The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community Caring about Cats, Big and Small Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:21:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 63145198 Hauspanther Collection by Primetime Petz Giveaway Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:18:42 +0000 Hauspanther Collection by Primetime Petz

The New Hauspanther Collection By Primetime Pet

Earlier this month we introduced the new Hauspanther Collection by Primetime Petz created by our friend Kate Benjamin.  We love the stylish and innovative cat furniture and we think you will too, so we are offering to one member of The Tiniest Tiger community their choice of color and piece from the new collection.

Hauspanther Collection CATchall

CATchall is a multi-functional wall-mounted piece that includes a replaceable sisal scratcher on the front, a cat perch on top, and plush toy below and convenient toy storage inside.

Hauspanther Cubitat

Cubitat is a multi-story cat bed with a hideaway below and a raised lookout on top.Your cat can choose top or bottom and there are plenty of openings for an easy escape.

Hauspanther Step Perch

The Step Perch has one large lower lounge area and a smaller upper perch, as well as a vertical sisal scratcher and plush toy.Hauspanther Nest Perch

The Nest Perch has a large lounge surface nestled between two small upper perches with two plush toys below.

The Hauspanther Collection by Primetime Petz Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger Community will receive their choice of  CATchall, Cubitat, Step Perch or Nest Perch in choice of white or espresso from the Hauspanther Collection by Primetime Petz!  You can find more information about this stylish and beautiful cat furniture 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; Which color:

  1. White with grey accents
  2. Espresso with beige accents

and which piece from the Hauspanther Collection you would like to receive and why.

  1. CATchall
  2. Cubitat
  3. Step Perch
  4. Nest Perch

This giveaway is open to USA addresses only due to the shipping weight of the item.

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Sneak Peek! Cute Cat Gloves Will Warm Your Hands and Heart! Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:18:39 +0000 Cute Cat Gloves Triple T Studios

Coming Soon! Cute Cat Gloves for Winter

We want to share with you a sneak peek of our cute cat gloves coming soon to Triple T Studios.  We are pretty excited to tell you that the gloves are being made now and will be ready in time for the start of the Holiday season.  They might even be ready before Halloween!

The gloves are made from 80% fine wool and 20% nylon.  The fabric is very soft and not scratchy.  The pink gloves feature an embroidered Sweet Annie© to help brighten up the cold winter days.

Cute Cat Gloves Triple T Studios

Tech-Touch Fingertips

We added heart shaped tech-touch fingertips so you can keep your fingers warm and stay connected.


Grey Cat Glove Triple T Studios


Because some of us prefer items with feline finesse over cute, we will be adding a beautiful grey glove featuring an embroidered black cat.  These gloves are made from the same soft wool and nylon blend and have tech-touch fingertips too.

Cute Cat Pink Gloves For Young Girl Cat Lovers Too!

We are asked if we have items for young girl cat lovers too.  We are happy to say that we are having the Cute Cat Pink Gloves made in a size to fit smaller hands.

Cute Cat Gloves Triple T Studios


We are curious what you think of the new Triple T Studios gloves with feline finesse and wonder if you would help us out by telling us which color you prefer and what size glove you wear.  We are also curious if you know of a young girl that would love to wear a pair of the Cute Cat Pink Gloves.

If you are reading this via email, you will have to click through to participate in the survey.  Pounce here:  Cat Glove Survey

Thank you so much for your help!  We will keep you updated when the gloves are ready to ship.

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Remember Me Thursday #RememberTheRescue Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:17:44 +0000 Remember Me Thursday

Shine a Light on Orphan Pets Waiting For Forever Homes

You know how much your cat and dog mean to you and it is hard to imagine our lives without our furry family members. Most of us agree that when we rescued our friends, that they returned the favor by rescuing us too. But many animals are waiting, through no fault of their own, for their forever homes.  Remember Me Thursday was created to shine a light on orphan pets waiting for forever homes.

You can light a virtual candle to spread awareness of orphan pets.  Shine a light and share your message. Light My Candle

Here is our candle in memory of Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger.

Today, Thursday, September 22nd, pet-lovers and animal rescue groups around the world will create an unstoppable, integrated voice advocating for orphan pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them, through social media postings and grassroots events.

Helen Woodward Animal Center invites those who live  nearby you can t take part locally at the Remember Me Thursday® Events . 

