aren’t feeling well  and might even choose to curl up beside you helping nurse you back to good health. But what about when your cat isn’t feeling well? How will you know your cat is experiencing pain?

Cats do not show outward signs of illness or injury, often times until the condition has progressed to a more serious stage.  Cats do not show pain as other species do.  Even though your house cat lives indoors and might even be living a life of luxury, they are still essentially the same psychologically and physiologically as their wildcat ancestors.  Living indoors has changed the cat very little from being a cat that thinks both as predator and prey.  Your cat knows that showing signs of weakness could put their life in jeopardy.  How, then will you be able to determine if your cat is suffering and needs help?

Annie and Eddie in Sun on CPT

Be Familiar With Your Cat’s Healthy Behavior

The first step is to observe your cat to become familiar with their healthy behavior.  If you are like me, you probably already spend quite a bit of time watching your cat  as they interact with you around the house. But begin to be fully aware of your cat’s behavior.  You might even write down and date a few notes in a small journal type notebook. Then, if you notice a change in your cat’s behavior,  take  your notebook with you to the veterinarians office to help the doctor understand what might be happening with your cat.

What To  Observe in Your Cat’s Healthy Behaviors

  • Food and Water-  House cats typically eat small meals and drink water throughout the day.  Try to notice how often and when your cat is eating and drinking.
  • Litterbox – As a general rule, cats use the litterbox two to four times per day.  Take notice of your cat’s litterbox routine.
  • Sleep-  Your cat might have a sleep rotation schedule.  Observe where and when your cat likes to sleep. Does your cat sleep with you or alone?
  • Activity-   Does your cat jump, climb, like to perch in high places? Is your cat confidently moving through your home, tail up and curled on the end?
  • Companionship-   How often does  your cat interact with you? Several times per day? Short frequent visits or longer sessions by your side?
  • Grooming- Your cat will groom two-three times per day.  A healthy cat typically stays clean and tidy.
  • Vocalizing-  Is your cat chatty or the shy quiet type?  Big purrs or quiet gentle purring.  Become familiar with your cats voice and what is normal for them.
  • Weight- Weight loss or gain is an indicator of your cat’s health. Because your cat is a small animal, a ten percent change either way is significant. Get a weight on your cat.  You can do this by first weighing yourself and then stepping back on the scale holding your cat. You can also look at a cat body conditioning chart to see if your cat is overweight, underweight or just right.  Another idea is to take a photo of your cat, date it and place in your cat’s health journal.  Then compare your cat to the photo to look for any changes.

DIY Eddie and Annie cat garden

Cat Behavior Changes Associated With Pain

When you have established your cat’s healthy behavior,  any change to their behavior will be more obvious to your trained eye. When you notice any of these behavior changes take your cat to see their veterinarians right away.

  • Food and Water-  Any noticeable decrease or increase in food or water consumed.
  • Litterbox- Any increase or decrease in volume of stool or urine and any sign that your cat is having difficulty getting in and out of the box.  Any vocalization during elimination can be an indication of pain.  Going outside the litterbox,
  • Sleep- Is your cat restless? Sleeping less or seems unable to get comfortable?
  • Activity- Is your cat reluctant to jump, climb or play?  Or are they more active than usual?
  • Companionship-  Is your cat hiding or withdrawn or more clingy than usual? If you have a multiple cat home, is your cat showing aggression towards the other cat or you?  Does your cat just seem in a bad mood?
  • Grooming-   Has your cat stopped grooming or started to over-groom in a certain area?
  • Vocalizing-  An increase in purring?  Cats will purr in an attempt to comfort themselves. Purring is not always a sign that all is well with your kitty. Has your cat stopped asking for food or treats?  Has your cat begun to cry out during the night or day?
  • Weight-  Weight loss or gain is an indication that something is happening with your cat’s health so any noticeable change will mean your cat needs a medical checkup.

Know Your Cat And Take Action

Annie and Eddie ready to go home from vet

All better now. Ready to go home.

You know your cat best. Even if you just have a gut feeling something is not quite right take your cat to see their veterinarian.  Towards the end of Gracey’s life, I noticed she was reluctant to sit down.  She stood still, and then would sit down in what seemed like slow motion.  She was still jumping up onto the sofa and bed but seemed uncomfortable sitting down.  I knew this was not a good sign and we took her to see her doctors.

Eddie had issues with his teeth.  Even though he was eating and drinking water, I sensed a sadness in his eyes. I knew something wasn’t quite right.  He would play with Annie but he wouldn’t run with the same enthusiasm.  After having his teeth pulled, he is much more playful and affectionate.  Now Eddie can be heard racing all around the house, up and down the stairs during his midnight runs.  And he has a sparkle in his eyes that makes us smile from ear to ear.

