The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community http://conservationcubclub.com Caring about Cats, Big and Small Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:14:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What Greater Gift Than The Love of a Cat #AdoptAShelterPet Month http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/what-greater-gift-than-the-love-of-a-cat-adoptashelterpet-month/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/what-greater-gift-than-the-love-of-a-cat-adoptashelterpet-month/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:00:58 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14005 What Greater Gift Than The Love of a Cat #AdoptAShelterPet Month This post is sponsored by BlogPaws. I am being compensated to support Adopt a Shelter Pet 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 content of th... Read more..]]> Eddie with Dickens quote

This post is sponsored by BlogPaws. I am being compensated to support Adopt a Shelter Pet 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 content of this article.

October is Adopt a Shelter Pet Month

This  Adopt a Shelter Pet Month we are joining BlogPaws ‘s Adopt a Shelter Pet Month campaign in an effort to remind others how many pets are waiting for their forever homes.  Every day so many pets sit at shelters being cared for as best they can be by volunteers who work tirelessly, but nothing comes close to having a family and home to call their own.

We adopted Annie and Eddie from Grayson County Humane Society and we adopted Mercy from the back alley where we used to live.  All three cats bring us so much joy that even though it sounds cliche, we are not sure whether we saved the cats or the cats saved us.  We often talk about the benefits the pet receives from being adopted but we humans receive benefits too when we bring a cat into our family. Every cat is special and each has their own heartwarming way of bringing joy to our lives. I wanted to share one little thing about Annie, Eddie and Mercy that makes me smile every time I see them.

Annie’s Little Pink Ear with the Little Dark Spot

Annie Pink ears

Annie reminds us of Gracey, especially from the left side, but from the right side and the back of her head, she is all Annie. I love her little pink ears. On the left  ear when you look at Annie from the back she has a tiny dark spot along the edge of her ear.  This little spot makes me smile, I don’t know why but it just does.   Here is another photo where you might see it better.

Annie pink ears on Katris

Yes, I think you can see it better in this photo.  When Eddie and Annie first came to live with us, they would move around so quickly it was difficult to tell Annie from Eddie at a glance but now it is easy because Annie has the pink ears with a tiny dark spot and a striped tail and Eddie has a solid black tail and his own special marking.

Eddie Has a Heart on His Back Leg

Eddie heart leg katris

Paul noticed the little heart shape on Eddie’s back leg first.  I saw Paul admiring Eddie one day and when he caught me watching him he said, “Did you notice that Eddie has a little heart shaped spot on his back left leg?” I hadn’t noticed. Gracey had a little spot on her back leg too but it was not shaped like a heart. So when I took a closer look at Eddie’s it really is a heart shape.  Here is a closer look for you.

Eddie heart leg in catit

Isn’t that just the sweetest thing?  And here is an even closer look.

Eddie's heart leg even closer

Eddie wasn’t much for being kissed or coddled but now that his teeth no longer hurt him, he is much more affectionate. Today I even got my first nose tap from him.  This was a big day. When we set Eddie back down after a love session, he pauses for a second and then zooms away. This is such a little thing but I have to tell you how much it warms our hearts every time we see our little guy scampering away with his little heart spot on his back leg.

Mercy Has Three White Diamonds Down His Chest

Mercy with diamond chest

Mercy is solid black except for three diamond shaped white patches down his chest.  In this photo you can see the first diamond shape and the other two…well you are going to have to take my word for it.  Mercy wasn’t much in the mood to pose with his belly exposed.  Paul has a sweater with a diamond pattern down the front and we tease him that it is his Mercy sweater.

Paul and Mercy

This is a photo of Paul wearing his Mercy Diamond sweater. It is a little hard to see in this photo but I love this photo because it looks like Mercy is telling Paul quite the story, doesn’t it?  Mercy was rescued from the mean streets and that is why we named him Mercy.  We already had Gracey and I used to say that this was one way of being sure that Grace and Mercy would follow me all the days of my life. Well at least at meal time.

This Adopt A Shelter Pet Month, instead of talking about how great it is for the pets, I want to focus on how great it is for humans to share their homes and lives with such wonderful friends.  Maybe if we all keep talking about how our cats make every day better, more cats will be adopted.  Be sure to check the BlogPaws site and the Be the Change for Pets Facebook page  to learn more ideas on how you can help  shelter pets find their forever homes.

