The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community http://conservationcubclub.com Caring about Cats, Big and Small Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:55:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nine Tips To Keep Your Cat Safe This Holiday Season http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/nine-tips-to-keep-your-cat-safe-this-holiday-season/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/nine-tips-to-keep-your-cat-safe-this-holiday-season/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:32:35 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14266 Nine Tips To Keep Your Cat Safe This Holiday Season   Our cats are part of our family and we do our best to keep them safe.  During the holidays, we need to take extra precautions to make sure we keep little paws and whiskers from getting into too much mischief that could cause them harm.... Read more..]]> Annie and Eddie santa hats

 

Our cats are part of our family and we do our best to keep them safe.  During the holidays, we need to take extra precautions to make sure we keep little paws and whiskers from getting into too much mischief that could cause them harm.  The holiday season brings decorations, plants and usually a lot of rich food.  Here are nine tips to keep your cat safe this holiday season.

Nine Tips To Keep Your Cat Safe This Holiday Season

1) Holiday Plants

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The Poinsettia is often spoken of to be highly toxic but this flower is actually considered to have a lower toxicity for cats than many other more dangerous plants.  The Amaryllis, Holly, Lily, Mistletoe and the Paperwhite Narcissus  are common holiday plants that are toxic to cats.  If you are uncertain about a plant and are concerned that your cat may have eaten something dangerous, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s animal poison control center at 888-426-4435.

The best way to keep your cat safe is to not bring any of these plants into your home.  Remember, even if you think the plant is in a safe location, cats are clever and might find a way to get to the plant.  Better safe and keep your home free from harmful plants.

2) The Christmas Tree

Real Christmas tress can pose a safety threat because pine needles can be dangerous if your cat eats them.  Christmas tree water that keeps a cut tree fresh might also contain chemicals that can make your cat sick.  Make certain your cat can’t get access to the water in the tree stand.

3) Hanging ornaments

The shiny, swinging movement alone makes ornaments irresistible to your cat.  Place cat-friendly ornaments low on the tree to keep your cat safe in the likely event that she gets her paws on one of them.  Make sure these lower hanging ornaments are not made of a material that your cat can chew or swallow.  Be careful of low hanging glass ornaments too as they can shatter when they are batted off the tree causing injury to paws and feet and even worse if your cat were to ingest any of the pieces.

We have beautiful mercury glass ornaments that have remained in their boxes this Christmas.  We will wait until Annie and Eddie are older before we attempt to have a Christmas tree again.

4) Tinsel and icicles

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If you have a feline family member, just say no to the tinsel and silver glittery dangling icicles. Super shiny and easy to chew, tinsel is extremely dangerous for your cat. If your cat should eat tinsel, they will most likely require emergency surgery. As pretty as tinsel is, it is just not worth the risk.

5) Bright colored bows and ribbons

If eaten, the ribbon can cause your cats intestines to twist and without surgery, this can be fatal. I am not suggesting you don’t wrap your presents, but please place packages with ribbon and bows in a protected area and don’t leave your presents in an unsupervised area where your cat can get into trouble.  Just takes those extra steps to keep your cat safe.

6) Candles

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Cats like to jump, pounce and investigate new things in the home.  Cats are smart but they could get burned or she might swing her tail and knock over a candle. The risk of your cat getting burned or causing a fire is enough reason to opt for battery operated candles.  These safe candles can help create the holiday spirit and your cat won’t singe her whiskers or worse.

7) Potpourri:

Potpourri is a popular way to keep the home smelling like the holidays, but your cat might be tempted to chew and eat the potpourri.  Typically potpourri mixes contain essential oils that are toxic to your cat.  It is best to keep containers of  potpourri way out of your cat’s reach or better yet, just don’t bring it into your home.

8) Holiday Food:

Food glorious food! Is there any time of the year with more tempting food in the home for  both humans and cats?  Rich food is not good for cats and well, not so great for us either when we overdo it. If your cat is used to getting fed from your table, this might be the best time to break that habit.  Never give a cat a bone. Never!  It is really best to allow your cat to stick to her regular diet and indulge  her with a few extra cat treats that you know are safe for her.

9) Electrical cords:

Electrical cords can become a temptation to a playful cat.  Be careful not to leave cords dangling as these can be too hard for your cat to resist.  Place electrical cords where your cat will not be tempted to play or chew. If you have a cat who likes to chew on cords, use bitter apple or citrus on the cords to discourage your cat.

