The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community Caring about Cats, Big and Small Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:44:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Take a Moment To Celebrate Your Love For Animals Sun, 04 Oct 2015 13:44:10 +0000 Historic town of Assisi

View of Assisi from the road photo by pandionhiatus3

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men”

– Francis of Assisi

The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and World Animal Day

Narrow street in Assisi, Italy

Narrow street in Assisi, Italy. photo by Tinieder

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.  It is also appropriately and perhaps because of St. Francis that we celebrate World Animal Day.

This day, in many ways,  might be just like every other day for most of us, meaning we love and care for animals every day.  But today,  maybe we can  take a moment to think about our love for the animals in our families.  And also about all animals that share our world and what we can do for them.

Take a Moment to Reflect on Your Love For Animals

I’ve walked the streets of Assisi. This is one of my favorite places. What’s not to love about the ancient city on top of the hill, with breathtaking views, great food and the home of Francis Bernardone, St. Francis of Assisi.

Assisi archway. photo by shippee

Assisi archway. photo by shippee


Today most of us will not have the opportunity to walk the narrow streets of Assisi, Italy to follow the footsteps of St. Francis but we can do little things that add up to big things that make a difference for others.

Maybe you could say a little prayer, or drop off a bag of food or a toy at a shelter, write a letter in protest of the mistreatment of animals, or just tell a friend about the the need for all of us to take action and care for animals.

Maybe you just scoop up your little loved one and take a little extra time today to express your love and appreciation for your friendship.

Assisi, Basilica of St. Francis

Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi at sunset in Assisi, Italy. Photo by pandiohiatus3

And maybe you can do the same to your fellow humans today.  Just be a little bit more patient, kind and understanding. Today and every other day, we can continue to try.

“Start by doing what is necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible”

-Francis of Assisi

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Scent DNA is Valuable Tiger Conservation Tool Sat, 03 Oct 2015 16:32:39 +0000 Tiger with cubs drinking water

Photo by metalmaus

New Scent DNA Used For Tiger Conservation

Genetic monitoring of wild tiger populations is a top priority of conservation efforts yet due to poor DNA quality and low sample sizes, scat DNA has not provided the robust data needed for scientists to make informed decisions in humid, tropical landscapes.

A recent study reported the first successful extraction of DNA from tiger scent marks. Prior to this study, the scent marks were a neglected genetic resource.  This study published in the Conservation Genetics Resources journal show that tiger scent DNA quality is equal or superior to scat DNA, and  because scent marks are encountered 2-8 times more often in the wild than scats, they serve as an important genetic resource for monitoring both tiger populations and individuals.

Tiger Populations Are At Risk

Tiger in the Taiga

Fewer than 3500 tigers remain in the wild occupying less than 7% of their historic range in spite of intense conservation efforts. Seventy percent of the wild tigers are present within 42 source populations covering less than 0.5% of their historic range. In order to evaluate the success of conservation interventions rigorous monitoring of tiger densities and connectivity among populations is required.

DNA analysis from scats has been used for genetic monitoring of wild tigers, but scat detection rates are typically low, especially in humid, tropical environments  thus limiting their utility as a genetic resource.  Scent marks however, proved to be an untapped genetic resource, as they are more frequently deposited and have much higher detection rates than scats.

A survey of over 664 kilometers in the Russian Far East revealed scent spray to scat deposition ratios of 319:38 for males, and 109:46 for females. In Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation, a dense lowland tropical forest reserve in southern Sumatra, the detection ratio was 53:15 over nine months of patrol activity.

Tiger Spray Is More Common Than Scats

Tigers spray on trees and overhanging leaves along territory boundaries as a means of olfactory communication.  To assist the effectiveness of genetic monitoring of tigers, the scientists examined the potential for DNA amplification from tiger scent marks for individual identification and gender determination. Fresh sprays from tigers are commonly detected in the wild due to their rather unique ….aroma.

Scent DNA samples were collected from three captive tigers ( 2 males, 1 female) in southern Ontario. All sequences were successfully identified as tiger, yielding reliable consensus genotypes, except for a single swab. Gender was correctly confirmed for all individuals. Overall the scent DNA samples proved to be as reliable as genetic studies using scat and for effective estimation of genetic variation and population subdivision.

