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Amur Tigers Have Adapted for the Cold. Your Cat Has Not!

The Amur Tiger Adapted to Survive Harsh Cold WintersSiberian tiger in snow

The Amur tiger, you might know this cat by the name Siberian tiger, lives in the coniferous, scrub oak and birch woodlands of the Primorsky Krai region of the Russia far east.
This tiger has adapted to live in a the harsh cold climate where extreme cold temperatures and deep snow are common.
  • Their large size, the biggies cats in the world, allows them to conserve heat better than their smaller cousins living in Sumatra.
  • The Amur tiger has a layer of fat on its belly and flanks to protect them from the bitter cold.
  • This tigers fur is thick and long providing protection from freezing cold during the winter months.
  • Their paws have extra fur that protects them like wearing snow boots from the snow and ice.

Your Cat Has Not Adapted to Survive the Harsh Winter

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Global Tiger Day ONE Thing You Can Do to Save our Big Cats

Tigers Today on Global Tiger Day

Gracey's Promise to Tiger

Gracey’s Promise

The Tiger (Panthera tigris) is our world’s largest cat and is also the cat most threatened with extinction.  Just 100 years ago, there were as many as 100,000 wild tigers living in Asia but today fewer than 3,200 remain.

We have already lost three of the subspecies to extinction in the last 80 years; the Javan, last recorded in the 1970′s, the Caspian, lost in the 1950′s and the Bali lost in the 1930′s. Of the six remaining,  the South China subspecies is thought to be extinct in the wild. There have been no signs of this tigers in the wild over the last 10 years.  The Bengal, Indochinese, Sumatran, Siberian and Malayan are the only remaining   wild tigers and are fighting to survive in just 7% of their historic range. Tigers only live in 13 Asian countries now having gone extinct in 11 countries already.

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Forest Scented World’s Best Cat Litter

World’s Best Cat Litter Introduces New Scented Formula!

Forest Scented Clumping Formula is the newest addition to the World’s Best Cat Litter lineup.  Made with  100% natural wood fibers, this clumping litter is perfect for cat parents who prefer a fresh forest scent.  This natural scented clumping litter is made with a blend of wood fibers and paired with the absorbency of whole kernel corn.  You can safely eliminate the not so pleasant pet odors and simplify cleanup with the quick-clumping litter with a forest fresh scent and no synthetic chemicals or perfumes. This new formula is planet-friendly because the kiln-dried wood fibers are made of re-purposed tree shavings that might have otherwise gone to waste.

When the folks at World’s Best Cat Litter asked me to help introduce the Forest scent I was more than happy to do so.  I love the smell of pine.  And I am not alone in this.  This scent was tested in more than 1,500 homes where cat parents found the Forest Scented Clumping Formula met their high expectation of World’s Best Cat Litter and at the same time outperformed competing litters.

Forest Scented WBCL with Gracey

The Forest Scent Brings out my Inner Tiger

The Tiniest Tiger’s Snow Adventure

Tiger cubs romping in the snow are super cute. And these Amur tiger cubs living at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium are no exception. The cubs are six months old and weigh about ninety pounds and as you can see in the zoo’s video, they are happy as can be frolicking together around their habitat.

Amur Tiger Cubs  Snow  Adventure  at  the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Watching my young big cat cousins inspired me. While in my heated thinking circle today, I thought perhaps I should feed my inner Amur tiger and venture out to frolic in the snow. After all, it is winter here in Ohio and my backyard is completely covered in white fluffy snow. The neighbor children are all suited up and sledding down the hills and they seem to be enjoying themselves. So I thought, why not brave the cold and pounce around a bit in the snow. So I left the comfort and warmth of my heated thinking circle and I went into the wild.

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Amur Tigers Need You! Please Sign To Ban Tiger Trade Now

A Moment of Silence for the Amur Tiger

I have something super serious to tell you. Eight Amur tiger skins have been seized from a citizen in the town of

Amur Tiger with Gracey

A Moment of Silence for the Amur Tiger.

Arseniev in the Russian Far East. Wildlife experts think the poachers killed the entire tiger family including two cubs estimated to be 1-2 months old.

The deaths of these tigers is a crushing blow to wild tiger conservation. There are only an estimated 8-10 adult Amur tigers living in the Lazovsky Nature Reserve, one of the largest nature reserves in the Primorye, the far south-eastern edge of Russia.

Amur Tiger Conservation Efforts

The Amur tiger is in a battle against extinction. Scientists are worried that even though there are around 500 Amur tigers  surviving in the wild, low genetic diversity is making the subspecies vulnerable to disease. In fact the effective population was estimated at just 14 individuals remaining.  The troublesome low effective population size dims the hope for the recovery of the big cat.  To lose 8 healthy tigers, an entire family, to poachers is devastating.

It is important to understand there are many people in the Russian Far East that are protective of the Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), you might know this tiger better by the name Siberian tiger. This tiger subspecies is listed as  critically endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and in the Red Books of the Russian Federation. Following the International Tiger Forum in St. Petersburg in 2010 the Russian Government began allocating  money to conserve Amur tigers in protected areas. But they are facing a formidable opponent and that is the demand for tiger skins and  tiger derivatives, such as bones and other parts for tiger wine, soups and traditional medicinal practices. As the tiger population dwindles, the price of tiger parts goes up because of scarcity.

Younger Generation is Driving the Illegal Trade!

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John Vaillant, Author of The Tiger Chats with Gracey + Giveaway

Friends, it is my privilege to introduce to you Mr. John Vaillant, the author of The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival (Knopf,2010). John’s book is a bestseller in the U.S. and Canada and has won numerous awards, including British Columbia’s National Award for Non-Fiction.  John’s first book, The Golden

Author John Vaillant

John Vaillant, author of The Tiger

Spruce (Norton, 2005), was also an award-winning bestseller. John’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and Outside.

John is giving away a signed copy of his award winning book to one lucky Friend that shares a comment or asks a question in the comment section below this post.


Gracey: Welcome to The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club. I am honored to be interviewing you because your book, The Tiger; A True Story of Vengeance and Survival is my favorite book.

John: Thank you, Gracey.  I’m so glad you like the book!  And I’m happy to be able to talk with you about this tiger, and cats in general.

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Tigers in the Snow

Amur Tiger in the Snow with Gracey

Happy The Tiniest Tiger Imitation Tuesday!

It has been a while since my last imitation. I think you will agree that I am improving all the time.  Today I am doing my best  Amur Tiger!  You might need to wear sunglasses to help you with the glare off of the snow.

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