The Tiniest Tiger Cat Community http://conservationcubclub.com Caring about Cats, Big and Small Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:17:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day! http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/01/national-answer-your-cats-questions-day/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/01/national-answer-your-cats-questions-day/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:55:04 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14343 Annie Head Tilt

Would Annie ask a lot of questions?

National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day!

Today is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day!  Boy, when I saw this, I immediately thought of Annie.  All cats are curious by nature, but Annie seems to be extra curious and at first I thought if she could ever begin to ask questions….she might never stop! But then I gave this some more thought.

All of our cats are smart, no question, but Annie has the art of observation down pat.  She watches everything we do, up close and tilts her head while she studies our movements.  Through her keen observation, she was the ring leader in the getting the cat treats out of the cupboard caper that led us to put cat-proof locks on our cupboard doors.  Here is more about the midnight raid on the cupboards, in case you missed that update. How to Keep Your Cat Out of Your Cupboards.

Annie on dryer

Annie observing us putting the cat food in the closet.

We keep the supply of cat food in a closet opposite of the laundry room.   Whenever we are restocking the closet, we can count on Annie to perch on top of the dryer and watch our every move.  I can almost see her calculating the amount of torque required to get the door to pivot open.

Annie observing

Annie loves to accompany me in the kitchen while I am washing dishes.  She is fascinated by the water, suds and of course the swirling motion of the dishwater draining out of the sink.  After dinner, she knows that I will be heading to the kitchen to clean up, so she waits for me, making sure she doesn’t miss any of the action.

In the middle of the night, Annie must try to wash some dishes on her own because sometimes we find the Scrub Daddy we clean the cats dishes with on the counter and sometimes on the floor beside her bowl.  She really is trying to be so helpful.

Her fascination with water extends to her performing lifeguard duty while I take a shower.  She sits at full alert tilting her head side to side until I exit safely.

Annie and Eddie I see you looking at the cupboards.

So, you are saying you don’t want us to get into the cupboards?

The dynamic duo, Annie and Eddie often observe together to make sure they don’t miss anything.  Eddie takes a more relaxed approach while Annie is on the the edge of her seat and engaged.  This photo was taken while we were placing the cat-proof locks on the cupboards.  She hasn’t managed to open the locked cupboards……yet.

Annie and Cartoon Annie

I can’t really put into words how much I love Annie.  She is truly a sweetheart and along with Eddie and Mercy brought happiness back into our home.  I love our hide and seek games in the evening and our 4 am snuggle time when she demands I extend my right arm so she can curl up on my upper arm near my neck and shoulder and then place my left arm over  her and hold her paw.

Annie and I seem to communicate quite well already, so if she were able to ask me questions, I think they would be thought provoking and deep because she is able to figure out most things on her own through observation.  So, I get the feeling if  we were to explain something to Annie, she might reply with, I already know that….most of the time.

What do you think your cat would ask you?

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The Comfort of Cats http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/01/the-comfort-of-cats/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/01/the-comfort-of-cats/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 23:41:07 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14334 Paul and Annie sleeping

Paul and I are getting a late start on this new year.  We both came down with a cold type illness that settled into bronchitis.  It started with a sore throat and then quickly moved on to the chest congestion.  I was the first to get sick just after Christmas.  I began taking cough syrup every four hours and hit the mentholated rub too.  I think I beat the worst of it but then it seemed to linger.

A couple days later, Paul came down with a sore throat and then the congestion followed.  The next day we were meeting every four hours for cough medicine cocktails.  Paul doesn’t like the smell of mentholated rub so he toughed it out without the comfort of camphor and menthol.  On Saturday, he stayed in bed later than his usual 3:30 am wake up.  He wasn’t feeling very energetic and thought the rest would do him good.

When I went to check on him a little later, all three cats were curled up and sleeping with him.  He looked like one of those  boards where your body gets surrounded by knives thrown by a magician.  His body was outlined with the blanket with Annie on the right by his shoulder, Mercy on the left by his hip and Eddie curled up by his ankle on the right.  All four of them were sleeping soundly.

