Three-legged Moggy Minty Named National Cat of the Year 2021

Three-legged Moggy Minty Named National Cat of the Year 2021

A 3-legged moggy who helps a six-year-old boy with extreme studying difficulties and medical situations has been named National Cat of the Year 2021.

Minty, from Holywell, Wales, beat lots of of different entries to be named general winner within the nation’s largest celebration of pet cats, organised by Cats Protection.

The nine-year-old puss was recognised in honour of the assist he provides to Connor Raven. Connor has extreme studying difficulties and a variety of medical situations, together with ataxic cerebral palsy, which have an effect on his bodily, psychological and emotional growth.

Minty helps Connor address each day life, from conserving him settled at meal-times to offering a chilled presence at bedtime. When the world is an excessive amount of and Connor suffers an emotional meltdown, Minty will spring into motion and nuzzle up shut to assist calm him.

Remarkably, the caring puss – who solely has three legs following a highway accident – even helped Connor study to climb the steps, an enormous achievement given his developmental points.

Minty’s proprietor and Connor’s mum Siobhan Cobb, 31, mentioned: “I’m over the moon that Minty has been recognised for the particular cat that he’s. He is a big a part of our household unit and it’s beautiful to share the distinctive bond the boys have.

“Minty demonstrates how intelligent, affectionate and reliable cats could be. We can all the time depend on him to make every little thing higher, and he’s the perfect buddy that Connor wants and deserves.

“Having solely three legs by no means stops Minty having fun with life, and I feel that rubs off on Connor. Together, they’re unstoppable, no matter comes their means. Minty’s a very inspirational cat and we love him to bits.”

Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards, organised by the UK’s largest cat charity and sponsored by Purina, is an annual celebration of the real-life tales of loyalty and companionship within the feline world. Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, this 12 months’s occasion is being held on-line.

Minty was chosen as National Cat of the Year by a panel of celeb judges together with The Chase’s Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan, BBC TV climate presenters Owain Wyn Evans and Elizabeth Rizzini, journalist Camilla Tominey, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Laura White and common National Cat Awards judges, David and Frankie Seaman.

He was chosen as general winner after celeb choose Russell Kane first chosen him as winner of the Furrever Friends class, celebrating the bond between youngsters and cats.

Category choose and comic Russell Kane selected Minty as his winner and mentioned: “I really imagine cats aren’t used sufficient in instructing companionship and therapeutic methods, and for me, Minty’s story drives ahead the argument that cats are great creatures, not only for them being furry and being stroked, however for the emotional advantages, the instructing advantages and the help they’ll carry to individuals’s lives.”

Panel choose and BBC TV climate presenter Elizabeth Rizzini mentioned: “I’m selecting Minty for his dedication to Connor his finest pal and for not ever giving up on him. But it was a troublesome determination!”

Cats Protection’s awards organiser Kate Bunting mentioned: “Minty is an unimaginable cat and a really deserving winner of the National Cat of the Year. He goes to point out the life-changing and unimaginable bond which could be shared between youngsters and cats. Minty has by no means let his personal challenges stand in his means, and his zest for all times is obvious to see.

“Like many cats, Minty likes to be within the thick of household life, and we’re so happy that Connor has such a terrific buddy by his facet.”

Other class winners are:

  • Devoted Boris, who recovered from horrible accidents to be a loyal companion to 80-year-old Alex Tullis.
  • Loving rescue cat Mikey, who helped his proprietor cope after her child was stillborn.
  • Caring Penelope Farthing, who senses when her proprietor is about to endure a debilitating seizure.

To discover out extra about all of the finalists’ tales on this 12 months’s National Cat Awards, please go to www.cats.org.uk/support-us/events/nca

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