Enjoy the Holidays

Guests can be a source of stress for you and your cat.  Make sure your guests understand your rules for keeping your cat safe or better yet, place your cats out of harms way in a master bedroom or other closed room so that you can enjoy your guests without fearing for your feline family member’s safety.

At first this list might seem like we are trying to take the fun out of your holiday celebration, but the joy your cat brings into your life year round is well worth altering your holiday decorations to make sure every family member is safe and happy.

Wishing you a happy holiday season.

 

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Santa Kitty Toy Hop For Kitten Associates http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/santa-kitty-toy-hop-for-kitten-associates/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/santa-kitty-toy-hop-for-kitten-associates/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:56:29 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14250 Santa Kitty Toy Hop For Kitten Associates Santa Kitty Toy Hop This year we are participating in the Santa Kitty Toy Hop with other cat parents around the world. Our friend Summer from Sparkle Cat organized... Read more..]]> Santa Kitty Toy Hop

Santa Kitty Toy Hop

This year we are participating in the Santa Kitty Toy Hop with other cat parents around the world. Our friend Summer from Sparkle Cat organized the Santa Kitty Toy Hop and we were happy to join in the giving. We know that we are are lucky to have our loving forever home. We receive toys and treats from sponsors and from conferences too.  We save some of our favorite toys and treats to wrap up and send to our cousins that are being cared for and loved but still waiting on their forever homes. This year we  chose to send our toys and treats to Kitten Associates!

The Toys and Treats for Kitten Associates

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Annie reviewing the selection of toys and treats.

Annie and Eddie chose  some of their favorite toys to send to the cats in the care of Kitten Associates.  Robin, founder of Kitten Associates, told us that the cats love the FroliCat toys and our friends at PetSafe were super nice to give us  the FroliCat Dart and Bolt as well as a few of the puzzle feeders.  Annie loves cat nip so we included a couple long lasting SuperCat catnip markers with nanoburst technology so Robin can use the catnip marker on toys, scratching posts and even carriers to make them more enticing.

Eddie Approves!

Santa Kitty Toy Hop

Eddie approves of the selection of toys and treats.

Eddie looked over the selection of toys and treats and got so excited he had to scratch.  In addition to the toys, we sent along a few treats; Kitty Kavaiar, Only Natural Pet Freeze Dried Chicken Bites and Honest Kitchen Perfect Form Herbal Supplement to help support proper digestion and intestinal health.  We sent along a few coupons for World’s Best Cat Litter and an extra litter scoop too.

Kitten Associates Kitties!

Kitten Associates Kittens

Kittens waiting for forever homes at Kitten Associates

We also sent along a couple of small things for Robin.  Caregivers deserve all the credit in the world because when they put their heart and soul into saving so many lives, they sometimes forget to take care of their own.  Annie and Eddie put a cat print scarf and a cat hat from Triple T Studios and a small hand cream and chap stick from Gracey’s Avon too.  That is their way of saying thank you to Robin and to all cat parents everywhere for caring about cats, young and old, big and small.

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Win A 40″ LG 4K Smart LED TV in the #MyPetLovesLG4KTV Giveaway! http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/win-a-40-lg-4k-smart-led-tv-in-the-mypetloveslg4ktv-giveaway/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/win-a-40-lg-4k-smart-led-tv-in-the-mypetloveslg4ktv-giveaway/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:30:38 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14226 Win A 40This post is sponsored by LG 4K TV and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping to share the funny cat and dog video and awesome giveaway, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. LG is not responsible for the content of this article. Read more..]]> This post is sponsored by LG 4K TV and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping to share the funny cat and dog video and awesome giveaway, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. LG is not responsible for the content of this article.
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When the days grow shorter and it gets cold and dark, this is the time of year when we settle in and watch more television. We all like to snuggle up on the sofa with a few blankets and hot cocoa and watch our favorite shows. Eddie and Annie have grown accustomed to being the center of attention when Paul and I are not working so at night our first look at the television looks something like this.

Annie and Eddie with LG tv 4 K

Yes, the two kittens sit in front of the television, blocking our view until we play with them and their favorite toys a little longer.  We usually pick them up and hold them on our laps after the play session and with the help of an electric blanket, they fall asleep.  And then we have the other problem of not wanting to disturb them while they sleep by getting up and moving around.

