The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community http://conservationcubclub.com Caring about Cats, Big and Small Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:48:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cats, Cruelty, and Compassion http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/08/cats-cruelty-and-compassion/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/08/cats-cruelty-and-compassion/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 23:25:16 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15533 cat border

Photo: fotoJagodka

Cruelty to Cat Owners

A little over a week ago, no, it will be two weeks tomorrow, I saw an image on my facebook newsfeed of a woman holding an orange cat. Looking closer at the photo there were lit candles, four of them carefully placed at each corner of what might have been a slice of cake or bread, it didn’t matter really what was on the plate, well not to me.  What caught my eye was the beautiful color of the cloth and the table it was covering. This was a celebration table.

The caption on the photo read,  My baby’s first birthday. One year old today.

Clearly this cat is loved and the woman posting the photo wanted to celebrate her cat’s birthday with likeminded people in the facebook group for people that love cats.  As I got ready to post my own Happy Birthday comment, I started to read the comments in the thread.

The first one read said something like,” Is that bread you are planning to feed to your cat? What are you stupid?”

Then I saw another, “What kind of **&!!@ person are you to hold your cat so close to lit candles? Your cat could go up in flames you **^@!#.

As my jaw dropped and my heart sank, I read on and sadly, the majority of people that commented had boarded the troll train. As I scrolled through the over 100 comments, I only saw a couple of Happy Birthday to your baby comments.

I felt the tear roll down my right cheek.  And then I cried like a baby for a woman celebrating her cat’s birthday that was met with a viscous onslaught of nasty cold-hearted nonsense instead of the camaraderie she was seeking.

Getting a drink of water I looked out into our sunroom and checked in on Annie, Eddie and Mercy, happy as could be soaking up the sun and watching birds and I thought about when Gracey first came to live with me.

Gracey was the first cat that shared my home and I know I did a lot of things I wouldn’t do today with our three cats.  I used to let Gracey sleep in the windowsill against the screen!  Why she could have fallen out of the window.  I had houseplants  I didn’t know weren’t good for cats and I had blinds with cords.  Sometimes I burned candles in the house.  I went to work in the office and left her in the house….alone…for a few hours.

And guess what….she survived.

When I was a child, I drank out of the garden hose, rode in the back of a pick-up truck, rode my bike without a helmet, played outside all day and I too survived.

Oh, and in case you are wondering about the cat in the photo celebrating his first birthday?  He didn’t go up in flames either.  There are many photos of him with his family that would make you smile.

What Has Happened to Compassion?

Lately it seems to me there are people sitting waiting like jack in the boxes to pop out and post negative comments. And once the first one sticks, it is a full on competition to see who can be the nastiest.  I don’t get it.  I hope I never do.  What has happened to basic manners?   Where is the compassion?

Waiting for Perfect is Killing Pets

There are more pets that need homes than there are homes in this country yet, it is becoming harder and harder for anyone to adopt a pet.  A friend of mine recently tried to adopt a dog from a rescue organization. She is a great dog parent.  Heartbroken when one of her dogs passed away after a long life, she began looking to add a dog to her family but wore out from all the roadblocks thrown  her way.  She chronicled the month long saga and with each update, I shook my head in disbelief.  

Her final update on the dog adoption process went something like this:

Well, I think they’ve put up enough barriers to put me off trying to adopt a dog, at least from them. Quite frankly, it is this over monitoring, this making everything hyper precious and micro managing everything that is particularly annoying about this oversensitive world we live in. Where there has got to be a guarantee that everything is going to be perfect. 

I mean, let’s get real. Millions of desperate dogs are out there, waiting. And here I am, eager to give a little creature a good home, but no. I’m not good enough! Because I “work too many hours.” It is exactly this that will keep breeders in business.

I think she is right.  This pretentious, know-it-all, you aren’t good enough attitude towards other pet owners needs to be snuffed out. I am sick to death of hearing the judgmental tone when somebody mentions the type of cat food they feed their cats. Many pet owners feed their cats what they can provide.  And you know what…. that is good enough!  Because millions of cats need a home and someone to provide for them and the truly lucky cats will be loved.  And isn’t this better than waiting forever at a shelter or rescue until their Perfect Parent comes along? Or being euthanized because the potential adopter might work too many hours?

