Your cat could be the next star of the UK as Cats Protection announces the opening of nominations for its annual National Cat Awards
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The awards celebrates the nation's best cats, and pet owners can nominate their cat in four different categories.
The categories are most caring cat, furr-ever friends, outstanding rescue cat, and the newly created cat colleagues category to honour feline heroes who have helped owners adjust to pandemic life.
The awards were launched with the help of BBC weather presenter, and cat lover, Owain Wyn Evans. He said: "I’m a big fan of cats, not just because they’re such amazing animals, but also because of the incredibly positive impact they can have on people’s lives.
"It’s such an honour to be helping launch the National Cat Awards, and I really hope this national celebration of our feline friends will inspire more people to welcome a cat into their lives.”
Cats Protection's awards organise, Kate Bunting, emphasised the key role cats played during lockdown in helping their owners' mental health.
"Over the past two years, the UK’s pet cats have played an even more important role in our lives – whether it’s keeping the kids’ company during home schooling, being a companion for people living alone in lockdown or simply being there during times of uncertainty.
“From chilled out cats that provide comfort and support, to the mischievous moggies that make us smile, cats undoubtedly have a special place in the hearts and homes of millions of people. We’re thrilled to once again be hosting our National Cat Awards and are looking forward to sharing many wonderful stories of moggy marvelousness!"
The charity helps to rehome cats in need.
Winners will be selected by a panel of celebrity cat enthusiasts, and announced at a ceremony at London's Savoy Hotel on August 4 2022.
To nominate your cat or for more information, head to the website.