The UK’s leading feline welfare charity Cats Protection is calling on cat owners in Yorkshire and the Humber to nominate their remarkable moggies for 2018’s prestigious National Cat Awards.

Now in its tenth year, the awards celebrate the difference cats make to owners’ lives by highlighting heart-warming stories of devotion, companionship and courage.

Entries are open now and owners have until noon on Friday 9 March to nominate their cat for one of five categories:

  • Hero Cat – Cats that save the day
  • Most Caring Cat – Cats that positively impact a person’s health or wellbeing
  • Furr-ever Friends – Tales of friendship between children and cats
  • Outstanding Rescue Cat – Fabulous felines adopted from animal charities
  • Purina® Better Together – Celebrating the special bond that has transformed and enriched the lives of both a feline and human

Last year, Tilly, a cat from Driffield, won the Most Caring Cat category in recognition of how she helps her owner Jess Laughton cope with the agonising pain caused by complex regional pain syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Jess said: “Since I got Tilly, she’s transformed my life. Tilly is very good at reducing my anxiety and gives me a purpose in life. She relies on me to groom, feed and love her, and that sense of responsibility has helped me enormously.”

Chizzy Akudolu, from Holby City and Strictly 2017, said: “As a cat owner myself, and having attended last year’s awards, I’ve seen first-hand what a tremendous difference they can make to people’s lives. So get nominating as this is their time to shine.”

Category winners are in the running to be named National Cat of the Year judged by a panel of celebrity cat-lovers. Sponsored by PURINA® for the seventh year, winners will be presented with a trophy and prizes at a star studded ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London on Thursday 2 August 2018.

Anyone wishing to nominate their cat should visit For further information about the awards email or phone 03000 12 12 12.


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