Reba, the purebred Himalayan cat, has only a few hours left to advance to the next round and become America’s favorite pet.
Her owner, Elaine Gross, said she never expected her cat to get this far since the competition is in the US, but support for the 11-year-old “angel” has set in.
Gross got Reba for the first time in six weeks and said she was struggling with health issues like colitis and tooth resorption, which resulted in numerous vet visits and the extraction of all but four of her teeth.
“She just bounces back as if nothing never happens,” said Gross. “She’s a little fighter.”
When Gross saw the ad for the competition on Facebook, she thought she would try, but wasn’t sure which of her two cats to nominate.
“‘I won’t miss Reba a little,'” she recalled.
Gross completed the nomination in November and at the beginning of January she found out that her cat friend had been accepted.
“I thought, ‘Wow! Of all these cats! ‘”
Now she is in fourth place with one shot in the semifinals.
With $ 5,000 and the cover of the popular cat magazine Catster, Gross hopes to win last-minute support from the Okanagan Valley.
If Reba wins, Gross says, there will be no frivolous spending of the cash prize.
“I plan to buy you and her brother (cat) Quincy – he’s a rag doll – a new scratching post,” she said, noting that the rest would go to a savings account for veterinary expenses.
Click here to vote. The vote will be open until 8 p.m. tonight (March 11).
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