The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community Caring about Cats, Big and Small Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:22:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eddie’s Love Heart Necklace Giveaway Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:22:55 +0000 Eddie with Love Heart Necklace

Eddie Has a Heart on His Leg

Our cat Eddie has a little heart on his back leg.  When he is running, chasing and playing, we  see the little heart shape in his fur and it melts our own hearts.  Eddie is a sweet cat.  I know I say this all the time but he seems to be getting sweeter every day!

Eddie wheres his heart on his leg



Love Heart Necklace

When we saw the Love Heart Necklace, we thought about the little heart that Eddie wears on his leg.  The Love Heart Necklace  is made from 925 sterling silver and the heart is shining with AAA cubic zircon.  the Love measures just under one inch in width and 1/2 inch high.  The sparkly heart is  just under 1/2 inch wide and 1/2 inch high.  Not too small but not too big.  This necklace is much prettier than the photo shows.

Love Heart Necklace Valentine


The Triple T Studios Love Heart Necklace Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger Community will win the Triple T Studios Love Heart Necklace.

If you can’t wait you can learn more about this pretty necklace  here: 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: Do you plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your cat?

This giveaway is open to everyone.

The Rules:
Void where prohibited.

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Mr. McTeague and His Cats Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:36:52 +0000 Mr McTeague with landscape

I would see Mr. McTeague in our local grocery store stocking up on Fancy Feast and Tidy Cats. Almost every time I was in the store, he would be there too and this was especially true before a big snow storm.

He would tell me  he was sent to the store to get provisions for the cats, but that there wasn’t much on the list to get him through the storm.  Then he would say, I wouldn’t laugh if I were you because it looks like you are in the same boat, nodding at my basket full of cat food and litter. It didn’t matter how many times we had this  conversation, it made us laugh, and it was understood nobody really forced us to brave the elements to make sure our small family members were taken care of just in case we were home bound for a few days.

Sometimes our timing would be off a bit and one of us would be at the register already lining up the little cans and a couple of jugs of litter on the conveyor belt.  We always took the time to exchange a few words about our cats and how they have it better than we do.

Mr. McTeague has a great sense of humor and that Irish twinkle in his eye.  You can’t help but like him and smile every time you see him.  I remember filing into our church pews at St. Rose back when we were all wearing pretty dresses and hats or veils.  Two Irish-American families with four daughters each sitting on the same side of the church; kindred spirits.

I sing in the church choir and Mr. McTeague still sits with his daughter Barb most Sundays in about the same pew as they did when we were young. Every Sunday he shares some candy with the children of the family sitting in front of him.  You can see their faces light up when he talks to them, the parents as much as the kids.

When I saw him in the grocery store after his wife passed away, he said, “Well, I guess I can’t blame my wife for sending me out into the cold to load up on Fancy Feast. I might as well admit, those cats have me wrapped around their tails.”  They are good company aren’t they, I offered. And he nodded in agreement.

Mr. McTeague's cats

Mr. McTeague’s Cats, Sissy and Buddie

A while ago, I saw Mr. McTeague in the store and he was trying to decide which cat littler to put in his cart. He said, these jugs seem to be getting heavier don’t they? And I said, yes, they sure do.

When I was in New York at the Better With Pets Summit, I told  Lorie with Tidy Cats about Mr. McTeague and how the lightweight formula might help him take care of his cats.  Lorie arranged to send not only Tidy Cats and Fancy Feast Coupons but she also sent Sissy and Buddie a new bed and a few toys too.  That was so nice. Cat people are the best, aren’t they?  Kindred spirits.


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Valentine Gift Box Giveaway Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:44:05 +0000 Triple T Studios Valentine Gift Box

We selected a few purr-fect items to create a Valentine’s Gift sure to make any cat lover purr. The curated items come in a shiny red mailer box with heart tissue paper.  A  pretty cat card that can be personalized is also included. If purchased separately, the items would cost nearly $80 but bundled together the Valentine Gift Box is $49.Annie in Valentines Gift Box

Annie was quite interested in the Valentine Gift Box.  Mostly in the I Love Black Cats Shaker Toy and the red box.   Although she made taking photos of the gift box a bit more challenging, I couldn’t resist her sweet face. Here is a written description of what comes in the gift box.