New Techniques Are Critical for Tiger Conservation

Annie's Promise to Tiger

Genetic connectivity is key to the long-term viability of the remaining source populations so increased and high quality monitoring using new techniques such as scent DNA are critical for the conservation management of wild tigers.

Tiger (Panthera tigris) scent DNA: a valuable conservation tool for individual identification and population monitoring  Caragiulo, A., Pickles, R., Smith, J.  Conservation Genetics Resources, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 681-683  September, 2015

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Triple T Studios Kitten Tote Giveaway Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:34:13 +0000 Fall Kitten Totes

NEW! Triple T Studios Kitten Totes in Fall Colors

Now that Fall has arrived we are looking forward to the changing leaf colors!  So this was the perfect time to add  new color combinations  to our Kitten Tote collection.
We loved the fresh and fun design of this tote and it might be just what we need to get us through a long cold winter.
In addition to bringing back your favorite color combinations:
  • Black with Hot Pink Cat
  • Pink with Black Cat
  • and Purple with Light Pink Cat
We added the new:
  • Brown with Pumpkin Orange Cat
  • Dove Gray with Powder Pink cat
  • and Teal with Citrine Cat
The  Kitten Tote measures
  • 18.5 inches wide (47 centimeters)
  • 14.76 inches high (37.5 centimeters)
  • .5 inch wide (1 centimeter) when sides are unsnapped.
  • This bag lays flat for easy storage but the  snap feature on both sides of the Spring Kitten Tote  allows you to turn your tote into a full-service bag capable of carrying everything you will need for work, shopping or the beach!
  • The Tote features a zipper closure on top to keep everything safe and secure.
  • Inside the tote is a 9 inch wide (23 centimeters) and 7 inches deep (18 centimeters) zipper compartment to keep your valuables safe.
  • On the inside front there are two slip pockets. One is just perfect for your mobile phone at 3.25 inches wide (8.26 centimeters) and 5 inches deep (12.7 centimeters). The other slip pocket measures approximately 5 inches wide (12.7 centimeters) by 5 inches deep (12.7 centimeters).
  • This Tote won’t weigh you down either weighing only 13 ounces (.37 kg).

The Kitten Tote Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will receive their choice of Kitten Tote If you can’t wait, you can learn more about the new Kitten Tote colors here Triple T Studios.

How to Enter

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

Leave a comment below this post telling us:  Which color Kitten Tote will you choose?

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Are You Noseblind To Pet Odors? #Petiquette Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:41:43 +0000 Annie and Eddie napping

Eddie and Annie napping on sofa

This post is sponsored by Febreze ® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger
Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about
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Are You Noseblind To Pet Odors?

Annie, Eddie and Mercy are members of our family.  We allow the cats to share the sofa with us and to be honest they have their choice of locations throughout the house.  We love spending time with them.  In the evening when I sit down on the sofa to read, Annie joins me almost immediately. It is one of my favorite times of the day.

If you visit us, you will find slipcovers and blankets covering our furniture.  This helps protect the upholstery from collecting cat hair and we are able to toss the blankets and covers into the washer to keep them clean.

We  try to keep our house free and clear of any odors in case we have become noseblind to the smells of our home. Atomik Research Survey Results show that 49% of Americans say they dread visiting homes with pets because of the smell and 48% of Americans say they can make out someones home simply by the odor alone particularly if they have a pet. 24% of Americans feel that pet smells are the most offensive within a home, second only to the scent of garbage and coming in above the scent of smoke!

The research also showed that 60% of respondents that share their home with a pet said they would hate it if they thoughts their guests were thinking their homes smelled of animals.

Febreze Fabric Refresher to the Rescue

Febreze Fabric refresher

Febreze Fabric Refresher helps keep the sofa blankets smelling fresh.

In between Saturday’s blanket laundry day we use Febreze® Fabric Refesher to help keep our sofa blankets smelling clean and fresh.  Febreze doesn’t mask but truly eliminates pet odors and leaves behind a light, fresh scent.  We also use the Febreze Allergen Reducer to help me combat my allergies.

Cats Are Clean and Don’t Smell Except For One Thing!

Eddie and litterbox

As a cat owner you know that cats don’t typically smell.  They are fastidious at keeping themselves clean and rarely do they stink.  BUT…the one thing in the home that does have the odor potential to smack your house guests in the nose is the litterbox.

