The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community Caring about Cats, Big and Small Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:52:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:08:59 +0000 Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger lives on in our hearts

Today is Pet Remembrance Day.

We miss Gracey every day but are now able to smile when we think of her. There are the bouts of overwhelming sadness too but we are working through the process and are forever grateful to each of you that has helped us along the way. I wrote a series of posts along our healing journey, starting with Since You’ve Been Gone.  I  receive messages from friends who are also on their healing journey telling me how finding a kindred spirit who understands the true depth of pet loss is helping them heal their broken hearts.

Purr Prints of the Heart- A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond.

Purr Prints of the Heart

Our friend Deb Barnes wrote the book Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death, and Beyond  after saying goodbye on August 28, 2013 to her beloved Ragdoll companion cat, Mr. Jazz, who had lived to the age of 15. Deb’s book’s purpose is to help others who have lost a pet and are having difficulty with the grieving process.

Mr. Jazz and Deb spent a lifetime together. The bond they shared was special. Mr. Jazz was her companion through the best and worst of times. When  the realization that Mr. Jazz was dying at 15 years of age, Deb knew she would have to face the difficult and painful decision of helping let him go. Deb learned invaluable lessons from her beloved cat about life, love, grieving and letting go.

She knew her experience of loving and losing Mr. Jazz would resonate with most anyone that had lost a pet.  Deb’s goal is to help others working through the loss of a loved one.  Purr Prints of the Heart includes a Guide to Coping with Pet Loss section that is sure to help mend the broken-hearted.

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

A few years ago, and perhaps still today, showing outward emotion and sorrow after the lost of a pet was met with ridicule and often times the bereft pet parent was dismissed and told to just get over it.

Online pet loving communities have helped those grieving reach out to find the support, compassion and love they need to process their emotions and work their way through the loss of their family member.

Today is the first Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. This day is to honor those pets that live on in our hearts.  Deb wants you to think of today like a giant worldwide hug of comfort.

Remembering our Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger

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Gracey, My Heart Cat


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Your Cat Needs #FoodShelterLove And a Clean LitterBox Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:07:24 +0000 cute kitten in litter pan

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Science Diet® and The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® Program, 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 article.

Going Outside the Box is #1 Reason Cats Lose Their Homes

Inappropriate elimination, going outside the box, is the most common reason owners give when they surrender their cat to a shelter. In an article by Dr. Karen Becker you will find sobering statistics about how serious missing the litterbox is for cats.  The article tells us that an estimated 4% of cats urinate outside the box on a weekly basis. The 1% of cats who go outside the box on a daily basis are 28 times more likely to lose their home and family according to Dr. Nicholas Dodman, a professor at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine quoted in the article.  And 10-24% of cats will have an inappropriate elimination problem at some point in their lives.

Annie and Eddie in a box

Try To Think From Your Cat’s Perspective

The term inappropriate to describe the failure of a cat to use a litterbox is something of a misnomer according to the authors of a research study at Atlantic Veterinary College, as the choice of an elimination area may not be inappropriate from the cat’s perspective.

A cat’s failure to use the litterbox is undesirable  from the cat owner’s perspective, but from the cat’s perspective such failures include information about that cat’s preferences and needs.  After you have had your cat evaluated by a veterinarian to rule out any health concerns causing your cat to go outside the box, you can check to make sure your litterboxes meet the needs of your cats.

Your Cat’s Needs In a Litterbox

When it comes to a litterbox, your cat needs:

  • A spacious large box. One in which your cat can easily turn around and cover their waste.
  • One litterbox per cat plus one more box.
  • A litterbox that is clean and frequently scooped.  More than one cat?  Scoop several times per day.
  • The litterboxes in a convenient open location. Do not place near food or water source.
  • A litterbox free from artificial  smells of any kind including cleaning products.

Your cat’s needs for the litterbox are basic and easy to meet. Don’t complicate the litterbox with your own personal preferences like a covered box, hidden location,  or scented plug-ins and sprays. Think about the littebox from your cat’s perspective.

Hill’s Pet Nutrition’s New Urinary & Hairball Control Formula

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Time To End Live Tiger Cub Mascot Tradition Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:00:57 +0000 tiger cub image

Washington High School’s Football Team Mascot

Washington High School’s football team in Massillon, Ohio has showcased a tiger cub at their football games for decades, but the 2015 Washington High School Tiger’s season might kick off without their live mascot.

