The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community http://conservationcubclub.com Caring about Cats, Big and Small Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:02:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Keep Your Cat Happy With a Pet Gift from Sam’s Club. Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/keep-your-cat-happy-with-a-pet-gift-from-sams-club/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/keep-your-cat-happy-with-a-pet-gift-from-sams-club/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14089 Keep Your Cat Happy With a Pet Gift from Sam's Club. Giveaway

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Annie and Grumpy Cat

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

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

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

Sam's Club Healthy Living

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

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

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

Sams app

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

Grumpy in Sams Club

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

The Gund Grumpy Cat and Fancy Feast Giveaway!

Eddie and Gund Grumpy Cat

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

Annie nose taps Gund Grumpy

Annie gives Grumpy a welcome nose tap!

The Giveaway!

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

How To Enter

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

Leave a comment below this post telling us if you are planning to give your cat a gift this holiday season.

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

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

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The Polar Vortex Returned With an Icy Blast

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

Eddie and Annie watching the snow

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

Cat Naps By The Fire

Annie and Mercy in front of fireplace

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

Mercy on the mantle

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

Eddie by the fire glow

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

Annie in front of fire

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

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving week!

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

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November is Feline Diabetes Awareness Month

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

Gracey with Dr.Teresa.

Signs of Feline Diabetes

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

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

How Feline Diabetes is Diagnosed

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Cat’s Insulin Needs

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

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

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

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Enter the #NeatoBestPetVacuum Sweepstakes http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/neatobestpetvacuum-sweepstakes/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/neatobestpetvacuum-sweepstakes/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:00:35 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=13908 Enter the  #NeatoBestPetVacuum Sweepstakes Read more..]]> Neato disclosureNeato Sweepstakes image

Neato Robotics Vacuum is “Best For Pets”

A couple of weeks ago we talked about the Neato Robotics Vacuum .  and how this powerful little vacuum  has been consistently reviewed as “Best For Pets” by industry experts.  The Neato Robot Vacuums are recognized for their smart  navigation, powerful suction, design features and brushes to clean hard to reach spots and they work incredibly well for pet hair and dirt across a variety of floor surfaces.  In fact the Neato Robot Vacuums have been dubbed “Best For Pets” by industry experts and publications  such as DailyTekk, PC Magazine and PetGuide.

Eddie under ottoman

Don’t worry Eddie, the Neato eats cat hair, not cats for lunch.

This Vacuum Eats Cat Hair For Lunch

The Neato Robot Vacuums are automatic and you can schedule your Neato to run daily.  We know how much our cats love keeping to a schedule so this vacuum might just be the answer to keeping up with your cat hair and getting your cat adjusted to a daily routine of vacuuming.

These robotic vacuums have no winding cords and are bagless. And no more dust and dirt particles hanging around because this powerful little vacuum can pick up dust and dirt particles up to .03 microns!  This little vacuum eats cat hair for lunch!

Cross Vacuuming Off of Your To Do List!

Both Paul and I have allergies so we have a carpet free home, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get the accumulation of cat hair tumbleweeds blowing across the floors.  We do our best to vacuum daily to keep up with cat hair, dust and dirt but some days we just don’t get it done. I would love to be able to cross vacuuming off my to do  list and let the Neato Robot take over for me.  Wouldn’t you?

The Official Shed Solutions Guide

Tips, tricks and shedding solutions to help make your life easier can be found in the Shed Solutions Guide.

Neato Shed Solutions

Enter to Win a Neato Botva 85 Vacuum

Enter to win a Neato Botvac 85 Vacuum, valued at $599. Just fill out the entry form below or click HERE to enter on the Neato Robotics site.   Sweepstakes official rules are  located by clicking on the link on the entry form.  You can enter once per day until the contest closes on December 2, 2014.

What would you love the most about the Neato Botvac 85 Vacuum?