We all know to scoop often and to empty, scrub and refill the box with fresh litter to reduce unpleasant smells from clouding our home’s air.  We also use Febreze Air Effects in the area near the litterbox to knock out odors.  Don’t spray into the litterbox.  Air Effects instantly takes care of the odors in your air.  We keep a supply of Air Effects on the ready to zap the litterbox odors from creeping out into the house.

Febreze Air Effects

Febreze School of #Petquette

The Febreze School of Petiquette curriculum is loaded with ideas and tips to get and keep your home nose ready for house guests just in time for the beginning of the holiday season.  To learn more about how to eliminate pet odors in your home you can pounce on this link:

Febreze Petiquette Curriculum


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Be a Part of the Remember Me Thursday Movement Thu, 24 Sep 2015 13:00:25 +0000 remember me Thursday

Today is Remember Me Thursday

The Remember Me Thursday® global awareness campaign encourages you to light a candle today (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets killed each year.

The candles, lit on the same day across the world, honor the millions of pets who lose their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets sill awaiting adoption.

Now in its third year, Remember Me Thursday aims to unite individuals and pet adoption organizations around the world to be an unstoppable, integrated voice for orphan pets in need of forever homes.

The Helen Woodward Animal Center

“Millions of beautiful, adoptable pets will lose their lives in 2015,” states Mike Arms, President and CEO of Helen Woodward Animal Center. “We all come from different countries, cultures, backgrounds, but together, we can raise our voices and share one life-saving message and literally save millions of pets on this one day.”

In 2014, 138 countries supported the movement, with over 100,000 individuals around the world holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message on social media, visiting the Remember Me Thursday website or lighting a virtual candle.

Grass roots programs and events sprung up around the world, in countries like: Germany, Mexico, Canada, Spain, the Philippines, Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia, the United Kingdom and more. Over 4,500 candles were lit at the Remember Me Thursday virtual gallery, while thousands more were lit at ceremonies honoring orphan pets around the world.

Mike Arms  explains why he created Remember Me Thursday, “My heart breaks for those beautiful people working in animal welfare who are forced to take the lives of the pets they love. I believe lighting a candle for the orphan pets will be a way for people to let the world know how much they love them, and the awareness can help in increasing adoptions and decreasing euthanasia.”

remember me Thursday light a candle

Light Your Candle

You can light your candle and join in Remember Me Thursday here: Light Your Candle

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Villagers Fear Leopards More than Terrorists Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:09:34 +0000 Leopards are tree dwellers

Villagers Fear Leopards More Than Terrorists

In the hills surrounding Abottabad in north-western Pakistan, people say they fear the common leopard more than terrorists. The common leopards along with the smaller snow leopards prowl in the Himalayan foothills where ever-expanding villages creep into the forest.

At sunset, leopards slip into the villages were they have been known to pounce, killing four people and injuring several others over the last four years. Embellished stories are common among the villages that make up this part of Pakistan’s western frontier.

Rumors of Blood-Sucking Leopards Complicate Efforts

As news of leopard attacks spread from village to village, the facts are blown up into a fantastic tale.  One such story involved the unfortunate death of a seven-year-old girl. Her uncle claimed the leopard pounced, sucked the blood out of her and she was dead.  Stories like this prompt the people living in the villages to retaliate  against the leopards.

The growing human population and their encroachment on the natural habitats of leopards is causing an increase in human-leopard conflicts. The exact number of leopards calling Pakistan home is unknown, but is estimated to be no more than a few hundred.

Disappearing Forests Cause Increase in Human-Leopard Conflict

The future for the leopards is dismal as Pakistan has kept only 2% to 5% of the country’s original tree cover and continues to lose about 27,300 hectares of trees every year. 180 million people populate Pakistan and the UN predicts that number will swell to over 300 million by 2050.

Small and medium-size mammals like the Himalayan musk deer are now threatened in the northern province causing leopards to go hungry and begin lurking around Abbottabad. Villagers claim the first sign of a leopard is when stray dogs and cats disappear, progressing to attacks on livestock. Then, villagers themselves come face to face with the big cats who are naturally reclusive.