September 22 – Balboa Park – 5:45 – 7:00PM. (Actual Ceremony Begins at Approx. 6:30PM)

(6th Avenue, between El Prado & Juniper; near Nate’s Point Dog Park)

Join Helen Woodward Animal Center staff, volunteers, friends, and dogs as we shine a light on orphan pets on this global pet adoption awareness day. This FREE dog-friendly/family-friendly event features:

  • Live acoustic music by Maddie Leigh
  • Kid’s coloring and crafts to commemorate the day
  • Dinner and dessert for purchase from food trucks donating a portion of sales to the pets and programs at Helen Woodward Animal Center (Sushi Uno, Seoul Man, Tacos La Mezcla and Simon’s Ice Cream Company)
  • Giveaways from Blue Buffalo
  • FREE Remember Me Thursday® T-shirts to the first 100 adults and first 50 kids
  • FREE Remember Me Thursday® Bandanas to the first 25 dogs
  • An opportunity to write a special message on the 2016 Remember Me Thursday® Banner
  • An opportunity to donate a bag of unopened dog or cat food to Helen Woodward Animal Center’s AniMeals program  
  • A special candle lighting ceremony at dusk including
    • An uplifting presentation from Helen Woodward Animal Center President & CEO, Mike Arms
    • A Remember Me Thursday® mayoral proclamation
    • A reading of the Remember Me Thursday® poem penned by Arms
    • A viewing of the official 2016 Remember Me Thursday video

 #RememberTheRescue on Remember Me Thursday

This beautiful and heartfelt song  “This Candle Burns Bright” by Stevie Woodward is the official Remember Me Thursday song.  Tissue warning.

Even if you don’t live in the San Diego area, there are still ways to get involved.  Individuals and animal welfare organizations are encouraged to get the entire world talking about pet adoption on Thursday, September 22nd, by tweeting, tagging, posting and sharing the beauty and life-saving significance of pet adoption using the hashtags #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday.

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How Old Is That Lion? Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:30:57 +0000 Lion close up Heart of Africa

photo by Joanne McGonagle

Why Age Matters

Age is a critical metric for accurately estimating wildlife life history and behavior.  Knowing an animal’s age allows us to understand reproduction, survival and life span, movement and population size. Successful conservation management of wildlife depends on understanding each individual’s social and biological role,  and that is linked to age.

Scientists use population models based on the age structure of a group to help understand how different management scenarios or environmental stress could affect the future of a species.  Population models enable conservationists to predict a species’ population size based on data from including conception rate, birth rate, survival of young, age at puberty, territoriality as well as other characteristics.  An animal’s age is important to understand the future of a single populations and in the case of threatened species like the African lion, for the entire species.

Lion researchers know that age is an important metric so when they collar individual lions, they must pinpoint the age of the lions in the study to be able to understand lion behavior in general.  Critical to lion conservation is ensuring lions have the natural resources and the protection they need at different phases of their lives.

Lioness with her cub

Photo by LifeonWhite

The Social Nature of Lions

Lions are the only social big cats. A pride consists of 4-5 adult lionesses, their dependent cubs and a temporary coalition of males. The male lions are key in defending the pride against invading males by roaring, patrolling, scent marking and aggressively defending against male intruders. A new male will often kill cubs in order to bring lionesses into estrus so they can produce offspring. Infanticide ensures the new male will pass on his genes and reduce the offspring of the previous pride males.

This social nature of lions means that lion populations are negatively impacted by the loss of males. When adult male lions are hunted, the invading new males will cause a high rate of infanticide and  when the hunted males were sub-adults less than 4 years old, they had not had the opportunities to reproduce, impacting the long-term stability of a population.

The Science of Aging Lions

The science of aging lions developed in part out of the need for reliable indicators of age to manage and try to make trophy hunting sustainable.  If trophy hunting will not be stopped, it is necessary to at least take steps to save the lion population from further decline. Research showed that to be sustainable, trophy hunting should target lions in East Africa older than 6 years and lions in southern Africa older than 8 years.

Lions from the Lion Guardians Project

9 Lions from the Lion Guardians

Lion biologists have used natural markings like whisker spots, ear notches and scars to identify individuals, but there was  not an understanding of how physical appearance changes with age.  Panthera’s Postdoctoral Researcher, Jennie Miller, PhD, found 5 traits that noticeably change with age.

How Old Is That Lion?

