The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community Caring about Cats, Big and Small Tue, 24 May 2016 16:02:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NEW! Bow Tie Cat Watch Giveaway Tue, 24 May 2016 15:58:23 +0000  Triple T Studios Bow Tie Cat Watch

The New Bow Tie Cat Watch

By request we curated a new cat watch that has a bit more bling!  This Bow Tie Cat Watch features a cat with a long tail and bow tie crystal bling!  The watch dial is highlighted with crystals too.  The luminous hands and second hand make it easy to keep track of time. This feline fashion watch will help keep you purring every time you check the time.

Pink Bow Tie Cat Watch


This cat watch’s dial is larger than the average dial  (dial diameter:  1.5″ (3.8 cm))  so you might want to use a ruler against your wrist to gauge the size. We don’t want you to be disappointed if you were expecting a smaller watch face. The watch features  a stainless steel case, silver-tone hardware and Japanese quartz movement.

Pink Bow Tie Cat Watch

The band width is .75″ (1.9 cm) and the band length is  8.5″ (21.5 cm).   The watch band is made from silicone,  is vegan friendly and adjustable.  This is a fashion watch, and the silicone band make it perfect for summer time activities.  The watch is water resistant but not waterproof, which means the watch will withstand the typical moisture but is not for swimming or for soaking in sink while doing dishes.

The cat watch is available in two strap colors:

  • Pink
  • Classic Black

Black Bow Tie Cat Watch

The Triple T Studios Bow Tie Cat Watch Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger Community will win the Bow Tie Cat Watch from Triple T Studios.

You can find more information about the Bow Tie Cat Watch here: Triple T Studios

How to Enter

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The Leopard Is More Vulnerable Than Previously Assumed Mon, 23 May 2016 15:10:09 +0000 Lagadema, Eye of the Leopard

Lagadema, Eye of the Leopard photo by Beverly Joubert

The Reclusive and Highly Adaptable Leopard Is Vulnerable

The leopard is known as a a reclusive and highly adaptable cat.  These traits led to the assumption that the leopard populations were not at risk in the wild.  Historically the leopard roamed over approximately 13.5 million square miles in Africa, Asia and parts of the Middle East. However, a recent peer-reviewed article published in PeerJ Leopard (Panthera pardus) status, distribution, and the research efforts across its range suggests that leopards have lost as much as 75% of their historical range over the last two hundred years.

This study, conducted by a team of fourteen scientists representing fifteen universities and organizations including the Zoological Society of London, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Iranian Cheetah Society, National Geographic and Panthera, is thought to be the first to assess the leopard’s status globally across nine subspecies and  has received praise from the scientific community for its scope and detail.

The researchers analyzed 6,000 records from 2,500 locations and more than 1,300 sources to map the leopard’s present and historic ranges. The year 1750 was chosen as a starting point because this date was before the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and the colonial era in Africa.

The findings show the leopard’s range has decreased by 63-75% with only 3 of the 9 subspecies represented in 97% of the big cat’s current range. Three other subspecies, the Arabian leopard; the North Chinese leopard; and the Amur leopard found in the Russian Far East retained only 2% of their historical range. In Southeast Asia and the Middle East, the leopard has nearly vanished.  Only a fraction (17%) of the leopard’s current range is protected land.

Photo Credit @kyslynskyy

Photo Credit @kyslynskyy

Study Suggests the Leopard Be Reclassified as Vulnerable

The study’s findings encouraged the cat specialist group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature to recommend that the leopard (Panthera pardus) be reclassified on its Red List of threatened species as “vulnerable”, indicating the need for stronger conservation efforts.  The species is currently listed as “near threatened,” with three subspecies classified as “critically endangered” and two others as “endangered.”

Like lions and tigers, leopards are threatened by human activity including the destruction of habitat, overhunting of prey animals, revenge killings by farmers who lost livestock, the illegal trade in leopard skins and parts and to a smaller extent trophy hunting.

The Leopard Needs Wildlife Biologists Attention

Leopards receive far less attention from conservationists than African lions, tigers and cheetahs. This neglect is reflected in the scientific literature. This study found that of 330 articles on leopards published from 2000-2015, 69% concerned only two subspecies. Three subspecies have less than 5 research articles devoted to them.

