Cats and Dogs Can Be Best Friends #FoodShelterLove

 

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Celebrating Summer With Our Neighbors at #TractorSupply

BBBJ for Tractor Supply

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Why Cats Make Us Feel Better

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Annie and Eddie keeping me company while I work

The Evolution from Pet Owner to Pet Parent

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Start Treating Your Cat Like a Dog! Temptations Giveaway

Cats deserve treats too!

Did you know that dog owners are twice as likely to treat their dogs than cat owners?  Because dogs are bigger babies,Temptations Cat Treats are for Cats! I mean are not as independent as cats, many pet parents are so preoccupied with the  whiny canines that they don’t even get time to think about treating the cats!

Well, we cats say no more! Just because we cats are like the A student that always brings home a perfect report card without having to study doesn’t mean we don’t like attention. We understand the dogs require lots of tutoring just to get along but that doesn’t make it ok to take the cats for granted. We like attention too even if we don’t always drool and beg for it.

It is time  as a pet parent you start treating your cat like a dog!

Cats like treats too.

Did you know that Temptations® Treats for cats are the leading cat treat on the market? They come in a wide variety of types and flavors too so even the most discriminating feline  palate will find one that they will enjoy.

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Dogs Smarter Than Cats Study Reviewed Part 3

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The Cats Rule Dogs Drool Evidence

In Part 3 of our review of the New Scientist  article that concluded dogs are smarter than cats we will move on to evaluate the final three categories:  9) Supersenses, 10)Eco-Friendliness and 11) Utility.  In case you are new to our discussion, in Part 1 we reviewed: 1) Brains, 2) Shared History, 3) Bonding, 4)Popularity and 5)Understanding.  In Part 2 we reviewed: 6) Problem Solving, 7) Vocalisation and 8 ) Tractability.  The score:

Human Study Winner: Cats-3  Dogs-5     The  Lazy Leopard Research Institute Score: Cats-5+  Dogs 0

Let’s continue now with category nine.

9) SUPERSENSES

Does it even seem fair to compare dogs and cats in this category? The very word SUPERSENSES screams cat doesn’t it?  Alas, here is what the humans had to say about the senses.

a) SMELL Even though endless breeds of dogs have been created trying to tweak the canine’s perceptual ability,  the average cat out sniffs the average dog.  With one exception, the bloodhound’s nose contains 300 million smell receptor sites. However the average dog’s olfactory receptors range from 125 -250 million  whereas the average cat has 200 million smell receptors. SMELL GOES TO THE CATS!

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Dogs Smarter Than Cats Study Claims Flawed Part 2

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Dogs Smarter than Cats?

As we discussed in Part 1 of our review, we think the claims made that dogs are smarter than cats in a New Scientist article are flawed and we continue on with our explanation of why we think so here in Part 2.

When we left Part 1 we had reviewed  five of the eleven categories: 1)Brains, 2)Shared History, 3) Bonding, 4) Popularity and 5) Understanding.  The score:

Human Study Winner: Cats-2  Dogs-3     The  Lazy Leopard Research Institute Score: Cats-2+  Dogs 0-

Let’s continue now with category six.

6) PROBLEM SOLVING

The human study claims that both cats and dogs do fairly well at finding bits of food hidden from them, even though cats hunt for the food on their own and the dogs cheat by asking their pet parents for help as reviewed in category 5-Understanding.

The humans go on to say that not much else is known about the cat’s ability to solve problems. Dogs on the other hand, have been tested ad nauseum. And guess what? The dogs have failed their testing and compared to their wolf cousins, should be wearing dunce caps.

Wolves were able to open a door with a complicated catch simply by watching another wolf do it and the dogs could not figure it out even after years of watching the door open and close.  Cats were not tested, so The Lazy Leopard Research Institute* would like to inject an example of a clever cat solving a problem without the help of humans.  If you would please direct your attention to this short video:

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Notice how Oscar was able to do the math to calculate the leaping distance to grab the handle and then uses his back legs to push off gaining the leverage needed to open the freezer door. Then carefully jumps down and recalculates the distance to leap up into the freezer to snag the fish sticks. Oscar did not need to observe one of our brilliant wildcat cousins either, he just figured it out on his own.

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Dogs Smarter Than Cats Study Claims Flawed Part 1

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Dogs more Intelligent than Cats?

Dogs and cats were evaluated in eleven categories in an attempt to determine which species is more intelligent.  I know, this is like trying to determine which is of greater value, a piece of limestone gravel or an emerald but try to control any hissing and fat tails.  The  New Scientist article’s shocking research results show a clear bias towards dogs  with the canines awarded 6 points and the felines a meager 5.