There really is nothing like the comfort of a cat when you aren’t feeling well.  From the gentle purring to the warm snuggle, they help us relax and feel better.  I tiptoed out of the room hoping I didn’t start coughing and wake them all up.

annie's paw on my hand

 

That afternoon, I went in to take a nap.  Not long after I crawled under the blanket, I was joined by Annie.  She curled up in the crook of my neck and I turned on my side to put my arm around her.  She then stretched out her paw and gently placed it on my hand.  I smiled and drifted off to sleep.

We are on the mend now and plan to get caught up and on track for the new year soon.

Wishing you a Happy New Year and the comfort that your cats bring to you every day this year.

 

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How To Keep Your Cat Out Of Your Cupboards http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/01/how-to-keep-your-cat-out-of-your-cupboards/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/01/how-to-keep-your-cat-out-of-your-cupboards/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14092 Edde chatting to Annie

Eddie informs Annie that their midnight raids might be over.

Cats in the Cupboards

One night, not so long ago, I woke up to the sound of a thump followed by what I thought sounded like a cat treat bag being opened.  When I went into the kitchen to investigate,  sure enough, Mercy and Eddie’s paws were making the crinkly sound while trying to open up a treat bag.  Annie was supervising, still standing on top of  a box on the counter with the cupboard door wide open.

When she saw me, she didn’t run away but gave me her signature head tilt and “May I help you?” look.  Eddie and Mercy froze in place, perhaps realizing they were doing something they shouldn’t, but not Annie.  She was quite proud of her accomplishment. And I can understand that.

You see, in order for Annie to open this cupboard and reach the cat treats she first needed to shove a box at  the other end of the counter underneath the treat cupboard.  The treats are not on the first shelf of this cupboard, I keep my cookbooks on that shelf.  Annie realized she would need  a makeshift step ladder to reach the treats. Once she had the box in place under the cupboard, it was easy for her to open the cupboard door with her paw.  When she pushed the door fully open, she was able to stretch up and bat out a bag of threats onto the floor for the boys to pry open.  A simple plan.  And it would have worked perfectly, had the treats not made a thumping sound when they hit the floor followed by the crinkle, crinkle, crinkle of the treat sack.

The look on their faces was priceless. I try not to reward bad behavior but this time I did give each cat a couple of treats. I moved the treats to another cupboard that was not accessible without Annie figuring out how to get out the step ladder from the laundry room, so I felt pretty confident we would make it through the night.

The next night however, Paul woke up to a crinkly sound and found Annie batting around a cough drop. This meant she had gotten into the medicine cupboard and this time we could not just go back to sleep.

We agreed we were going to need to get cat-proof locks for the cupboards but needed something to work in the mean time.  We used packing tape and it worked just fine.  Annie was unable to get the door open.

As you know, cats are clever, and they watched Paul and I with great interest as we worked to secure the cupboard doors.  Mercy went off to bed but Annie and Eddie took their  front row seats to observe.  I think their conversation might have gone something like this.

Edde chatting to Annie

Eddie informs Annie their midnight cupboard raids might be coming to an end.

“Annie, I think we are in trouble.  And it looks like our midnight raids of the cupboards might be coming to an end.”

Annie and Eddie looking away on chair and ottoman

Annie and Eddie appearing nonchalant.

“Ok, look nonchalant.  Just stay relaxed and appear unconcerned with what they are doing but watch out of the corner of your eye.”

Annie and Eddie looking at cupboards

I think they know we are watching

“Annie, I think they know we are watching.”

“Well, they do now that you are looking right at them.  Eddie, you need to practice being aloof.  Let’s try to appear innocent and ask for some clarification about why they are taping the cupboards closed”

Annie and Eddie I see you looking at the cupboards.

So, you are saying you don’t want us to get into the cupboards?