 

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How To Help Your Cats Have a Safe and Happy Halloween http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/how-to-help-your-cats-have-a-safe-and-happy-halloween/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/how-to-help-your-cats-have-a-safe-and-happy-halloween/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 20:49:33 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13998 How To Help Your Cats Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

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

Help Your Cats Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

Halloween is a fun time for children and adults too but I am not so sure about how much fun Trick or Treat night is for cats. Take a moment and think about Beggars’ Night from your cat’s point of view.  The constant knocking on the front door or ringing of the doorbell combined with strangers dressed up in costumes shouting “Trick or Treat”.  The opening and closing of the front door, spooky sounds, sights and smells, it really can be too much for our feline family members.

With a little planning your cats can have a safe and happy Halloween too celebrating the festivities in feline fashion.

Cats and Costumes

annie and eddie halloween

We don’t dress  up our cats in costumes.  We have in the past placed a hat or cape on our cats, but honestly they just don’t like it.  Gracey really disliked having her ears restricted  by a hat, and Annie and Eddie don’t seem to like it either. Mercy, we haven’t even tried.  We found the best way to dress up our cats is by using photo editing tools.

Cats Have Their Own Private Party During  Trick or Treat Time

Before the first child approaches our house on Trick or Treat night,  Annie, Eddie and Mercy will be safely inside the master bedroom having their own private party.  We place their food bowls and water fountain, a couple of beds and many of their favorite toys in the bedroom and we place litter boxes in the master bathroom.

We close the window shades and turn on the television or play some nice soothing music.  Eddie has a preference for curling up on Paul’s pajamas and Annie likes to curl up on the end of the bed facing the door.  Mercy snuggles down in one of the cat beds.  We make sure they have their favorite food in their bowls and we put a few treats in their puzzle feeders.

Once they are safe inside the bedroom, we can relax and enjoy passing out treats to the children.  Our neighborhood does things a little differently.  We all go to the end of our driveways or yards to pass out the candy.  This eliminates the constant knocking and ringing on the door that is so troubling to cats and dogs and is safer for the younger children allowing them to  stay in a group and closer to their parents.

Annie by jack o lanterns

 Jack O’ Lantern Safety

We opt for electric or battery operated jack O’ lanterns to decorate for  Halloween.  Candles are just to risky with curious paws and whiskers snooping about.  There are so many electric jack o’ lanterns to choose from today, you won’t even miss the candles.   When Trick or Treat night ends and Annie, Eddie and Mercy come out of the bedroom, they love to look out the front window  to see what they missed.

Keep Candy and Wrappers Away From Your Cats

When the night comes to an end and you have candy left in your bowl, make sure you put the candy in the cupboard and all wrappers in the garbage.  If your cats are like Annie, they can’t resist the sound of the wrapper in their paws.  Remember Halloween candy can be dangerous to your cat so it is best to tuck it safely away from them.

Keep Your Cats Indoors

Our cats are indoors only and we secure them in the master bedroom during Trick or Treat, but it is a good idea to keep your cats safely inside especially during the entire Halloween season.  Black cats are especially at risk because  of their  of their mythical association with Halloween.  Don’t let your black cat be at risk of harm from cruel people.

Gracey halloween night

Enjoy Your Time With Your Cats

Time goes by so quickly, sometimes holidays remind us to slow down a bit and just enjoy our time with our family.  Gracey used to love to be out in the sunroom when the jack o’ lantern was glowing.  I liked to sit out there with her and listen to the leaves rustling in the wind.  This year I will sit in the sun room and see if Annie, Eddie and Mercy would like to join me.  Of course, Gracey will always be in my heart.

Wishing you a fun and safe Halloween.

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Cats Love the Katris Cat Tower. Katris Block Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cats-love-the-katris-cat-tower/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cats-love-the-katris-cat-tower/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:24:29 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13974 Cats Love the Katris Cat Tower. Katris Block Giveaway[caption id="attachment_13958" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Annie planning the Katris configuration.[/caption] When Jeff from Papercut Lab asked if I thought Annie, Eddie and Mercy might be interested in... Read more..]]> Annie peeking over Katris box

Annie planning the Katris configuration.

