I was recently having a chat with some friends about how we sometimes see big cats in the movies, or a magazine and at times they get the cats all wrong. For example, a person might say they love their cheetah print sweater but it is really a leopard print. I know this might not seem like a big deal but for big cat advocates, it makes us wince when we see or hear the cats thought of as interchangeable.
Born to be a Cat!
Did you know the house cat is a direct descendant of the African Wildcat? House cats are in the same family, the Felidae
family, as the big cats. The family tree branches out to include the different subfamilies. The Pantherinae subfamily includes the Tiger, (Panthera tigris), the Lion, (Panthera leo), the Jaguar, (Panthera onca) and the Leopard, (Panthera pardus).
House cats belong to the Felinae subfamily. Within this subfamily is the genus known as Felis. The African Wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) is the house cats (Felis silvestris catus) closest relative. Did you know that our African Wildcat cousins are still living the wild life?
My stunt double Flat Gracey and my mom have just returned from meeting with the Purina One Cat Team in St. Louis where they discussed a new and exciting program to understand the true nature of cats. The Purina One team traveled to South Africa to learn more about our wild cousins, the African Wildcat, to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a cat. They asked me, Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger and my mom, to join the journey with them. We will be observing, asking questions and learning together how to better understand the cats in our lives.
As you know, I get into trouble from time to time and I tell you that I just can’t help myself. Through this discovery journey I will show you that it is really true! I can’t help myself because I was born to be a cat. I think that all of the things that make a cat a cat are all the same reasons our human parents love us.
Warning! The contents of this post may not be suitable for Senior Cats and Small Kittens.
The CIA (Cat Intelligence Agency) may have a Mole. As hard as this is to believe, but based on recent activities and sightings, the consensus is that a Mole may very well have infiltrated one of the most secretive and powerful agencies in existence, the CIA. Friends this is not to be taken lightly.
As recently as this past weekend at blogpaws, I had a near incident with my own mom. I sent Flat Gracey and my mom to attend the pet event of the year known as blogpaws, being held at Tysons Corner, VA. Everything was going just perfect until my mom won a session from Temptations with Sonya Fitzpatrick, the Animal Communicator! (These are one of the treats that my brother Mercy chomps and he says they are very tasty.) My mom was super excited. She has wanted to talk to Sonya Fitzpatrick ever since the raccoon fell through the ceiling above my chow chomping area. But this was just too risky for me!
As you can see, plain as day, even a Mole can see, it says boldly,
WHAT DO CATS REALLY THINK? Find out and get to know your cat better.
My name is Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger, and I am a domestic cat. I belong to the felidae family which also includes big cats like the tiger, lion and jaguar. I am a lucky cat because I live in a safe and loving home where I have plenty of food, fresh water and toys to keep me healthy and happy. My human parents recued me from the dog pound as a wee kitten and have provided me a safe environment in which to thrive!
But some of the members of my extended family have not been so lucky. Most of my big cat relatives are in trouble. Our humans are competing with the big cats for land and natural resources. People are taking over the big cats natural habitat. Their natural habitat is their home.
Some of our big cats are at risk for extinction! When something is extinct, it means it is gone forever!! But if you take action and help your family and friends realize how important all animals are in the world, we can make a difference. There are many good people working very hard to protect and preserve not only my Felidae family but all animals. I am asking you to do anything you can to stand up for all animals.
I am calling all animal lovers to join my Conservation Cub Club.
As our Conservation Cub Club family grows we will be able to make donations by uniting our small paws to make a big difference. When everyone gives just a little, it helps a whole lot. We may have small paws, but together we can make a big difference!
Our The Tiniest Tiger facebook community is over 22,000 members strong. Thank you for being my Friend and for caring about all cats, both big and small.