CFA/Dr. Elsey World Championship Cat Show Winners

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.

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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

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FIRST RUNNER-UP

GC, NW WYNTERWYND CLAIR DE LUNE

Blue Russian Blue Female

B/O: Annette Wilson

 

 

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SECOND RUNNER-UP

 

GC TOMBROCK’S CHOPIN

Black Exotic Male

B: Salvatore Cuccu, Giovanni Giordano

O: Salvatore Cuccu, Maria Christina Bertello, Giovanni Giordano

Bayer’s Advantage® II for Cats Reveals “America’s Chattiest Cat!”

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.

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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[1], 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.



[1]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.

GC Belamy Desiderata of Cinema Named Best in Show at 2013 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show

The excitement of the two day event came to a colorful end on Sunday with the selection of Best in Show Winner, a 1 year and four month old Calico Persian Female was named Best in Show of 1,000 cats at the 2013 CFA/Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat Litter World Championship Cat Show on November 24, 2013.  

Desi is bred by M. Vowe and Owned by Connie Stewart, Blake Mayes, and Dennis Adler.  

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 Judge Wayne Trevathan of Hollywood, Florida who selected his first and second runner up and named his Best in Show.  

FIRST RUNNER-UP

DOTDOTDOT BORNINTHEUSA of WILDRAIN

Chocolate Spotted Male Ocicat

B/O: Roger & Nancy Brown and David & Carol Freels

SECOND RUNNER-UP

GP SANDESOX JUSTSWEETNESS of WHITESOX

Blue Point Neuter Birman

B: Karen Lane / Sandy Faust

Highest Scoring Cats in Each Category

 

Kitten  

DOTDOTDOT REFLECTIONS OF WILD RAIN

Chocolate Spotted Male Ocicat Kitten

B/O: Roger & Nancy Brown and David & Carol Freels

 

Championship

GC BOBERAN MY FAIR LADY OF LOX-NOTT

Copper-Eyed White Female Persian

B: Randy Primmer/Robert Farber

O: Yoonai and Sophia Staples, Randy Primmer, Robert Farber

Premiership

GP SUAVARE’S DARK SECRET OF PENOBSCOTT

Black Persian Neuter

B: Carolyn-Stephen Vogel

O: Ginger Gunlock, Jo Ann McKinster, Carolyn and Stephen Vogel

New Cat Apparel Line is a Fan Favorite!

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.

 

Bring the Outdoor Experience Indoors with New Litter From Precious Cat Litters

 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.

You can find Touch of Outdoors™ Litter at PetCo and other independent retailers.  For more information call 877-311-2287 or visit the website at www.preciouscat.com.

 

A Letter to My Cat

A Letter To My Cat celebrates one-of-a-kind cats and their dedicated owners.   The editors Melissa Vanderwyst and Lisa Erspamer Entertainment are looking for cat owners of all ages to submit a letter written to their cats in order to potentially be featured in the book.  This is a unique opportunity for cat owners to express what makes their relationship with their cat(s) so special and to explore the love, joy, laughter and selflessness (or maybe selfishness) our furry friends treat us to every day.  The book will include gorgeous photography and personal letters from cat owners written to their cats.  We are looking for letters from prominent individuals as well as everyday cat owners.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit Best Friends Animal Society.

The goal is to help bring an end to the euthanization of shelter cats. We want to show people how wonderful and cool cats really are! Our hope is that readers will see how much joy the cats featured in the book bring to their owners, and in turn, go out and adopt a cat.

A Letter To My Cat will follow the hugely successful book, A Letter To My Dog, which featured a compilation of stunning portraits, accompanied by personal letters to each dog from devoted owners including celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Tony Bennett, Tyler Perry, Chelsea Handler, Robin Roberts and Kristin Chenoweth among others.

 

“While it’s easy to say ‘I love you’ out loud to our children and loved ones every day, sometimes we take for granted the non-verbal exchange of emotion we share with our cats,” creator Lisa Erspamer (formerly of The Oprah Show/OWN) said. “Taking the time to sit down and put into words what it is we really feel for our felines – I think even the most devoted cat lover can be taken aback.

The book team requires the following for submission:

•    Your letter: Please start it “Dear XXX,” and remember to sign it (Love, Mom / Dad…etc.). The length should be under 500 words.

•    Photos: We need you to submit a few photos of your cat alone, no people. Ideally, these would be your own photos, but if they are professional, please include photographer information so we can contact them for the rights if necessary.

•    Contact Info: Please include your full name, mailing address, phone number, email address and any website/blog/social media info.

Remember to include any stories that highlight your cat’s unique personality and expresses how much he/she means to you!

Deadline for letter submissions is 9/1/2013.

Quest for Favorite Mouse Toy Ends on Favorable Note

Does your cat have a favorite cat toy? Well, imagine if your cat lost it?

Recently, we received an email with this request late on a Friday afternoon…

Lost: One especially loved brown mouse somewhere in the house located in Virginia Beach, Va. 23451. Distraught cat named Miss Sophie and equally distraught cat mom named Melanie.

Miss Sophie has “hidden” it and after several months of searching together this special mouse can’t be found. The two of us believe it had pink ears and feet, body was brown, long tail. Kinda furry, opening in the belly where a treat or catnip could be put. About three inches long for the body and another three inches for the tail. Melanie has been to every store in town as well as looked on line but the search ends up with empty hands.

Please let me know if you are able to help this kitty and Mom.

Signed,

Desperate at the Beach.

So, We went to work here to find Miss Sophie a mouse.  I seemed to remember this mouse-in-question and searched the toy box of my cats Berlioz, Stiller, Salem and Dusty.  I also asked a few people if they remembered a mouse of this nature? No success there.

Wait at the bottom of the toybox! Success! I think this is the mouse…and sent an email with a picture asking if this was it.
 

The reply: Yes!!!!!!!!!!!

I went and asked the leader of my cats, Berlioz.  My Himalayan.  He is the oldest.  If I could convince him, I figured the rest would go along with it.  So, I explained the situation.  His response.  I got one eye…which to me, was enough..I asked the rest and they too, were sound asleep…

So I figured they would not miss one little mouse.  After all, they never knew it was in their toy box…and wrote a note to Melanie and Miss Sophie

Well, I talked with Berlioz, Stiller, Salem and Dusty and they said that they would give a “paw” up to Miss Sophie and give her their mouse (they have NEVER played with it. So, if we cannot find a new one for her.  So worst case scenario is that we have a mouse!

The reply:

Awwww,

Team B,S,S & D Rock!

And…the mouse is on its way to a new home!