Calling All Cat Lovers: Animal Planet Wants You


Cable TV networkAnimal Planet has begun a nationwide search for the most passionate and devoted cat lovers. The network’s new series Must Love Cats, and its partner, Fresh Step cat litter, have launched the Feline Fanatics Contest.

The grand prize winner will win prizes including an appearance with their cat during an upcoming episode of Must Love Cats, an editorial feature in Star Magazine and a year supply of Fresh Step litter.

Animal Planet has recognized that dogs tend to get most of the domestic pet press, so to speak, and has taken the lead in bringing cats into the limelight with its shows “Cats 101” and “Housecat Housecall.”

Must Love Cats” will feature fascinating felines and the fascinating people who love them, according to Animal Planet. From cats that saved their owners’ lives to swanky cat-only hotels, the series will celebrate the extraordinary manifestations of the feline-human bond.

Musician John Fulton hosts the show and will act as a judge for the “Feline Fanatics” contest.

While filming Must Love Cats, Ive seen that feline families are a devoted breed, Fulton said.Among countless others, I met a man who threw his meowing buddy a 200-person birthday bash complete with a cat fashion show. Were hosting this contest for all feline fanatics in America so we can find and honor the everyday people doing extraordinary things for their cats.

Nominations for the Feline Fanatics contest will be accepted from now until Oct. 17 on Fresh Step’s Facebook page or at its website. Entrants can upload up to three photos of their cat and write a brief essay on why they qualify as a “feline fanatic.”

The Feline Fanatics contest will reward those who do great things for their cats, not necessarily to them; those who simply dress up their felines in costumes and call that love wont beat out those who take it to another level and build their cat(s) a palace, the network says.

Following the entry period, a panel of judges fromAnimal Planet and Fresh Step litter will select five finalists who will compete in online voting to become the ultimate Feline Fanatic. America will select the winner by voting for its favorite finalist once a day on the Fresh Step litter page on Facebook from Nov. 9 to 29.

The ultimate Feline Fanatic and cat duo will win an appearance during an upcoming episode of Must Love Cats, an editorial feature in Star Magazine and a year supply of Fresh Step litter. The four Feline Fanatic runners-up will each receive a year supply of Fresh Step litter as well.


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