The villagers are afraid and the rumors of blood-sucking leopards are complicated by past attacks where leopards did consume part of the corpse.  In the case of the seven-year-old girl, the leopard did not consume her, suggesting the cat mistook the child for other prey.  The villagers move in groups with sticks and guns because leopards don’t attack groups of people.

Leopard selfie National Geographic

Photo courtesy of National Geographic

People Are Urged To Remain Indoors At Night

In an effort to protect both people and leopards, wildlife officials are urging residents to remain indoors after sunset and asking schools to dismiss their students by mid-afternoon. Many children walk over an hour to school so an earlier dismissal would enable the children to be home before sunset.

Women and children  have been attacked more often than men because they spend more time in the forests doing chores, such as collecting wood, water and fruit.  Officials are asking them to stay out of the forests when it is dark.

The Big Cats Are Running Out of Room to Roam

These efforts will help to mitigate leopard attacks but the Pakistan government will need to set aside more protected forests.  Recent studies of a collared leopard determined that the male cats have a range of about 90 kilometers.  In the north-western province, the largest track of protected forest is 50 square kilometers.  The big cats are running out of room to roam.

The proposed new highway to connect the capital Islamabad with a resort town 65 kilometers south-east of Abbottabad will slice through more of the leopards’ habitat.

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Cuddly Cat Pillow Giveaway Sat, 19 Sep 2015 13:23:36 +0000 Cuddly Cat Pillow

The Cuddly Cat Pillow

Days are getting shorter and colder days are approaching.  This is the time of year we like to settle in with a blanket and pillow and of course our cats and enjoy the evening hours. The Cuddly Cat Pillow is the purr-fect way to add cat cuteness where you need a cushion.

Eddie and Mercy with Cat Pillow

We have the cushions on the sofa in the sun room where we often find Eddie and Mercy deciding who will curl up by which pillow.

This soft plush covered pillow measures approximately 15 inches ( 38 cm) wide, 11 inches (28 cm) high and 3 inches (8 cm) in depth.  Large enough to make a statement but small enough to double as a travel or car pillow.

The Cuddly Cat Pillow is covered with a soft plush material.  The poly-fill pillow insert is included.

Cuddly Cat Pillow

The Cuddly Cat Pillow is available in two colors: Gray Tabby and Brown Tabby

The Cuddly Cat Pillow Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will receive their choice of the Gray Tabby or Brown Tabby Pillow. If you can’t wait, you can learn more about the Cuddly Cat Pillows here Triple T Studios.

How to Enter

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

Leave a comment below this post telling us:  Where do you curl up with a comfy cushion?

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New PetSafe Current Pet Fountain Giveaway Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:46:59 +0000 Petsafe Current Pet Fountain

Helping Your Cat Drink More Water

We know you do your best to encourage your cat to drink more water.  Keeping your cat properly hydrated helps prevent urinary and kidney diseases and also speeds up recovery for sick and injured pets.  You might have your eye on a pet water fountain but aren’t sure your cat will like it or drink from it and some of the fountains can be a little bit pricey.

The NEW PetSafe Current Pet Fountain

PetSafe Current Pet Fountain

PetSafe understood your concerns and created the new  Current Pet Fountain. The fountain uses an activated carbon filter that removes bad tastes and odors from tap water, encouraging cats to drink more of the fresh water.  Heather Owens, Category Manager – Water and Feed Solutions for PetSafe brand thinks the new Current Pet Fountain is a great starter fountain for cat owners.

“Some pets that are used to drinking out of a bowl may be hesitant to approach fountains with free-falling water,” Owens said. “Since the Current Pet Fountain more closely resembles a plastic water bowl, its’ a great way for you to provide your pet with a constant source of fresh, filtered water, whether you’re home or away.”

The PetSafe Current Pet Fountain’s BPA-free plastic design comes apart for easy cleaning and is dishwasher safe.  This fountain comes in a trendy Orchid color sure to brighten up any room.  It also features handgrips on the side of the bowl for easy carrying and placement, as well as a snap-on lid to prevent accidental removal by curious pets.

The new fountain comes in three sizes: 40 oz, 80 oz, and 120 oz water capacity and are priced at $19.99-$39.99 depending on size and is available for purchase on

The PetSafe Current Pet Fountain Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will receive the 40 oz PetSafe Current Pet Fountain.  If you can’t wait, you can learn more about the fountain here

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:  Where you will place the PetSafe Current Pet Fountain for your cat.