But we can’t help but wonder if Annie and Eddie would be more likely to be watching the super clear image on the  LG 4K TV than us if we upgraded to this amazing new television.  The LG 4K TVs have double the number of pixels than a traditional HD television. More pixels mean that objects in the distance of a scene can be seen with greater clarity, including more nuances of light and shadow.  This results in a greater sense of perceived depth, so much so that many people say that the images look three dimensional.

I wonder how Annie and Eddie would behave watching NatGeo Wild during Big Cat Week on the LG 4K TV?   I bet instead of watching us, they might be watching the LG TV.  Do your cats watch TV?

Annie and Eddie watching LG 4K tv

 

Enter to Win an LG 4K Smart LED TV

LG logoWe are joining with BlogPaws to  share an amazing giveaway where you can enter to win an LG 4K Smart LED TV for your cats….and you.  You might already recognize LG from all of their wonderful products from kitchen appliances to computers to mobile devices.  I was in Korea years ago and my dad and I got the first look at some of the amazing televisions that were not yet available here.  We were blown away by the flat screens and clarity back then, and now with this new 4K Smart LED TV, the clarity is unsurpassed.

To enter for your chance to win this incredible television, watch the super cute pet video below. Watch closely because you will get some clues that you will need in the entry form below.  You can get additional information about these LG TVs on the LG USA Facebook page and YouTube channel.

 

Watch This Super Cute Funny Pet Video For Clues

 Enter in the Rafflecopter Below

Now, enter in the Rafflecopter below.  This contest is being hosted by BlogPaws.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive a 40 inch LG  4K Smart LED TV!  This giveaway is open to 18+ residents of the US only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. All rules are detailed in the Rafflecopter below.  Best of Luck

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New Cat Hats From Triple T Studios Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/new-cat-hats-from-triple-t-studios/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/new-cat-hats-from-triple-t-studios/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:08:24 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14216 New Cat Hats From Triple T Studios  Giveaway Keep Warm This Winter in a Super Cute Cat Hat It is not officially winter yet but it has already been plenty cold here in Ohio and our friends living on the east coast know that winter came early and plans to hang around for a few months.  We thought this new cat ha... Read more..]]> cat hats

Keep Warm This Winter in a Super Cute Cat Hat

It is not officially winter yet but it has already been plenty cold here in Ohio and our friends living on the east coast know that winter came early and plans to hang around for a few months.  We thought this new cat hat might help bring a smile to your face when there is a chill in the air.  The cat hats come in two styles; Happy Cat and Blinks of Love.

The cat hats have been popular already so we wanted to give two members of The Tiniest Tiger community  a Cat Hat to see what you think.

The Triple T Studios Cat Hat Giveaway!

Warm up your winter with one of these super cute cat hats that just arrived at Triple T Studios. These knit black hats have embroidered gold cat faces sure to help brighten up even the grayest of days. The cat hats are made from 100% acrylic and weigh only 2.2 ounces.  One size fits most adults.

 

Triple T Studios Happy Cat Hat

Happy Cat

Triple T Studios Blinks of Love Cat Hat

Blinks of Love

 

Two members of The Tiniest Tiger community will win their choice of either the Happy Cat or the Blinks of Love cat hats from Triple T Studios.

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

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 would like the Happy Cat or the Blinks of Love cat hat.

This giveaway is open to everyone!  I will ship the cat hats anywhere in the world.

 

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Tailio: The First Smart Health Monitor For Cats http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/tailio-the-first-smart-health-monitor-for-cats/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/tailio-the-first-smart-health-monitor-for-cats/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:01:56 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14192 Tailio: The First Smart Health Monitor For Cats When Gracey developed transient diabetes, after pancreatitis, one of the ways we monitored her health was by keeping a close watch on her litter box.  Even for the two years when she recovered from the transient diabetes and before she was diagno... Read more..]]> Tailio-smart-health-monitor-cats3

When Gracey developed transient diabetes, after pancreatitis, one of the ways we monitored her health was by keeping a close watch on her litter box.  Even for the two years when she recovered from the transient diabetes and before she was diagnosed with feline diabetes, we kept a careful eye on her litter box use.  We paid attention to see how often she was going to the box and also on the size of the clumps we would find and then we switched to the Smart Cat Box with the reservoir that collected urine so we could check her output. This was a constant worry to us, making sure we would notice any change in her output and frequency of use.