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Antioxidants and Your Cat #WholeBodyHealth http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/antioxidants-and-your-cat-wholebodyhealth/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/antioxidants-and-your-cat-wholebodyhealth/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:29:49 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14079 Antioxidants and Your Cat #WholeBodyHealth

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This post is sponsored by Natural Balance and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Original Ultra Whole Body Health Pet Food, 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.

Antioxidants and Your Cat

Antioxidants play an important role in maintaining your cat’s health. Antioxidants benefit your cat by countering the effects of the damaging free radicals in their body.

Free radicals are a natural by-product of metabolism and are created in greater than normal amounts when pets are ill, older, exposed to toxins, or from the result of poor nutrition. Free-radicals contain oxygen and are missing an electron, making them highly reactive. Free-radicals attack and take electrons from cell membranes, proteins, and DNA. The molecule that loses an electron to a free radical often becomes a free radical itself, continuing the cycle.

Antioxidants are different. They can donate electrons to free radicals without becoming free radicals themselves. Antioxidants have the ability to break the cycle of molecular and cellular damage. This is why a quality source of antioxidants is crucial to your cat’s ability to  maintain a strong immune system throughout all stages of their life.

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 Natural Balance® Original Ultra® Whole Body Health™

Natural Balance®’s new Original Ultra® Whole Body Health® formula for cats was created by expert nutritionists with an optimal balance of premium proteins and key nutrients. This new formula was designed to nourish your cat throughout her life. You love your cat and want to make sure she is getting all the key nutrients that are important to her health and well-being.

Why nutrients are important to your cat’s health

There are 24 recognized essential micronutrients and many other non-essential antioxidant micronutrients from healthy food. These micronutrients act as co-factors in energy metabolism and fighting damage inside the body caused by free-radicals. These can be generated from stress, pollution, or even just normal activity. Animals with compromised immune systems may benefit from added dietary antioxidants as their bodies to help fight damage and disease.

The nutrients you should  look for in your cat’s food and treats.

Vitamin E and C go hand in hand; while vitamin C is not essential to cats,  studies show  added vitamin C with E act synergistic to help fight disease causing free-radicals. Other nutrients, such as chelated minerals, copper and zinc are more bioavaible to be used for metabolic needs and improve skin and coat health in addition to immune system function.

If you would like to try Natural Balance Original Ultra Whole Body Health, you can find a $3.00 off coupon here:

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Music To Your Cat’s Ear. Keeping Your Cat Calm Through Music http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/music-to-your-cats-ear-keeping-your-cat-calm-through-music/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/music-to-your-cats-ear-keeping-your-cat-calm-through-music/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 18:03:42 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14070 Music To Your Cat's Ear.    Keeping Your Cat Calm Through Music Music To Your Cat's Ear Is your cat stressed out, anxious or afraid?  Is your cat restless or having difficulty settling down and sleeping?  Any howling, fighting with other cats or pets, hissing or does she hide more than you see her?  There is a new tool that... Read more..]]> Music and cats quote

Music To Your Cat’s Ear

Is your cat stressed out, anxious or afraid?  Is your cat restless or having difficulty settling down and sleeping?  Any howling, fighting with other cats or pets, hissing or does she hide more than you see her?  There is a new tool that might help to relieve your cat’s stress without resorting to pharmaceuticals.  And that tool is music.

One of the topics at the Purina Better With Pets Summit  was Sound Therapy for Improved Health and Behavior presented by Joshua Leeds and Lisa Spector. Leeds is a psychoacoustic engineer and Spector is a Juilliard-trained concert-pianist. Together they make music to help relieve pet anxiety. Since the 2008 release of Through a Dog’s Ear, there has been an outpouring of requests for music specifically for cats.

Keeping Your Cat Calm Through Music

Scientific research examining music and sound and the effect on cats has been scarce but Leeds found recent research by Dr. C.A. Tony Buffington, from Ohio State University, showing that feline interstitial cystitis, a leading cause of euthanasia, is primarily caused by stress. Change in the cat’s physical environment, strangers, different food, loud noises, and new animals brought into the home all create stress for felines. Acute stress turns into chronic irritation resulting in disease and behavioral challenges. Cats need their homes to be stable and consistent.

