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Friskies cat food brand is sponsoring “The Friskies” as a national contest to find and honor the best in original Internet cat videos with prizes and donations to cat rescues and shelters which includes a $15,000 Grand Prize.
I think the Internet is totally made up of cute videos, don’t you?
Shaun Belongie, Friskies brand manager says, “We love cat videos because they showcase the imagination of both cats and their owners. Some may say that there are too many cat videos on the Internet already. We don’t think so. We’re launching ‘The Friskies’ because we think the next great cat video is just waiting to be discovered.”
“The Friskies” formally celebrates the genre of Internet cat videos by awarding cash prizes and trophies in specific categories. The contest also rewards the online community’s participation efforts with donations of Friskies cat food to cat charity organization partners. Friskies has committed to donate 125,000 cans of cat food to cat charity organization partners. Each time someone enters the contest, votes, or likes or shares a video; five additional cans of Friskies cat food will be added to the total number of cans to be donated, up to a total of 250,000 cans.
About the Contest
The call for entries is open now through October 12 at www.TheFriskies.com. Up to Twelve finalists will be chosen for the judging and public voting phase in October, and winners will be announced in November. Each finalist will receive a one-year supply of Friskies cat food, and an original Friskies cat statue, the “Cat-uette.” The grand prize winner receives $15,000 and the honor of “Best Video,” and four category prize winners receive $2,500. The Cat-egories include:
Catness: The essence of cat behavior – moments of pure cat awesomeness
Catcom: Your cat in a humorous situation
Catventure: An indoor cat adventure
Catch All: For entries that don’t fit into one of the other categories
Entries must be original videos no longer than three minutes. Videos will be judged on originality, overall artistic impression, cinematography, technical production, audience appeal and entertainment quality, cat playfulness or quirks, sense of a story being told, and portraying cat’s perspective.
For a contest of this magnitude, Friskies recruited a highly-qualified panel to judge the finalists’ videos. The judges hail from acclaimed professional backgrounds in art design, various aspects of the film industry, and cat lifestyle media:
Wayne White: Iconic folk artist, original set designer for Pee Wee’s Playhouse and star of this fall’s
Karen Nichols, mother of Skeezix and Editor of Mousebreath!
acclaimed documentary Beauty is Embarrassing.
Michael Showalter: Actor, comedian, cat humorist, and professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts known for co-writing the cult hit Wet Hot American Summer and as a member of the sketch comedy trio Stella.
Tim League: Film industry trendsetter known for founding Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, Rolling Roadshow and Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the nation.
Karen Nichols: Managing editor of award-winning online cat lifestyle magazine Mousebreath, and Internet cat video creator and aficionado.
Cat Shelters Nationwide To Benefit
The best Internet cat video stars and their directors aren’t the only winners of “The Friskies.” The contest is possible in part because many rescue cats have found happy homes…with owners who love sharing videos of their cats’ awesomeness on the Internet.
Based on numbers of entries, views and votes, Friskies will donate up to 250,000 cans of cat food to shelters and rescue organizations across the country. Twenty-five cat charity organizations each may receive 10,000 cans of Friskies cat food by the end of this year. Visit www.TheFriskies.com for more information about the charities, and the many ways to become part of “The Friskies.”
Lights! Camera! Action! Start working on your video today!
I love cats speaking French, how about you?
