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Family Feline Crowned as Top Cat at National Cat Awards 2012

Everyone thinks that their pet is a special part of their lives and most people would agree that their life would be incredibly different or dull without that cherished family pet.

But there are some pets that deserve an extra special bit of recognition for their dedication and love that they show to their owners.

This is where the Cat Protection’s National Cat Awards come into play. Now in their sixth year, the awards are the UK's biggest celebration of the real-life stories of companionship, bravery and survival among the UK's 10 million cats.

The star-studded awards ceremony – often dubbed as the Feline Oscars was held on 16th August at the swanky London’s Savoy Hotel. Winners were chosen in five categories – Best Friends, Hero Cat, Most Incredible Story, Outstanding Rescue Cat and Celebrity Cat.

The award ceremony is organised by and helps 235,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of 260 volunteer-run branches and 30 adoption centres.

The feline that was put into the spotlight in 2012 and was crowned National Cat of the Year was a family puss that has transformed the life of a young boy with a severe anxiety disorder.

The 2-year-old Jessi-Cat has been praised for helping 7-year-old Lorcan Dillon, from Manchester, cope with his Selective Mutism. Thanks to his feline companion, Lorcan has finally been able to say ‘I love you’ and overcome some of his difficulty with expressing himself, by learning how to show his emotions.

Lorcan and his mother Jayne Dillon, 44, of Davyhulme, Greater Manchester, were at the awards ceremony to accept Jessi-Cat's prizes.

She said: “Lorcan is able to connect love to Jessi-Cat, something he can't do with people and she's been a great support to him when things have been really hard."

“She is without a doubt the best friend a boy could have and has had a huge positive impact on his life. We’ve had her for a couple of years and in the last year alone he seems to be making excellent progress at school. In the past two weeks he’s started communicating with people he doesn’t know very well and even reads to one of the teachers now – something he’s never done before.”

Other category winners were:


Charley: won the Hero Cat category after saving the day when owner Susan Marsh-Armstrong, 47, collapsed during a diabetic attack in the middle of the night. As Susan's life hung in the balance, quick-thinking Charley repeatedly patted her husband Kevin on the face until he woke and then led him to the bathroom where he discovered Susan unconscious on the floor and administered a glucose injection to bring her round.


William: won the Most Incredible Story category after making a gruelling half-a-mile journey home on two legs after his back legs were horrifically injured in a dog attack. Despite having one leg amputated the brave feline has since made a full recovery.

Phoenix: won the Outstanding Rescue Cat category after she made an extraordinary recovery from horrific burns. She was just a few weeks old when she was found in a coal bunker with hideous injuries but survived against the odds.

Simon's Cat:Scooping the award for the nation's favourite Celebrity Cat – chosen in a public vote on – was Simon's Cat, the animated moggy made famous worldwide in Simon Tofield's books and online cartoons.

You can find out more information on the National Cat Awards .

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