Catster Contributors Honored by the Cat Writers Association


Six Catster writers and one photographer have earned certificates of excellence from the Cat Writers Association, according to the group’s website. The named individuals entered works in the association’s annual contest. The certificates identify them as finalists; winners in multiple categories will be named at the BlogPaws conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in May and will receive medals called Muse Medallions.

The Catster writers are Phillip Mlynar, Susan Logan McCracken, JaneA Kelley, Heather Marcoux, Lisa Richman and Jen Reeder. The photographer is Andrew Marttila. All the work named in the certificates appeared in Catster. Kelley received an additional certificate for her long-running blog, Paws and Effect.

The Cat Writers Association describes itself as an organization founded to encourage professionalism among cat writers, photographers, artists and broadcasters.

The named categories, individuals and works are as follows.

Magazine Article: Behavior and Training

Phillip Mlynar: “Ooh, It’s a Box!” Why Cats Will Play With Just About Anything

Susan Logan McCracken: Kitty Quirks: 15 Reasons Why We Love and Laugh at Our Cats

Magazine Article: Rescue/Advocacy

Phillip Mlynar: Adventures in Giving Back

Socializing cats is a big part of volunteer duties at Japan Cat Network. Photo via

Magazine Column

JaneA Kelley: Keep It Clean


Heather Marcoux: 5 Father’s Day Gifts From My Unemployed, Moneyless Cats

Online Article: Health and General Care

JaneA Kelley: When a Horse is Really a Zebra

Lisa Richman: Kidney Transplants for Cats? Yes — Here Are the Facts

Online Article: Rescue/Advocacy

Jen Reeder: Oskar the Blind Cat Rallies for Special-Needs Pets: Interview


Online Article: Any Other Topic

JaneA Kelley: Give Me the Old, Creaky Cats

Online Column

Phillip Mlynar: Monday Miracle

Phillip Mlynar: Social Cat of the Week

Blog: Any Other Topic

JaneA Kelley: Paws and Effect

Color Photograph: Single

Andrew Marttila: Catster Cover Photo


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