“So, you are saying you don’t want us to get into the cupboards?”

Paul answered, “That’s right.  This will keep you safe for now.”  And he added one last strip of tape securing the last cupboard door.

tape on cupboard

Packing tape keeps little paws from being able to open the cupboard.

“Annie, you need to practice looking innocent.”   Eddie said feeling quite pleased with himself.

A few days later our cat-proof latches arrived.

Munchkin Latches

Cat-proof Latches in action

We chose the Munchkin Xtraguard Dual Action Multi Use Latches.  We like these latches because they are easy to install with the provided adhesive and they won’t damage the cupboards.  They are as easy to remove as to install too.  The flexible strap allows latching around corners.  You can release and rotate the latches when they are not in use.  The best feature is that these latches require dual button operation to release!

The packaging warns that as your child matures, they will learn how to operate these latches so remain vigilant.

Paul and I figure we might have a little time before Annie figures it out.

 

 

 

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Victory For The Jaguar. Protection Awarded for the Wild Cat. http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/01/victory-for-the-jaguar-protection-awarded-for-the-wild-cat/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2015/01/victory-for-the-jaguar-protection-awarded-for-the-wild-cat/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:51:17 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14326 Jaguar - Panthera onca

New Jaguar Conservation Agreement Provides Protection for the Big Cat.

Early in December, at the beginning of the  holiday rush, an important jaguar conservation agreement was signed between the government of Nicaragua and Panthera, the global wild cat conservation organization.  This agreement awarded new protection for the jaguar, the Americas’ largest wild cat.  Through the agreement, both parties committed to embark on conservation initiatives to identify jaguar distribution and travel corridors in Nicaragua, allowing for the protection and connection of the big cats and their habitats throughout the Mesoamerican isthmus.

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARENA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Panthera’s CEO and world-renowned jaguar expert, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Panthera and MARENA also pledged to implement initiatives focused on the mitigation of human-jaguar conflict and support of agricultural and other land developments that are not only ecologically sustainable but economically profitable for the developing nation.

Panthera’s CEO, Dr. Rabinowitz said “The establishment of this agreement with the government of Nicaragua is a huge step for the long-term survival of the jaguar. Nicaragua represents a critical home for the jaguar, and a stepping-stone in the Mesoamerican Jaguar Corridor. Panthera will work together with the Nicaraguan government to strengthen efforts that conserve the nation’s wild habitats and provide opportunities for the safe passage of jaguars and other wildlife through the Nicaraguan landscape. With this signing, Nicaragua becomes the seventh jaguar range country to commit to the conservation of this iconic species, helping to forge a future for the jaguar, its habitats, and the other species that inhabit the forests with this magnificent cat.”

The Vice-Minister Ing. Roberto Araquistáin Cisneros added, “I applaud the hard and efficient field and scientific work that Panthera has done in the country over the past six years. Many of its studies and mapping are being used by this ministry. The Government of Nicaragua through MARENA is committed to safeguard and protect this wild cat and other wildlife, and I therefore urge young Nicaraguans and the various institutions of the country to be involved in this task of jaguar conservation.”

Jaguar photo by Patrick Meier

Jaguar Image courtesy of Patrick Meier

The Jaguar Corridor Initiative

Located in the heart of Central America, Nicaragua plays  a vital role as the conduit connecting jaguar populations to the north in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras, to all jaguar populations south of the country. The Atlantic region of the country, inhabited by many indigenous communities, is the only existing passageway for jaguars to move south through Nicaragua to Costa Rica, and beyond.

In recent years, Nicaragua has effectively protected extensive swaths of its forests that are home to the jaguar and other wildlife. As the country continues to develop, additional considerations will have to be made to allow for jaguar passage through agricultural landscapes and infrastructure development. Panthera has been successful in mitigating these activities in other countries to allow for human development and for jaguar passage and conservation.