Tailio: The Smart Monitor For Your Cat’s Health and Wellness

Your cat’s health issues may have symptoms such as a  change in weight, or elimination patterns from diarrhea or constipation to other conditions such as cancer, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, congestive heart failure and kidney disease. And cats are prone to urinary tract issues including obstructions too.

Now that we have Annie, Eddie and Mercy living with us, I wondered how to keep a watchful eye on each of them to make sure they were healthy.  Then I learned about Tailio.

Tailio diagram

Tailio is an ingenious new product that allows you to use technology to monitor and alert you when there are changes in your cat’s weight and litter box behavior. The Tailio is your partner in keeping track of what might be a first sign of an issue with your cat’s health.  You simply place the Tailio device underneath your regular litter box and the device will monitor your cat’s weight and box habits.

Tailio easy setup

Tailio is Easy To Set Up and Connect

Tailio is easy to set up and connects to your home wireless network permitting you to monitor and share data with other family members and with your cat’s doctors.  Now instead of tiptoeing and spying on your cat, you can rely on Tailio to measure your cat’s weight, their visits to the litter box and measure the output too.  This information is so important to track changes and make sure your cat is healthy.

 

Health alert screentailio litter box cleaningThe smart phone app is for both iOS and Android so you can stay connected with your cat’s health and habits no matter where you are.  You can even set up a health profile for your cat, set reminders and alerts and share this information with others.  Paul and I often discuss the litter box behavior of our cats so we would be thrilled to have the Tailio set up to help us keep track.

Tailio provides answers to the questions most asked by your veterinarians. What is the complaint and for how long it has been going on. The Tailio app has a single symptom history screen with the list of issues detected. For example, weight loss and increases in litter box visits, when the change first occurred, the severity, 5% weight loss and an increase in box visits from 5 to 8 and the rate of progression, meaning is it getting worse or starting to level off.

What About Multiple Cat Homes?

tailio multiple cats

Tailio learns about each cat’s individual physiology and behavior over time to intelligently distinguish between each cat.  The device creates a “pawprint” unique to each one of your cats.  This profile includes weight, elimination patterns and detailed behavior in the box, including time spent in the box, time spend doing the actual “deed”, time and intensity of covering their waste with litter and more.  Eddie is a litter kicker.  He spends more time in the box and then just kicks up a storm.  Annie is in and out in lightning speed.  Mercy saunters into the box, decides where to deposit and then lets it go.  Tailio is able to distinguish each cat’s behavior pattern!

To provide the most complete coverage of your cats health and well-being, Tailio suggests one device per box.  With three cats in the house we have four boxes and all four boxes are used every day.  If you only have one Tailio device but multiple litter boxes, you will still get valuable information but not as complete as if you are able to track each cat using each box.

Tailio easy for cats

Tailio is Easy For Your Cat Too!

We all know that putting a collar on an adult cat can become a battle and to be safe for cats, collars must be self-releasing to not trap the cat if the collar gets caught on something. For this reason, collars get lost even within the home together with whatever device is attached to them.  There is typically a minimum size, usually 8-10 pounds, and many cats are smaller. Tailio wanted to be able to include all cats and be easy for your cat too so this smart device requires nothing be put on or inside your cat’s body.  And, Tailio blends in to your cat’s surroundings as it rests under the litter box.

Nothing to Disturb Your Cat:

  • All materials are odor-free and have no glossy reflections
  • No noises, vibrations, or blinking lights, even WiFi is off when your cat’s in the litter box
  • DC powered for their safety

Tailio Was Created By a Fellow Cat Lover

As a cat owner, Alex Treiner developed Tailio with his own personal experiences in mind. He says,”I know the heartbreak of discovering your beloved cat’s illness too late. I knew if I could develop a device that detected signs of disease or distress earlier, that it would help owners to avoid the pain of losing their pets before their time. That’s why I created Tailio.”
To learn more about Tailio and get a promotional discount on your own device visit the Tailio Kickstarter  page.
This post is sponsored by Tailio. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about this innovative new product. However,  The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers and the writing is our own.
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A Future For Cheetahs. Signed By Dr. Laurie Marker Giveaway! http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/a-future-for-cheetahs-signed-by-dr-marker-giveaway/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/a-future-for-cheetahs-signed-by-dr-marker-giveaway/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:52:53 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14152 A Future For Cheetahs.  Signed By Dr. Laurie Marker Giveaway! A few weeks ago I attended the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in San Francisco.  The mission of the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is to protect endangered species and preserve their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue in... Read more..]]> A future for Cheetahs

A few weeks ago I attended the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in San Francisco.  The mission of the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) is to protect endangered species and preserve their natural habitats by supporting entrepreneurial conservationists who pursue innovative strategies for people and wildlife to co-exist and thrive.

