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Chris Poole took home $25,000 for being the Grand Prize winner of "The Friskies" 2014 - awards for the best Internet cat videos of the year - for his video titled "Dumpster Kitty" in the "Strange" category
Chris Poole took home $25,000 for being the Grand Prize winner of "The Friskies" 2014 - awards for the best Internet cat videos of the year - for his video titled "Dumpster Kitty" in the "Strange" category

Oceanside Local Wins $25,000 For Cat Video

Oceanside CA – There are millions of Internet cat videos but the best of the best were celebrated last night at an awards gala to honor the finalists and officially announce the winners of “The Friskies”– the renowned awards for the best Internet cat videos of the year. It was up to the public to vote on their favorite videos from August 11, 2014 through September 8, 2014 at www.TheFriskies.com and America has spoken.

Cole, Marmalade and their owner Chris Poole, a new resident of Oceanside, took home the Grand Prize of “The Friskies” – the renowned awards for the best Internet cat videos of the year – thanks to the support of fans and the local community.

Their video Dumpster Kitty not only came in first place in the strange category, but it also beat out the rest of the competition overall. As the Grand Prize winner, Cole and Marmalade and owner Chris Poole were awarded a $25,000 cash prize, a golden catuette and bragging rights as the best Internet cat video of 2014. Cole and Marmalade are stars were already stars in the making but now it’s official…they’re Internet cat video royalty.

The Fine Bros. present Chris Poole with $25,000 for being the Grand Prize winner of "The Friskies" 2014 - awards for the best Internet cat videos of the year

The Fine Bros. present Chris Poole with $25,000 for being the Grand Prize winner of “The Friskies” 2014

CATEGORY WINNERS

Funny: Cat vs. Flipflop starring Buddy; Palm Coast, FL

Buddy likes order in the house and when he sees something unfamiliar, he gets quite curious. In this playful video, Buddy is exploring a strange object on the floor and becomes the ultimate scardey cat!

Res-cute: Cat and Baby Play Peekaboo starring Howie; Liverpool, OH

In this absolutely adorable video, Howie plays a game of peekaboo with baby Joy. A cute cat coupled with a cute baby is impossible to beat!

Epic:
How Bob Gets His Exercise starring Bob; Atlanta, GA

Bob enjoys getting his exercise in a unique way. The technique and speed with which he chases his tail is really impressive. Maybe he’s practicing to be a break dancer?

Strange: Dumpster Kitty starring Cole and Marmalade; Tampa, FL

In this peculiar video, Marmalade puts on disappearing act for Cole. Mesmerized, Cole is left wondering where his feline friend goes!

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Dumpster Kitty starring Cole and Marmalade; Tampa, FL

Friskies gave away more than cash and catuettes. To recognize the hard work cat shelter organizations do to ensure cats find forever homes, Friskies partnered with 10 cat shelter organizations nationwide. Friskies awarded those partners 250,000 total cans of Friskies wet cat food. Every vote for a finalist video between August 11, 2014 and September 8, 2014 equaled one can of Friskies wet cat food donated to a shelter partner. Additionally, with direction from the category captains, Friskies donated a total of $23,500 to shelter partners.

Visit www.TheFriskies.com to view the winning videos and continue to join the conversation with #TheFriskies.

ABOUT FRISKIES

The Friskies® brand offers a complete line of great-tasting cat foods, including more than 60 wet, dry and treat varieties. Friskies is manufactured by Nestlé Purina PetCare, a global leader in the pet care industry. Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.

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