Male lions in the wild can live up to 15 years of age. As they age, 5 main physical traits change:

  1. Nose darkness. Lion noses change from bright pink to mottled gray gray with age. Scientists are not sure why their noses develop pigment with age.
  2. Mane Growth. Perhaps the most obvious marker a male progresses from a bald cub, to a Mohawked teen to mop-topped adults to thin-haired elders.
  3. Scars. Older lions pick up more battle scars as they age.
  4. Teeth. Lion teeth become more yellow and worn down with age
  5. Jowl Slackness. a lion’s bottom back lip might hang lower at age 7 or more.

Train and Test Yourself. Aging the African Lion

You can learn more about how to age the African lion at    Here you will find training materials and be able to test yourself before and after you study the aging traits closely.

I think this is a clever way to engage lion lovers all over the world and to create conversation about lions.  What do you think?  Will you try?

Let us know when you do.  Thank you for caring about all cats big and small.

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Do You Like Cat T-Shirts? Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:00:38 +0000 tshirts and cartoon Annie

Do You Like Cat T-Shirts?

Triple T Studios receives requests for t-shirts with cat designs.  We are curious to learn more and we need your help.  Would you be willing to take our survey about t-shirts so we can understand what you like and develop t-shirts that you would be happy to wear?

We assume that almost everyone wears a t-shirt now and then.  But we wondered how many of us wear t-shirts with cat designs.

If you are reading this by email, you will need to pounce here to participate in the survey:  Cat T-Shirt Survey

First, we are curious if you  like t-shirts with cat designs.

Even if you like t-shirts with cat designs, you might not wear them.  We wondered if  you currently wear t-shirts with cat designs?

One of the toughest things about creating t-shirts is all the different sizes.  Many of us like to wear our t-shirts larger and some like a more fitted shirt. What size t-shirt do you like to wear?

If you were to purchase a t-shirt with a cat design, what type of design appeals to you most.  Some of us like fun, whimsical designs. Some of us like to show our support for conservation efforts.  Some just like all cat t-shirts.

T-shirts come in all colors.  I am guilty of preferring, black, white and gray.  Sometimes I go wild and wear green.  How about you?

T-shirts come in many styles.  We are curious which style you like best.

Would you like to see t-shirts available through Triple T Studios?

Thank you so much for being a part of The Tiniest Tiger community and for helping us develop new products for Triple T Studios so we can continue to support global conservation projects.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to message us anytime.


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Annie is a Sad Cat. Her Chipmunk Friend is Missing. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:04:48 +0000 Eddie and Bad KittyFriends, I am here with Bad Kitty keeping lookout for Annie’s friend, the chipmunk.  I know you might be thinking that chipmunks and cats make for an unlikely friendship, but you remember Gracey and Bossy Backyard Blue Jay don’t you? Well, Annie and the chipmunk have been enjoying spending time together every day for as long as I remember. That is until a few days ago.

Annie Sad in the green bed

Early morning, even before Mercy and I finish our breakfast, Annie runs into the office and waits for her chipmunk to visit.  He runs and plays, showing off for Annie if you ask me, and they spend a bit of time looking into each other’s eyes.  A few days ago, after breakfast, I found Annie looking sad in the green felt bed.  She told me she had waited for her Chipmunk to visit but he didn’t show up.

Eddie and Annie in the green felt bed

I jumped in the bed with Annie and told her I would keep her company while we watched for her friend.  A large bit of time went by and still no sign of him.

Annie and Eddie in the gray bed

I suggested we might have better luck if we watched from the gray felt bed.  Annie didn’t think that made much sense but she was willing to try.  We waited until the sun began to settle down.

Annie and Eddie in the green felt bed

I didn’t have the heart to let Annie see that I was beginning to worry too.

The next morning, Annie didn’t even eat her breakfast but ran straight to the office to look for the chipmunk. I hate to tell you there was no sign of him.

Mercy in the gray felt bed

Mercy saw how tired we were so he volunteered to take the next shift.  While Annie ran to the sunroom, Mercy said he saw the Fox outside the door a few days ago and now we is worried about the chipmunk too.  I said I was worried because we had a lot of rain and maybe he swam away, but Mercy said he didn’t think that was likely.  I told Mercy not to tell Annie about the Fox.

Annie sleeping in the sunroom

While Annie was sleeping in the sunroom, I snuck back into the office to see if Mercy had any luck.  He said there was no sign of the chipmunk.

Eddie sad looking for chipmunk

Friends, I am sorry to tell you I fear the worst.  It has been many days, even before the Harvest Moon, and no sight of him.   I will let Annie sleep and keep hoping the little guy will show up.