Every October, WCN’s conservation partners gather in San Francisico  to share their experiences of saving wildlife around the world to over 1,000 wildlife supporters.  The Expo is a day of learning and celebration and if you ever get the chance to attend, I highly recommend it.  You will leave inspired.

This year Dr. Laurie Marker was one of the speakers.  Dr. Marker is the founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund and has become one of the world’s leading experts on and advocates for the cheetah.  You can watch Dr. Marker’s presentation too!

Cheetah Conservation Fund-Dr. Laurie Marker- Expo 2014

A Future For Cheetahs

I was able to visit with  Dr. Market at the Expo and she kind enough to sign a copy of her new book  A Future for Cheetahs
for me to give to one member of The Tiniest Tiger community.  The book is not only gorgeous to look at with photographs by world-class photographer Suzi Eszterhas, but you will learn the story of the cheetah and what  boots-on-the-ground efforts are being taken by CCF to save this magnificent cat from extinction.    Here are a few images from A Future For Cheetahs.

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 December 4th is International Cheetah Day

“International Cheetah Day serves to remind us that the cheetah, like all wildlife, is a treasure of our planet. Wildlife enhances our landscapes and can support livelihoods when utilized in a sustainable manner,” said Dr. Marker. “When a species becomes extinct, you cannot bring it back, and everyone loses. The good news is cheetahs can be saved; young conservationists hold the key to their future.”

Virtual Cheetah Party on Facebook

CCF is hosting an all-day Virtual Cheetah Party on Facebook to which animal lovers of all ages are invited to attend (Facebook.com/CCFcheetah). In addition, CCF is offering suggestions for other creative ways adults can engage young conservationists on International Cheetah Day, including swapping out their online profile photo for a cheetah image, wearing cheetah print or collecting donations to support cheetahs in the wild. The complete list of suggestions can be viewed on CCF’s Web site.

The Tiniest Tiger community is sponsoring Amani at CCF.

CCF Sponsorship certificate

Rebuilding the Visitor Center

I have had the honor of meeting Dr. Marker, first in Namibia when I was at CCF and then again at the Cincinnati Zoo and just a few weeks ago at the Expo.  She works tirelessly on cheetah conservation and stresses the importance of outreach education.  Last October while Dr. Marker was on her fall tour a lightning strike caused a fire that burned the visitor center at CCF to the ground.

Dr. Marker and Joanne

At the heart of the building was a large classroom space used for visiting school-children, community groups and  the Future Farmers of Africa program. Also housed within were CCF’s Gift Shop, the Cheetah Cafe’ and its kitchen, and a staff apartment upstairs.

CCF has begun rebuilding but their insurance only covers two-thirds of the construction costs leaving an additional  $300,000 to complete the rebuild and outfit of the new Visitor Center.  To learn more about CCF, the rebuilding of their Visitor Center, and Dr. Marker visit Cheetah.org.

 The  A Future For Cheetahs Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will win the signed copy of A Future For Cheetahs.   If you can’t wait to see if you win and want to get your own copy now you can purchase the book here: A Future for Cheetahs * amazon affiliate link

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 you would like to learn about cheetahs.

This giveaway is open to everyone!  I will ship the book anywhere in the world.

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For Freya, Amani, Lentili and The Lion Guardians this Giving Tuesday http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/for-freya-amani-lentili-and-the-lion-guardians-this-giving-tuesday/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/for-freya-amani-lentili-and-the-lion-guardians-this-giving-tuesday/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 22:09:14 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14162 For Freya, Amani, Lentili and The Lion Guardians this Giving Tuesday Small Paws United Can Make a Big Difference This Giving Tuesday I am happy to tell you that The Tiniest Tiger's Conservation Cub Club contributed to four non-profit organizations that work tirelessly to help conservation efforts for lions, cheetahs, elephant... Read more..]]> For Freya

Small Paws United Can Make a Big Difference

This Giving Tuesday I am happy to tell you that The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club contributed to four non-profit organizations that work tirelessly to help conservation efforts for lions, cheetahs, elephants and kittens. We donated to help Freya, a kitten in the care of our friends at Kitten Associates,  contributed to a cutting edge platform to help the conservation of lions, sponsored a cheetah named Amani at the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia and adopted an elephant orphan named Lentili, living at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Society’s Elephant Orphanage just outside Nairobi.

