CatWatch Earns 2017 Writing Awards

The Cat Writers Association Awards have us purring

The Cat Writers’ Association’s mission is to promote professionalism among people who write about and photograph cats and improve the quality of cat information. To that end, they host an annual awards contest to honor outstanding writers. We are delighted to have earned two special awards, three Muse Medallion awards, and four certificates of excellence for our work in 2017.

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM, our technical editor, earned the Hartz Every Day Chewable Vitamin Award for her article, “Senior Cats Need Your Attention.” The judge commented, “I found the article to be very informative and it is so important to help our felines live longer. Felines can live to be a ripe old age if we are aware of what we can do to help them get there. In fact, I’d like to send this article to our feline adopters on their pet’s ninth or tenth birthday.”

Dr. Eldredge also captured the Hartz Glamour-Puss Award for “Take Charge of Your Cat’s Dental Health.” The judge stated, “This article was extremely well written and informational and reaches a high standard of excellence. The writer provided practical steps for pet owners on what they can do.”

In the Awards of Excellence category, “each entry was independently judged by three professional CWA members. Winning a Certificate of Excellence means that the average of those three judges’ scores for the entry is 90 or above.” We are honored to have earned four awards:

In Newsletter Article Health & General Care, Dr. Eldredge earned an Award of Excellence for each of these three CatWatch articles: “Take Charge of your Cat’s Dental Health,” “Senior Cats Need Your Attention,” and “Halitosis in Cats.”

Veterinary technician and writer Kate Eldredge earned an Award of Excellence for “Traveling with Your Cat.”

All contestants who earned an Award of Excellence move to the Muse Medallion category, where we earned three awards:

Newsletter National Circulation: CatWatch

Newsletter Article: Health & General Care: Deb M.Eldredge, DVM, “Take Charge of Your Cat’s Dental” Health

Newsletter Article: Behavior & Training: KateEldredge, “Teach Your Cat to Like her Carrier.”

Each of these articles is available at, and access to the articles is free with your paid subscription.