When Jeff from Papercut Lab asked if I thought Annie, Eddie and Mercy might be interested in trying out their product Katris (Amazon Affiliate Link).  I answered back almost immediately with an enthusiastic yes!  Papercut Lab sent us five Katris blocks for us to review.  Our cats love to climb and to scratch and I love that the Katris looks good and can be assembled in a variety of configurations to keep the novelty factor for the cats.

When the Katris pieces were being assembled in the sun room, Annie was ready to help.  She is by far the most curious of our three cats and the first to try anything new.  While Paul and I were making room for the Katris in the sun room, Annie was reviewing the design your own cat tree images on the pretty blue paper sleeve that protects the Katris pieces during shipping.

Katris waiting to be assembled

Katris shapes waiting to be assembled.

The Katris is Modular

Every shape is well designed for easy assembling. When you want to change the shape of the Katris, it is super easy to do.  SImply remove the Katris clips and reconfigure.  The clips are provided to secure your shapes into place.The instructions on the Katris sleeve suggest placing the Shapes in an area your cat is familiar with.  That for us, is definitely the sun room.

Pull to Open

Once we had all the pieces in the sun room we were ready to remove the  plastic wrap and blue paper sleeve.  Papercut Labs made this easy to do with  “Pull to open” tabs with a paw print image.  Pulling these tabs loosens up the sleeve enough to allow the Katris shape to be easily released.  The packaging has all the information you will need and it presented in an eye-pleasing way.  You might be thinking, what does that mean so I will show you.

Katris see details

See what I mean?  Pleasant to look at and the graphics made me smile.  Next step was to make sure we place the shapes so that there would be a steady foundation. Then we secured the Katris blocks with the provided clips.  The instructions say that your cat might need some time to get used to Katris and suggest you apply some of the  catnip provided with each shape.

Annie first Eddie on Katris

Annie is first to climb and scratch while Eddie observes.

Katris is Non-toxic

No surprise that Annie was the first to climb the Katris and give it a good scratch. Eddie carefully observes Annie just to make sure it is safe for him to climb aboard.  Eddie doesn’t need to worry becaus  Katris is safe for the cats.  Papercut Lab uses SGS certified non-toxic glue on all assembling processes, and the shapes are original and organic in color. No inks are used. Even the provided  catnip is 100% organic.

Eddie tells Annie a secret

Eddie tells Annie that he likes the Katris

Katris is Eco-Friendly

It didn’t take Eddie long to join Annie on top the Katris cat complex.  I like that the blocks are so durable. Each piece is handcrafted to ensure precision and the use of top grade B flute material makes the pieces stronger.  Every block is assembled from 204 sheets of paper.  You might be thinking that is a lot of paper but Katris is eco-friendly, made from 100% recyclable materials with 90% post consumers recycled content for the paper used.  And the paper is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified from responsible sources.

Eddie in square Katris

Eddie takes the center Square

Eddie is giving the square shaped block a good scratch while Annie gives the far right block a workout.

Mercy Annie Katris

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

Mercy decides he better see what is so exciting in the sun room that has the other two scratching.

Annie inside Katris block

Annie claims the lower left as her hideout.

The Katris Block Giveaway!

When our cats really like a product we like to share with you and Jeff from Katris is so nice he agreed to ship one member of The Tiniest Tiger community any block shape they would like to try.

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 in the comments section (not in the widget) telling us which Katris shape you would prefer for your cat. Pounce here to see all the shapes Katris Block Shapes. (Amazon Affiliate Link)
Here are your choices:

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

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

This giveaway is open USA only due to the weight of the Katris block.

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Cat Trick or Treat. PetSafe Puzzle Feeder Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cat-trick-or-treat-petsafe-puzzle-feeder/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/10/cat-trick-or-treat-petsafe-puzzle-feeder/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:48:32 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13949 Cat Trick or Treat. PetSafe Puzzle Feeder Giveaway Trick or Treat for Cats! Earlier this month I was invited to visit PetSafe's headquarters in Knoxville, TN where I had the opportunity to learn about many of their products to hel... Read more..]]> Eddie and Annie with Jack O'Lantern

Trick or Treat for Cats!

Earlier this month I was invited to visit PetSafe’s headquarters in Knoxville, TN where I had the opportunity to learn about many of their products to help enrich the lives of our pets. I had a great time and PetSafe  was kind enough to give us toys and a few other wonderful things I will be sharing with you very soon!