These donations were made possible by your support of Triple T Studios. Thank you so much for your support and for caring about all animals big and small.

For Freya at Kitten Associates

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Photo courtesy of Robin Olson, Kitten Associates

Freya is a tiny kitten with a very rare birth defect called a rectovaginal fistula which means she has an abnormal connection from her rectum going to her vagina.  Freya also has no tail, deformities in her vertebrae and bowed back legs.  When she runs, Robin says she looks something like a frog/bunny and when she walks she looks more like a polar bear.

One thing is for sure, she is adorable and much loved already by Robin at Kitten Associates and  those who have joined her facebook page For Freya. To learn more about Freya and her upcoming surgery visit For Freya.

The Lion Identification Network of Collaborators (LINC)

The Lion Identification Network of Collaborators (LINC) will be a cutting-edge open platform for lion data aggregation and identification. LINC has the potential to revolutionize the way the scientific community reports and accesses data. LINC will generate a rich source of information from basic data to broad scale lion population patterns and migratory corridors that can then be shared widely to aid conservation efforts across all of East Africa.

LINC’s development, although spearheaded by Lion Guardians, is a collaborative effort with lion researchers across East Africa and software developers around the world. The software development will be led by IEF R&D in the USA. LINC has raised over $52,000 of the $60,000 needed to launch this project. You can find more information about LINC by clicking here: LINC

Make “LINC” a Reality from Lion Guardians on Vimeo.

The Cheetah Conservation Fund

The cheetah is Africa’s most endangered big cat. We’ve lost over 90 percent of the world’s population of wild cheetahs in the last 100 years, and if we don’t help make changes today, we could lose the cheetah forever. As the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild the Cheetah Conservation Fund  offers a number of ways to help the cheetah win the race against extinction.

One of the ways you can help is my sponsoring one of the cheetahs that calls CCF home.  The Tiniest Tiger community sponsored a cheetah named Amani.

Amani CCF

Amani, meaning Peace in Swahili, was caught by a farmer in the  Khomas Hochland area (east of Windhoek) when she was about one year old.  They do not know what happened to the rest of her family as she was far too young to be on her own.

The farmer gave the young cheetah to the Amani Lodge near Windhoek where she was kept as a companion for their tame cheetah.  The two cats never got along and after a year, it was decided that it would be better to send Amani to CCF.

Amani is a true testament to the survival of the cheetahs.  She was slow to acclimate to her new surroundings at CCF but once she found her way, she is thriving.

CCF Sponsorship certificate

To learn more about the work of the Cheetah Conservation Fund click here:  Cheetah.org

The Orphan’s Project at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

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Baby Elephants at the Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi

At the heart of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s conservation activities is the Orphans’ Project, which has receivved world-wide acclaim through its highly successful elephant and rhino rescue and rehabilitation program. The Orphans’ Project exists to offer hope for the future of Kenya’s threatened elephant and rhino populations as they struggle against the threat of poaching for their ivory and horn, and the loss of habitat due to human population pressures and conflict, deforestation and drought.   The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has successfully hand-raised over 150 infant elephants and has accomplished its long-term conservation priority by effectively reintegrating orphans back into the wild herds of Tsavo.

I had the privilege of visiting the elephant orphanage just outside of Nairobi to see first-hand their great work.  I think this video captures the heart of the orphan’s project.

To learn more about fostering a baby elephant for a holiday gift click here: Foster An Orphan

Lentili orphan elephant

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Keep Your Cat Happy With a Pet Gift from Sam’s Club. Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/keep-your-cat-happy-with-a-pet-gift-from-sams-club/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/keep-your-cat-happy-with-a-pet-gift-from-sams-club/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14089 Keep Your Cat Happy With a Pet Gift from Sam's Club. Giveaway

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Annie and Grumpy Cat

The holidays are fast approaching and we are getting ready for our annual Christmas party.  The first place I look for inspiration while planning our party is Sam’s Club‘s Healthy Living Made Simple.  With so many delicious yet decadent holiday foods, I like to include tasty healthier foods for our guests to enjoy.

