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Violet the cat is competing for America’s Favorite Pet

Proceeds from win would go to Hairball Haven

AP Photo Scott Lane adopted 1-year-old cats Violet and Floki from the Hairball Haven Cat Rescue in Minot. Violet is entered in the America’s Favorite Pet contest next month. If she wins, Lane would give the $5,000 prize to the Hairball Haven. Violet is also competing to have her picture in Catster magazine. Voting starts Feb. 2. People can search for America’s Favorite Pet on Facebook to view the entries and cast their votes.

Violet the 1-year-old Siamese cat is a blue-eyed beauty and the star of her own Facebook page, said her owner, Scott Lane, of Minot.

When he adopted her, Lane said, “the first thing I ever told her is, ‘Sweetheart, I’m going to make you a super model some day.”

He said she gave an understanding meow and it was love at first sight.

Next month the much-loved kitty, who was born missing her tail like a Manx cat, will be competing for the title of America’s Favorite Pet and a chance to appear in “Catster magazine.” The winner of the contest will receive a $5,000 award.

Lane said the prize will be donated to Hairball Haven in Minot, the cat rescue from which he adopted Violet and her littermate, Floki.

“Without the love and support from Hairball Haven to begin with, none of this would be possible. They are changing lives everyday at the Haven,” said Lane.

To vote for Violet, people can go to America’s Favorite Pet on Facebook. Lane was told that people can vote once per day for free and will also be able to pay to cast more votes. Dogs are also in competition and the winner will be featured in Dogster magazine.

A portion of the proceeds from the competition will go to the PAWS Foundation, which helps animals, according to the contest website at americasfavpet.com/HairballHaven.

Lane said they already had an older cat named Arthur at home when they went to Hairball Haven in search of a kitten. At first they were only going to take one of the male kittens, but decided to take his sister too so she would not be left alone. Arthur, the older cat, gets along with the younger cats, who kept each other entertained.

They are also great pets. Lane said Violet is a very loving cat.

“She hops around like a rabbit because she doesn’t have a tail,” he said.

This reminded him of Thumper, the rabbit from Disney’s “Bambi” but he decided that Violet, the name of one of Thumper’s sisters, might be more appropriate since Violet is a female cat.

When he heard about the contest for America’s Favorite Pet, he sent pictures of the cats in and Violet was accepted as a contest entrant.

He also posts photos of his cats on Violet’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/litterboxtales. He said it started as a joke but people enjoy the photos. More information about the Hairball Haven rescue can be found at https://www.facebook.com/HairballHaven.FelineRescue.

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