Let’s Add To the Kindness and Compassion Needed Online

The woman posted a reply on the thread clarifying that the slice of cake was not for the cat but for her and her husband and if you looked closely at the photo you could see a dollop of cat food beside the slice of cake.  She said the lit candles were a custom in her country and that she made sure to keep her baby away from the flames.

I wanted to reach out and hug this woman that I’ve never met. As I typed, Happy 1st Birthday to your baby and hit the return key to post the comment, I thought.  We need to speak out more often. We can’t banish all the negativity but we can sure add to the kindness and camaraderie that are desperately needed.

 

 

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All Dogs Go To Kevin Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/08/all-dogs-go-to-kevin/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/08/all-dogs-go-to-kevin/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 13:53:51 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15526 All Dogs Go To Kevin

All Dogs Go To Kevin by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang

All Dogs Go To Kevin is the first book, of what I hope is many, by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang. The book is a heartwarming portrait of a veterinarian, her beloved dogs, and the lessons she learns from each dog along the way.

If you are thinking , but this is a dog book, well it is about dogs, but applies to all of us that share our lives with an animal companion. And for the record, Dr. V also loves cats and her family shares their home with a feline too!

We have a great relationship with our veterinarians and feel fortunate that Annie, Eddie and Mercy are under their care.  All Dogs Go To Kevin will give you a peek inside the life of a veterinarian and might leave you with more respect and understanding for the work they do.

About Dr. Jessica Vogelsang

Dr. Jessica Vogelsang image

Dr. Jessica Vogelsang

Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, you might also know her as Dr. V from her award-winning site Pawcurious, is an author, mother, practicing veterinarian, and medical communicator.  She graduated with honors from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. V is a gifted storyteller and she understands how much we love our pets.  She knows that our love of animals is the thread that ties us together and she is able to weave the ways our pets make us better into the stories that help influence positive change.

Dr. V is also a friend of mine and I have to tell you she is wicked smart with a sense of humor to match.  Many times I  laugh so hard I can’t even type a response to her quick witted comments, even if I could think of a worthy comeback. She adds just the right amount of levity at just the right time to keep up our spirits when feeling forlorn.

I think you will love Dr. V’s book as much as I do.

The All Dogs Go To Kevin Giveaway!

All Dogs Go To Kevin with Dr. V

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will win a copy of All Dogs Go To Kevin by Dr. Jessica Vogelsang.  If you can’t wait to read Dr. V’s book you can find it on Amazon (affiliate link): All Dogs Go To Kevin.

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 have learned from your cat or dog.

This giveaway is open to everyone.  Void Where Prohibited.

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The Cat Connection Opens First Dallas Cat Cafe http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/the-cat-connection-opens-first-dallas-cat-cafe/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/the-cat-connection-opens-first-dallas-cat-cafe/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:14:01 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15520 Errin at Cat Connection

The Cat Connection Opens First Dallas Cat Cafe

The Cat Connection, a Dallas based pet supply store and cat only hotel and spa, will be home to the first Cat Café in Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for four weekends starting Saturday August 8th, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Errin West, co-owner of The Cat Connection believes the café will be, “A great opportunity for cat lovers in the area to connect with and interact with adoptable animals in a relaxed setting, hopefully increasing adoptions for local rescue groups.”

The Cat Cafe will feature adoptable cats and kittens compliments of various local rescue groups. Guests will be able to play with cats on a first-come-first-serve basis for up to twenty minutes. Donations are not required but are appreciated as they will go to support local rescue.

Operation Kindness Will Provide Adoptable Cats For Grand Opening

kitten at Cat Connection

Adoptable cats will be available at the Dallas based Cat Cafe

Operation Kindness will provide adoptable cats and kittens for the Grand Opening on August 8th, and be on hand to facilitate adoptions. Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas, saving more than 75,000 cats and dogs over almost 40 years. The organization cares for approximately 300 cats and dogs on a daily basis, with another 100 in foster homes.

