Great news! We just got word that CFA’s 2009-2010′s Best Household Pet in the North Atlantic Region was on Animal Planet’s Kitty Half-time Show on Sunday, February 1, 2015. BamBam, owned by Diane Bove starred as Katty Furry on the show. Congratulations to BamBam! Take a look at this talented feline! Photo: Courtesy Diane Bove
The Catdance Film Festival celebrates the best cat in cinema in Park City and features the best in original, scripted, cat-inspired shorts.
In its third year, the Catdance Film Festival* was presented by Fresh Step® litter and hosted by actress and animal activist Nikki Reed, returned to famed Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival at the heart of the independent film scene on Jan. 24 and presented its golden litter scoop to the best original feline short film titled CATastrophe by Alana Grelyak.
Catdance is sponsored by Fresh Step as part of its Million Meow Mission, a campaign to help shelters and rescues find more forever homes for cats. For the first time, feline film fans mingled with adoptable kittens on the red carpet. Six featured films starring shelter cats will debut at the festival along with a custom 14-karat gold and diamond cat dome ring worn by Reed.
The feline bling went to auction beginning Jan. 24 via FreshStep.com and 80 percent of the auction price will benefit the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®).
Peter Cohen, a home builder, has found a creative way to keep his cats occupied by constructing an elaborate course with catwalks, tunnels, platforms and perches throughout his California home. Take a look at how this creative builder built a fun and safe home for their rescue cats. While most of us cannot go to this extent, it is important to create our own version of a kitty playground to keep our cats occupied.
The excitement of the two day event came to a colorful end on Sunday with the selection of Best-of-the-Best in Show Winner, a 4 year and seven month old Bi-Color Persian Male Cream and White Neuter was named Best in Show of 1,000 cats at the 2014 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show on November 23, 2014. One cat from each show (Red and Purple) was chosen in each of the three categories in Kitten, Championship and Premiership. Selection was based on total points earned. The six cats were judged by CFA All Breed Judges Larry Adkison of Springfield, MO; Diana Doernberg of Akron, OH; and Kathy Black of Duncan, OK who selected their first and second runners up along with the Best Cat in Show.
BEST IN SHOW
GC, GP, NW VELVETKIST PACK’N HEAT OF KRIMPURRS
Cream and White Persian Male Neuter
B: Noralyn Heisig
O: Noralyn Heisig, Beth Holly
GC, NW WYNTERWYND CLAIR DE LUNE
Blue Russian Blue Female
B/O: Annette Wilson
GC TOMBROCK’S CHOPIN
Black Exotic Male
B: Salvatore Cuccu, Giovanni Giordano
O: Salvatore Cuccu, Maria Christina Bertello, Giovanni Giordano
Take a look as Karolyn a disabled Army Vet came to the San Diego Humane Society and ASPCA to rescue a pair of kittens, including one little kitten who is also disabled.
Visit Fresh Step to join the Million Meow Mission and learn more about Fresh Step’s mission to help shelters find cats loving homes.
String Bean wins Chatty Cat Challenge by telling the world her secrets to health and happiness
Shawnee, Kan., December 17, 2013 – Bayer HealthCare LLC Animal Health division’s Advantage® II for cats’ Chatty Cat Challenge gave cat owners across America the chance to tell the world what their cats would say keep them healthy and happy. And the winner is…String Bean, a female, black short-haired cat who hails from Berkeley, California, where she lives with her owner, Shelly Mandel.
Cat got your tongue? Well, not String Bean, who let the cat out of the bag in her entry about how well her owner treats her. “She’s actually pretty great, serves a mean meal, knows just where on my belly and behind my ear to scratch, and brings home all the best toy mice,” wrote String Bean. See String Bean’s entry for yourself at www.chattycatchallenge.com, where you can also check out all the entries and learn how two of the keys to caring for your cat are regular veterinary care and year-round use of a monthly flea preventive.
When asked what the win meant to her, String Bean didn’t hesitate to say, “Meow, meow meow meow, meow meow!”
In addition to being proclaimed “America’s Chattiest Cat,” String Bean will receive a three-year supply of Advantage® II for cats to kill fleas through contact, a premium cat carrier to travel to the vet in style, and an iPad™ mini to watch the latest viral cat videos. According to Mandel, String Bean will have to wait in line to make good use of these prizes – particularly the iPad™ mini – since she is one of four felines in the household! Mandel, who volunteers with a local nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting feral cats, notes String Bean, herself, is a rescued feral cat who quickly became accustomed to the good life!
“The Chatty Cat Challenge judges found it challenging to pick a top cat from the Top 10 chosen by America’s cat-loving public,” said Cristiano von Simson, DVM, MBA, director of Veterinary Technical Services at Bayer HealthCare Animal Health division, North America. “But String Bean’s story captured our hearts, which is why she earned the title of Bayer Advantage® II for cats’ Chatty Cat Challenge champion.”
Dr. von Simson was part of a three-member panel of cat-savvy judges that included: Ilona Rodan, DVM, DAVBP, ABVP (Feline), former president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP); and Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com.
String Bean’s Full Winning Entry
“Hey – that’s me, peering through the front door mail slot for my sweet human to come home and play with me. OF course, I have to indulge our other felines as they too love our human. She’s actually pretty great – serves a mean meal, knows just where on my belly and behind my ear to scratch and nibble, and brings home all the best toy mice, catnip and ping pong balls to chase and bat around. She even built two outdoor enclosures for us to enjoy the sights and smells outdoors while safely enclosed in a cool space with benches, scratching posts and even waterproof boxes for wet weather. Oh, it’s not all fun and games – if we scratch our itch, she doses us to prevent fleas; if we feel under the weather for too long, we have to go in a box and a car to the vet; and if we make another cat squeal cause we’re chasing or playing too hard – we get a stern dressing down. Oh, and her lap – so soft and inviting – there’s only room for two of us – but we’re four! ME OWWWWWW.”
About the Chatty Cat Challenge
Advantage® II for cats’ Chatty Cat Challenge asked owners to submit a video, photo or meme of their cat, along with a narrative, that revealed the secrets to keeping their cats healthy and happy. The Top 10 felines, chosen by public vote, received a one-year supply of Advantage® II for cats and a premium cat carrier. To learn more about the Chatty Cat Challenge, including official rules, and view the entries, visit www.ChattyCatChallenge.com.
The Chatty Cat Challenge is sponsored by Advantage® II for cats, a monthly topical flea preventive that kills fleas through contact. A single flea can bite up to 400 times per day, and Advantage® II helps prevent misery-causing biting fleas.
About Advantage® II for cats
Advantage® II for cats is a once-monthly topical solution for cats and kittens 8 weeks and older. Advantage® II has adulticidal, larvicidal and ovicidal properties, killing adult fleas and preventing the emergence of new ones. Advantage® II kills fleas through contact. Fleas don’t have to bite to die.
About Bayer HealthCare
The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 18.6 million (2012), is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare’s aim is to discover, develop, manufacture and market products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 55,300 employees (Dec. 31, 2012) and is represented in more than 100 countries. More information at www.healthcare.bayer.com.
Taking the bite out of fleas and ticks. FDA website. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/FDAVeterinarianNewsletter/ucm130778.htm. Accessed June 14, 2013.
Monopoly Cat, Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub and more make People Magazine’s 12 most unforgettable felines!