Since it is almost Halloween, we thought Annie, Eddie and Mercy might like to participate in a little Trick or Treat. We put some of their favorite treats inside two of the PetSafe Cat Feeder Toys, the Fishbowl cat feeder toy and the Egg-cersizer Treat Dispenser.  All three cats really enjoyed playing and being rewarded with a treat.

Eddie with fishbowl

Eddie likes the Fishbowl best

Eddie preferred to try his paw with the Petsafe Fishbowl Food Dispensing Cat Toy (Amazon Affiliate Link). We just put a few treats inside and set the Fishbowl down on his bear shaped rug and he took it from there.  The Fishbowl  has a weighted base so it won’t spill the treats . Your cat uses their paw to fish out their snacks.  The challenge will help keep your cat active and engaged.  The Fishbowl is dishwasher safe, top rack only, so you can easily keep it clean and ready to go.

Mercy and Annie eggcersizer

Mercy and Annie check out the egg-cersizer

Mercy and Annie both began to check out the PetSafe Egg-Cersizer Treat Dispensing Cat Toy (Amazon Affiliate Link).  This puzzle feeder toy has an innovative design that allows for a variety of play levels ranging from easy to challenging. Treats are randomly dispensed from the toy while your cats play.  This toy like the Fishbowl is a simple way to keep your cat active and mentally stimulated.  This is an easy way to add environmental enrichment which is so important for your cats.   Just like the Fishbowl, this toy is dishwasher safe, top rack only, to help you keep it clean and ready for your cat to play.

Mercy gets a few treats

Mercy gets a few treats out of the egg-cersizer

Mercy Eddie Fishbowl

Mercy checks out Eddie’s Fishbowl

These toys are a big hit here.  All three cats really enjoy playing and being rewarded with a tasty treat.  Both toys come with instructions and tips to help you help your cats get the most fun out of playing.

Annie with Fishbowl

Annie is pleased with her fishing skills.

Because Annie, Eddie and Mercy like these puzzle feeder toys so much, we wanted to share with you too.

The PetSafe Puzzle Feeder Giveaway

Puzzle Feeder with Jack O'Lantern

Two  friends of The Tiniest Tiger will win  either the PetSafe Fishbowl Cat Feeder Toy or the Egg-cersizer Treat Dispenser.

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 in the comments section (not in the widget) telling us whether you would like  your cat to try the Fishbowl or the Egg-cersizer.

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

This giveaway is open to everyone!!

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

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

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

Annie and Eddie mug set

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

mug set Eddie

Eddie

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

Annie on mug set

Annie

 

The Warm Hands Warm Heart Kitten Mug Set Giveaway

Annie and Eddie mug set together

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

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

How to Enter

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

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

This giveaway is open to everyone!!

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

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

Your Pet’s Whole Body Health

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

Whole Body Health
Natural Balance Whole Body Health

Natural Balance’s Original Ultra Whole Body Health

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

Natural Balance Ultra whole body health

There are seven areas of health this new food supports.

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

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

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

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

Pounce here:  Original Ultra Whole Body Health Sample Giveaway

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

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

Eddie waits for Annie to check out the pumpkin.

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

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

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

Annie Eddie nibble pumpkin

Eddie sniffs the pumpkin after he sees Annie is alright.

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

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

Mercy Pumpkin

Mercy supervises the activity.

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

Annie Eddie maple leaf

Annie and Eddie inspect the Maple leaf

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

Eddie Annie dancing with leaf

Dancing with the Maple leaf

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

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

Our Cats Depend on Us

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

3 Steps to Keep Your Cat Healthy and Happy

Annual Vet Visits

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

Mealtime

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

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

Little Extras

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

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

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

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® Healthier Pets. Happier Lives.™, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this

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

NIP CANCER!

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

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

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

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

NEW! Pink Tickle Pickle

Annie Pink tickle Pickle

Annie wants to NIP CANCER too!

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

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

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

The Giveaway

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

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

How to Enter

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

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

This giveaway is open to everyone!!

 

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

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

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

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

Bossy Backyard Blue Jay

Bossy Backyard Blue Jay

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

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

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

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

“Yes, just one cat.” he replied.

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

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

“Lucky cat.” I said.

“Lucky me.” He answered.

“Indeed.” I said.

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

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

“So, you are lucky too.”

“Yes, I am.”

We nodded, loaded our vehicles and drove away.

 

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