 

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Why Critical Thinking Matters #PetBloggerMonth http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/09/why-critical-thinking-matters-petbloggermonth/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/09/why-critical-thinking-matters-petbloggermonth/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:07:13 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13706 Why Critical Thinking Matters #PetBloggerMonth   Today we are all connected through technology as a resource for daily life. We are bombarded nearly every moment of every day with updates, images, videos, texts, email, tweets. I don't think I am alone in believing there might be too much information vying for our... Read more..]]> opinion image

 

Today we are all connected through technology as a resource for daily life. We are bombarded nearly every moment of every day with updates, images, videos, texts, email, tweets. I don’t think I am alone in believing there might be too much information vying for our attention, but I might be alone, I just don’t know. My opinion is anecdotal; based on my personal experience not on facts or research.

I acknowledge my own assumptions from personal experience, may have led me to believe we are experiencing information overload. Self-awareness is important. We as individuals should recognize our point of view is influenced by our own biases and motives. I realized how much time being “connected” steals from being present in the first few days of field studies working towards my master of zoology degree.

We were unplugged in the desert and on the Sea of Cortez. The first few days without our phones made us realize how addicted we all were to checking them. Then, after those first few days, we began to be present in the moment, enjoyed conversations face to face, kept hand-written journals, and were permitted time for reflection. And we felt better. Reflection is crucial.

Every time I returned from the field, I experienced a type of re-entry shock when I reconnected.  The continuous flow of information in my news-feed felt like an avalanche of information.  Some of the information seemed fueled by the need for speed  mindset of being first to post with a click-bait title.  No time to gather facts or research, just writing to get something posted.  Because of this, critical thinking skills are needed to decipher the deluge of information available to us.

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

John F. Kennedy.

Over the past few years, I have been to many social media conferences where there are discussions, both formal and informal, about the influence of a blogger. There are many different types of blog posts, some just for fun, some are sponsored posts and some  are considered opinion posts.  There are varying degrees of opinion posts as well and sometimes I read blog posts where a blogger voices a dissenting opinion on a complex topic that is grounded in scientific fact and puts forth their own anecdotal experiences as fact, and offers a different solution.  Isn’t this reckless?

 “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not to their own facts.”

Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Science uses established predictions, recorded results and peer review to make sure the researchers are not fooling themselves. Adapting your answers to new evidence will shepherd discovery and progress. Adapting your evidence to fit your answers leads to snake-oil science.

Recently there have been outbreaks of whooping cough and measles in California, thanks to the anti-vaxxers spreading unfounded warnings of risks of vaccinating children.  I bet most parents in South Sudan would be more than happy to take those readily available vaccines for their children.  That is just my opinion, not based on fact. I haven’t spoken to any parents in South Sudan.

Before we had science, alternative medicine was the only choice and it was based on testimonials and beliefs. Even today, for many people, belief is enough, and they scoff at the rigor of science. Unfortunately tigers and rhinos are being pushed towards extinction for their body parts due to the perpetuation of  baseless beliefs that they contain “magical” healing powers. Without a bit of evidence this belief persist to the detriment of the animals.

I have read that a cat’s purr frequency might help to heal broken bones. Good to know, but if I or someone in my family breaks a bone, we will first see an orthopedic doctor and then invite Annie, Eddie and Mercy to purr as part of the healing process.

In his book Snake Oil Science: The Truth About Complementary and Alternative Medicine,  R. Barker Bausell  points out that penicillin cures pneumonia even if the patient is in a coma. Penicillin works by well-understood scientific principles. Alternative medicine seems to only work for pain and other subjective symptoms if the patient is awake and thinks they are being treated due to the placebo response. The fact that pain relief follows treatment doesn’t necessarily mean that the treatment caused the pain relief. If alternative treatment worked as well as penicillin, prior plausibility wouldn’t matter. Scientists would accept the treatment and worry about how it worked later.

Bausell goes on to explain how patients, doctors and researchers are all likely to fool themselves and that is why the most rigorous scientific method is needed to keep us from reaching false conclusions. This is just one of the challenges to correct thinking that plague our human brains. This is why critical thinking matters. It is not 100% accurate but it works better than just continuing down the path of testimonials and beliefs.

When Did Science Become the Enemy?

According to Seth Shostak from the SETI Institute the overwhelming majority of  people just have other interests, and among those are the antics of the rich and famous, even the famous for no reason seem to take precedent over scientific discovery.  Shostak explains that Americans are hard to beat when it comes to the anti-science bias. “Scientists are portrayed in the movies as short, ugly bald guys with social grace and sex appeal on a par with Ben the rodent.” He explains that since WWII, the public’s perception of science has been influenced by the destruction potential of some products ranging from Nazi scientists to the development of atomic power.   Shostak states that, “Today, the public’s reaction is the same, this stuff could be dangerous, and besides I don’t understand it so I’ll boost my self-esteem by putting you down because you do.”