Launched in 2008 through the Jaguar Corridor Initiative (JCI), Panthera’s jaguar conservation efforts in Nicaragua have focused on ground-truthing or verifying jaguar presence in the country.  Results from these surveys allow a better understanding of the status of jaguar populations and connectivity in Nicaragua, as well as on the overall connectivity of jaguars in Central America.

Today, Panthera’s Jaguar Corridor Initiative is the largest and most effective carnivore conservation program in existence. The JCI now spans nearly six million square kilometers and seeks to connect and protect jaguar populations within human landscapes from Mexico to Argentina to ensure the species’ genetic diversity and survival.

Source: Panthera Press Release

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Cat Karaoke. Happy New Year’s Eve! http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/cat-karaoke-happy-new-years-eve/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/cat-karaoke-happy-new-years-eve/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 21:41:37 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14310 Annie singing

Out With The Old Year

Ready or not, it is New Year’s Eve.  In a few short hours 2014 will be behind us.  New Year’s Eve has never been a favorite holiday of mine.  It is bittersweet saying good bye to the old year. Even when the year brought difficulties and problems and we might be in the mood to celebrate leaving it behind, the evening brings with it a little heartache.  We remember those we have lost and this night more than any other is a reminder of how quickly time passes.

As we get older, the years go by quicker. We were told this in our youth.  But back then it just seemed like something older people said. Then I read that the reason time seems to go by faster is that a year becomes a smaller percentage of your life lived.  When are are 4, a year is 1/4th of our life, at 10, 1/10th and at 30, 1/30th.  And I think that does make sense.  So now the years seem to roll by and if you are like me, you might sit and reflect for a moment about all the talk and worry about when we said goodbye to 1999. Remember all the talk and fear being spread about that the year 2000 was going to bring all kinds of mayhem.  It didn’t.  That was my first New Year’s Eve with Gracey.  She had a little white marking on her back that split near her tail so I called her my Y2K Kitty.

Singing In The New Year!

2014 had more than its share of challenges for us, so we are ready to embrace the new year and all the opportunities that lie before us.  To prepare for our New Year’s Eve, we are making homemade pizza.  We are truly party animals here.  We will stay home in our pajamas and enjoy some quiet time with Paul’s mom,  Annie, Eddie and Mercy.  We might even watch a little of the New Year’s programs on television.

While I was writing this post, I saw Annie and Eddie wrestling around a bit,  They were both talking a little and I imagined them singing karaoke.  I don’t know why, but that is what they reminded me of with their meowing like singing.  They have brought so much joy back into our lives.  We are grateful to share our home with three perfect little felines.

So Cat Karaoke it is for us tonight.

Happy New Year! We wish you the best of everything!  Thank you for being a member of The Tiniest Tiger Community and as Gracey would say, “Thank you for being our friend.”

Eddie karaoke

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The Cats Love The Calm Between The Holidays http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/the-cats-love-the-calm-between-the-holidays/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/the-cats-love-the-calm-between-the-holidays/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 23:02:43 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14303 Eddie all is calm
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All is Calm.

After the hustle and bustle, the parties, the planning, the gift-wrapping, the cookie baking and choir practice, Christmas Eve arrives.  We enjoy the singing, the incense, and the fellowship at Midnight Mass and then return home to the quiet of the night.   We put on our pajamas, sit by the fire and and enjoy a glass of wine or hot cocoa.  It doesn’t take long for Annie, Eddie and Mercy to gather around us, each finding a warm place to snuggle.  This is one of my favorite times during the holiday season. The rush is over,  all is calm.

Annie sitting in front of fireplace

Annie loves to be near the fire.   We know where to find her when the fireplace is glowing.  She sits and watches at first and then she stretches out a long as possible taking in the warmth.

Annie stretched out in front of fire

Mercy takes a spot on a stool by the kitchen island and waits patiently for a snack.  He doesn’t meow or cry but just waits quietly.  His determination will pay off because he knows we can’t resist his handsome face.  The silence is broken as soon as the treat sack shakes because Annie comes running and leaping and meowing loudly in excitement.  Eddie follows behind Annie but he is a cat of few words.

