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National Cat Awards

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A one eyed cat, rescued from the sea as a kitten, has been crowned ‘National Cat of the Year’ at this year’s National Cat Awards, sponsored by Purina®.

Twenty-year-old Nelson, owned by Andrea Huntley-Crow, of Seaham, County Durham, has certainly used up a fair few of his nine lives during his eventful lifetime. Callously thrown into the sea in a sack, he was one of only two of his littermates to survive when a fisherman plucked them from the waves. There followed a harsh few years living rough on the docks, occasionally gaining shelter from the elements in the fisherman’s cabin. Living rough took its toll, and Nelson lost an eye when a gang of youths threw rocks at him.

But in 2009 his life turned around when he was picked up by a loving family and adopted. Despite being diagnosed with an inoperable heart tumour in January 2014, Nelson has fought back and amazed vets with his zest for life.

Nelson was selected as the National Cat of the Year by a panel of past celebrity judges. Click here to meet the panel.

Purina logoNelson was also chosen as the winner of the Most Incredible Story category by celebrity judge Paul Copley.

Meet the other category winners and runners-up by choosing a category below.




Hero cat

Meet the winner and runners-up for the National Cat Awards Hero Cat category.

Most Caring Cat

Meet the winner and runners-up for the National Cat Awards Most Caring Cat category.

Most Incredible Story

Meet the winner and runners-up for the National Cat Awards Most Incredible Story category.

Outstanding Rescue Cat

Meet the winner and runners-up of the National Cat Awards Outstanding Rescue Cat category.

Purina Better Together

Meet the winner and runners-up for the National Cat Awards Purina® Better Together category.

Special Recognition Award

Holly is everything to Keith Smith, for the most tragic of reasons.

Meet the Master of Ceremonies

Find out more about this year's National Cat Awards Master of Ceremonies - Maggie Philbin.

Meet the category judges

Meet the celebrity judges who have chosen the winners of our National Cat Awards 2014 categories.

Meet the overall winner judges

Find out about the celebrity judges who selected the overall winner on the National Cat Awards 2014.


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