Dr. Philipp Henschel, the lion program survey coordinator for Panthera, thinks wildlife biologists are partly at fault for failing to notice the leopard’s decline. Lions and cheetahs are easier to study because they can be observed from a vehicle, but the elusive leopard are mostly seen in photographs from camera traps requiring extra effort to install. Dr. Henschel  said “I think that’s something that biologists have to be honest about.  Biologists have to start picking up and be ready to invest a lot of sweat into counting these cats to show the world how rare they have become.”

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Cats In Sun Puddles Sun, 22 May 2016 13:23:48 +0000 Sweet Annie in a sun puddle

It has been an unusually cold and cloudy Spring but that hasn’t deterred Eddie from knocking on the sunroom door just after he eats his breakfast. Eddie might be the first to ask for the door to be unlocked, but it doesn’t take long for Mercy and Annie to follow him into the sunroom.

Lately, more often than not, the cats have been met with disappointment to find the sunroom chilly and no sun puddles filling up the room.  There are still birds to watch, and sometimes fox, raccoons, groundhogs and deer, but nothing feels as good as a nice nap in a sun puddle.

Mercy on top of the CPT in a sun puddle

But this Sunday morning, even though the temperature is still unseasonably cold, the sun could be found providing warmth and light all over the sunroom.  Energized by the sun, Mercy couldn’t contain his excitement as he leapt to the top level of the Cat Power Tower for the first time.

Mercy and Annie chatting on CPT

Annie wasn’t sure she liked Mercy claiming the top of the tower.  She is used to getting her way and Eddie will share the top platform with her, but Mercy decided he wants to soak up the sun alone on the top of the tower.

Annie sleeping in sun puddle

After a brief discussion, Annie decides that the sun feels pretty good on the middle platform too and maybe it is ok to allow Mercy to bask in the sun at the top of the tower.

Sweet Annie sun puddle sleeping

It didn’t take too long for Annie to fall fast asleep covered in sunshine.

Eddie steered clear of the Cat Power Tower takeover thinking there was plenty of sunshine in the sunroom and not feeling up for a tussle with Mercy. Besides, Eddie knows the sun feels just as warm on the sofa.

Eddie Sun Puddle sofa sunroom

We wish you a peaceful Sunday and hope that you can take a nap in a sun puddle too.

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I Love Cats Necklace Giveaway Sat, 21 May 2016 13:36:53 +0000 I Love Cats Necklace Triple T Studios

I Love Cats Necklace

We found this pretty sterling silver necklace with the golden cat surrounded by a heart and thought you might like it too.  There was something about the stretching little cat that touched our hearts reminding us how even the everyday things our cats do warms our hearts.
I Love Cats Necklace Triple T Studios

This 925 sterling silver necklace with the word LOVE features a 925 sterling silver and highlighted with AAA cubic zirconia stones heart with pretty yellow gold cat. The cat image is 10 K yellow gold plated with a silver collar.  The necklace comes with the 18 inch Rolo chain.   The LOVE Cat image is not too big and not too small measuring just about one inch in width and height.  The necklace will come in a gift box ready to give or to keep.

The Triple T Studios I Love Cats Necklace Giveaway

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

You can find more information about this pretty necklace here: Triple T Studios

How to Enter

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Leave a comment below this post telling us; How much do you love cats?    You can just have fun with this, because let’s face it, we all really love cats! 

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Our Message to Gracey After Three Years Fri, 20 May 2016 14:20:16 +0000 This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Messages to Gracey
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Gracey, My Heart Cat

A few days ago, it was three years since you’ve been gone. This year hit me harder than last year and I think it is because we have been clearing out our grandparents’ and parents’ belongings.  Every photograph brings back a memory, every item a reminder.  The work has been tedious and exhausting, more emotional than physical. Well maybe both, I am not as strong as I used to be.  Years ago, I could work fourteen hours straight and be none the worse for the wear, but now, around the seven-eight hour mark, I not only need a hot shower but a dose of precautionary ibuprofen because I know the stiff and sore muscles are coming.

While clearing out, I found a beautiful photo of my mom when she completed her nurse’s training. After finding this photo, it made it easier to donate and clear other items that belonged to her.