Mercy at the counter

Christmas evening, we all once again gather around the fireplace and enjoy some quiet time.  When it is time for us to turn in for the night the cats play tag, racing up and down the stairs.  We  hear them skidding and scampering all around the kitchen into the hall, down the stairs, up the stairs and we can’t help but laugh.  When they are worn out, Annie is the first to leap into the bed and turn in circles before lying down.

Eddie comes a little later with his Little Lion.  He places his buddy on the blankets for safe keeping and then curls up beside Annie.  The house returns to the normal routine that the cats love the most.  And I have to admit that I love the quiet time too.  The few days between Christmas and New Year’s seem to take on a different cadence than other weeks.  Just for this one week, the world seems to slow down allowing us a chance to rest.  We hope you are able to slow down a bit too.

We wish you all the best in the New Year.

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The Inspiration Behind The Tiniest Tiger #BlogPawsGives http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/the-inspiration-behind-the-tiniest-tiger-blogpawsgives/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/the-inspiration-behind-the-tiniest-tiger-blogpawsgives/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 01:41:53 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14281 SONY DSC

This post is sponsored by BlogPaws, a free place to connect with like-minded pet people who are active in social media. I am being compensated to support Giving Month with an inspirational post, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. BlogPaws is not responsible for the content of this article.

If you have been friends of The Tiniest Tiger for a while, you will already know this story, so I hope you will bear with me while I talk about the inspiration behind The Tiniest Tiger once more.  December is Giving Month and I was asked by our friends at BlogPaws to talk about what inspires me to write about cats and carry on the work of The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club.

Inspiration: Guiding Light

Gracey as a kitten

Gracey when I first brought her home.

When I sat down to write about how The Tiniest Tiger came to be, I  sat a long time and stared at my keyboard and monitor.  Not because I didn’t know what my inspiration was, but because Christmas time is when I found Gracey and brought her home to be part of our family.  I remember finding her on the floor of the dog pound so tiny and cold.  I wasn’t sure how to take care of her but I knew from the moment I looked into her eyes  I would do my best to help her live her best life.  Christmas is a time for celebration but it also brings up memories of Christmas times past and the blue part of Christmas starts to creep in and I try hard to not let it take over the season.

So I procrastinated and looked up inspiration in the dictionary, not because I didn’t know what the word means, but because I was just trying to move my frame of mind out of sadness into grateful and happy.  Then I saw the words.  Inspiration: Guiding Light.   That made me smile.  Gracey is our little star. Our guiding light.

The Tiniest Tiger Story

Gracey was so tiny when I found her that she fit into the palm of my hand.  I was scared to death that I would not be able to care for her properly.  Because she came into my life unexpectedly the day after Christmas, there were lots of things for a kitten to get into, the Christmas tree, decorations,  Paperwhite narcissus, and a beautiful poinsettia.

Gracey in the last poinsettia

Gracey in the last poinsettia in our home at Christmas time.

Once I couldn’t find Gracey and I had looked everywhere. I was feeling completely devastated when I caught her out of the corner of my eye, hiding inside the poinsettia.  I didn’t know then that cats could get sick from chewing on poinsettias but I was lucky that Gracey was only hiding not chomping on the leaves.  The poinsettia was re-homed along with the Paperwhite narcissus.  As I watched Gracey fall fast asleep I said out loud to her, “You are the tiniest tiger, what am I going to do with you?”

Insomnia Led to Thoughts of Big Cats

I went through a period of insomnia.  During those waking hours, I would look at Gracey and wonder what kind of cat she would be if she were a big cat.  I began to compare and contrast the similarities and differences between the big cats and house cats and the story of The Tiniest Tiger unfolded.  Shortly after The Tiniest Tiger was published I travelled to Australia with Jack Hanna and the Into the Wild Film crew.  After spending time crouched alongside a river in Tasmania waiting to see platypus and learning about Tasmanian Devil conservation, I knew  I wanted to change paths.  So I exited the specialty food industry and completed my Master of Zoology with a focus on big cats.