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Today, Purina Cat Chow launched its Real Stories Project contest to let you and all other cat people share their story for a chance to be one of the five grand prize winners to receive a $5,000 cash prize, a year’s supply of Purina Cat Chow brand cat food, and have their cat relationship story told through an online video. The Purina Cat Chow Real Stories Project is a national search to find, showcase and celebrate cat ownership stories that highlight the special relationship between cat people and their cats, as well as the many ways our cats are always there for us.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PURINA® CAT CHOW®REAL STORIES PROJECT INVITES CAT PEOPLE TO SUBMIT THEIR CAT RELATIONSHIP STORIES FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN $5,000
Five Grand Prize Winners to Each Receive $5,000 and Have Their Cat Relationship Story Told through an Online Video; More than $30,000 in Total Prizes to be Awarded
ST. LOUIS (JUNE 6, 2012) – Every cat owner has a story – from how you came to own your first cat to the way she greets you at the door every day – and now you have a place to share the once-in-a-lifetime events and everyday moments that make your relationship unique. Purina Cat Chow announced today the launch of the “Purina Cat Chow Real Stories Project Contest,” a nationwide search to find, showcase and celebrate cat stories that highlight the special relationship between cat people and their cats, as well as the many ways our cats are always there for us. Purina Cat Chow is asking you to share your story for an opportunity to be one of five grand prize winners who receive a $5,000 cash prize.
From now until July 31, you can participate in the Purina Cat Chow Real Stories Project Contest by submitting your cat relationship story at www.yourcatstory.com. Five grand prize winners will each receive a $5,000 cash prize, a one year supply of Purina® Cat Chow® brand cat food for one cat, and have their cat relationship story told through a Purina Cat Chow brand online video. The winners’ videos will be shared online with the Purina Cat Chow Community on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
“We believe the best stories come from real life, and every day we are inspired by the stories shared by our cat-owning community,” said Vincent Biroscak, Purina Cat Chow brand director. “The Purina Cat Chow Real Stories Project furthers our commitment to unite the community of cat owners by collecting and celebrating their cat-relationship stories. Every cat owner has a story unique to them and their cat.”
Purina Cat Chow is committed to telling and highlighting the real stories of everyday cat people. Purina Cat Chow recently launched a new national TV advertising campaign inspired by stories of real-life cat owners and new product packaging featuring five owners and their cats.
To enter the Contest, cat people are invited to complete an online entry form, select a theme that best describes their story, options include: My First Cat, Why I’m a Cat Person, Forever a Cat Family, How We Found Each Other, Generations of Care, Always There for Me, and Memories. Upon selecting the story theme, cat people shall submit a brief written entry (600 characters or less) about their special relationship with their cat including a description of how he or she is always there for you. People may also include an optional photo or video (two minutes or less) that supports the story.
Purina Cat Chow will also recognize the cat relationship stories of five runners-up with a $1,000 cash prize each and one year supply of Purina® Cat Chow® brand cat food for one cat. In addition, 40 stories will receive an honorable mention and a $100 gift card. In total, the Contest will award more than $30,000 in prizes.
The Purina Cat Chow Real Stories Project is looking for stories about the comfort, support, friendship and connection that describe the cat-owner relationship – from head butt greetings-at-the-door moments to the way she wakes you up in the morning. People may also submit their story at www.facebook.com/purinacatchowor www.youtube.com/purinacatchow.
The entries will be evaluated using the following criteria:
· Originality in describing your special relationship with your cat(s) (30%)
· High quality storytelling captured in the essay and/or photo or video (30%)
· Effectively demonstrating the Purina Cat Chow brand belief of “always there for you” (40%)
Following the story submission close on July 31, an independent panel of judges will narrow the stories down to 10 finalists. Consumers will be asked to vote on their favorite stories from Aug. 28 – Sept. 18, 2012, at www.yourcatstory.com, www.facebook.com/purinacatchowor www.youtube.com/purinacatchowto help identify the winning stories. The winners will be announced on or about October 1, 2012.
About Nestlé Purina PetCare and Purina Cat Chow Brand Cat Food
The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Mo., where Ralston Purina was founded more than a century ago. Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. One of the leading global players in the pet food industry, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of the Swiss-based Nestlé S.A. – the world’s largest food company. With nutrition for each life stage, Purina® Cat Chow®brand Cat Food offers a family of products with 100 percent complete and balanced nutrition for physical health and well being. For more information on Purina Cat Chow, visit catchow.com.
