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Readers' Choice Awards Nominations 2012 are Now Closed

Seven Cats Awards Nominations to be Made for the Readers' Choice Awards for 2012

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About.com Readers' Choice Awards for 2012, will include seven different categories of awards on the Cats site. Readers will have the opportunity to nominate up to five of their favorites in each category. The nominations started January 17th, 2012 at midnight E.T., and will close on February 15, 2012 at Midnight E.T. Next, nominations then narrowed down to five in each category, and voting polls will decide the winners, who will be announced in March. For more information, see About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012.

This is your opportunity to play a role in selecting the best of the best. You are encouraged to actively campaign for your favorite nominees, on your own Websites or blogs, as well as social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and others.

You may nominate in any or all of the categories, however About.com Websites are not eligible for this competition.

Best Website About Cats

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The Best Website About Cats will be one which provides information in a professional but friendly manner on all aspects of cats, including, but not limited to cat care, health, behavior, senior cats, special needs cats, and the feline-human bond. An added plus would be an active community of readers, with the ability to share photos and stories about their cats.

Please be aware that About.com Websites will not be allowed to participate.

Best Website About Cat Health

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The ideal Website About Cat Health may be one which is managed by a Veterinary College, a practicing Veterinarian, an organization of veterinarians, or other expert in the veterinary profession. The information will be delivered in a professional manner, but the terminology will be such that the average lay person will find it easy to understand.

This information should be delivered without cost to the cat caregiver, although free registration on the Website may be required.

Please Note: About.com Websites will not be allowed to participate.

Best Book About Cat Care

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We're looking for the best book about cat care and/or kitten care. Even experienced cat lovers need expert information, to raise strong, healthy cats, and many of them look to the professionals for guidance. What's in your cat care library? If it's a book you refer to regularly, consider nominating it. It can be published within the past few years, as long as the information therein is current.

Please Note: Books by About.com Guides will not be included in the Readers' Choice Awards voting.

Best Book About Cat Behavior

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Cat behavior problems cause more turmoil than any other aspect of cat care. Books on behavior by the experts are a must for cat lovers' library. Think about which book you turn to as a first resort when you encounter a problem with your cat. That would be a good choice for your nomination. The ideal book would be one which gives you examples to follow when trying to retrain your cat from a bad habit to a good one, without making either of you have to jump through hoops.

Please Note: Books by About.com Guides will not be included in the Readers' Choice Awards voting.

Best Non-Profit Cats-Only Group

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We all have our favorite cat charities, and this is your chance to honor yours by nominating it. If you have more than one favorite cats non-profit group, as some of us do, you may nominate up to five.

The winner will be a group with kind, caring staff and volunteers, whose major concern is the health and happiness of the cats they serve, coupled with a management which provides a fiscally sound program.

Best Non-Profit Pets Organization

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Many cat lovers have other pets in their families, and love them equally. You are as ecumenical in your support of a non-profit pets organization as you are with your own pets, and you love all animals. The ideal organization to be nominated will be one which is managed well, and offers the best advocacy and benefits for pets, including cats, dogs, and other pets. It may be a humane society, an organization which facilitates the adoption of shelter cats, dogs, and other pets, or a group which raises money and supplies for shelter animals.

Best Website Advocating Protection of Cats' Claws

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The United States is one of the major holdouts in the campaign against declawing cats. Some outstanding individuals and groups are doing a remarkable job in the education of the public on the facts of declawing, while demonstrating the many humane alternatives to this practice.

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