Guests will Meet Special Guest Sauerkraut Kitty

Not only will guests will have the opportunity to indulge in specialty coffee drinks and treats but will get to meet a special guest of honor, internet celebrity cat,  Sauerkraut Kitty. Sauerkraut is a special needs rescue kitty from Central Oklahoma Humane Society. Rising to internet fame due to her adorable scowl and struggles with Feline Hyperesthesia, Sauerkraut now serves as an ambassador for shelter cats nation-wide.

Cat Cafes Help Increase Cat Adoptions

cat Dallas Cat Cafe

Cat Cafes help find forever homes for shelter cats

Cat Cafes help find forever homes for shelter cats

While popular in Japan for decades, cat cafés have become a reality in the United States within the last year. These cafes appeal not only to those who can’t have a cat due to rental restrictions or an allergic housemate but to those looking to adopt and want to interact more intimately with a cat out of their cages to gain a better understanding of a cat’s temperament.

The Cat Café, located at 14233 Inwood Road in Dallas, will be open on Saturday August 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM CT. To ensure both feline and human attendees have an enjoyable time, The Cat Connection asks that no outside animals be brought to the event. Children are allowed under an adult guardian’s supervision.  For more event details, please visit

About The Cat Connection

The Cat Connection is a women-owned business founded in 1985. The shop prides itself as being the premiere Dallas Fort Worth resource for everything cat: from boarding and grooming to all-natural organic foods and hard-to-find toys and supplies. The Cat Connection also offers an online shopping experience at http://www.thecatconnection.com. You can follow The Cat Connection for updates on  Facebook and on  Twitter: @TheCatCo

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Katris Modular Scratching System Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/katris-modular-scratching-system-giveaway/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/katris-modular-scratching-system-giveaway/#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 13:26:10 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15506 Katris Kickstarter color covers

This post is sponsored by Katris.  We are being compensated to spread the word about their upcoming KickStarter Cover Campaign, but The Tiniest Tiger only writes about products and news that we think will be of interest to you.

The Katris You Love is About To Get Even Better!

Katris, the innovative modular scratching system that Annie and Eddie love, is about to get even better. The makers of Katris are starting a KickStarter on August 17th, in order to create special covers for making your Katris blocks more fashionable allowing them to fit into your home more seamlessly.

Annie first Eddie on Katris

Eddie and Annie love their Katris Modular Scratching System

If You Are New To Katris

Katris is an innovative modular scratching system allowing you to create the ideal scratching surfaces taking you and your cat into consideration! You can create endless configurations with the 5 different shapes based on your cat’s scratching preferences and what your home can accommodate from a space perspective.

Mercy Annie Katris

Mercy comes by to see what all the fuss is about.

Why We Love Katris

The makers of Katris believe in modernity with functionality that’s eco-friendly and safe for your cats. All 5 scratchers are created with top grade 100% natural recyclable cardboard, made from 90% post-consumer materials use non-toxic glue and because they use 2x the paper sheets that are 2x thicker than the average scratcher. The scratchers come in these 5 shapes:

  • I Shape
  • L Shape
  • O Shape
  • T Shape
  • Z Shape

Katris blocks are durable.  Annie and Eddie scratch away every day and the blocks still look great.

How Katris Is Getting Even Better

The Katris team has created new cover designs that will fit on the front of your  Katris units, allowing you to choose the color that best matches your home decor. The covers are super easy to install, they simply stick onto the front of your Katris unit like a fancy facade and are strong and durable.

How to put on Katris Covers

3 Color Collections to Choose From; Wood, Mono and City.

1) Wood Collection: Two wood tones made from high quality veneer real wood.

Katris Cover Wood

2) Mono Collection: A simple but clean collection of black and white made of 100% recyclable paper, it’s as strong as wood.

Katris Kickstarter Mono

3) City Collection: This colorful collection printed with non-toxic soybean ink, and gives a nod to the Katris HQ in San Francisco! The City Collections is also made of strong as wood 100% recyclable paper.

