The winner is Arden Moore for "Feline DNA and You," Catnip
The judge for this category was Dr. Loraine Kogut Jarboe, a classmate of Dr. Jim Richards at Ohio State University. She is certified in both the Feline Practice and the Canine/Feline Practice specialties.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "I felt that this article was well organized, and focused on all the topics that the award is designed for: technological advances, research, new medical developments and innovations in feline veterinary medicine. The author style is easy to read and the information was both accurate and complete."
FORT DODGE/ HEALTHY CATS FOR LIFE TURNING POINT AWARD is for the best published work by a beginning cat writer or photographer.
The winner is Helen L. Wilbur for M if for Meow: A Cat Dictionary.
The judge for this category was Harriet Weatherford, a former president and member of the board of directors of the Champaign County Humane Society in Illinois. She has fostered nearly 1,000 cats, dogs and other species.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "The poems are very nice, but the sidebar information is some of the best I have ever seen. The subject matter enhances the little poem very well and is entertaining and informative. It is a wonderful piece of humane education."
The winner is Arden Moore for The Cat Behavior Answer Book.
The judge for this category was Paul Jolly, vice president of Petco Director of the Petco Foundation.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "I found the articles to be concise, informative, and understandable. I really enjoyed The Cat Behavior Answer Book, and spent a whole dinner party entertaining guests by asking them the questions, getting their responses, then reading the author's "educated" response. Either this shows that the book is engaging or else I need to get a life. I am betting on the former.
"Instead of a mystical quality, cats under the influence of her writing, take on amusing, curious and friendly qualities, encouraging cat lovers and the simply cat curious to get to know them better. How could anyone not want a cat in their life after reading her writings? Certainly not me. Thanks for sharing your insights"
The winner is Bernadette E. Kazmarski for "Senior Cat Care: Beyond Food and Water," Mythreecats.com.
The judge for this category was Mike Patrick, a Certified Veterinary Technician who currently works at the Animal Diagnostic and Wellness Center Temple in Terrace, Florida. He is President of the Florida Veterinary Technician Association.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "This entry outshines all the others with its systemic approach to the needs of the aging cat. Through its contents, one can extrapolate the need for keen observation and proactive medical intervention. The research was complete and it included many links to allow the reader resources for more information.."
The winner is Jan Jaeger for "The Cat Bath," Nantucket Independent
The judge for this category was Erica Sanfiz, the owner and pet stylist of Just 4 Paws Mobile Pet Spa, a mobile grooming business based out of Rutherford, New Jersey.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "I found this article upbeat and fun to read, with a few whimsical points that made me chuckle out loud. For instance, when referring to the "horror stories about how much cats hate getting wet", the author facetiously jokes about the potential for "involving the Fire Department" or spending time in "the Emergency room".
"As a cat groomer myself, I found this step by step description of cat bathing thorough, as well as mindful of the "stressed out" cat owner or care provider. The author takes the time to make this narration detailed enough to get the job done, but not so bogged down by information that it would overwhelm the reader. So in the end, the main reason I chose this article as the winner is the overall benefits it can provide to cat owners, and/or petcare providers everywhere. Great job! "
The winner is Elissa Wolfson for "Facts on Fostering," Catnip
The judge for this category was Kim Cousins, who founded Unleashed Magazines, Inc.; local pet magazines that connect pets, people and communities.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "The author offered information on the foster process and what to expect as a foster home, as well as "ways for interested parties to get more information." She "tied in the animal-human bond" and the "emotional well-being of humans." It was "easy to follow and read"
The winner is Sandy Robins for "Project Bay Cat," Cat Fancy
The judge for this category was Joseph S. Cavarretta, Executive Director of People Animals Love, an organization that brings people and animals together, brightening the lives of the lonely, easing the pain of the sick, and enriching the world of at-risk children.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "This year's recipient totally captured how a community working together can help cats. Her style is informative and engaging.."
The winner is Dusty Rainbolt, "College Kids."