Research Study Demonstrates Clear Bias Towards Dogs

Dogs celebrating  the declaration that they are smarter than cats came a wee bit early in our opinion. And just like dancing in the end zone, this  display of excessive celebration usually results in a penalty. So, The Lazy Leopard Research Institute is about to blow the whistle and place a flag on the play.

While our canine compadres celebrated by fetching toys, speaking on demand,  and toasting with toilet water cocktails, their fellow felines were hard at work analyzing the data. Here is what the superior minds at The Lazy Leopard Research Institute* found out.

1) BRAINS

The average dog brain weighs in at 64 grams and the average domestic cat’s brain weighs 25 grams. This stands to reason as dogs on average are much heavier than the typical house cat.  What is more important than simply brain size, not a reliable measure of intelligence, is to take a look at the brains information processing capacity: the number of neurons in the cortex, known as the executive brain. Cats clearly rule with 300 million neurons compared with a mere 160 million in dogs.  We have created a chart to rub it in, we mean to make it easier to compare.

Neurons in the cortex of dogs and cats

Human Study Winner: Cats-1  Dogs-0     The Lazy Leopard Research Institute Score: Cats-1+  Dogs 0-

At this point, do we need to even go on?  We cats are not ones to kick a dog when it is down but in the interest of science we must follow through.

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House Cat Hairball We Need to Talk

Gracey Talks about House Cat Hair Balls

We need to talk, about house cat hair balls.

House Cat Hairballs.  There I have said it.

Friends, we need to have a talk about the one thing that might just give our canine companions the leg up when it comes to sharing the home with our pet parents. Now I know what you are thinking  and it is true, we cats have far less issues than dogs. We are super intelligent versus  the workaday mind of the canine,  we do not need to be potty trained like a puppy and  our voices are soothing and pleasant, except when provoked, versus the shrill and decibel busting bark of the dog.  I could go on but there is no need to kick a dog while it is down.  What I mean is, dogs just can not help that they are sloppy, smelly and silly so we accept and love them for what they are.

However, in a recent scientific study conducted at the Lazy Leopard Research Institute, a cat issue was stepped on and brought to our attention.  Even though dog issues far outnumber cat issues, as you can clearly see in the Venn diagram below,  we are compelled to point out that we cats have one issue that seems to cause our human parents grief and that is, the hairball.

Dog Cat Venn Diagram

The hair ball is a cat's only issue

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Iams Home 4 the Holidays Finds Homes for 1.2 Million Pets

The results are in for the Iams Home 4 the Holidays Campaign and over 1.2 million animals were adopted during the 2011 campaign.  That is an average of 9 adoptions per minute! The Iams Home 4 the Holidays is one of theIams Home 4 the Holidays Pets Adopted 2011world’s largest adoption programs and this year when the results were tallied there were 1,267,541 animals adopted in 95 days. The campaign began 13 years ago, and in that time , founding partner Helen Woodward Animal Center, along with more than 4,000 animal organizations from around the world have helped a total of 7,034,989 pets find their forever homes.

“In just three months, we’ve saved the lives of more than 1.2 million animals and have given them a second chance at life and love,” said Mike Arms, founder of the adoption drive and president of Helen Woodward Animal Center. “Not only is this a huge victory for these pets, but for the thousands of people working in animal organizations around the world who have dedicated their lives to helping end pet homelessness.”

The Bags 4 Bowls program also met its goal to donate 5 million meals to pets in need!

The Tiniest Tiger Community rallied to help “paw it forward” by participating in the Bags 4 Bowls program by uploading photos of pets and leaving comments that totaled up to providing 47,024 Meals to feed our cousins in need.  I am  super proud that our community rallied together to increase our Meals by 32% over the 2010 campaign when we generated 32,375!

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart that you took the time to comment and upload photos to help feed our cousins in need.  We have the best caring cat community in the world.

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P&G’s Behind the Paw Pet Influencer Summit

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Behind The Paw

We have returned from the Iams & Eukanuba Behind The Paw Influencer Summit and it was super interesting.  In my post earlier this month Iams and Eukanuba: Behind The Paw, many of you posted questions both here on our Conservation Cub Club and also on our The Tiniest Tiger facebook page.

There were many great questions on different topics. One topic in particular that keeps surfacing and brings  the claws out in some people is the unsubstantiated rumor that Iams & Eukanuba participate in animal cruelty. The comments almost always refer to  the same old pieced together video that was released nearly ten years ago. I want to get this out of the way in this first post so that we can move on to talk about interesting and helpful topics like feline nutrition.

I took the opportunity to post photos taken at the P&G Pet Care Health & Nutrition Center on our facebook page but I didn’t say where the photos were taken.  Some of the comments were; Is it heaven?, a luxury day care facility? a golf course?  Many commented how happy and healthy the dogs and cats looked in the photos. That is what we saw too during our visit, happy, healthy pets!

So what is all the fuss about?  This is what is at the root of the rumor.

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