Katris Kickstarter color covers

 

The Katris Block and New Katris Cover Giveaway!

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will win  2 Katris block shapes of your choosing along with 2 of the new Katris covers from the collection of your choice.

How to Enter

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

If you want to learn more about Katris and think this is something your cat would love too, you’ll automatically be signed-up to receive an alert letting you know when the Katris Kickstarter begins so you can take advantage of the Early Bird specials when you enter this giveaway.

Leave a comment below this post telling us:  Which Katris Cover Color Collection you would like best for your cat and your home decor.

This giveaway is open to USA and Canada only. Void Where Prohibited.  The winner’s Katris Blocks will ship directly from Katris in September.  Should the KickStarter Campaign to create the covers not reach their full funding, you will still receive your two Katris Block Shapes.

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Panthera Launches The Cougar Channel http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/panthera-launches-the-cougar-channel/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/panthera-launches-the-cougar-channel/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:33:41 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15498 Cougar Teton Project Image

Photo courtesy of Neal Wright Teton Cougar Project Panthera

Panthera Launches the Cougar Channel

Panthera announced the launch of the Cougar Channel to share and highlight footage collected over three years from their Teton Cougar Project, one of the few long-term studies ever conducted of the  lesser understood big cat. This project gives the secretive cat, that has been mischaracterized as solitary and a vicious predator, a chance to come out of the darkness and share the spotlight they deserve.
Along with the BBC documentary Mountain Lions: Big Cats in High Places, which began showing in the United Kingdom last month and is scheduled to air in the United States this fall, the Cougar Channel offers an in-depth look into the private lives of these magnificent cats.  Panthera’s remote camera footage is unraveling myths, helping increase understanding of mountain lion behavior and ecology and, most importantly of all, help us do a better job of protecting the species.

Understanding America’s Big Cat

The Teton Cougar Project team sorted through hundreds of hours of footage to find clips that show natural behaviors and the challenges these cats face as well as the perseverance essential to their survival.  You will see for the first time, how they raise their young, socialize, play, groom, learn to hunt and survive the elements.

Teton Cougar Project image

Photo courtesy of Teton Cougar Project

You will also witness other predators in the Tetons and begin to understand the fascinating and critical role they play in the landscapes they occupy.  This new project brings the opportunity for increased understanding and is conservation media at its best.

If you love cougars, be sure to visit and bookmark www.cougarchannel.org  and check back frequently as this is just the beginning!  The Teton Cougar Project team will continue to post new and engaging footage, photos and stories about the cats as part of their ongoing and expanding field work with their growing team of cougar scientists.

About the Teton Cougar Project

Located in northwestern Wyoming on one of the most ecologically-intact ecosystems in the lower United States, Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project is one of few long-term puma projects operated in North America.

Today, the project spans the Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge, and Teton Wilderness Area in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  This exquisite landscape has diverse wildlife populations, including pumas, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, bison, and occasional wolverines, bobcats and Canada lynx.

Now in its fifteenth year, Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project was co-founded by Dr. Howard Quigley, Executive Director of Panthera’s Puma and Jaguar Programs, and Dr. Maurice Hornocker, one of the original pioneers in puma research. The project’s focus includes puma population dynamics, such as the effects of recolonizing wolves and human hunting on puma survivorship; puma habitat selection; foraging ecology; and puma interactions with other carnivores.

To learn more go to Panthera Puma Program

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Triple T Studios Silver Kitten Jewelry Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/triple-t-studios-silver-kitten-jewelry-giveaway/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/triple-t-studios-silver-kitten-jewelry-giveaway/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:51:04 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15490 Silver Kitten Jewelry

These Ancient Greek design inspired sterling silver cat jewelry pieces are beautiful.  Try as we might to get the photos to represent the product, this time, the photos just don’t do the jewelry justice.  The necklace and ring are both well crafted and even though small, their style and shine more than make up for the size.

I have been wearing the kitten ring on my pinky finger and it is so comfortable I forget it is there until I look down and see the shiny cute kitten shape and it makes me smile.  I thought you might like this silver kitten jewelry too.

