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!
It’s that time of year when we like to bring holiday foliage into the house. Cat owners need to be aware of which plants can cause harm to their cats.
Poinsettia leaves contain a sap that will irritate. Most animals stop long before they begin vomiting.
Mistletoe is very dangerous, more than the Holly Berry plant which can cause intestinal upset. When ingested, Mistletoe can cause seizures and even death.
The oils produced by fir trees can be irritating to your cat’s mouth and stomach, causing excessive vomiting or drooling. Beware of the pine needles which can also cause gastrointestinal irritation or worse can obstruct digestion or even puncture an organ.
Also, you will want to watch electric cords and lights and make sure your kitty is supervised.
Keep your kitty safe from harm this holiday season and beware of harmful plants and situations and have a Meow-y Christmas and Happy Mew Year!
How many times have you seen this happen in a subway, no less?
With many animals roaming around the streets without a home, the holidays are especially hard. It goes to show that getting cats into forever homes is a global issue.
Take time to donate to your local shelter this season.
A cat named Oyster was making his way into Central London via the Tube when passengers spotted him sitting on a seat. A volunteer from a local animal shelter, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, was able to get him into a carrier and transport him to the shelter where she worked. Quick thinking! We hope Oyster now has a forever home of his own!
On every continent and in every culture, dogs and cats continue to be subject to cruel and inhumane treatment.
There is a growing body of research which has shown that violence against animals is connected to violence against people. Numerous studies have shown that integrating humane education into the classroom can lead to a reduction in violence and bullying, enhancing the students’ moral development while instilling a sense of responsibility for both animals and people.
To help address the root causes of animal cruelty, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) is launching a new global educational program, Cats, Dogs and Us which introduces students ages 5-14 around the world to the many different ways that people live with cats and dogs and helps develop knowledge, skills, and empathy and respect.
“IFAW’s education programs don’t just benefit animals. They are good for people and communities too,” said IFAW President and CEO Azzedine Downes.
Cats, Dogs and Us is the newest addition to IFAW’s library of educational resources on a wide range of animal welfare and conservation themes. All the resources are aligned with local, regional and national curricula in literacy, language arts, science, social studies, citizenship and other core subject areas taught in schools worldwide.
From time-to-time we find new gift type items to bring to your attention.
Beloved Shirts is proud to unveil a new line geared toward individuals who are passionate about their feline friends.
“Our new apparel is a means for people to expresses their fondness & appreciation for cats in a fun & visually captivating way.” Said Beloved Shirts Founder Jeremiah Robison.
In addition to apparel about cats, Beloved Shirts has other lines that are equally visually intensive. Launched in 2013, Beloved Shirts (www.belovedshirts.com) gives individuals a choice of over 100+ full panoramic (printing on 100% of fabric) pictures & designs that range from nature, pop culture, food, entertainment, animals to galaxies. Apparel includes: shirts, crewneck sweatshirts, hoodies, and hats.
Precious Cat, Inc. announces Touch of Outdoors™ litter. ”Touch of Outdoors™ will bring the outdoor experience in for your cat with litter that adds natural chemical free prairie grasses grown in our own fields. “
Do you have a cat that wants to go outside or you would like to provide additional enrichment in your cat’s environment? You may have observed stress behaviors like pacing, scratching furniture or rugs, intercat aggression, increased vocalization, excessive grooming or urine marking. The Touch of Outdoors™ with natural chemical free prairie grasses can help your cat feel less anxious, bored and depressed which translates into a happier cat environment.
Kathy Elsey, co-owner/founder of Precious Cat, Inc., grew up on a farm – where exposure to agriculture and other chemicals can cause an increase in cancer. In 2009, Kathy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer. This devastating disease is incurable and also occurs in cats. The Elsey family and Precious Cat have played a critical role in helping the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), the world’s largest private funder of myeloma research, to improve and enrich lives by bringing innovative new treatments to lead to a cure.
Touch of Outdoors™ is a hard clumping multi-cat litter that has natural chlorophyll for continuous odor control and has no airborne dust.