The athletic boosters lease a cub they call Obie each year to be the mascot of their football team. This year however, the boosters must prove that the school’s tigers will live at an accredited facility when they’ve outgrown their job as mascots. The school must also ensure the tigers will be cared for throughout their lives.

The state Agriculture Department, which oversees permits for exotic animals, was yet to receive the documentation as of Tuesday, August 25, according to spokeswoman Erica Hawkins. The team’s season starts Thursday. Boosters have been working to find a way to legally meet requirements, district Superintendent Richard Goodright said.

Ohio Requires Registration of Exotic Animals

Ohio began requiring owners to register exotic animals after authorities were forced to kill nearly 50 lions, tigers, bears and other animals released by their owner in Zanesville, Ohio in 2011. The law granted the Massillon school a limited exemption.

Massillon locals say the tigers are well cared for during their stints as mascot, when they are kept in a cage in view of spectators. Animal welfare organizations have raised questions about how the tigers are treated and what happens to them after the football season. Several former Obies were among animals removed this year from an unlicensed Toledo-area sanctuary whose owner said he took in creatures that no one else wanted.

One World Conservation, a nonprofit based in San Antonio, has called members of the school board to urge them to end the tradition, said the group’s CEO, Karrie Kern. A noisy football game, she said, is no place for a big cat with sensitive hearing and potentially dangerous instincts.

“I’m from Texas. You know, we’re all about football, too, and I get that, but what that cub is experiencing is unbelievable,” Kern said.

The booster club has indicated it won’t easily give up on the cub, which isn’t funded by the school. Matt Keller, president of the athletic booster club told the Massillon Independent that they want the live tiger mascot program to keep going.

Former Tiger Cub Mascots  Not  Cared For By Massillon Tiger Boosters.

Lilly, last year’s tiger cub mascot was returned to Stump Hill Farm, the roadside zoo which bred her once the 2014 season ended.

Shortly after returning to Stump Hill, the young cub’s paw became trapped in the fencing of her enclosure. Lilly suffered for hours and desperate to free herself,  began to gnaw her foot off, sustaining injuries which required the amputation of her toe. This type of disfigurement of the paw can cause chronic pain for life and Lilly was only 9 months old when she was injured.

Stump Hill was assessed for compliance with the Animal Welfare Act, and according to the USDA inspection reports, the owner of Stump Hill hid the injured tiger, denying  she had a cub on the premises. After learning of Lilly’s accident from a local veterinarian, the inspectors asked the owner again. This time she claimed she had forgotten the cub. The facility was cited for both the injury to Lilly and for lying to inspectors.

Time To End This Live Cub Tradition

It is time to end the live tiger cub tradition.  Leasing a tiger cub every year is encouraging breeding of tigers outside of conservation protocol. These tigers are facing a life of neglect. There simply aren’t enough facilities to care for tigers.  It is time Massillon High School ends the live cub tradition.

They can use the money budgeted to  lease the live cub to buy a costume.

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Enter the Fur Real #NutrishPetMoments Contest Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:47:56 +0000

Nutrish Fur Real Moment

 The Fur Real Moments of Pet Parenting

Our cats are part of our family and we love them unconditionally. No matter what they do, we forgive them immediately because they bring us joy and laughter 95% of the time, right?  But there are  “Fur Real” moments when being a pet parent is a little challenging.  Those times when they remind us that being a pet parent takes patience, tolerance and lots of cleaning supplies!!

The Fur Real moment photo at the top of this page was when Paul and I were installing child-proof latches on our cupboards after Annie and Eddie’s late night raids of the treat cupboard.

Nutrish Fur Real box

We often have empty boxes cluttering up our house, well because we have three cats!

Nutrish Fur Real MomentA friend visiting said our sun room looks like a play room in a  daycare center only for cats.  She is right, because the sunroom has been claimed as the cats’ territory.  They love to be in the sun room and spend a large part of their day playing with their toys…when they aren’t in a cardboard box.

Nutrish Fur Real Moment

They keep us on our toes. Sometimes when we are attempting to create the perfect photo, they just can’t resist temptation.  Eddie didn’t take any chances that Mercy or Annie were going to get first licks on this meal!