The Sterling Kitten Pendant

Silver Kitten Necklace

The 925 silver cat necklace features a sturdy little kitten playfully holding onto the sterling silver chain. The cat pendant and ring are small with the silver cat measuring 2 centimeters long. This jewelry is understated but quite beautiful.

This lovely little cat pendant necklace is:

925 sterling silver
The cat pendant is .79″ by .24″ (2 cm by .6 cm)
The chain is 15.75″ with a 2 ” extender. (40 cm with 5 cm extender)
The necklace weighs 3.8 g

The Sterling Kitten RingSterling Kitten Ring

The Sterling Silver Kitten Ring is adjustable so one size will fit most. You will be able to adjust to wear on ring or pinky finger.

The Sterling Silver Kitten Ring is:

935 sterling silver
The cat design is .79″ by .24″ (2 cm by .6 cm)
The ring is adjustable
Weighs 3.1 g.

The Triple T Studios Silver Kitten Jewelry Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will receive a Silver Kitten Pendant Necklace and the Silver Kitten Ring. If you can’t wait, you can learn more about the Silver Kitten Jewelry 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 do you wear the most; necklaces, bracelets or rings?

This giveaway is open to everyone!  Void Where Prohibited.

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Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/tidy-cats-lightweight-with-glade-tough-odor-solutions/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/tidy-cats-lightweight-with-glade-tough-odor-solutions/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:55:44 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15458 Annie Eddie Mercy TidyCats Lightweight

We are a member of the Tidy Cats Insiders and are being compensated to help spread the word about innovations and updates about Tidy Cats. The Tiniest Tiger only writes about topics that we think will also be of interest to you and all opinions are our own.

The Newest Innovation From Tidy Cats!

You might remember that we had an interesting adventure  visiting the Tidy Innovations Lab. While there, Annie was able to snap the photo below before we were spotted by the scientists.

Tidy cats Innovation Lab

The latest innovation at Tidy Cat’s Innovation Lab

Now that the cat is out of the bag, the new Tidy Cats product is revealed in this video from the Tidy Innovation Lab.

Tidy Cats® LightWeight with Glade® Tough Odor Solutions!

Tidy Cats Takes Freshness to a Lighter Level!

Tidy Cats LightWeight Info

The New Power Couple!

The new Tidy Cats LightWeight is 50% lighter and 100% Glade tough on odors.  We were very excited about the litter being 50% lighter because  when we see our parents lugging those jugs in from the retail jungle we feel sorry for them. Tidy Cats LightWeight enables them to load up on litter with ease!

Now that we are a three cat home, there is three times the love but also three times the litter box odor! We have to admit, we can really stink it up at times so knowing that Glade Tough Odor Solutions will be working to neutralize our output is even more good news!

This is a double victory for cat parents.

The Cats Create Their Own Tidy Innovation Lab Experiment

We were curious, since we are cats, if this new litter really is lighter so we set up an experiment.

Tidy Cats Experiment

We gathered the equipment we needed to run our experiment; a scale, a beaker,  Tidy Cats LightWeight, Dual Power, and noses to sniff.

We all sniffed the new Tidy Cats with Glade Tough Odor Solutions and agreed  the scent is not too strong but smells light and fresh like this:

Tidy Cats LightWeight

Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions Clear Springs Scent

We moved on to the next steps, weighing our litter options.

Annie measures Tidy Cats

Annie checks the scale with Tidy Cats LightWeight

We measured the Tidy Cats LightWeight litter first.  We poured the litter into the beaker on the scale and looked at the weight.

Annie measuring Tidy Cats

Annie checks the weight

The beaker with the Tidy Cats LightWeight  weighed in at 11.3 ounces.

Eddie checks the scale

Eddie checks the scale

Next we poured our dad’s favorite litter into the beaker, the Tidy Cats Dual Power.  Eddie sniffed out the weight of the litter and found it to be 1 lb. 3.3 ounces or 19.3 ounces.