 Through a Cat’s Ear: Music for Calming is the first in a series specifically designed for house cats.  The music was created to reduce stress in a chaotic or changing environment. Leeds and Spector’s sonic toolkit began with sound therapies with neurodevelopmentally-challenged humans in which tone, tempo, and pattern are considered. The frequency range was adjusted to a cat’s auditory range and a new experimental technique  called sonic anchoring was included.  The goal is to create a mental and emotional sense of safety arising from the familiar. This familiarity is achieved through a recognizable sequence of notes. The music on Through a Cat’s Ear is purposely repetitious.

Listen and see what you think.

Humans listening to these interludes hear repeating melodic intervals, while cats might hear these intervals as a familiar frequency matrix. Cats are not only hearing the music, but are feeling a sequence of vibrational frequencies. The cats may recognize this sensory information in much the same way as a favorite taste or aroma, a best friend’s voice or a mother’s touch. Familiar sensory cues can have a profound and calming effect on the nervous system while providing psychological security.

To further enhance the therapeutic impact of Through a Cat’s Ear, the duo removed higher frequencies from the re-arranged piano music. Frequency modulation also takes place in the mid and low frequency ranges. Through progressive modulation, “arousing” frequencies are reduced and “soothing” frequencies are increased.

Through a Cat’s Ear, Volume 1, Music for Calming released in 2013 combines music and sound therapy techniques specifically designed for feline anxiety issues. Leeds and Spector suggest playing Music for Calming often and at a very low volume. You want your cat to become familiar with the music so they suggest one to three times a day for the first month.  Through a Cats Ear, Volume 2, Music to Stimulate will help satisfy your cat’s need to hunt and play on a regular basis. Six invigorating tracks featuring piano, cello, oboe, and flute.

Through a cat's ear volume 3

Through a Cat’s Ear, Volume 3, Music for Noise Phobias will be released in March, 2015. This volume is designed to help if your cat is easily frightened by visitors, thunderstorms, car horns, and other noises. This rearranged classical music with household and outdoor sounds incorporates multiple bioacoustic techniques, including frequency modulation and sonic anchoring, to create an emotional sense of safety that arises from familiarity.

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Purina’s Better With Pets Summit brings leading scientists and pet experts together to showcase how innovations are enhancing relationships between people and pets. The second Better With Pets day long event was held Tuesday, October 15 in New York City and featured fifteen expert presentations on scientific, nutritional and behavioral innovations to help better understand why our lives are better with pets.

I was invited to attend the Purina Better With Pets Summit in NYC. My travel and accommodations were provided by Purina. All opinions are my own and Purina is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Himalayan Blue Pagoda Drinkwell Fountain Giveaway http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/himalayan-blue-pagoda-drinkwell-fountain/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/himalayan-blue-pagoda-drinkwell-fountain/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 23:55:50 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14058 Himalayan Blue Pagoda Drinkwell Fountain Giveaway PetSafe Introduces New Color for Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain. After garnering the majority of votes during the DIY Network’s Blog Cabin 2014 People’s Choice voting period, PetSafe® brand is proud to announce that Himalayan Blue is... Read more..]]> Himalayan Pagoda

PetSafe Introduces New Color for Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain.

After garnering the majority of votes during the DIY Network’s Blog Cabin 2014 People’s Choice voting period, PetSafe® brand is proud to announce that Himalayan Blue is the new color offered for its popular Drinkwell® Pagoda Fountain.
More than 390,000 votes were cast for the next pet fountain color, with Himalayan Blue beating out Taupe by receiving 76 percent of votes. PetSafe’s Drinkwell Himalayan Blue Pagoda Fountain is now available.

Your Cat Needs Water

Did you know your cat needs approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight each day? Ensuring proper pet hydration is extremely important to PetSafe.