Nutrish Fur Real Mercy

Mercy is a cat of few meows, except when it is time for breakfast.  At 6:30 am  we get the loud meow followed by the look, as you can see in the image above. There is no rolling over and sleeping in when Mercy wants his breakfast.

Nutrish Fur Real

We wouldn’t have it any other way.  Because for every time we have a pet parent moment, we have 100 times the moments that melt our hearts.

Enter the Nutrish “Fur Real Pet Moments”

Nutrish Fur Real moments

Do you have  a “Fur Real” moment that you have caught on camera? Your photo could help you win a year’s supply of Rachael Ray’s Nutrish and a $1,500 cash prize!

Rachael Ray Nutrish has launched the Fur Real Pet Moments” contest,  and this is your chance to win a one-year supply of Nutrish and $1,500.

Entering is easy using the “Fur Real Pet Moments” meme generator. It’s fun too. Once you start, it’s  hard to stop creating these fun images.

One lucky winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize plus a year’s supply of Rachael Ray’s Nutrish, created with simple ingredients like real meat and wholesome veggies.

All three of our cats are rescue kitties so we love that Rachael Ray’s personal proceeds from sales of Nutrish have gone to Rachael’s Rescue  to purchase not only food but medical supplies and treatment as well for animals in need. Rachael’s Rescue was created for all of the forgotten pets — the ones that might not have someone who loves them as much as you love your pet.

Enter the “Fur Real Pet Moments” contest! today!

You can learn more by following Nutrish on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, too!

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Cats Love Kitty Kush Catnip Giveaway Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:38:21 +0000 Annie and Eddie Kitty Kuch

Kitty Kush CatNip

Kitty Kush is a new catnip idea that quite honestly is nothing short of genius. We learned about this new catnip from our friend Kate from Hauspanther and picked up a sample in the Hauspanther Lounge at the BlogPaws conference in Nashville.

kitty kuch catnip

Shake, Grind and Purr

Kitty Kush is 100% all natural catnip pellets, naturally grown in Canada, that stay fresh in the moisture-controlled container until they are ground and won’t leave a mess like traditional bags of nip.

This stylish and convenient new product releases the catnip’s natural and essential oils that cats love.  All you have to do is turn the grinder making Kitty Kush a simple and quick way to treat your cats.

Annie on Bear rug

Annie relaxing on the Bear Rug after her Kitty Kush Catnip treat

Annie, Eddie and Mercy all came running when I shook the container. With a simple twist of the grinder, the cats all enjoyed some fresh catnip in the sunroom.  As you can see in the photo above, Annie is quite relaxed hanging out on the bear rug.

The Kitty Kush CatNip Giveaway

kitty kush catnip

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will receive a Kitty Kush Catnip. If you can’t wait, you can learn more about the Kitty Kush on their site  Kitty Kush Catnip, on twitter @kittykushnip and on facebook at KittyKushco.

Kitty Kush is available at (affiliate link) too!

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:  How often do you treat your cats with catnip?

This giveaway is open to everyone.  Void Where Prohibited

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Black Cat Love in The Tiniest Tiger Community Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000 Mercy sitting handsome

We had a lot of fun celebrating Black Cat Appreciation Day on The Tiniest Tiger’s Facebook page. So many friends posted photos and wrote heartwarming comments about their beloved black cats.

It is so hard to believe The Tiniest Tiger community just celebrated our 6th Anniversary on facebook last month.  Many friends that added photos of their cats have been part of our community from the beginning and we are thankful you have stayed friends and care about all cats big and small.

The rules have changed many time over the years on facebook, from not being able to tag friends, to not being able to have contests. Gracey used to have so much fun with Name That Animal!  Does anyone remember?  Hey, maybe Annie, Eddie and Mercy can pick that fun game up now we are once again allowed to have contests from the page.

This week we celebrated Black Cat Appreciation Day by giving away some of Triple T Studios I Love Black Cat Shaker Toys.  Annie just helped me get all the toys ready and on their way this morning.

If you haven’t joined our facebook community, we invite you to “like” The Tiniest Tiger’s page and then add the page to your favorites so you will be able to see updates in your newsfeed.  No pressure.  We know you have lots of choices and appreciate any time you take when you stop by to visit.