No Purchase Necessary to Enter or Win. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 18 years of age or older at the time of entry (19 years of age or older if resident of AL or NE). Entry period ends at 11:59:59 a.m. ET on 7/31/12. See Official Rules for details. Sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO.
My Cat Is Peeing Everywhere. What to do?
This issue is one of the top reasons that cats are either left to go feral or are dumped in a shelter. Cat urine has to be one of the most unpleasant odors.
Before we can help solve this kitty’s problems, we need to ask Mommy or Daddy a few questions:
1) Is this cat spayed or neutered? If male cats aren’t neutered, they can often “spray” to mark territory, which could be confused with pee.
2) Have you taken this cat to the vet to rule out an UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)?
Once these two major things are ruled out in this cat’s case, consider what’s been changed in the house. If this is a cat that always used the cat box and is now refusing to use it, ask yourself:
1) Has anything changed in the house – new baby, new dog, new cat? This may be causing stress and that may be the reaction you’re seeing with your cat.
2) Have you moved the litter box to a new location?
3) Is the litter being changed regularly? (Every day, couple of days, no more than a week…)
4) Have you changed the type of little you’re using? Some cats are finicky (yes, an understatement I know), and may not like the feel of corncob litter on their feet. Or they may not like the smell of the piney litter. Consider if you’ve made a change in the litter.
5) Have you added another cat to the family? If so, some cats will share litter boxes. Most people recommend one litter box per cat – i.e. 2 cats, 2 litter boxes.
6) If everything’s fine on these fronts, you might consider buying a new litter box – maybe an open box, rather than a covered one. Sometimes older cat boxes can retain odors that we cannot smell, but animals with a heightened sense of smell may be bothered by the heavy smell.
7) If your cat is older, you may want to help it navigate the stairs by placing a litter box on every level, reducing the number of times an arthritic or older cat needs to expend energy in this department. Cats cannot tell us that they’re bothered by arthritis or stiff joints and may be taking a short-cut to avoid pain.
8) If there’s a “special spot” on the rugs that the cat likes to pee – consider using an enzymatic cleanser and a fluorescent black light to find the spots.
9) Try buying a plastic carpet runner (from a place like Home Depot or Loews at about a buck a foot) and place the runner upside down (spikes up) to discourage your cat from urinating in that spot.
10) Almost like “potty training” a new puppy, you may need to restrict the out of the box pee-er to a small space – like a crate or a bathroom –that includes a litter box. Start there and when the successfully use the litter box 100 percent of the time, gradually increase the space – with supervision, until you can be convinced that this cat will not pee outside of the litter box again. It’s a process and won’t happen overnight. But, it can be, with patience, cured.
Good luck with your kitty!
Feline 3: This is a litter of 5 owner surrender kittens
This litter of kittens has $100 in sponsorship funds to go to the approved rescue who pulls them.
The animal or animals in this photo MUST have rescue commitment by 4pm on April 30th. Please watch the clock as after 4pm I am unable to do anything further to guarantee their safety. These animals are located in the Cartersville, GA area. ALL rescues or adoptions for these animals are handled ONLY through us at Etowah Valley Humane Society BUT they are not physically located at our facility.
To be considered a rescue in the State of GA you must hold a current license through the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. Out of state rescues are welcome BUT must hold either of GA out of state license OR work with a currently licensed GA rescue to do the pull for you. Occasionally, we can also work out an adoption to an individual on dogs or cats in this album though for the most part, the reason for this urgent album is due to not enough space being available at EVHS to bring these animals in for adoption with us. Certain animals in the album will be labeled RESCUE ONLY in which case, that means they can ONLY go to a licensed rescue. Otherwise, if you are an individual and see a dog or cat you might be interested in adopting from the urgent album, please feel free to inquire. If you would prefer an animal that is already vetted and that we can tell you more about please visit our website at www.etowahvalleyhumane.org
. Each time a dog or cat is adopted from our facility, we are able to bring one more over from the urgent album.