Anxiety-fighting felines and hospice companions nominated in National Cat Awards

Elliot Abery, 11, from Thatcham, Berkshire, with his pet Chicken, who has been nominated for a National Cat Award (Matt Alexander/PA)

Elliot Abery, 11, from Thatcham, Berkshire, with his pet Hen, who has been nominated for a Countrywide Cat Award (Matt Alexander/PA)

A brother and sister who ease and comfort these acquiring close-of-everyday living care and an anxiousness-battling companion to a young boy with autism are amongst the felines nominated for this year’s National Cat Awards.

The annual awards, organised by the UK’s most significant cat charity, Cats Protection, recognises the bond amongst house owners and their whiskered companions.

The competition’s four categories – Cat Colleagues, Furr-at any time Good friends, Most Caring Cat, and Outstanding Rescue Cat – will be judged by a raft of well known faces, which include businesswoman Deborah Meaden, England footballer Ellen White and comedian Bob Mortimer.

The winning animals are established to be declared in August, and will get a trophy, a £200 pet retailer voucher and a year’s subscription to Cats Protection’s The Cat magazine.

Siblings Jasper and Willow are aspect of the workforce at St Peter & St James Hospice in Haywards Heath, West Sussex – visiting individuals acquiring close-of-daily life care, and supporting their families to experience a lot more relaxed.

Jackie Manville, a manager at the hospice, reported they have a “hugely favourable effect on every day life”, incorporating: “A whole lot of time is spent sitting and looking at, and having our cats to stroke definitely will help, building the hospice a lot more homely.

“Jasper in particular seems to intuitively know when clients are having a challenging working day, or if they are in will need of organization.

“He’ll hop on to the mattress and just sit quietly, purring away. It’s ample to increase a smile and helps men and women unwind when they’re feeling tense and anxious.”

Amongst the nominees in the Furr-At any time Friends classification is Hen, companion to 11-calendar year-previous Elliot Abery, who has autism and suffers with anxiousness.

The pair are living in the town of Thatcham, Berkshire.

Elliot’s mom, Jenny, 45, mentioned: “Elliot and Chicken share a special bond which is unlike something I’ve at any time witnessed.

“When he’s had a challenging day or is having difficulties with panic, talking about Hen has a calming effect on him.

“Chicken and Elliot are just brilliant alongside one another and I truly hope their tale will aid emphasize how unbelievable cats can be for folks with autism.”

Nominated in the Cat Colleagues class is Marley, who functions at The Apuldram Centre in Chichester, West Sussex.

The centre allows older people with mastering complications, and Marley spends his times attending team conferences and comforting the centre’s purchasers.

Member of staff members Richard Manning stated: “We have plenty of routines for folks who come to the day centre, these kinds of as arts and crafts, gardening and dance – and Marley will get stuck into all of them.”

Cats Protection’s Countrywide Cat Awards organiser Kate Bunting claimed: “Cats make remarkable pets for all sorts of properties, and this year’s finalists actually go to exhibit how there is a cat for everybody.”