The judge for this category was Janell Granier, who has been a foster mom to more than 60 orphaned bottle baby kittens over the past four years. She is Director of Programs by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "Picking a winner in this category was not an easy task given the excellent submissions. In an entertaining way this entry clearly addresses the largest problem currently facing our country in terms of pet overpopulation, unaltered cats being allowed to roam freely outside. The column, written from the perspective of an abandoned pregnant cat spoke strongly to the horrors abandoned cats face when fending for themselves outside. The article's impact was strengthened given the complete lack of thought by the humans who abandoned the cat featured in the column. I would like to have copies of this column available in each of our local shelters. It is an easy read while waiting in line to turn in yet another litter of kittens and it may just succeed in making one of those repeat customers question what they are doing."
Merial sponsors the MERIAL HUMAN-ANIMAL BOND AWARD, presented to the entry that best reflects and promotes the strengthening of the human-animal bond, highlighting the bond between a cat and its owner, as well as their relationship with their veterinarian as another direct caregiver.
The winner is "TJ Banks, Catsong.
The judge for this category was Dr. Caroline Schaffer, a veterinarian and assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "Every chapter of this book contains a delightfully vivid word picture of cats being cats. (It also included) the joy that she, her husband, and her daughter received by being blessed with the companionship and delightful antics of their many beloved cats. This is a book that truly honors the relationships among people, cats, and their veterinarians. She bravely shares her anxieties while nursing cats back to health and the reality that, even with the best of care, not all cats and kittens will get well. Her references to visits to the veterinary hospital show the importance of finding compassionate veterinarians who share their clients' love of cats."
The winner is Dusty Rainbolt, "Ho Ho Holly."
The judge for this category was Dr. Sherry Welch, a veterinarian who has practiced clinical veterinary medicine and surgery at a mixed animal practice, and also owned and practiced in a small animal emergency practice.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "This article was well researched, accurate, entertaining and covered the topic of holiday dangers to cats very well."
The winner is J. Anne Helgren, "Cat Breed Profiles."
The judge for this category was Annette Wilson, an all-breed judge licensed by The Cat Fanciers' Association.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "It was a very difficult selection but I was most impressed by this entry. This is an on-line medium which certainly has its advantages; however, it's not always easy to walk the fine line between lecturing. The well-researched detail and depth of information on each breed is organized in a way that is both intuitive and useful to the reader. Professional headshots of each of 50 breeds make up the directory; the individual breed profiles provide first an overview of ancestry and characteristics and then in-depth history, description and personality. Each profile is written in an interesting and detailed manner that engages the reader throughout. I would refer anyone interested in pedigreed cats to this site."
Purina offers the PURINA® CAT CHOW® NUTRITION AWARD for the best column or article (print or professionally published online) or book entry on the subject of feline nutrition.
The winner is Sandra Toney, "Finicky and Fussy about Feline Food."
The judge for this category was Dr. Craig Datz, who teaches clinical practice to veterinary students at the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "The submission dealt with a common problem (cats that won't eat) and had good suggestions, especially the advice to start with a veterinary checkup. The writing style and organization made it easy to read."
The winner is Dusty Rainbolt, "Orphan Basics," Cat Fancy.
The judge for this category was Sheila Smith, Founder and President of Shadow Cats. Shadow Cats has spayed and neutered more than 2,000 cats.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "This author receives my votes because of her ability to provide information in an informative, organized and insightful way. Every spring we are deluged with "What do I do with this kitten I just found?" She answers that question and does this with obvious expertise on the subject.
"I especially appreciated her addressing specific issues, such as the correct way to position a kitten during feeding and keeping kittens warm and some "tricks of the trade" such as loosening the bottle ring to make it easier for a kitten to nurse.
"I found this article to be accurate and helpful and would certainly benefit both experienced and inexperienced readers finding themselves in the position of caring for orphaned kittens "
Purina offers the PURINA® ONE® HEALTH AWARD for the outstanding single article (print or professionally published online) reporting on feline health issues. Articles are judged on excellence of writing and technical accuracy; significance of the topic and public education impact on feline health are also considered.
The winner is Arnold Plotnick for "Spotlight on Bartonella," Catnip.
The judge for this category was Dr. Kenneth Bell, Director of Veterinary Services at PROSAR, a poison control and drug safety center in Saint Paul, Minnesota
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "This article was a really thorough and insightful piece that had something for every reader: a medical mystery with a happy ending, keys to protecting your cat and yourself from a serious zoonotic disease, and an honest primer on what it really takes to make a diagnosis in many infectious diseases -- a feline owner with the patience and fortitude to stick with the diagnostic process, a veterinarian with a solid and realistic understanding of what individual tests can really tell us, and a systematic, evidence-based approach to which both owner and vet adhere. The more understanding veterinarians and clients can share about the depth of challenges in medicine, the faster we can make progress on so many difficult feline illnesses. Great job, and my thanks to every one else who shared your excellent work!"
