Cats Protection has revealed the 14 finalists in this year’s National Cat Awards, the UK’s annual celebration of heroism, survival and companionship in the cat world.
From fearless felines that saved the day to miraculous moggies who provide a lifeline in medical emergencies, the finalists are all in the running to be named National Cat of the Year 2018.
This year’s top cat will follow in the paw prints of previous winner Genie, a caring kitty from Lincoln who helped schoolgirl Evie Henderson battle bone cancer.
The finalists in this year’s awards include:
Toby, who alerts his owner when she’s about to suffer a seizure brought on by a neurological condition; Sox, the hospital cat who provides companionship and motivation for patients with serious brain injuries; and, Price Ozzy, who raised the alarm when a fire broke out in a neighbouring flat.
The winners will be selected in five categories – Hero Cat, Most Caring Cat, Furr-ever Friends, Outstanding Rescue Cat and Purina Better Together – before one is crowned the National Cat of the Year 2018.
The winners are expected to be announced in August at an awards ceremony in London and each category winner will receive a trophy, a £100 pet store voucher, a year’s subscription to Cats Protection’s, The Cat Magazine and a three months’ supply of Purina cat food for their cat.
Claire Robinson-Davies, Head of Corporate Communications UK & Ireland at Purina, said: “We’re thrilled to one again support the National Cat Awards, which celebrates everything we love about our feline friends. From the heart-warming to the amusing, the strength of this year’s finalists really shows the incredible bond people have with their pets and the positive impact it can have on their lives. We hope this award inspires more people to welcome pets into their homes.”