Annie waiting for Chipmunk

The sun is disappearing again and still no sign of Annie’s friend.  There she sits waiting.

Eddie and Annie Waiting

It is hard to see your best friend sad.  All I can do is sit quietly with her and wait too.  If you see our Chipmunk, will you tell him to come home?  Thank you,  Eddie.

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Hauspanther Collection Supports Jackson Galaxy Foundation Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:16:43 +0000 Hauspanther PrimeTime Petz Collection

Our friend Kate Benjamin from Hauspanther is the creator of this new stylish and innovative cat furniture.  Kate designed the Hauspanther Collection by Primetime Petz to provide your cats with everything they need to satisfy their desire to climb, perch, scratch, play and of course lounge in style.

The Hauspanther Collection By Primetime Petz

Hauspanther Collection CATchall

CATchall is a multi-functional wall-mounted piece that includes a replaceable sisal scratcher on the front, a cat perch on top, and plush toy below and convenient toy storage inside.  I love this piece because our Eddie loves toys!  The CATchall will help us place all of his toys in a convenient place as we pick them up throughout the day. The  CATchall is $49.99 including shipping to addresses in the continental US.

Hauspanther Cubitat



Cubitat is a multi-story cat bed with a hideaway below and a raised lookout on top.Your cat can choose top or bottom and there are plenty of openings for an easy escape. This is important in our house because there are times when Eddie needs to escape from Mercy and Mercy needs to escape from Annie.  The Cubitat $69.99 including shipping to addresses in the continental US.

Hauspanther Step Perch

The Step Perch has one large lower lounge area and a smaller upper perch, as well as a vertical sisal scratcher and plush toy.

Hauspanther Nest Perch


The Nest Perch has a large lounge surface nestled between two small upper perches with two plush toys below. Both are $69.99 including shipping to addresses in the continental US.

I love that all of the  perching and lounging surfaces are topped with soft felt to prevent slipping and not with carpet. The collection comes in two colors, white with grey accents or espresso with beige accents.

Purchase Today to Support The Jackson Galaxy Foundation

The new Hauspanther Collection by Primetime Petz is now shipping and  through today you can use discount code JGF10 when ordering any of the Hauspanther Collection products at and get 10% off PLUS Hauspanther will donate 10% of your purchase of the products toThe Jackson Galaxy Foundation!  Jackson’s foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk animals through programs that help transform the places where these animals live and by helping the people who care for them. Offer expires at the end of today 9-15-16!!!


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Amur Tiger Cinderella Begins New Chapter. Mother and Cubs Are Doing Fine Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:18:54 +0000 Cinderella surviving in the wild

An Amur Tiger Cub Named Zolushka

You may recall reading our post about an Amur tiger cub named Zolushka, Cinderella in English, who was rescued by two hunters in Russia’s remote Primorsky Province when they found her lying in a snow drift,  breathing shallow and eyes glazed.  The hunters cared for Zolushka, kept her warm and fed her a steady diet of meat, eggs and warm milk.

Zolushka after being rescued

Zolushka receiving care after being rescued by hunters.

Within two weeks time, the cub was back up on her paws and her caretaker called on the expertise of Dale Miquelle, an American scientist and foremost expert on the Amur tiger, based in Primorsky.

The winter after her release, footage confirmed that Zolushka  was adapting to life in the wild and she was sharing her range and food with a healthy male tiger the scientists named Zavetny.    Miquelle was hopeful that one day he might receive a camera trap photo of Zolushka with cubs following behind her.

Video of Dale Miquelle Telling Zolushka’s Story

Last December, only two years after her release,  camera trap images captured Zolushka with two young cubs at her side, making her the first rehabilitated tiger in history to mate and give birth in the wild. You can read more in our update: Cinderella Gives Birth and New Hope For Amur Tigers

Cinderalla Became A Mother, December 2015

According to Miquelle, the video shows the cubs huddling near Zolushka and playfully romping around with her. The cubs also scratch and sniff a “scent-marking tree” where Zolushka and Zavetny may have marked their territory. Miquelle said his team feel like godparents and are curious to see how Zolushka will handle the responsibility of raising her cubs as she didn’t have the chance to spend her full early life with her own mother.

The cubs are showing typical young cub behavior. “The good news is that Zolushka’s acted well enough as a mother to get her cubs to this stage, a couple months old,” said Miquelle.  “That’s a very good sign.”