Dorothy Jean Watts in her Nurse's Uniform

My Mom in her Nurse’s Uniform

I guess I don’t write too much about my mom.  It will soon be nineteen years since we lost her.  Nineteen years. How is that possible?  This time of year, the middle of May – the first week of June, bring the reminder of the time we all knew she would lose her battle with cancer.  Mother’s Day was particularly hard this year after just losing Paul’s mom too.

The saying, “Time heals all wounds.” is a lie.  But I concede that time stitches us up enough to go on.  Sometimes those memories surface and break our hearts all over again, but truth is, we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Those memories are the love that lives on in our hearts.

You would be proud of me. I limited the number of items I brought home to a minimum.  A bench Grandpa made,  Mom’s canister set, Dad’s glasses he wore as a boy and a lot of photographs to sort through.  Clearing loved ones belongings is difficult, but you just have to keep reminding yourself that their spirit does not reside in those objects.  I remembered an excerpt from Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie.

“Don’t cling to things, because everything is impermanent… But detachment doesn’t mean you don’t let the experience penetrate you. On the contrary, you let it penetrate you fully. That’s how you are able to leave it…You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief… But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. ”

Their spirit lives on in us.


Three years.  I can’t believe it has been three years.  You would be so happy to know that through the sales from Triple T Studios, we are sponsoring a Lion Guardian into the second year now.  We sponsor a Guarding Dog and Cheetah at the Cheetah Conservation Fund.  We have donated to purchase cameras for tiger and mountain lion conservation and several other conservation projects including Save the Frogs. We adopted two baby elephants at the elephant orphanage in Nairobi, not cats, but we love elephants too. Your spirit and the Conservation Cub Club live on.

It took me until today to be able to write this message to you.  I was just too out of sorts to put any words together.  Feeling heartbroken.  Early this morning I remembered another excerpt from Tuesday’s With Morrie.  When Morrie talks about losing his mother over 70 years ago his eyes well up with tears.   Mitch asks  if it still hurts after all those years and Morrie replies, “You bet.”

Your Dad and I are doing ok.  We think of you every day.  Thank you for sharing your life with us.




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10 African Nations Propose Strongest Protection for Lions Wed, 18 May 2016 16:11:30 +0000 African Male Lion photo by Beverly Joubert

African Male Lion photo by Beverly Joubert

10 African Nations Propose Strongest Protection for Lions under CITES

The African lion has been listed in Appendix  II under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) since 1977. This method for regulating trade has proven insufficient to stop the rapid decline of lion populations for the last forty years.

Ten African nations have decided the African lion needs the strongest protection possible under CITES and have submitted a proposal to transfer all populations of African lion from CITES Appendix II to Appendix I. Parties to CITES will vote on the proposal to strengthen protection for African lions this September at CoP17 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Listing the African lion to CITES Appendix I would:

  • Reduce the impacts of international trade;
  • Strengthen domestic protection by permitting stronger penalties for illegal trade;
  • Encourage further international efforts to protect the species;
  • Offer opportunities to increase public awareness of the threats;
  • Provide greater impetus for the implementation of national and regional conservation strategies.

West and Central African Parties in attendance at the regional CITES CoP17 Coordination Workshop held in March 2016 agreed to support the Appendix I proposal. Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda and Togo are behind the proposal, stating while “international trade in lion specimens has increased markedly in recent years”, African lion populations have declined. The supporters cite a total of 29,214 lion “items” in trade during the period of 2005 – 2014, with 11,164 of those items declared as derived from wild lions. Of 12,315 lion items declared as hunting trophies (source code H), approximately 36% were reported as “wild” (source code W).  The trade in African lion bones has sharply increased from 16 skeletal items derived from wild lions in 2005 to 1,339 in 2014.

In addition to the supporting countries listed above, these African countries are in agreement with the proposal: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic and Kenya.

An additional 15 lion range states were consulted regarding the proposal, but at the time of submission to CITES, had not responded. These range states include: Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

African Male Lion

Threats to the African lion are:

  •  Unsustainable trophy hunting;
  • International trade in lion parts;
  • Retaliatory killing and/or “pre-emptive” killing to protect livestock;
  • Loss of prey;
  • Habitat loss/fragmentation due to conversion for livestock and/or crops.

The Appendix I listing will not completely eradicate trophy hunting of African lions, but there will be  significant pushback by African range states that favor trophy hunting.  Proponents of the listing must now prepare for the antics of the pro-trade/pro-hunting lobbyists that will flock to the CoP17 in South Africa.