The Valentine Gift Box:

Valentine Gift Box

The Love Heart Necklace – Perhaps the purr-fect Valentine’s Day gift is the Love Heart Necklace we just added to our Limited Seasonal Collection.  The necklace is made from 925 sterling silver and the heart is shining with AAA cubic zircon.  This necklace is much prettier than the photo shows.

Cat’s Meow Watch-Red – The watch face features cat ears and a heart-shaped nose with whiskers and one of our favorite sounds in the world…Meow!

Crystal Cat Earrings  –  These playful Crystal Cat Earrings feature 925 silver cat ears and whiskers. These pretty earrings are purr-fect for any occasion. You can dress up or dress in denim and these cute cat earrings will add just the right shine.

Heart Print Scarf – This beautiful heart  print scarf is made from the same light weight chiffon that you love in our Cat Print Scarf.  The subtle heart design is fresh and flirty.

I Love Black Cats Shaker Cat Toy – The shaker toy is filled with organic catnip, grown in Bend, Oregon and a special rattle that makes an enticing noise when your cat bats the shaker across the floor or tosses it in the air

Annie sleeping in Valentine gift box

Please note:  Annie is not included with the Valentine Gift Box.

The Triple T Studios Valentine Gift Box Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger Community will win the Triple T Studios Valentine Gift Box.

If you can’t wait you can learn more about the Valentine Gift Box pounce here: 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 is your favorite item in the Valentine Gift Box?

This giveaway is open to everyone.

The Rules:
Void where prohibited.

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12 Reasons To Ditch Dating and Adopt a Pet! #RelationshipGoals Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:42:09 +0000 Julie and Ken with Zephyr

Photo courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and for many it brings with it not only a frenzy of flowers, hearts, cupids and candy, but the stress of failed relationships, loneliness and extra calories!  According to bestselling author Hellen Chen, more than 85 percent of dating relationships end in a break-up and sadly, nearly a third of marriages end in divorce.

This is why Best Friends Animal Society is suggesting to set realistic #Relationship Goals this year. You are more likely to find true love at your local animal shelter than at your local bar or dating website. According to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study, about 81 percent of people on dating sites and apps lie about height, weight or age in their profiles.  See….cats don’t to that.  What you see is what you get!

Best Friends Personality quiz

This Valentine’s Day, Best Friends Animal Society and Hallmark Channel have teamed up to help you find “The One!” From February 1 through 15, find your special Valentine through Best Friends’ “The One” adoption special, and take home your true love for only $14. Ready to find your purr-fect match? Take “The One” Purrsonality Quiz

Instead of a dozen roses Best Friends gives you 12 reasons to ditch dating and adopt a pet!

Best Friends Animal Society

Photo courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society

12 Reasons To Ditch Dating and Adopt a Pet

1.     Hanging with a pet will give pleasant new meaning to “Netflix and chill.”

2.     Your pet’s lasting love will make you never fear being “ghosted” again.

3.     Adopting a pet will help you overcome that fear of commitment.

4.     You’ll always have someone there to kiss you good morning, even before you brush your teeth.

5.     Walking a cat on a harness and leash is a guaranteed attention-getter.

6.     Chances are your pet will love to spoon and snuggle as much as you do, if not more.

7.     Your new canine companion will give you a valid reason to hang out and meet people at the dog park.

8.     More than 63 percent of people consider pets to be members of the family (according to the AVMA). So no matter what the configuration of a family unit, pets are a perfect source of love and companionship.

9.     If you’re not finding true love on Tinder, adopting a pet may be your answer.

10.  A pet will help you get accustomed to 24/7 adoration and unconditional love.

11.  An adopted pet can help you become less self-centered, as you learn to put another’s needs before your own.

12.  If you’re looking for love, but are freaked out by forever, check with a local shelter or rescue to find out about fostering.

Finding “The One” for Valentine’s Day

Check out this fun video for further reasons to ditch dating and adopt a pet to find true love.

We are proud to be ambassadors of Best Friends Animal Society.  We only post what we think will be of interest to our readers and all opinions are our own.