Caring For All Cats, Big and Small….and Elephants…and Bears….and Toads

Today I am fortunate to be teaching for Miami University’s Global Field Master’s Program where I am inspired every day by my colleagues and students doing amazing work.  I realized  I might not be the person who is out in the field researching but that I could be the person that writes about and perhaps even helps raise money to help fund the programs that are saving the animals that we love.  This is how Triple T Studios began.  A combination of my experience in business with my love for global conservation.  By creating uniquely designed handbags and accessories that appeal to animal lovers, we will be able to help support conservation programs helping animals in need.  Fashion with a Passion for Global Conservation.  This year we were able to donate to six programs, Kitten Associates, PurrEver Ranch Sanctuary, Santa Paws Drive, Lion Guardians, Cheetah Conservation Fund, and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Orphanage.  And we are just getting started.

Gracey is Our Guiding Light

Gracey stars are shining brightly

The stars are shining brightly

Losing Gracey was one of the hardest things that I have gone through. She was the light of our lives. But we realize her light didn’t burn out, it just changed positions.  Now her light shines within us and inspires us to keep working and doing the best we can for all cats big and small.

The photo above is one of my favorites from a Christmas Eve a few years ago.  I caught Gracey looking out the window, she seemed almost mesmerized.  I thought of two things while watching her; the lyrics to Do You See What I See  and the phrase “the stars are shining brightly”  from O Holy Night.

This Christmas Eve, after Midnight Mass, I will look out the window with Annie, Eddie and Mercy and watch the stars shining brightly.

I am grateful  you are part of The Tiniest Tiger community and we wish you peace this holiday season.

 

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Nine Tips To Keep Your Cat Safe This Holiday Season http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/nine-tips-to-keep-your-cat-safe-this-holiday-season/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/nine-tips-to-keep-your-cat-safe-this-holiday-season/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:32:35 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14266 Annie and Eddie santa hats

 

Our cats are part of our family and we do our best to keep them safe.  During the holidays, we need to take extra precautions to make sure we keep little paws and whiskers from getting into too much mischief that could cause them harm.  The holiday season brings decorations, plants and usually a lot of rich food.  Here are nine tips to keep your cat safe this holiday season.

Nine Tips To Keep Your Cat Safe This Holiday Season

1) Holiday Plants

holly berries

The Poinsettia is often spoken of to be highly toxic but this flower is actually considered to have a lower toxicity for cats than many other more dangerous plants.  The Amaryllis, Holly, Lily, Mistletoe and the Paperwhite Narcissus  are common holiday plants that are toxic to cats.  If you are uncertain about a plant and are concerned that your cat may have eaten something dangerous, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s animal poison control center at 888-426-4435.

The best way to keep your cat safe is to not bring any of these plants into your home.  Remember, even if you think the plant is in a safe location, cats are clever and might find a way to get to the plant.  Better safe and keep your home free from harmful plants.

2) The Christmas Tree

Real Christmas tress can pose a safety threat because pine needles can be dangerous if your cat eats them.  Christmas tree water that keeps a cut tree fresh might also contain chemicals that can make your cat sick.  Make certain your cat can’t get access to the water in the tree stand.

3) Hanging ornaments

The shiny, swinging movement alone makes ornaments irresistible to your cat.  Place cat-friendly ornaments low on the tree to keep your cat safe in the likely event that she gets her paws on one of them.  Make sure these lower hanging ornaments are not made of a material that your cat can chew or swallow.  Be careful of low hanging glass ornaments too as they can shatter when they are batted off the tree causing injury to paws and feet and even worse if your cat were to ingest any of the pieces.

We have beautiful mercury glass ornaments that have remained in their boxes this Christmas.  We will wait until Annie and Eddie are older before we attempt to have a Christmas tree again.

