Archives for November 2013

Maggie Moves On To a New Home

Maggie in sunroom

We tried our best to  provide Maggie with a good home but it was not to be.  Maggie was accustomed to being the only cat in her home with Marie and she just didn’t seem to accept being around Annie and Eddie.  At first we thought she was just afraid and that in time and after a very slow introduction she might be able to live a happy life here with us.

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PetCareRx Customized Holiday Paw Stocking Giveaway

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Annie and Eddie Stockings


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Grumpy Cat Odor Eliminator and George W. Bush The Artist

It seems almost every day something curious about cats pops up in the news. I often find myself reading the cat news and wondering what you might think about some of the interesting new products, trends and ideas that surface on the internet. So we started the Reader Opinion Poll where post a couple of cat topics and then we can all weigh in with what we think about them.

At the end of each topic summary, there is a poll that asks you to vote by selecting Purr, meaning you like this idea, Hiss, meaning you don’t like this idea. and Yawn, meaning you are indifferent; you neither like nor dislike the idea. Here is the first topic.

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Cats Love Calvin Klein Cologne Cat News Reader Opinion Poll

Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men is the Cat’s Meow!

Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men is the fragrance used to lure cats to remote cameras in the jungle.  Footage released by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) shows an African golden cat checking out a camera trap in a protected rainforest in Uganda.  WCS scientists say they drew the cat out with Obsession for Men, which is commonly used in the field.

Scientific American also reported on the Obsession phenomenon, claiming that biologists use the fragrance to attract jaguars in Nicaragua.  The cologne is said to contain civetone, which is from the scent glands of a nocturnal animal called civets. The civetone is what gives Obsession for Men its musky note, but the scent is similar to a territorial marking, piquing the jaguars’ curiosity and encouraging them to leave their own scent

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First Snow Without You Our Message to Gracey After 6 Months

This entry is part 9 of 16 in the series Messages to Gracey








It snowed overnight Monday. Not much, just a couple of inches. Enough to cover the ground and the golden blanket of ginkgo leaves that danced to the ground over the weekend.  I missed the leaves falling this year and that was fine with me.  You weren’t here to watch with us and that was one of our favorite things to do  in November. Your dad said the leaves fell so quickly that even though he was home he missed them too.  I think that might have been on purpose.

Paul and Gracey watching ginkgo tree

Paul and Gracey waiting for the ginkgo leaves to dance last year.

I went to Washington D.C. for the Alley Cat Allies conference.  I learned a lot about community cats and what we can all do to help them coexist with humans.  When Becky Robinson, the founder of Alley Cat Allies, asked me how I came to be a cat advocate, I told her your story of  how we found you after being dumped at the dog pound and that I bottle fed you and hoped you would grow strong and thrive. I told her your story and she smiled and said, how amazing it is that many people become cat advocates because of  rescuing one special kitten.

Later I thought about how you fit in the palm of my hand and I used to put you under my coat, zip it up and you would ride there, snug and warm.  I think of you every day. Six months since you’ve been gone.  Six months without you.

Your video The Tiniest Tiger’s Snow Adventure won the CatVenture category at The Friskies. This was an amazing surprise.   After I returned to my seat from accepting the award your video was shown to the audience.  Your dad and I weren’t expecting to be hit so hard with sadness seeing you up on that big screen.  I had watched that video many times at home, but during the video when you climb back into your heated thinking circle and the words Home Sweet Home were displayed, I felt a tear roll down my cheek.  I looked at your dad and he just shook his head no, like don’t look at me because I understand and feel the same way.

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Win Hill’s Ideal Balance All Natural Treats! 20 Winners!

If you would like to try Hill’s Ideal Balance All Natural treats for your cat or dog, we have the perfect opportunity for you.  Twenty friends of The Tiniest Tiger will win a gift package of three treats sent directly to you from Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

Ideal Balance Treat Giveaway

Twenty Friends Will Receive a Gift Package that includes the following:

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Ideal Balance Crunchy Naturals Cat Treats

Ideal Balance Crunchy Naturals

Gracey had food allergies and that made it difficult to find special treats for her to enjoy.  We were in that mind set for so long, now that Annie and Eddie are Ideal Balance Crunchy Naturalshere we realized that we could look for a teat for them to enjoy.  We are still skittish about what to feed our cats because we want to make sure that they not only enjoy their treats but that the treats are good and safe for them too.

Ideal Balance created Crunchy Naturals for dogs and cats to meet the needs of pet parents that want the best in what they choose to give to their loved one.  I like the window on the bag that allows me to see the treats inside the bag too.   The treats stay fresh even after opening because the treat bag has a zip loc closure that seals tight. In fact, the treat bag stayed closed even after Annie batted it off the counter onto the floor thinking she would be able to get a few extra treats.

All Natural Ingredients and Grain Free

Ideal Balance treats are made with all-natural ingredients like real chicken and they are grain-free too. There is no corn, wheat, soy, added artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.  All of the Hill’s Ideal Balance treats are manufactured locally, in the United States.

Zero Tolerance for Salmonella

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Cat Health Depends on a Balanced Diet

Balanced nutrition is the key to your cats good healthIdeal Balance Commercial Image

How often have we heard that for the best in life, we need to keep everything in balance. Work and family life balance, exercise and rest and of course eating a balanced diet.  When I was in Kenya, I saw the limitations on the availability of clean water.  I have not been able to turn on the water at home without thinking about how precious this resource is and how fortunate those of us are that take clean water for granted every day.

We know we need water and we also need to eat a balanced diet to maintain our health and this is easier said than done at times.  We can select our food choices but our cats rely on us to choose for them and this can be daunting at times.

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Eco-Friendly BambuBowl Giveaway

BambùBowl Eco-Friendly Cat Bowl

Bambu Bowls

This heart shaped bowl by  Loving Pets is  made from bamboo and corn starch, 100% renewable and sustainable resources.  These bowls are durable and dishwasher safe and feature anti-skid feet to prevent spills and slippage. BambùBowls also have cutouts on the side which allow them to be lifted off the ground with ease.  The bowls are also wide enough to not cause whisker stress for your cat.

  • Made from 100% renewable & sustainable resources
  • Durable & dishwasher safe
  • Easily lifts with side cutouts

Loving Pets Heart Shaped Bambu Bowl is available for sale on

BambùBowl Giveaway

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The United States Ivory Crush Symbolic Gesture for a Principle

A Symbolic Gesture for a Principle Beyond Money

Elephants in Amboseli National Park

Elephants in Amboseli National Park

Today the United States government will destroy six tons of ivory, which represents a large portion of the ivory the Unites States has seized since the late 1980’s, when a national ban on commercial African ivory imports went into effect.

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