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 “It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’  But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.”  Murray Rothbard

In this age of information, if we want to effectively share our opinions on a complex topic with others,  shouldn’t we be educated about the topics we are discussing?   Presenting an informed, educated opinion is much more effective than sharing one based on emotion or personal experience alone.  If a blogger decides to go down that road and base their opinions solely on personal experience, shouldn’t they put a disclosure in their post stating the information in the post is strictly anecdotal and not fact based? And isn’t this especially true  if the blogger is making recommendations based on their own beliefs and experiences over scientific facts?  Does it matter?

What do you think?

 

Here are my disclosures:

This post was not written with anyone in mind.  This is a topic that keeps bouncing around  social media conferences.  I thought it might be an interesting topic for Pet Blogger Month.  Just my opinion.

This post is sponsored by BlogPaws. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Pet Blogger Month but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. BlogPaws is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Cats and Fall. Two of My Favorite Things http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/09/cats-and-fall-two-of-my-favorite-things/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/09/cats-and-fall-two-of-my-favorite-things/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:31:12 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13749 Cats and Fall.  Two of My Favorite Things Fall Feels Like a New Beginning Fall is one of my favorite times of the year because it still feels like a new beginning. There is a chill in the morning air, Pumpkin Spice Latte is back and fall semester has begun at Miami University.  I like grabbing a hot cup of... Read more..]]> Annie sitting pretty

Fall Feels Like a New Beginning

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year because it still feels like a new beginning. There is a chill in the morning air, Pumpkin Spice Latte is back and fall semester has begun at Miami University.  I like grabbing a hot cup of coffee, logging in and reading the students’ portfolio of work.  So many great projects and ideas, photos and conversations about their summer expeditions. I learn every day and feel inspired by their work.  I am lucky and grateful to be part of the Global Field Program at Miami.

Another perk of teaching in the program is being able to log into the university library.  No, it doesn’t smell the same as being in the actual library, but for me, being able to get lost looking through all the recently published articles is a great way to relieve stress. And Annie seems to love looking through the library too.  She sits beside me on my desk and watches the screen.  I am almost certain she is only following the cursor, but I tell you, she sure is good company.

This past year has been a difficult one. As you know losing Gracey was a major heartbreak for us.  When we passed the one year anniversary, I felt like I should start to feel better, and I do, but there are still so many reminders of our little girl. I realize how many projects  just didn’t get completed. There have been a couple other things preoccupying our time but it looks like things will soon sort themselves out.

 

Eddie sitting handsome

Eddie and His Little Lion

When I posted this photo of Eddie on our facebook page, Wendi commented that she loved how Eddie always looks like he’s about to say something.  This really made me laugh because he really does, doesn’t he?  Eddie is such a sweet little boy.  He is so quiet except when he is looking for Annie. He calls for her with the highest pitch little cry.  Eddie’s favorite toy is a  little stuffed lion and he carries it with him from room to room all day. He places the lion by his food bowl for safekeeping when he is in the sun room. And at night he brings his tattered little mouse toy to join the lion for the night.

Eddie and his little lion

Update: Just today, Eddie took his little lion with him into the sun room.  I love the look on his face.  He is seriously guarding his little lion.

Eddie is also a bit of a bed hog.  He stretches out as long as possible.  I really don’t know how he does it.  He looks at least twice as long as he should be.  Annie and Eddie still curl up together for the night but not before they wrestle and race around the house.

Mercy sitting handsome

Mercy is Such a Gentle Cat

Mercy is such a gentle cat.  He is just perfect really.  Sometimes when I see him with Paul’s mom it almost makes me cry.  She loves him so much and he loves her right back.  Here is one of our favorite photos of the two of them.

Tootie and Mercy

Yesterday I heard her talking to Mercy in the sun room and it melted my heart.

Eddie keeps Paul’s mom company while she eats her breakfast.  He sits on the stool beside her.  Perhaps he thinks he will be served an egg too, but it hasn’t happened yet.  Maybe one day.

“Nobody is Sweeter Than Annie”

In the early hours of the morning, Annie comes up to snuggle with me. She kneads and purrs and I pet her from head to the tip of her tail.  I did this with Gracey too.  I think Annie knows when I need her the most and she comes to my rescue.  She then curls up in a tight little ball in the crook of my neck with her little pink nose on my cheek.  And I think about how Donna from Grayson County Humane Society said, “Nobody is sweeter than Annie” and she was right, well maybe it is a three way tie.

Annie with Gracey in the background

Fall is a New Beginning

Since Fall still feels like a new beginning, I decided to take a deep breath, forgive myself for not completing all the things I started  and pick them back up now. Gracey is forever in our hearts and I see her sometimes when I look at Annie.  And that is alright.  It makes me smile.

Thank you for taking this journey with us.

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