If there's one animal that rules the internet, it's the almighty cat. Felines are the undisputed champions of cyberspace – just ask Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, or Hamilton the Hipster Cat. Their bank accounts prove the power of the purr.
Now South Florida felines can claim the catnip in the year's most important awards show: the 2016 Cat's Meow Awards. Forget the Academy Awards. The big winners in the Wild Cat Card category (drumroll please) are Cutler Bay's own Floof, and Poker in "The Floof Massage." At least someone local is getting proper recognition from the Academy (we're looking at your Oscar Isaac snub, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).
The idea for the Cat's Meow was simple: People love award shows, and people adore internet cats.
Sponsored by Meow Mix, this all-star kitty competition (it's like the Oscars, but with way more fur) had more than 25,000 entries. Cat-loving a-cat-emy members – including author Layla Morgan Wilde, spokesperson Sandy Robins, and cat behavior consultant Daniel "DQ" Quagliozzi – took on the tough job of choosing favorites.
Other categories in the Meow Awards are Best Cap Napper, Best Kitty Hijinks, Best Cat-hlete, and Best Cat Cuddle. The four-legged winners take home "honor, prestige, and the knowledge that Meow Mix treats will always be there to celebrate their impressive achievements," a news release states.
Bailey guarding the Meow Mix.
Courtesy of the Cat's Meow Awards
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As far as epic cuteness, this competition ranks right up there with other furry rivalries such as the Puppy Bowl and the Kitten Bowl. The entries feature cats playing fetch, cats in tissue boxes, and cats playing superhero. Kitties from New York to Arizona earned honors for being adorable.
The contest is part of Meow Mix's "Irresistible Moments" campaign. No stranger to viral moments, Meow Mix is the brand behind the legendary "Meow, meow, meow, meow" jingle – it knows a catchy cat when it sees one.
Meow Mix's Cat's Meow Awards