The winner is Amy Shojai for "Cat Meets Dog; Bringing Home Magic."
The judge for this category was Ginny Price, a Certified Veterinary Technician who, along with Donna Dyer and Julie Shaw founded the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "This case study was well written. It embodied the major criterion for the Sticky Paws Training Award by instructing people on how to train their cats. Amy used a real life situation to instruct people on techniques when introducing a new dog to a household containing a solitary cat. In her article techniques using solid scientific theory were discussed along with the direct consequences of using these techniques. The article was full of interesting and important facts about dogs and cats. She included evolutionary, social and behavioral information about both species. Her specific techniques for introducing these species concurred with the advice of top individuals in the field of animal/veterinary behavior. Besides writing a terrific scientific piece on animal introductions, she has written an interesting paper on species of animals that people own but may know less about than they think"
The winner is Arden Moore, The Cat Behavior Answer Book.
The judge for this category was Carla Reiss, an Annandale, New Jersey veterinary technician, feline product designer and owner of Meow Wear.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "I have had cats all my 51 years and on top of my regular work as a product designer, I assist at a vet's office. I have faced a number of behavioral problems over the years, and have heard numerous stories from veterinary clientele. I chose this book because feline behavior problems can be very frustrating to the average pet owner and I think her "one stop shopping" approach to finding answers is a very consumer-friendly one.."
The winner is Betsy Stowe for her poem, "Retirement Home Cat," CFA Fanc-e-Mews.
The judge for this category was Dr. Cynthia Rigoni, owner of All Cats Veterinary Clinic in Houston who has been a professional cat breeder for over 20 years.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include:
"I read my way through all your offerings
This year they were all good.
I laughed through Tiger Daze
Guessed through mysteries
Enjoyed sci-fi and children's literature.
Through them all
The one that captured me
Not that some of the other weren't very, very good.
I never thought the poetry would have a chance against a novel.
But it stuck in my mind,
I thought about it daily
Comparing it to the novels
The children's books
The Harry Potter I was listening to in the car.
I think it and Harry will be with me for a long time. "
The KUYKENDALL IMAGE AWARD is sponsored by CWA and is presented to the outstanding "image" entry featuring cats -- whether photography, illustration or graphic art.
The winner is Robert Papp for his illustrations in M is for Meow: A Cat Dictionary.
The judge for category was Larry Kay, president of Animal Wow Entertainment (www.animalwow.com), an award-winning children's media company that inspires positive values by helping kids become best friends with pets.
The judge's comments about the winning entry include: "The artwork in this book is masterful, and the paintings deserve gallery showings. Each image evokes a story that greatly expands the book's prose. Each cat is a distinct character, from the playfully expressed kitten on the cover to the majestic sabertooth cat. Each painting also invites the viewer's wonder and interpretation. The book deserves an honored spot on American coffee tables, in school libraries, and in book collections."
The winner is the late Dr. Jim Richards. Lea-Ann Germinder accepted on behalf of his widow.
Amy Shojai writes: "For his entire career, he did everything he could to better the lives of cats and to educate the public and the veterinary world. He did so with patience and knowledge. He was a friend to many of us and the unanimous choice to receive this year's award. Thanks to him, the world is a better place for cats - and people."
The CWA PRESIDENT'S AWARD, sponsored by the Cat Fanciers' Association, is presented to the best entry among all Muse MedallionTM winners in the regular contest categories.
The winner is Mary Anne Miller for her excellent website, felinexpress.com.
The judge for this category was CWA President, Nancy Peterson.
The judges comments about the winning entry include: "My winner has a lovely layout, is easy to use and promotes the welfare of all cats - pedigreed, mixed-breeds, strays and ferals. There's a wealth of information - from its quality articles on health and behavior to its fun photos and cat horoscopes - for the wannabe cat owner, the new cat owner and the experienced cat owner. CWA members are among the contributors and a Muse Medallion graces every page. I'm sure this winner will proudly display her President's Award as well."
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