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Hidden Population of African Lions Found in Remote Ethiopia Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:00:04 +0000 African lioness with cub

Photo by ajiber

The Lion Roars in Alatash National Park

Alatash National Park is located in a remote part of north-west Ethiopia. The park was named after the daughter of Emperor Tewodros, Alatash, which means “be always with me”. Established 10 years ago, primarily to protect the habitat from desertification, a sort of green belt attempting to stop the Sahara. Alatash National Park (ANP) has never been visited by tourists. The tourism potential is quite low due to the remoteness, climate, insecurity and the unlikely chance of observing flagship species of wildlife.

Wildlife is not abundant, most likely due to lack of available drinking water. Visibility is low due to the vegetation. Park staff reported seeing warthogs and sometimes greater Kudu. Lions are rarely observed but are often heard across the park, along with hyenas along the border of the park near villages.

The University of Oxford’s Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) set off on an expedition in an attempt to determine if in fact, lions are present in Ethiopia. With the use of camera traps, the team’s goal was to prove the presence of lions in Alatash National Park.

Tracks and Camera Traps Prove Lion Presence

Upon their arrival, the chief warden confirmed the presence of lions in ANP, but no one had been able to capture an image. The warden informed the team that lions are heard nearly every night suggesting that they are resident there.

lion cub paws

Lion cub paw prints This image is from Kenya, not Ethiopia

On the first day, the team, led by Hans Bauer observed the first proof of lion presence by finding a lion print in a dry river bed. “While I was walking to find some trees to put the camera on, I already saw some footprints,” says Bauer. “That was the eureka moment when I was sure that there really are lions.”

During the night, the team’s camera trap took  pictures of different animals including lions while the team heard the roars of at least one lion.  On the second day, the camera traps did not capture any new species, but various lion tracks were found in the sand.

Alatash National Park lion

Photo courtesy of Mission Report 22-29 November 2015, Alatash National Park, Ethiopis

Posting a New Lion Population

The objective of the rapid survey was to establish the presence of lions, and based on the findings, the team can speculate on the abundance of lions in the region. Considering the relative ease with which the lion signs were observed, it is likely that lions are present throughout Ethiopia’s Alatash National Park and the much larger adjacent Dinder National Park in Sudan. Due to limited surface water and low prey densities, the lion densities are likely to be low as well. The team conservatively assumes a density in the range of 1-2 lions per 100 square kilometers. On a total surface area of about 10,000 square kilometers, this would mean a population of 100-200 lions for the entire ecosystem, of which 27-54 would be in Ethiopia’s national park.

WildCRU discovered proof that lions are in alive and well in the park. “During my professional career I have had to revise the lion distribution map many times,” said Bauer. “I have deleted one population after the other. This is the first and probably the last time that I’m putting a new one up there.”

About 20,000 lions are left in the wild across Africa. Lion populations in west and central Africa are declining, and may halve in 20 years. Bauer thinks the lions of Alatash face fewer threats than many populations.

“The situation is fairly positive,” he says. “I think the fact that the Ethiopian government recently made it a national park is a giant leap forward. Now we have to support them in improving park management, but I think they’re taking it very seriously.”

Good news for the African lion.

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Help Choose The New Handbag Color From the Top Five Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:52:44 +0000 Pantone Final 5 Colors for Summer Handbag 2016

New Handbag in Development

We’ve been busy planning  new  handbags and accessories for 2016.   The new design coming is so exciting we can hardly contain ourselves!  We aren’t quite ready to introduce the new handbag yet,  because we need your help  choosing the color!  We started with the 10 colors in the Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2016 collection.  With your help we have narrowed the colors down to the top 5…well 6 because there was a tie between Rose Quartz and Buttercup for 5th place.

We wanted to narrow down to the top 4 colors but the results were so close we thought we would survey again with the final 5-6.

The Pantone® Fashion Color Report Spring 2016

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”

This is part two of the handbag color survey. 

Pick Your Favorite Spring 2016 Color

In the form below, choose your favorite color from the six colors in the Pantone Fashion Color Report.

In appreciation for your feedback, we will be giving away a new handbag to a survey participant.  If you would like to be entered in the giveaway for the new handbag, enter your email in the form. We do not share your email and it will not be used outside of Triple T Studios.

Pantone Final 5 Colors for Summer Handbag 2016

Please note that the check box is located above the color name!


 Thank you!

New Feature Coming for Triple T Studios Handbags

We are super excited to have developed a new signature element that will make its debut on this new handbag. This design feature will be unique to Triple T Studios and we think you will love it as much as we do.