Mercy observing our experiment hissed his disapproval at our methods.  He told us we forgot to clear the scale and that the weight of the beaker was not accounted for in the last step.

Mercy checks the scale

Mercy checks the scale

So,  we started over and measured the Dual Power, more careful in our steps. We didn’t want Mercy to get a fat tail and hiss at us.

Annie and Eddie check the scale

Annie and Eddie double check for accuracy

This time, making sure the measurement was accurate, the Dual Power weighed in at 1 lb. 6 ounces or 22 ounces.  Our findings show the Tidy Cats LightWeight is 50% lighter.  The Tidy Cats LightWeight weighed about 11.3 ounces and the Dual Power weighed approximately 22 ounces.

Mercy advised us to use the words “about” and “approximately” to show there is a margin of error when two kittens are measuring cat litter and to take into account the calibration of the scale we used.

Mercy by scale

Mercy approves

Mercy approved this time and feels confident you can replicate this experiment in your own habitat and to help you do this, we have an exciting giveaway sponsored by Tidy Cats!

The Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions Giveaway

Ten (10) members of The Tiniest Tiger community will receive a full-sized Tidy Cats LightWeight with Glade Tough Odor Solutions to try out in your own habitat courtesy of Tidy Cats in honor of the launch of their latest innovation from the Tidy Innovation Lab.

You have until 11:59 pm ET,  July 30, 2015 to enter.

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 telling us: Will you replicate the cats’ experiment in your home? Which are you the happiest to try, the lighter weight, the new Glade odor control, or both?

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Your Cheetah Update for Amani http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/your-cheetah-update-for-amani/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/your-cheetah-update-for-amani/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:12:48 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15450 Amani Cheetah CCF

Amani, your cheetah. Photo Credits: Bobby Bradley

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 by sponsoring one of the cheetahs that calls CCF home.  The Tiniest Tiger community is sponsoring a cheetah named Amani.

CCF Sponsorship certificate

Your Cheetah Update for Amani

One-eyed and growling, Amani would seem a dangerous cat but with the arrival of her keepers and the husbandry truck, a new cat emerges. Before feeding, she skulks along the fence with her shoulders and haunches poised for action underneath a tawny, tufty coat. She jumps at the fence, lets out a growl, but the the gate opens and the truck drives through: her hunched shoulders transform into a raised head, adorned with a single attentive eye. When the truck takes off that solitary eye does nothing to hinder her ability to chase it across the enclosure.

Over the last six months, Amani has become even more of a feisty old girl than she was before.

With only one eye, it would seem that Amani would have difficulty navigating her enclosure but this is not the case. Not only does Amani excel at making her way around, she is the best runner out of her old girls, racing after the truck as though she is young and fully sighted.  She can sometimes catch treats thrown from the back of the truck in her mouth and she doesn’t struggle to find the husbandry truck if she fails to show up at the gate.  In addition, she has developed a liking for attempting to scare new interns and guests, almost as though it is a game for her.  It has been a good few months.”

Meet 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.

 

 

 

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Cats Love To Play All Day http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/cats-love-to-play-all-day/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/cats-love-to-play-all-day/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:13:33 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15442 Eddie in Cat Ball

Eddie loves to play all day

I love the Great White Shark Cat Ball Kitty Bed.  I  have so much fun playing all day long.  Annie pretends not to care about how much fun I am having in the Cat Ball but I know she wants to jump in and play too.

Eddie in the Cat Ball

Look Annie…. I am half shark… half cat. hahahaha

I pretended to be a Cat-Shark.  I told Annie I was half shark and half cat able to survive both on land and in the sea.  She just rolled over and looked out the window and mumbled something about being an amphibian.

Eddie in the Cat Ball

Annie, Help Me!!! I am being eaten by a shark

Next, I tried to get her attention by telling her I was being eaten by the shark.  This time she looked around at me, let out a big sigh, and put her head down on her paws.  It is hard to compete with the sun for attention.  Especially in the afternoon when we like to take cat naps.

Eddie with little lion in Cat Ball

Don’t worry Little Lion. I will protect you.