“Dehydration in pets is a serious issue that can lead to major health problems,” Randy Boyd, president and CEO of Radio Systems Corporation, makers of the PetSafe brand, said. “PetSafe is proud to offer products such as the Drinkwell Pagoda Fountains that provide unlimited access to fresh, free-falling water, which is essential to a pet’s overall health and well-being.”

As the only pet fountains developed by a veterinarian, PetSafe’s Drinkwell pet fountains were invented in 1994 by Dr. Mary Burns, after noticing that her cat, Buckwheat, would only drink from a running faucet and would wait all day for Dr. Burns to turn the faucet on for her. In addition to providing the moving water source that cats (and dogs) seek, PetSafe’s Drinkwell pet fountains aid with proper metabolism, energy conversion and temperature regulation, as well as promote healthy kidney function and prevent urinary tract infections and disease in pets.

 

Pagoda fountains PetSafe

Available in Red, Traditional White Too!

Also available in Red and Traditional White, the PetSafe® Drinkwell® Pagoda Fountain is a stylish, ceramic fountain that freshly filters and continuously recirculates 70 ounces of free-flowing water for pets, keeping it cleaner and fresher than a normal water bowl. The ceramic design is more hygienic, easy to clean (top-rack dishwasher safe) and looks great in your home. The upper and lower dishes provide two drinking areas for pets, and the dual patented free-falling streams add oxygen for freshness, which encourages pets to drink more.

Features of the Fountain You and Your Cat Will Love

  • Ceramic design is more hygienic, easy to clean, and looks great in the home
  • Dual patented free-falling streams add oxygen for freshness and encourage pets to drink more
  • Upper and lower dishes provide two drinking areas for pets
  • Low-voltage 12V system with submersible pump for safe and quiet operation

The Himalayan Blue Pagoda Drinkwell Fountain Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will win the beautiful Himalayan Blue Pagoda Drinkwell Fountain.

 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 whether you have a water fountain for your cat or if you would like one.

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

 

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A Vacuum That Eats Cat Hair For Lunch #neatobestpetvacuum http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/a-vacuum-that-eats-cat-hair-for-lunch-neatobestpetvacuum/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/a-vacuum-that-eats-cat-hair-for-lunch-neatobestpetvacuum/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:32:35 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14044  A Vacuum That Eats Cat Hair For Lunch #neatobestpetvacuum ... Read more..]]> Neato disclosure Neato hair ball image

Neato robotics Vacuum Eats Cat Hair for Lunch

With three cats in the house we seem to have cat hair accumulating ten times more than when we had one cat. I seem to find little dust bunnies lurking underneath the furniture or even blowing like tumbleweeds across the wide open floor. Paul and I both have allergies so keeping up with the indoor pet hair is a priority. We try to clean up every day to keep the house free from dust bunnies and cat hair, but it sure would be nice if we could schedule  the vacuuming to run all by itself!

Then I learned  the Neato Robot Vacuums are automatic and you can schedule your Neato to run daily. These robotic vacuums have no winding cords and are bagless. And no more dust and dirt particles hanging around because this powerful little vacuum can pick up dust and dirt particles up to .03 microns!  This little vacuum eats cat hair for lunch!

The Neato Robot Vacuums are recognized for their smart  navigation, powerful suction, design features and brushes to clean hard to reach spots and they work incredibly well for pet hair and dirt across a variety of floor surfaces.  In fact the Neato Robot Vacuums have been dubbed “Best For Pets” by industry experts and publications  such as DailyTekk, PC Magazine and PetGuide.

Eddie in comfy cocoon looking forward.

It’s true. I contribute to the cat hair situation in our home.

Neato Botvision™

The Neato Botvision navigation enables the vacuum to navigate around objects, into tight corners, under beds, move across carpet to hardwood to tile with ease and has powerful suction and brushes.  The laser-guided navigation is the same technology used in the Google driverless car.   I think this video will help you get a better idea of the amazing features of the Neato Vacuum.

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

Neato Best For Pets Sweepstakes is Coming!

neato logo Would you like to have a little robot doing your vacuuming for you too?  Check back on November 20th to find out how you can win one of the Neato Botvac 85 to clean up the pet hair in your home.  Let me know what you think about this cool vacuum and if you would use one in your home in the comments below.

