Archives for June 2011

Please Consider Staying Home with your Cat on 4th of July

Gracey, The Tiniest Tiger and Lazy Leopard on 4th of July This 4th of July, I am going to ask you to consider staying home with your cat. And to consider creating a safe place of refuge from the noises of the holiday.

I know there are a lot of festivities and plenty of fun things to do but can you do these things during the day and then plan on being back inside safe and secure with your cat in your habitat when the sun goes down?

The reason that I ask you is that we cats are afraid of  super loud noises. You know we don’t like thunderstorms but fireworks and firecrackers can be even more spooky.  I can’t hardly stand to think about it now! ~shiver~

Noise is measured in units called decibels.  The decibel range is from 0  to 140, the higher the number, the louder the noise.  When humans are exposed to noise levels of 110 decibels or more for more than one minute, hearing loss can occur. Noise levels of 130 decibels or over will be painful and is likely to cause immediate hearing damage. In fact, no more than 15 minutes of unprotected exposure to 100 decibels is recommended.

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When I’m a Little Stinker it’s Bissell to the Rescue!

We cats are super fastidious about being clean.  And I like my water fountain and my  bowls to be pristine. I also like my chow bowl to have plenty of food and my back up water supply to be filled to the rim.  I like my rugs, blankets, thinking circles, chair cushions and pillows to be washed and smelling fresh and nice. When these things are in order I know I will have a great day.

I have two Smart Cat Box litter pans.  One is located in the laundry room, which is across the hall from our office. My other pan is in my Master bathroom which I agree to let my parents share with me, the bathroom, not my Smart Cat Box. I  like my boxes to be super clean too. But when nature calls, and I listen,  my boxes  can get a little smelly.ewww from Bissell Pawsitively Clean Line

Sometimes  when my mom walks by my box she makes a face and she says “ewww”  just like the name of a product from Bissell. So when  I’m a little stinker the  ewww pet stain and odor remover  from the Pawsitively Clean line  helps me clean up!  ewww has powerful enzyme action to tackle those odors and the fast acting deodorizing agents start to work immediately. It is super easy to use and  when my box has been cleaned my mom goes from saying ewww to ahhh!

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Bissell Invites Animal Lovers to Help Homeless Pets Find Homes

Bissell Homecare, Inc, has been a long time supporter of pet adoption, is launching an online fundraising campaign to help homeless pets across the country find loving forever homes. From today through September, for each new fan that registers on Bissell’s Facebook page, the company will donate 50 cents to the Foundation towards its goal of $50,000 in 2011.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that works with animal shelters and rescues across North America to make sure no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a home. Bissell’s $50,000 gift to the foundation will fund many shelters and rescue groups in need of help.

Research shows that many Americans don’t have pets because of the messes they make. According to Rich Sorota, senior vice president and general manager of global marketing and sales for Bissell, 38% of Americans not sharing their home with a pet would invite a pet in if the home clean-up was easier.

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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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Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week June 20-24

Born Free USA’s third annual Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week, June 20-24 was started with the goal of taking care of wild animals not just around the world but in your own back yards!  Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA, says the goal of Keep Wildlife in the Wild Week, is to get people to stop, think and take action.

Small steps can lead up to making a big difference. In my backyard, you might already know that we  try our best to take care of Bossy Backyard Blue Jay and all of the birds that gather and live around our habitat.  We provide food and water, and we have trees and shrubs for shelter. We are also super lucky to have squirrels, rabbits, opossum, white tail deer, the occasional raccoon and last winter there might even have been a bobcat track through our yard. We  live in an area surrounded by neighbors that love wildlife as much as we do.

What isn’t so lucky is the wild tiger.  There are more wild tigers in captivity in the United States than there are in the wild.  Occupying a mere 6% of their original territory, the tiger faces the possibility of following the pug marks of the ghosts of the Balinese, Caspian and Javan subspecies into extinction. The South China subspecies is already extinct in the wild. The remaining, Amur (Siberian), Bengal, Indo-Chinese (including Malayan), and Sumatran subspecies only have an estimated 1000 breeding females in total.