4) Tinsel and icicles

tinsel

If you have a feline family member, just say no to the tinsel and silver glittery dangling icicles. Super shiny and easy to chew, tinsel is extremely dangerous for your cat. If your cat should eat tinsel, they will most likely require emergency surgery. As pretty as tinsel is, it is just not worth the risk.

5) Bright colored bows and ribbons

If eaten, the ribbon can cause your cats intestines to twist and without surgery, this can be fatal. I am not suggesting you don’t wrap your presents, but please place packages with ribbon and bows in a protected area and don’t leave your presents in an unsupervised area where your cat can get into trouble.  Just takes those extra steps to keep your cat safe.

6) Candles

christmas candles

Cats like to jump, pounce and investigate new things in the home.  Cats are smart but they could get burned or she might swing her tail and knock over a candle. The risk of your cat getting burned or causing a fire is enough reason to opt for battery operated candles.  These safe candles can help create the holiday spirit and your cat won’t singe her whiskers or worse.

7) Potpourri:

Potpourri is a popular way to keep the home smelling like the holidays, but your cat might be tempted to chew and eat the potpourri.  Typically potpourri mixes contain essential oils that are toxic to your cat.  It is best to keep containers of  potpourri way out of your cat’s reach or better yet, just don’t bring it into your home.

8) Holiday Food:

Food glorious food! Is there any time of the year with more tempting food in the home for  both humans and cats?  Rich food is not good for cats and well, not so great for us either when we overdo it. If your cat is used to getting fed from your table, this might be the best time to break that habit.  Never give a cat a bone. Never!  It is really best to allow your cat to stick to her regular diet and indulge  her with a few extra cat treats that you know are safe for her.

9) Electrical cords:

Electrical cords can become a temptation to a playful cat.  Be careful not to leave cords dangling as these can be too hard for your cat to resist.  Place electrical cords where your cat will not be tempted to play or chew. If you have a cat who likes to chew on cords, use bitter apple or citrus on the cords to discourage your cat.

Enjoy the Holidays

Guests can be a source of stress for you and your cat.  Make sure your guests understand your rules for keeping your cat safe or better yet, place your cats out of harms way in a master bedroom or other closed room so that you can enjoy your guests without fearing for your feline family member’s safety.

At first this list might seem like we are trying to take the fun out of your holiday celebration, but the joy your cat brings into your life year round is well worth altering your holiday decorations to make sure every family member is safe and happy.

Wishing you a happy holiday season.

 

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Santa Kitty Toy Hop For Kitten Associates http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/santa-kitty-toy-hop-for-kitten-associates/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/santa-kitty-toy-hop-for-kitten-associates/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:56:29 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14250 Santa Kitty Toy Hop

Santa Kitty Toy Hop

This year we are participating in the Santa Kitty Toy Hop with other cat parents around the world. Our friend Summer from Sparkle Cat organized the Santa Kitty Toy Hop and we were happy to join in the giving. We know that we are are lucky to have our loving forever home. We receive toys and treats from sponsors and from conferences too.  We save some of our favorite toys and treats to wrap up and send to our cousins that are being cared for and loved but still waiting on their forever homes. This year we  chose to send our toys and treats to Kitten Associates!

The Toys and Treats for Kitten Associates

Annie with toys and treats for kitten associates

Annie reviewing the selection of toys and treats.

Annie and Eddie chose  some of their favorite toys to send to the cats in the care of Kitten Associates.  Robin, founder of Kitten Associates, told us that the cats love the FroliCat toys and our friends at PetSafe were super nice to give us  the FroliCat Dart and Bolt as well as a few of the puzzle feeders.  Annie loves cat nip so we included a couple long lasting SuperCat catnip markers with nanoburst technology so Robin can use the catnip marker on toys, scratching posts and even carriers to make them more enticing.

Eddie Approves!

Santa Kitty Toy Hop

Eddie approves of the selection of toys and treats.