While Annie continued to nap, I protected my favorite Little Lion.  I kept watch over the savannah making sure no danger was lurking.   I love my Little Lion and I take him with me everywhere I go.  Sometimes I need to hide him in my dad’s slipper for safe keeping when I am busy with other activities.  Like eating.  I sometimes hide my Little Lion when I am eating.   Say…I  am kind of hungry now.  Let me see if there is a snack in my dish.

Annie in Cat Ball

Annie waiting for Eddie to return

Look who took over the Shark Cat Ball while I was snacking.  And look at how pleased she is with herself too.  Well, I have news for Annie…

Annie and Eddie in Cat Ball

There is room for two

There is room for two cats in the Shark Cat Ball Kitty Bed.  Besides, I like to snuggle with Annie. She is my best friend.

Oh and if you are wondering about Mercy..

Mercy on pillow

Kittens will be kittens.

We asked him to play too but he said, no thank you.  Kittens will be kittens.  We are not sure what that means but we let Mercy take his nap.

We hope you have a great day!!

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Best Friends Leads The Way to No-Kill LA #SaveTheKittens http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/best-friends-leads-the-way-to-no-kill-la-savethekittens/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/07/best-friends-leads-the-way-to-no-kill-la-savethekittens/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:40:00 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=15416 Best Friends Kitten Day

Kitten Nursery at Salt Lake County Animal Services

Happy National Kitten Day!

We all love kittens! They are sweet, mischievous and cute all rolled up into one.  And kittens grow up to be the cats that become our best friends and companions.  But did you know that kittens are in more danger than any other animal when they are dropped at a shelter?

Newborn kittens need round-the-clock care and that is hard to provide.  For this reason, kittens are the most frequently killed pets in shelters.  It is a bitter bill to swallow, isn’t it?

And this is nowhere more apparent than in Los Angeles, where in 2014, 61% of animals killed in shelters were kittens. Best Friends Animal Society® wants to change the survival rate for kittens.

Best Friends Knows How To Save Kitten Lives

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Kitten Nursery at Salt Lake County Animal Services

Best Friends knows how to save these lives.  Right now in Los Angeles, shelters are flooded with kittens and their nursery is full nearly every day. Volunteers care for and feed kittens around the clock, every two hours for the youngest ones. They are saving the lives of kittens every day.

Los Angeles on the Brink of Becoming Largest No-Kill City in Nation

Best Friends Kitten Nursery

Kitten Nursery at Salt Lake County Animal Services

Los Angeles is on the brink of becoming the largest no-kill city in the nation, setting the stage for the rest of the country to follow suit. Kittens — believe it or not — are the little animals who represent one of the biggest challenges on the way to no-kill. Progress is being made, but the kitten programs need to expand.

Best Friends could save 4,400 more little lives if they could build a second kitten nursery. The new kitten nursery will help to make Los Angeles a no-kill city.

So you might be asking why is this important if I don’t live in Southern California?  If Los Angeles can become no-kill, it can serve as a model for the rest of the country. If we can solve the issue there, then we can do this anywhere–the very heart of our mission to Save Them All.

The Need is Urgent. We can Save Them All. But only together.

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Kitten Nursery at Salt Lake County Animal Services

Best Friends is working hard this month to educate people about this important cause and asking for help to raise the funds needed to get the additional kitten nursery.

Because of your support of Triple T Studios, we were able to make a donation to this important campaign to #SaveTheKittens this National Kitten Day.

You can learn more (and supporters can make a donation) here: bestfriends.org/savekittens.

Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles Kitten Nursery – Save The Kittens

About Best Friends Animal Society®

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in collaboration with its nationwide network of members and partners working to Save Them All®. In Utah, Best Friends leads the No-Kill Utah (NKUT) initiative, which is focused on ending the killing of dogs and cats in state shelters by 2019, and operates a pet adoption center in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City and a spay/neuter clinic in Orem. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million.

To become like Best Friends Animal Society on Facebook go to: http://www.facebook.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety

Follow Best Friends on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bestfriends

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