Zolushka and Her Cubs in August, 2016

Amur tiger update 2016

Image ®Bolstak Reserve Zolushka and her cubs Sept, 2016

Zolushka and her cubs appear to be thriving in the wild.  Captured on a camera trap in late August, 2016, you can see mom in the center and her two cubs on each side   Great news for tiger conservation.  Everyone is thrilled to see Zolushka begin this new chapter of her story.

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Fleece Cat Ear Headband Giveaway Sat, 10 Sep 2016 14:05:05 +0000 Triple T Studios Fleece Cat Ear Headband

New Fleece Cat Ear Headband

Soon there will be a chill in the air as Fall approaches with winter not far behind.  Just in time to keep you warm we introduce our new Fleece Cat Ear Headbands.   Soft and super cute  our  adorable Fleece Cat Ear Headband will keep your ears warm with feline finesse.

Made of the softest velvet-feeling fleece, there is nothing itchy or scratchy to bother you.  The elastic stretch allows the headband to fit comfortably. The super cute cat ear headbands are purr-fect to hold your hair back while washing your face too! Made of 100% polyester, the headbands are machine washable and can be dried on a low temperature. One size fits most. Imported.

Triple T Studios Cat Ear Fleece Headbands

Available in 4 colors:
Black with pink ears.
White with pink ears
Gray with pink ears
and Pink with white ears.
Triple T Studios Fleece Cat Ear Headband closeup

The Triple T Studios Fleece Cat Ear Headband Giveaway

One member of The Tiniest Tiger Community will win all 4 colors of the Fleece Cat Ear Headband.  You can find more information about the New Cat Ear Headbands here: Fashion With a Passion™

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 wear a hat or headband during cold weather and which color you like the best.

This giveaway is open to everyone.

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Love at First Sight! #MetOnPetfinder Wed, 07 Sep 2016 13:49:23 +0000 Annie Eddie Kissing

This post is sponsored by Petfinder. The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers and all statements and opinions are entirely our own.

Annie's Grayson County Humane photo


Love at First Sight!

You might already know that when I saw Annie’s photo on facebook that it was love at first site.  Without the help of  Petfinder’s  blueprint of connecting adoptable pets with potential pet parents online, we would not have met Annie and most likely would not have had the opportunity to bring both Annie and Eddie into our family.  Paul and I were trying to recover from broken hearts from losing Gracey when we decided to adopt Annie and Eddie into our family.

Annie and Eddie see us first time

First time we met Eddie

This was one of the best decisions we have made.  Annie and Eddie not only helped heal our broken hearts but brought back joy and laughter into our home.  Every day, no matter what challenges we face, they help us feel better, makes us smile and warm our hearts.  A bonded pair waiting in their crate at the shelter, Annie and Eddie remain best buddies.

Annie and Eddie best friends

Annie and Eddie, best friends.

Happy 20th Anniversary Petfinder!

For the past 20 years, Petfinder has worked to ensure that more adoptable pets find their forever homes. Since 1996, Petfinder has helped facilitate more than 25 million pet adoptions through its shelter and rescue member organizations. That is an average of 1.2 million pets per year who found their forever homes with the help of Petfinder. 

Petfinder encourages people to consider adoption when adding a pet to their family. Petfinder’s goal is to make the pet adoption process easier by connecting people with pets and removing barriers during the adoption process.

Petfinder To Donate $200,000 to 20 Shelter and Rescue Members

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Petfinder is asking pet parents, pet lovers and pet advocates to join the celebration and its effort to donate $200,000 benefitting 20 shelter and rescue members. To make this donation possible, Petfinder is asking animal lovers to help generate one million views of its #MetOnPetfinder anniversary video.  

Petfinder-Celebrating 20 Years and 25 Million Adopted Pets

You Can Participate in the Anniversary Celebration Donation Too!

  • Before October 24, watch this Petfinder video showing how adopted pets have transformed the lives of their adopters.
  • Share the video with your friends and family.
  • Share your Petfinder adoption stories on social media by using the hashtag #MetOnPetfinder

When the one million views goal is met, 20 Petfinder shelter and rescue members will each receive a $10,000 grant from the Petfinder Foundation to help continue to transform the lives of the pets in their care and cultivate more lifelong relationships.

Don’t forget to use the #MetOnPetfinder hashtag when you share your pet adoption story and make sure you tag Petfinder when you post on your favorite social media channels:
Facebook: Petfinder
Twitter: @petfinder
Instagram: @petfinder

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