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The IDEXX SDMA Test Will Help 1 in 3 Cats. Is Your Cat The 1? #AskYourVet Tue, 17 May 2016 12:00:48 +0000 IDEXX image three cats

Image courtesy of IDEXX

This post is sponsored by Pet Health Network® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help create awareness for the importance of the IDEXX SDMA™ kidney screening test for pets, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Neither Pet Health Network® or IDEXX is responsible for the content of this article.

1 in 3 Cats Will Develop Some Form of Kidney Disease

Annie sitting pretty Eddie sitting handsome Mercy sitting handsome

One in three cats will develop some form of kidney disease in their lifetime.   Recent studies indicate that chronic kidney disease (CKD)  is more common and until now has been under-recognized.  One in three cats, tugged at my heart because that means Annie, Eddie or Mercy, or all three could develop kidney disease.

Kidney disease is a leading cause of suffering and death for cats and because cats are hard-wired to hide any sign of weakness or disease, your cat might not show any sign of illness until their kidneys have lost most of their function.  The prevalence of cats kidney disease can be compared to heart disease for humans.  And as our cats age, the likelihood of developing kidney disease increases.  By the age of 15, more than half of all cats will be afflicted with kidney disease.

IDEXX SDMA™ Breakthrough Screening Test for Cat Kidney Disease

Now we can take action and be proactive helping our cats manage kidney disease.  IDEXX SDMA™ is a breakthrough new test that screens for kidney disease. This new test for chronic kidney disease in cats can detect this serious condition months to years earlier, while there is still time to do something about it.  This is great news for all cat lovers. This revolutionary new kidney function test will enable the detection of kidney disease while your cat’s kidney function is still intact making better management of the disease possible.  Managing kidney disease effectively can help keep your cat healthier and to live a happier life.

Ask Your Veterinarian for the IDEXX SDMA Kidney Screening Test

Dr. Alison examianes Eddie at vet

Dr .Alison examines Eddie.

Mercy just turned 8 so for his next checkup we are requesting the IDEXX SDMA test.  You can ask your veterinarian for the IDEXX SDMA kidney screening test too.   I know you, like us,  want your cats to be as healthy and happy as possible.  To learn more and stay updated follow Pet Health Network®

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pet Health Network®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Cat Paw Lace Tote Giveaway Sat, 14 May 2016 15:46:24 +0000 Cat Lace Totes with Kitten in middle

Triple T Studios Paw Lace Tote

When I first sketched out the idea for the Paw Lace Tote, I thought it would be a nice tote, but it turned out to be even better than I imagined.  The two colors, Lavender Gray and Limpet Shell Blue, were the top two colors from the Help Choose the New Handbag Color Survey.  Thank you for your help.  I think we make a great team.

Two Colors: Lavender Gray and Limpet Shell Blue

Lavender Gray
Lavender Gray
Limpet Shell Blue
Limpet Shell Blue Cat Paw Lace Tote
We think  you will love all of the features and the designer quality of the Paw Lace Tote. The beautiful tote shows your love of cats in a subtle and sophisticated way.

Cat Paw Protective Feet

Paw Lace Tote
When I drew the design for the protective feet on the bottom of all new Triple T Studios handbags and totes, it took some convincing and a bit of time to get them just right.  Now, we love the cat paws on the bottom of our handbags and totes and hope you do too.  The proprietary paw protective feet are patent-pending and unique to Triple T Studios.

The Paw Lace Tote is Two Handbags in One

Paw Lace Tote insert

This cat tote is two handbags in one!  We created a zippered insert that fits securely inside the tote to keep all of your valuable safe and secure.  The Insert is so pretty you might be tempted to attach the shoulder strap and use it as a handbag!  Inside the insert you will find a zippered compartment on one side and two slip pockets on the other. The insert fastens securely into place with a snap and metal ring closure on each side of the tote. You can remove the insert from the tote for an open tote option.

There is a detachable adjustable shoulder strap for versatility.  You can carry the Cat Paw Lace Tote on your shoulder with the comfortable 8.5″ drop or attach the strap for cross-body carry.

 Sweet Annie Hangtag and a Leash for your Keys!