This week as we celebrated Black Cat Appreciation Day, the page felt like a reunion of familiar friends as well as new friends joining in the fun. We really enjoyed reading the comments and seeing the photos and thought you might too. Here is the post on our facebook page.

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!! We love our Mercy. Show us your beautiful black cat for a chance to win an I Love Black Cats Shaker Toy!

Posted by The Tiniest Tiger on Monday, August 17, 2015

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Cats Play and Pounce All Day Long Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:51:50 +0000 Eddie and the racetrack

Eddie claiming th Catit Super roller play circuit aka racetrack.

Annie and Eddie are a bonded pair.  They stay together most of the day and night. Sometimes they skirmish over their toys, beds,  the Cat Power Tower, who gets to sit on my lap, except when Paul is also on the sofa then they split up and choose a lap until they decide to snuggle up together again.

Today I saw Eddie guarding his Catit Play Circuit, also known as the racetrack.  He looked quite determined to keep Annie away from “his” toy.

Then we had a little rumble.

Eddie and Annie Rumble CatIt

It’s my turn. No it’s my turn.

Soon they were playing together.

Annie Playing with Catit

Annie and Eddie playing

Eddie claims the top of the Cat Power Tower.

Eddie Prince of CPT

Eddie the prince of the Cat Power Tower

The prince of the Cat Power Tower enjoys observing his surroundings. When Annie attempts to join him, Eddie bops her on the nose.  Annie isn’t one to take this type of bopping in the nose lightly.

Annie bops Annie on the nose

After a little wrestling match that would have made Paul nervous, the two cats decide there is room for both of them on the Cat Power Tower.

Annie and Eddie in Sun on CPT

Annie curls up on the second platform to let Eddie have his moment in the sun.

Annie and Eddie playing with gherkins.

All three cats have their own Tickle Pickles.  They love them. And most of the time they play and play but then there are times when this happens.

Eddie and Annie ready to rumble

This type of rumble typically results in racing through the house, down the stairs, around the man cave, back up the steps and then back to playing peacefully.  Where is Mercy?  Usually on his pillow on the ottoman or seeking refuge on the mantle.

Mercy on the mantle

Kittens will be kittens.

No matter what squabbles occur during the day, in the late afternoon

Annie and Eddie kissing

Annie and Eddie

and in the evening after dinner, Annie and Eddie are snuggled together.

Annie and Eddie on sofa

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Our Cat Mercy on Black Cat Appreciation Day! Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:39:00 +0000 Mercy with diamond chest


We couldn’t let Black Cat Appreciation Day go by without talking about our Mercy.  He is quite handsome as you can see in the photo above.  I know we have told  you many times that Mercy was rescued from the mean streets 8 years ago.  Paul and I helped take care of a feral colony of cats and when Mercy was just a kitten, Paul was smitten.

Mercy had such a big personality for such a tiny kitten.  He would jump up on the rock where we fed the cats and shake his back end back and forth to keep the other cats away until he got a few bites first.  He was always looking for Paul and the first to come out to greet him.

We were able to catch him and bring him home.  Mercy was so sweet that when we took him in for his first checkup, one of the veterinarians told us if we decided not to keep Mercy to bring him back because he would adopt him!  He just knew Mercy was going to be a nice boy.

Paul and Mercy

Mercy telling Paul a story

Mercy is still strongly bonded to Paul.  This is one of my favorite photos of the two of them because it looks like Mercy is telling Paul an interesting story.  Mercy lived with Paul’s mom until they both came to live with us two years ago.

Eddie, Annie Mercy in sun room

All together in the sun room

Mercy gets along with Annie and Eddie 98% of the time. The other 2% he gets a little irritated with the younger cats and just needs his alone time.  We are so happy they all three get along so well.

Mercy Annie Katris

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

He doesn’t like to pose for photos much but I am able to get a few shots of him when he isn’t looking.  He likes to see what those kittens are up to and sometimes he even stays to play.

Mercy Eddie Fishbowl

Mercy and Eddie checkout the Fishbowl puzzle toy

He is a cat of few meows except when it is time for breakfast.  He knows when 6:30 rolls around and he isn’t too forgiving if we wait until 6:31 to rise and shine and prepare his meal.