Along with Healthier Holiday Eating, the Gifts for Furry Friends article caught my eye.  Our cats are part of our family so we naturally include them in our holiday celebrations. So while planning our party food, I thought this would be a great time to make sure our cats had plenty of food too.

Healthy Living Made Simple! There’s an App for That.

Sam's Club Healthy Living

As  I headed out the door, I remembered to grab my iPhone with the Healthy Living Made Simple app.  This handy app helps you stay up-to-date with what’s happening at your local club.  It helps me locate all the clubs near me but also helps me navigate through the club to make sure I don’t miss any thing.

While in my local Sam’s Club I found a lot of amazing products that will make my party preparation a lot simpler and I also found my way over to the  Pet Care section.

Sams club pet aisle image

Holiday time, our schedules are busier than ever, so this is the perfect time to stock up and make sure your cats have a treat or two during the party season.

Sams app

As I was heading to the Pet Care section, a giant Gund Grumpy Cat caught my eye.  I thought, I better make sure I keep my cats happy, not grumpy, this holiday season and I decided to take Grumpy along with me to the cat supplies area.

Grumpy in Sams Club

In this aisle you will find plenty of things to keep your cat purring through the festivities.  And this Gund Grumpy Cat kind of grew on me, so I decided to bring her home with me.

The Gund Grumpy Cat and Fancy Feast Giveaway!

Eddie and Gund Grumpy Cat

Eddie took to Grumpy immediately and told her what he wanted for Christmas.

Annie nose taps Gund Grumpy

Annie gives Grumpy a welcome nose tap!

The Giveaway!

One lucky member of The Tiniest Tiger community will win this Gund Grumpy Cat  and 24 3 oz cans of Fancy Feast!

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 are planning to give your cat a gift this holiday season.

 This giveaway is open to residents of the USA only due to shipping.

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Give Thanks for Cats and Warmth http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/give-thanks-for-cats-and-warmth/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/give-thanks-for-cats-and-warmth/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14091 Give Thanks for Cats and Warmth

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The Polar Vortex Returned With an Icy Blast

Typically we have Fall days with mild temperatures to enjoy the autumn leaves. Usually November is sweatshirt weather  and the cats are able to play all day in the sun room. The weather is normally mild enough that we can leave the doors open to the enclosed sun room and not even have to fire up the furnace.

Eddie and Annie watching the snow

But this November, the polar vortex returned with an icy blast and brought with it the first significant snow of the season. Eddie and Annie watched the snow falling with great interest from the warmth of their bedroom perch. With their sun room privileges limited due to the cold, the three cats play, wrestle and sleep by the warmth of the fire.

Cat Naps By The Fire

Annie and Mercy in front of fireplace

The cold weather reminds us to slow down a bit as we prepare for the winter ahead. I  admit that I like the feeling of being cozy by the fire, drinking hot tea with a good book and the company of our cats.  Paul’s mom loves the fireplace too because it helps keep her warmer and she enjoys watching the cats play.

Mercy on the mantle

When Mercy has had enough togetherness with Annie and Eddie he heads to higher ground. Mercy has staked his claim to the mantle above the fireplace. Not only is it super warm but he can survey the entire house from this vantage point. Annie and Eddie have not challenged Mercy for this space. They seem to know that their older cousin needs his alone time.

Eddie by the fire glow

Eddie prefers to sit a bit further away from the fire but still bask in its glow. I often find him curled up on the ottoman close to Paul’s mom on the afternoons the fire is burning.

Annie in front of fire

And Annie, well she pretty much camps out by the fire. Even when the fire is out, she will stretch out long and wait until we light it again.  Times like these make me feel warm inside too as I give thanks for our cats that enrich our lives and make our family complete. I am also grateful for the safety and shelter of a warm home. So much to be grateful for. This week along with so many other things, I give thanks for cats and warmth.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

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How Cat Diabetes is Diagnosed #PetHealthAwareness http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/how-cat-diabetes-is-diagnosed-pethealthawareness/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/how-cat-diabetes-is-diagnosed-pethealthawareness/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14090 How Cat Diabetes is Diagnosed #PetHealthAwareness This post is sponsored by BlogPaws. I am being compensated to support Pet Health Awareness Month with an educational post, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. BlogPaws is not responsible for the conten... Read more..]]> crouching gracey 600