Thank you for your support of Triple T Studios and for caring about all cats big and small.

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Pledge Your Pure Love For Pets And Enter Giveaway Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:35:25 +0000 PureLoveForPets logo with cats

This post is sponsored by Purina. We are being compensated for helping spread the word about the Pure Love For Pets Giveaway, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is of interest to you.

Pledge Your Pure Love For Your Cat

So I don’t know about you, but I am not sure where January went.  Life seems to get so busy that the days roll into weeks and before we know it, a month is gone.  This past month seemed to vanish!   By the time we finish our To Do list each day, we are worn out, maybe catch a few minutes of down time and  fall asleep.

Annie, just like Gracey, comes to get me in the office when she thinks the work day should end and it is time to play.  Each time she stretches up and taps me on my leg looking at me with her big green eyes, it melts my heart.  Annie reminds me to slow down and spend time with her.  And this year, Paul and I pledged to clear the clutter, not only from our house, but from our schedules so we can spend more time with our family and friends.

Purina Pure Love For Pets. Pledge and Play Giveaway

Purina is giving away a total of $85,000 in prizes during the  Pure Love for Pets giveaway to help you keep your pledge to your pets.  It is super easy to enter. Once you’ve made your Pledge,  visit and type in your contact info so Purina can ship your prize to you if you are a winner.  Pick whether you would like to win a cat or dog prize package.

Once you press the “click to play” button, you will see if you are an instant winner.  If not, there are plenty of chances to try again.  You can play every day through February 17, 2016.

Pure Love for Pets Prizes

Cat Grand Prize Pure Love For Pets

Grand Prize: Deluxe Cat Tower

The grand prize  is a deluxe cat tower!  Our cats love their cat tower and this tower looks like a great place for your cats to hang out doesn’t it?

First Place Cat Prize Packs

Pure Love for Pets First Prize

First place prize packs consist of a cat FURminator™, Kitty Hammock, toys, other cat-related accessories

Pure Love For Dogs Too!

If you share your love with a canine family member, there are prizes for dogs too!

  • The grand prize of a deluxe dog crate/bed
  • A first place prize pack consisting of a collapsible bowl, a FURminator™, a Kong™, a leash and more

Tips To Make and Maintain Your Pet Pledge

While you are on  check out the tips on Pet Pledges you can make and how to keep them throughout the year. Also, be sure to keep an eye out in the January 31st edition of your local Sunday paper for some great Purina coupons!  I saw some coupons not only for cat food but for Tidy Cats too.

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Cat’s Meow Watch Giveaway Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:42:44 +0000 Cat's Meow Watch from Triple T Studios

The New Cat’s Meow Watch

We curated the new Cat’s Meow Watch for  Triple T Studios  because when we saw the heart-shaped nose we thought it was adorable and we thought you might like it too.  The cat watch face features cute cat ears, MEOW and that sweet heart-shaped nose and whiskers.

This cat watch will keep you purring when you check the time.   We chose three colors for the band on the Cat’s Meow Watch: Red, Pink and Classic Black.  These colors are purr-fect and just in time for Valentine’s Day.


Red Cat's Meow WatchPink

Pink Cat's Meow WatchClassic Black

Black Cat's Meow Watch

The cat watch case is made from stainless steel and has quartz movement.  The dial diameter is 1.5″ so this is a larger than average dial.

The watch band is made from synthetic material, not leather, so the band is vegan friendly.  The watch band length is 9.45″ and the width is .75″.

The watch will withstand the typical moisture but is not for swimming or for soaking in sink while doing dishes. The watch is water resistant but not water-proof.

The Cat’s Meow Watch Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger Community will win their color  choice  Cat’s Meow Watch.

If you can’t wait you can learn more about the Cat’s Meow Watch here: 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: Do you wear a watch? And, which color will you choose?

This giveaway is open to everyone.

The Rules:

Void where prohibited by law.

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PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box Giveaway Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:24:10 +0000 PetSafe ScoopFree

The PetSafe ScoopFree® Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box

The ScoopFree®Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box is an innovative, automatic litter box that stays fresh and clean without the hassle. Instead of scooping every day, the litter box does all the work for you! Once the cat uses the litter box, lightly scented crystals absorb waste moisture and trap odor, while the automatic rake sweeps through the box and pushes the waste out of sight. Clean-up is as easy as placing the lid on the disposable tray and throwing it away. The privacy hood gives you the option to provide your cat a secluded bathroom and reduces litter tracking, while the health counter tracks how many times your cat uses the box.

PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Litter Box


  • Self-cleans for weeks with no scooping, cleaning, or refilling
  • Crystal litter absorbs urine and dehydrates waste, making it 5x more effective at reducing odors than clay or clumping litter
  • Covered trap locks away solid waste and odor so you never touch or see smelly waste
  • Completely disposable leak-proof tray with lid for quick, hygienic cleanup
  • Health counter to track cat’s usage
  • Adjustable timer for automatic rake with 3 different timing options
  • Privacy hood reduces litter tracking and odor
  • Health counter tracks how many times your cat uses the box
  • Lab tested for 100,000+ cycles without failure or jamming
  • For cats of any size
  • For indoor use only

The PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger Community will win a PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Litter Box

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: If you have  used an automatic litter box for your cats?

This giveaway is open to USA addresses only due to the product weight.

The Rules:

Void where prohibited by law.

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India’s Project Tiger Endangered By Funding Cuts Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:27:49 +0000 Tiger cub in the grass

Photo by KKulikov

India’s Project Tiger Endangered

India’s Project Tiger, in operation since 1973, has experienced a 30% increase in tiger population- from 1,706 to 2,226 tigers! These tigers represent 70% of the world’s total wild tiger population. The success of Project Tiger, according to Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar, comes from four anti-poaching measures: village relocation, special tiger force, building of new infrastructure and innovative technologies. These measures have been completely funded by the central government, 50% support for recurring activities and 100% support for non-recurring  since the inception of the program to protect the big cats across India.

Yet, last October, the finance minister cut allocations for 16 centrally sponsored activities within Project Tiger for which the environment ministry used to provide 100% funding for non-recurring expenses. Currently, the Centre will provide only 60% of the total non-recurring expenditure.  States and the Centre will continue to share equally the expenses for recurring items.

The Centre decided to reduce its share citing the 14th Finance Commission recommendations which were to increase  financial support to the states from 32% to 42% beginning the financial year 2015-16.  But this has not happened and as a result special protection projects in tiger reserves have come to a halt.

Funding Cuts Bring Projects to a Halt

Tiger with cubs drinking water

Photo by metalmaus

This financial crunch is strangling India’s flagship tiger conservation program, including the important national parks; Corbett in Uttarakhand, Ranthambore in Rajasthan, Bandhavgarh and Kanha in Madhya Pradesh.

Some reserves have stopped setting up special tiger protection forces, others have postponed installing electronic surveillance systems for anti-poaching activities and relocation of villages to create safe areas in a large number of reserves has been indefinitely delayed.

“Less funds means I will have lesser staff on the ground for patrolling and no money to support our anti poaching activities as well as infrastructure. It’s a serious blow to tiger protection,” said Samir Sinha, director of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, which has the highest density of tigers in the country and is prone to poaching because of its proximity to the Indo-Nepal border,a popular tiger poaching route.

Officials in Corbett say the park will see its annual budget reduced by  a third. Similarly in Rajasthan, which has two major tiger reserves at Ranthambore and Sariska, the impact of the Centre’s decision is clear.

Funding Cuts Put Flagship Species At Risk

Map showing Tiger Reserves in India

Map courtesy of Project Tiger

Government officials say the relocation of villages from Rathambore and Sariska would be hit as villagers are demanding packages worth more than Rs 10 lakh due to relocate outside the reserves. Rajasthan forest department officials said the cuts will have an adverse impact on infrastructure and manpower needed for monitoring of tigers and surveillance of the reserves.

Madhya Pradesh with six tiger reserves is at greater risk and has been forced to cut down on frontline staff deployed for protection. Chief wildlife warden of MP, Ravi Shrivastava, refused to comment on the impact the cuts had on the management of tiger reserves. “We will manage somehow,” he said.

Hemendre Kothari, chairman of the Mumbai-based Wildlife Conservation Trust, urged the government to restore the previous funding mechanism from the next financial year, saying the cutback would dent the future of flagship species and could lead to further degradation of forests.


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