Mercy at the counter

Mercy is ready for breakfast

In the early afternoon Mercy comes into my office and sits on my desk to my left and edits my writing.  In the late afternoon when it is time for Paul to come home, Mercy takes his place watching the door.  There he waits until he sees Paul walk through the door.

Mercy and the office owl

Mercy and the Office Owl

We are sure lucky to have Mercy as part of our family.  He brings us joy and love everyday.

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New Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diet For Cats With Digestive Upset Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:30:31 +0000 Mercy on pillow


This post is sponsored by Purina. We are being compensated for helping spread the word about the new Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets EN Gastroenteric Naturals formulas, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is of interest to you.

Our cat Mercy needed to make some adjustments over the last year.  Not only did he move in with us, when he was used to spending most of his time alone with Paul’s mom, he suddenly found himself sharing a home with two other cats.  All three cats get along but we noticed  Mercy started grooming more than usual and we thought it might be from the stress.

When he began to throw-up a little more often and that gave us even more cause for concern.  Our veterinarians couldn’t find anything medically wrong with Mercy, so we decided to keep an eye on him and try to ease his tummy with a diet easier on his digestion.

 The Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Upset

Gastrointestinal upset is one of the most common reasons cats are brought in to see their veterinarian.  There is a wide range of symptoms for a cat with a digestive problem.  Some of the most common are:

  • loss of appetite
  • excess gas
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty swallowing

Causes of Cat Digestive Problems

A gastrointestinal disorder can impair your cat’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients. The disorder can be caused by many factors, including:

  • an abrupt change in diet
  • trauma
  • eating something they should not have eaten.
  • toxins
  • foreign objects
  • parasites
  • medication
  • infectious agents

Treatment For Your Cat’s Digestive Problem

Your veterinarian will determine the best treatment for your cat’s digestive problem. This treatment could be dietary management, medical management or surgery. Since cat digestive issues can irritate the stomach and intestine your cat will need a diet that is easily digested to help ensure they get the nutrient balance needed to support their recovery.

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Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets new EN Gastroenteric Naturals Feline Formula with Added Vitamins & Minerals offers dietary benefits that provide optimal nutrition while meeting your cat’s special needs. This new food is high protein, low carbohydrate, moderate fat and has excellent palatability. You will need your veterinarian’s approval to purchase this new food for your cat.

Two Free Coupons Available

If your cat is suffering from digestive upset and you think this food may help your cat, I have two coupons for a free bag of the new EN Gastroenteric Naturals Feline Formula with Added Vitamins & Minerals.  Just leave a comment below this post telling me that you would like to try this food for your cat.  If there are more than two requests, I will choose using

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The Annie Wallet Giveaway Sat, 15 Aug 2015 14:40:47 +0000 Annie with Annie Wallet

Triple T Studios New Annie Wallet

The Triple T Studios,  Annie Wallet  featuring Cartoon Annie  is  purr-fect  for those who prefer  a smaller wallet but still desire plenty of card slots and a place to stash your cash.  We had many requests for a smaller wallet with feline finesse so we created  this wallet with the cute cat design.  I was even able to get Annie to assist in showing you the Annie wallet.
annie wallet front
The front of the wallet features cute cartoon Annie sure to make you smile every time you use your billfold. The back side is a solid vanilla cream color.
There is a snap closure to keep  your valuables safely tucked inside.
Annie wallet from top
The Annie Wallet measures :
  • 4.25  inches (10.8 cm) in length when closed.
  • 8.5 inches (21.59 cm) in length when open
  • 3.5 inches (8.89 cm) high
  • .75 inch (1.9 cm) deep
inside the Annie Wallet
The wallet features:
    • Two 8.5 inch length compartments for bills and papers.
    •  9 card slots.
    •  1 photo ID slot.
    • The snap closure is silver-tone.
    • Made of PU* leather
    • Interior of nylon
    • Weighs 2.3 oz (64 g)

The Annie Wallet Giveaway

Annie with Annie Wallet

One member of The Tiniest Tiger community will receive the Annie Wallet, If you can’t wait, you can learn more about the Annie Wallet  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:  What is the first thing you will put in your new Annie Wallet?

This giveaway is open to everyone!  Void Where Prohibited.

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