 

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The Jackson Galaxy Toys By Petmate and Catification Giveaway! http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/the-jackson-galaxy-toys-by-petmate-and-catification/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/the-jackson-galaxy-toys-by-petmate-and-catification/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 01:13:40 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14028 The Jackson Galaxy Toys By Petmate and Catification Giveaway![caption id="attachment_14030" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Annie guarding her Jackson Galaxy Motor Mouse[/caption] The Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate

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Annie guarding her Jackson Galaxy Motor Mouse

The Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate

Our friends at Petmate teamed up with Jackson Galaxy to create a new line of cat toys.  The Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate is sure to have something for every cat not only to enjoy  but to enhance  Cat Mojo!  A few weeks ago, Annie and Eddie were asked to review a couple of items from the new collection and I have to say both were a big hit here at our house.

Annie and Eddie with JG mouse

Eddie claims the Jackson Galaxy Motor Mouse but Annie is not too happy about that.

The Jackson Galaxy Motor Mouse

As soon as I placed the Petmate Jackson Galaxy Motor Mouse with Catnip on the floor, Eddie decided to claim the toy but Annie wasn’t  happy about that. Usually she is the first to try out anything new, so Eddie must have really wanted this new toy.

Annie and Eddie inspect the JG motor mouse toy

Annie and Eddie inspect their new toy.

Eddie decided to be generous and share the new mouse toy with Annie.  They both had a lot of fun batting it around and figuring out how to make the mouse “dance”.  When you pull the tail on the mouse, it shakes and scurries a little bit along the floor.  Both cats really like ground play so this toy was perfect for them.

Eddie playing with the JG mouse

Eddie plays with the mouse while I place the Comfy Cocoon down beside him.

Annie was curious about the Comfy Cocoon and watched closely as I placed it down beside Eddie.  Eddie is our little cave dweller so I guessed he would enjoy the comfy Cocoon the most. This Comfy Cocoon provides a feeling of security for your cat because the front and middle sections adjust to your cat’s size and snuggle preference. And there is a back zipper providing an escape route should your cat need to make a break from some of their house mates.

Eddie in comfy cocoon

Eddie being a “caver” in the Comfy Cocoon

Eddie just got all snuggled inside the Comfy Cocoon when Mercy decided to check out the action. Mercy and Eddie get along just fine, but boys will be boys, and Eddie doesn’t like to be in a position where he can’t make a quick getaway.

Eddie in comfy cocoon profile

Eddie watching where Mercy is going

When Mercy moves in a little closer, Eddie evaluates his next move.

Eddie in comfy cocoon looking forward.

Well, it is time for me to make my escape!

Eddie decides it is time to exit out the back of the Comfy Cocoon.  I made sure the rear zipper was unzipped so that he could make a quick getaway.

Eddie peeks from the rear of the comfy cocoon

Eddie escapes quickly but leaves the Motor Mouse behind.

Eddie, also known as, Houdini makes a quick escape but leaves the Motor Mouse behind.

Annie with JG Motor Mouse

Annie guarding the Jackson Galaxy Motor Mouse toy.

Guess who was ready to pounce as soon as Eddie left the Motor Mouse inside the Comfy Cocoon?   As you can see, Annie and Eddie really like both of these products from the collection.

The Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate includes a variety of wands, toys, scratchers, tunnels and tents to help create an ideal cat environment.  Each product speaks to natural cat behaviors — Hunt, Catch, Kill, Eat, Groom and Sleep.

Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)

Catification cover image

In our post Why Environment is Important to Your Cat’s Health we talked about Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin of Hauspanter.com ‘s  book about how your home  can be both functional for your cat and stylish for you. for your cat. In a new book, Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)  there are  DIY projects from cat beds to cat patios in a beautifully designed full-color book.