Eddie looked over the selection of toys and treats and got so excited he had to scratch.  In addition to the toys, we sent along a few treats; Kitty Kavaiar, Only Natural Pet Freeze Dried Chicken Bites and Honest Kitchen Perfect Form Herbal Supplement to help support proper digestion and intestinal health.  We sent along a few coupons for World’s Best Cat Litter and an extra litter scoop too.

Kitten Associates Kitties!

Kitten Associates Kittens

Kittens waiting for forever homes at Kitten Associates

We also sent along a couple of small things for Robin.  Caregivers deserve all the credit in the world because when they put their heart and soul into saving so many lives, they sometimes forget to take care of their own.  Annie and Eddie put a cat print scarf and a cat hat from Triple T Studios and a small hand cream and chap stick from Gracey’s Avon too.  That is their way of saying thank you to Robin and to all cat parents everywhere for caring about cats, young and old, big and small.

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Win A 40″ LG 4K Smart LED TV in the #MyPetLovesLG4KTV Giveaway! http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/win-a-40-lg-4k-smart-led-tv-in-the-mypetloveslg4ktv-giveaway/ http://conservationcubclub.com/2014/12/win-a-40-lg-4k-smart-led-tv-in-the-mypetloveslg4ktv-giveaway/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:30:38 +0000 http://conservationcubclub.com/?p=14226 This post is sponsored by LG 4K TV and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping to share the funny cat and dog video and awesome giveaway, but The Tiniest Tiger only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. LG is not responsible for the content of this article.
LG 4 k tv with giveaway text

When the days grow shorter and it gets cold and dark, this is the time of year when we settle in and watch more television. We all like to snuggle up on the sofa with a few blankets and hot cocoa and watch our favorite shows. Eddie and Annie have grown accustomed to being the center of attention when Paul and I are not working so at night our first look at the television looks something like this.

Annie and Eddie with LG tv 4 K

Yes, the two kittens sit in front of the television, blocking our view until we play with them and their favorite toys a little longer.  We usually pick them up and hold them on our laps after the play session and with the help of an electric blanket, they fall asleep.  And then we have the other problem of not wanting to disturb them while they sleep by getting up and moving around.

But we can’t help but wonder if Annie and Eddie would be more likely to be watching the super clear image on the  LG 4K TV than us if we upgraded to this amazing new television.  The LG 4K TVs have double the number of pixels than a traditional HD television. More pixels mean that objects in the distance of a scene can be seen with greater clarity, including more nuances of light and shadow.  This results in a greater sense of perceived depth, so much so that many people say that the images look three dimensional.

I wonder how Annie and Eddie would behave watching NatGeo Wild during Big Cat Week on the LG 4K TV?   I bet instead of watching us, they might be watching the LG TV.  Do your cats watch TV?

Annie and Eddie watching LG 4K tv

 

Enter to Win an LG 4K Smart LED TV

LG logoWe are joining with BlogPaws to  share an amazing giveaway where you can enter to win an LG 4K Smart LED TV for your cats….and you.  You might already recognize LG from all of their wonderful products from kitchen appliances to computers to mobile devices.  I was in Korea years ago and my dad and I got the first look at some of the amazing televisions that were not yet available here.  We were blown away by the flat screens and clarity back then, and now with this new 4K Smart LED TV, the clarity is unsurpassed.

To enter for your chance to win this incredible television, watch the super cute pet video below. Watch closely because you will get some clues that you will need in the entry form below.  You can get additional information about these LG TVs on the LG USA Facebook page and YouTube channel.

 

Watch This Super Cute Funny Pet Video For Clues

 Enter in the Rafflecopter Below

Now, enter in the Rafflecopter below.  This contest is being hosted by BlogPaws.  The Grand Prize Winner will receive a 40 inch LG  4K Smart LED TV!  This giveaway is open to 18+ residents of the US only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. All rules are detailed in the Rafflecopter below.  Best of Luck

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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