National Cat Awards
A cat who was nursed back from the brink of death as a desperately-ill kitten and later helped his owner survive a potentially fatal blood clot has been named National Cat of the Year 2018.
Eight-year-old Theo from Redditch, Worcestershire, had been seriously ill with cat flu as a tiny kitten, only surviving thanks to round-the-clock care from owner Charlotte Dixon.
Years later, he repaid her when he detected a blood clot working its way through Charlotte’s body in the middle of the night. By constantly pawing her and behaving erratically, Theo prevented Charlotte falling asleep – action which probably saved her life.
Tragically Theo died just a week before the Awards which, according to Charlotte, has made his win all the more poignant.
Category winners are:
- Salem: Winner of Furr-ever Friends category, who helps 15-year-old Jared Bignold cope with living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
- Theo: Winner of Purina® Better Together category, and overall National Cat of the Year 2018, who helped his owner Charlotte Dixon survive a potentially fatal blood clot
- Arthur: Winner of Most Caring Cat, who has helped owner Emily Hatton live independently after three a half years receiving specialist treatment for severe mental health issues
- Toby: Winner of Hero Cat, who is able to detect when owner Annette Sterland-Burton is about to suffer a seizure as a result of a neurological condition
- Lucky: Winner of Outstanding Rescue Cat, who has given owner Travis Tremayne the willpower and positivity to battle an aggressive form of cancer
Star Team Award:
Volunteers from Cats Protection’s Gwent Branch have been named as winners of the Star Team Award 2018, which celebrates the dedication of volunteers to help improve feline welfare. Thanks to their efforts, the Gwent Branch has rehomed an incredible 350 cats over the past year – nearly one a day. It has also helped control the number of feral cats locally, neutering 236 during the past 12 months.