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November is Feline Diabetes Awareness Month

 November is Feline Diabetes Awareness Month.  Learning more about diabetes is the best thing you can do not only for your cat, but for yourself.  When you first learn that your cat has diabetes, it can be terrifying and overwhelming.  One of the most important things is that you have a good relationship with your veterinarian to help you get through the initial shock and onto a regular routine to keep your cat on track.
When Gracey was first diagnosed with diabetes after a bout with pancreatitis, Paul and I were really scared.  We  weren’t sure we would be able to give Gracey the insulin injections that she would need to allow her to remain healthy. Because her pancreatic issues were brought on my a reaction to medication, her doctor’s thought she might have transient diabetes.  This turned out to be true and she remained free from diabetes for nearly two years.
When she began showing symptoms of diabetes, we immediately took her in for a check up and learned that indeed, her diabetes had returned.
Dr. Teresa checks Gracey The Tiniest Tiger

Gracey with Dr.Teresa.

Signs of Feline Diabetes

Feline diabetes occurs when your cat is unable to produce enough insulin or respond effectively to insulin. Symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst.  You might find your cat hanging out by the water fountain or bowl.
  • Urinating more than usual.  We found significantly larger clumps in the litter pan.
  • Increased appetite.  Asking for more food than usual.
  • Weight loss, even though eating more food.
  • Weakness in the back of legs. Your cat might have difficulty jumping up onto the sofa or bed.  You might notice something different in your cat’s stance.

How Feline Diabetes is Diagnosed

Your veterinarian will draw blood and collect a urine sample to do the following tests.

  • High blood glucose (sugar) or hyperglycemia test. Depending on your cat’s symptoms, a glucose concentration of 200-300 mb/dL could indicate the presence of diabetes.
  • Fructosamine test.   This test helps your veterinarian to understand your cat’s blood glucose over a one to three week period. If the  fructosamine measurement is above 400 ?mol/L this  could indicate diabetes.
  • Urinalysis test. Glucose in your cat’s urine indicates a failure of the kidneys to filter the glucose out of the blood, which suggests the cat is hyperglycemic and may have diabetes.

Why You Might Want To Plot a Blood Glucose Curve At Home

One of the best ways to help aid in regulating insulin levels is for you to learn how to use a blood glucose meter and plot a glucose curve at home.  You might think this will be too difficult, but with  practice and patience, you will be able to get this testing down to a routine. Paul and I were afraid too and there were tears, from both of us while we figured it out.

A blood glucose curve is a plot of your cat’s blood sugar levels during the day. The purpose of the glucose curve is to obtain blood glucose levels at the time of the morning meal and every 2 to 4 hours afterwards for at least 12 hours to show a pattern of when the level is too high, too low or just right. This is valuable information that is needed to get optimum regulation of insulin levels.

This is important because so many cats are worked up from nerves at the clinic so their blood glucose levels might be higher than normal.  If you are able to monitor your cat from the comfort of their home, the reading might be more accurate  helping  get a more precise measure of your cat’s insulin requirements.

Your Cat’s Insulin Needs

Insulin is a hormone for regulating blood glucose (sugar),  critical to the metabolic process. According to ProZinc, diabetic cats have difficulties producing and using insulin and fall into three main categories:

  • Some cats with diabetes produce enough of their own insulin. An exercise plan or special diet can help them respond to their own insulin more effectively and may be the only treatment needed.
  • Many diabetic cats cannot make enough insulin. In some cases, they are unable to respond to insulin efficiently and need more of it than their bodies can produce.
  • Other diabetic cats don’t produce enough insulin or none at all. The pancreas’s insulin-producing cells have become damaged and no longer function properly.
When Gracey’s diabetes returned, we were relieved to learn that ProZinc, the first protamine zinc insulin with FDA approval for diabetic cats was available.  ProZinc was a better choice for Gracey because this insulin has a duration of 10-14 hours and releases slowly to help maintain a consistent blood glucose level throughout the day.

*Please note  there is no substitute for the advice, examination and care from a Veterinarian.  All information here on The Tiniest Tiger is from our own experience and not intended to be  used to diagnose or treat symptoms in your cat.  Please consult a trusted Veterinarian for all your cat’s health needs.

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