This giveaway is open to USA only!  Void Where Prohibited

The Current Pet Fountain will ship from PetSafe so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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American Lions Need You To Care About Them Too Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:31:16 +0000 Cougar Teton Project Image

Photo courtesy of Cougar Teton Project

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Proposes Killing More Lions

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is trying to push through a project allowing the killing of a substantially higher number of mountain lions in hunting units in a section of Colorado over a five-year span in an attempt to increase the mule deer population…. so that human hunters can kill the mule deer.

The agency is attempting to rush the approval process perhaps in an effort to circumvent the public’s ability to comment on their scientifically unsound and unethical proposition. The scientific community as well as the agency already know that killing mountain lions to save mule deer does not work.

Mule Deer Facing Declining Numbers But Lions are Not the Culprit

Mule deer, along with elk and bighorn sheep are facing declining numbers but the big cats are not the culprit. Recent studies show killing mountain lions and coyotes did not help the mule deer population because they were stressed by other factors including habitat loss, fragmentation, fire suppression, noxious weeds, overgrazing by livestock, energy development and changes in snow pack and temperature due to global warming. Add in hunting and poaching by humans and little blame is left to place on the mountain lion.

Nature knows best and in fact because the mountain lions and coyotes select for deer in poor body condition, the predators help to keep the herds healthier. A 2014 Colorado study showed managing the ungulates’ winter range by conducting weed control and reseeding had the most benefit on the mule deer population.

Mountain Lion Deaths Due To Hunting are Understated.

Every single year hundreds of trophy hunters pay a low fee to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife for the right to kill mountain lions. The agency records show that trophy hunters kill about 400 mountain lions per year but does not take into account the deaths of additional lions in the wake of the hunters kill.

Eatern Cougar Extinct Getty file

When a trophy hunter kills a female mountain lion, most likely her young kittens will die from starvation or dehydration. And just like with African lions, when the adult male mountain lion is removed from a population, other young males will move in and often kill the kittens to sire their own. The trophy hunter not only kills the mountain lion they shoot, but can cause widespread damage to the mountain lion populations.

Mountain Lions Need You to Cat About Them Too

There is no need for a new “study” to be carried out by Colorado Parks and Wildlife just so hunters can kill more deer. The next and last hearing for 2015 is in Wray, Colorado, on November 19-20. The Humane Society of the United States is asking Colorado Parks and Wildlife to allow a public hearing in Denver at the January 2016 meeting for the chance to advocate stopping this new “study” to kill more lions  before the plan goes into action.

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Buy Catify to Satisfy and Help Shelter Pets Too Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:15:43 +0000 Jackson and Kate

Catify to Satisfy

If you loved the New York Time’s bestseller Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) by Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin, you will be happy to know the sequel  Catify to Satisfy: Simple Design Solutions for Creating a Feline Friendly Home will be available November 15.

Jackson and Kate

Jackson Galaxy and Kate Benjamin Inspire You To Catify Your Home

Jackson and Kate’s second book is full of inspiration ideas for Catifying your home. This book digs deeper into topics like:

  • scratching
  • litter boxes
  • climbing and
  • and  introducing new cats to the household.

Catify to Satisy

There are DIY tips and design ideas not only from Kate but also from members of Catfication Nation.  There are ideas for your own home, no matter your skill set or budget.  There are gorgeous images of  catified homes captured by photographer Jeff Newton sure to inspire and delight your eye.

Buy Catify to Satisfy and Help Shelter Cats Too

Catify to Satisfy

Catify to Satisfy:Simple Design Solutions for Creating a Feline Friendly Home is available for pre-order from Amazon and where boos are sold.  For every copy pre-ordered and for every book sold at stops on the book tour, Jackson’s publisher, Tarcher/Penguin is donating $1 to improve the lives of sheltered animals through the work of the Jackson Galaxy Foundation.  Jackson’s new non-profit foundation is working to improve the lives of sheltered animals by transforming the places they live and by helping the people who care for them.  Pre-Order: Catify to Satisfy

Catify to Satisfy Book Tour November 17-23

Jackson and Kate will be hitting the road to talk about their new book. Check out their tour dates to see if they are coming to a location near you: Catify to Satisfy Book Tour


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