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Red Tango Creator Talks with The Tiniest Tiger + Giveaway

Congratulations to Sheree1022  the winner of the Classic Red Tango Top!

Thank you everyone for being a part of The Tiniest Tiger Community,

Friends, please welcome Cynthia Petrovic to our The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club.  Cynthia is an amazingly talented artist and she is the creator of Red Tango, a vintage modern cat with the iconic curly tail, one of my favorites! Cynthia is so nice, she is  giving a beautiful  Classic Red Tango Top to one lucky Friend. So ask a question or share a comment for Cynthia below this post and you might be dancing in a super cool Red Tango shirt!

Gracey: Welcome Cynthia to The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club!  We are honored to have such a creative genius join us for a chat.  As you know we are a community of cat lovers, so Red Tango, CupCake Kitty, and Boo too as well as all of your characters are right up our alley!  Were you born super talented or did you learn to draw in school or perhaps a combination of both talent and training?

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The Tiger by John Vaillant Author Video

I  had the honor of interviewing John Vaillant, the author of The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival and I will be posting our interview here on our Conservation Cub Club on Friday, June 24.

Here is  the Author Video for The Tiger.

John has graciously offered to give away a signed copy of his book.  If you have a question or a comment that you would like to ask or share, please  write in your question or comment below the interview post on June 24.

One lucky reader will win the signed copy of The Tiger!

The Tiger is my favorite book and I think you will like it too.  We look forward to hearing your questions and comments for John Vaillant  on the June 24th post.

To learn more about John and his book, please visit his website:

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My Dad is Reading Cat Fancy and Now I am Worried!

Gracey watching her dad from the Cat Power TowerMy dad doesn’t realize that I can see him from on top of my Cat Power Tower in the sunroom.  He is sitting in the kitchen, drinking his tea and reading a magazine. But not just any magazine, he is reading the August issue of Cat Fancy that arrived at our habitat yesterday.

Now you might not think that reading Cat Fancy is a peculiar activity and it is certainly not unusual for one of my parents to be looking through this magazine, but it isn’t just that he is reading the magazine, it is the particular article that has his interest, that has me worried.

As you know, Dad and I often share a middle of the night cup of tea and chow chomping time.  I look forward to spending this quiet time with him in the wee hours of the morning when it is still dark and not even the birds are singing.

But now this morning, I see him reading this article and I wonder why he is so interested in this topic.  This has me a bit concerned and I am not certain what to do.    Here is a photo I snapped catching him in the act.

Paul reading Cat Fancy

My dad reading Cat Fancy

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How I Know I Am Sweeter Than Sugar!

Gracey looking at the Domino sugar container My dad and I have a morning ritual.  We both get up super early, way before the sun.  Then we sit at the counter in the kitchen and Dad reads the news and makes a cup of tea.

Early this morning, I got overly eager about our morning ritual so I woke my dad up at 1:30 a.m.  He said, “Gracey, it is not time yet.  Please go back to sleep for a little while.”  So, I tried my best, and I really did try.  But at 2:15 a.m. I went back in to get my dad up for tea and tiger time.

He said, and I got a little worried because his voice sounded a bit weak, “Sugar Bear, pleeaaassseee!  Let me sleep a little longer.”

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Lazy Leopard’s Twitter Trouble

Gracey looking steamed on her scratcher Friends, I have tried to warn Lazy Leopard to be careful what he shares on his twitter account.  Bad Kitty didn’t want him to get his own account just for this very reason.  You see, Lazy Leopard is somewhat ornery.  He likes to have fun and sometimes he just doesn’t think ahead before he acts.

The  laptop computer was left unattended today and it was just enough time for Lazy Leopard to set up  his account and send out his first tweet.  Not only did he send out a tweet, but he attached an image of himself with the tweet. Now this image is out in space and can be viewed by any feline, large or small.

We know that Lazy Leopard was just acting silly, but this photo, with his come hither eyes, his tail curled around him and his paws stretched out might be interpreted as inappropriate for young kittens.

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