Even if you aren’t a DIY enthusiast, I think you will find inspiration and ideas to help make your  house a more cat friendly environment.  The book was available for pre-order back then but I am happy to tell you the book is now available and one lucky member of our community will be receiving a copy with their Jackson Galaxy toys!

The Jackson Galaxy Collection by Petmate and “Catification” Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will win an assortment of Jackson’s new cat toy collection and a copy of Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)

Our friends at Petmate  would like to know a little more about your cat’s play preferences so they will know which assortment to send to you.

  1. When you play with your cat, does she:
    1. Jump from furniture, swatting at the toy
    2. Crouch low to the ground, hunting the toy
    3. Ignore the toy and continue to sleep on the couch
  1. A stranger visits your house, does your cat:
    1. Stare at the visitor while perched high on her cat tree
    2. Hide under furniture, stalking the visitor’s feet
    3. Ignore the visitor and continue to sleep on the couch
  1. When your cat finds a bug in the house, does she:
    1. Bat and play with the bug
    2. Stalk the bug until she kills it
    3. Ignore the bug and continue sleeping on the couch

Count up your responses:

If you answered mostly “1” then your cat prefers air play – the Jackson Galaxy Air Prey Wand is her toy of choice!

If you answered mostly “2” then you cat prefers ground play – the Jackson Galaxy Ground Prey Wand is her toy of choice!

If you answered mostly “3” then your cat prefers sleep over play – the Jackson Galaxy Comfy Cocoon is perfect for those long cat naps!

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 whether you think your cat prefers, Air Play, Ground Play or Sleep over Play!

 

This giveaway is open to everyone!!

Entry-Form

This Giveaway is being fulfilled by Petmate!
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A Day in the Life of the Little Lion Guardian http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/a-day-in-the-life-of-the-little-lion-guardian/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/11/a-day-in-the-life-of-the-little-lion-guardian/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 01:12:38 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14009 A Day in the Life of the Little Lion Guardian Eddie, The Little Lion Guardian Eddie is a softie except when it comes to his Little Lion. He is very attached to this little toy and even Annie and Mercy know better than to mess with the Little Lion.  When Eddie isn't carrying his buddy around with him, he is placing... Read more..]]> Eddie and his little lion

Eddie, The Little Lion Guardian

Eddie is a softie except when it comes to his Little Lion. He is very attached to this little toy and even Annie and Mercy know better than to mess with the Little Lion.  When Eddie isn’t carrying his buddy around with him, he is placing him in a secure location for safekeeping. Throughout every day, I will come across the Little Lion several times in different locations.  This is a day in the life of Eddie, The Little Lion  Guardian.

little lion in paul's slipper

A Day in the Life of Eddie, The Little Lion Guardian

Paul gets up super early and Eddie usually gets up with him to keep him company.  After Paul leaves for the hospital, Eddie often deposits his Little Lion inside of one of his slippers.  This way, Eddie can take a nap, eat his breakfast and do a little bird watching knowing his Little Lion is tucked inside his dad’s slipper.

little lion by the water fountain

The Little Lion at the Water Hole

In the late morning, Eddie leaves his Little Lion near the water fountain, then joins me in the office for a few hours. Annie stops by for a drink of water but she doesn’t disturb the Little Lion.  That is Annie’s Tickle Pickle in the background placed there for safekeeping.  Eddie doesn’t bother it either.

annie water fountain little lion

On rainy afternoons, I will often find Eddie snuggled on the floor guarding his Little Lion. Eddie pulls the blanket down off of the chair to make a comfortable nest for napping.

Eddie and his little lion on white blanket

Eddie, the Little Lion Guardian

By late evening, when I go to change into my pajamas, I am usually greeted by the Little Lion placed on top of the blanket on the bed, waiting for Eddie to complete his night rounds and turn in for the night.

Eddie's Little Lion

If for some reason, Eddie forgets to bring his little buddy to bed, you can hear him chirping as he calls for his little friend. Once he locates him, he brings the Little Lion back and curls up at the bottom of the bed.

Then Eddie, the Little Lion Guardian, sleeps tight all night until Paul gets up to get ready for work.

 

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