Lavender Gray Paw Lace Tote

We added an adorable hang tag featuring Sweet Annie. And because I am always losing my keys inside my bags, I added a leash for your keys!  Just clip your keys to the leash and you can fish them out easily with your paw! The material for the Cat Paw Lace Tote has a softer hand-feel that you are sure to love.

 The Triple T Studios Paw Lace Tote Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger Community will win their choice of Lavender Gray or Limpet Shell Blue Paw Lace Tote from Triple T Studios.

You can find more information about the Paw Lace Totes here: Triple T Studios

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Black Cat Earrings Giveaway Sat, 07 May 2016 12:00:23 +0000 Black Cat Earrings Triple T Studios

We Love Black Cats

Mercy with diamond chest


One of the most requests for new items for Triple T Studios is for black cat earrings. So, when we saw these shiny black cat earrings with the clear crystal collar we had to check them out and add them to the collection. These cat earrings are shiny but not overstated. They will be perfect whether you are dressing up or dressing in denim. And what a great way to show your love for your black cat.

Black Cat Earrings

Black Cat Earrings Triple T Studios

The  Black Cat Earrings are made from 925 sterling silver with micro pave zircon in black with a clear crystal collar. The earrings are lead and nickel free. The earrings measure just under 3/4 inch so not too big and not too small.  The post back keeps your cat earrings safe and secure.  The black cat earrings come boxed, ready to give as a gift but you might have a hard time giving these black cat earrings away.

The Triple T Studios Black Cat Earrings Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger Community will win a pair of the new Black Cat Earrings from Triple T Studios.

You can find more information about these pretty black cat earrings here: Triple T Studios

How to Enter

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Leave a comment below this post telling us; Will you keep your Black Cat Earrings or give as a gift? 

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Must Love Cats, Toads and Frogs Fri, 06 May 2016 14:43:24 +0000 Dr Kerry Kriger Save the Frogs

Dr. Kerry M. Kriger Founder of SAVE THE FROGS!


Dr. Kerry M. Kriger is the Founder and Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, the world’s leading amphibian conservation organization. Dr. Kriger created and coordinates Save The Frogs Day, the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. Dr. Kriger feels strongly that Save The Frogs Day is the single most effective tool we have for spreading the word about the plight of amphibians and inspiring people to protect them.

Save The Frogs Day

April 30 was Save The Frogs Day and thanks to your support of Triple T Studios, and the sales of our book An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night, we were able to make a generous donation to SAVE THE FROGS!  We received a thoughtful thank you email from Dr. Kriger telling us how much he appreciates all of us caring about frogs and of course toads too.

An Ordinary Toad's Extraordinary Night

If you are new to The Tiniest Tiger community you might be wondering why we are talking about frogs. Our book, An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night was published on the day  we lost Gracey.  As you can understand, I wasn’t as enthusiastic as I might have been when the book was first available. Here we are nearly three years later, so I thought in honor of Gracey and her inspiration to help all living beings, I would reintroduce the book.  The illustrations are wonderful and are the work of the talented Rachael Mahaffey.

An Ordinary Toad's Extraordinary Night

How An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night Came To Be

My focus during my zoology studies was  on big cat conservation and the big cats are considered charismatic megafauna.   The term charismatic megafauna refers to large well-known animal species that attract a disproportionate share of the public’s attention.  The tiger is the world’s most popular animal according to a survey conducted by animal planet. The big cat even beat out the dog for the number one position. These species have the “it” factor that grabs the public’s attention and desire to save them. The koala certainly is charming, but a small toad…perhaps not.

An Ordinary Toad's Extraordinary Night

Toads and Frogs Need Protected Too!

What about all the living beings that aren’t cute and cuddly or fierce and admired.  Driving one day, I thought about toads.  Then I wondered why frogs seem to be the preferred amphibian.  I imagined a young toad named Andrew. I wish I could tell you why his name is Andrew but I honestly don’t know. But I began to tell Gracey, she was a great listener, the story of a Andrew the young toad that wondered if his life might have been better had be been hatched a frog.  And that is how An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night came to be.

We were honored that Dr. Kriger wrote a review for us:

“An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night is not only an enjoyable read, it’s a great introduction to the natural history of amphibians.”

Thank you Dr. Kriger for caring about frogs and toads.  And thank you for caring about all animals big and small.



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